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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, May 29th, 2015
Today Mostly sunny. Near the crest...a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 80 to 90 at 5000 feet... 63 to 73 at 8000 feet.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Near the crest...mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows 49 to 59 at 5000 feet...39 to 49 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Sunny. Highs 83 to 93 at 5000 feet...65 to 75 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night Mostly clear. Lows 48 to 58 at 5000 feet... 38 to 48 at 8000 feet.
Sunday Sunny. Highs 80 to 90 at 5000 feet...62 to 72 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Tuolumne Opening Saturday, May 30
Tuolumne Meadows campground will open for the season on Saturday, May 30. Tuolumne Meadows is a half reservation, half first-come, first served campground. Advanced reservations may be made at any campground office, online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. (E. Bissmeyer)
EAP Counselors Available Monday, June 1
Recently, the Yosemite Community has been faced with the loss of several well respected and admired family members.
Grief is a natural result of the loss of anyone or anything important to us and is a common response to death, divorce, job loss, moving away from family and friends or even health challenges.
In an effort to assist Community Members during this trying time, the Park will be providing an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor for any Community Members who may wish to speak with someone.
On Monday, June 1 two sessions will be held, one each in El Portal and Yosemite Valley. No appointment necessary.
The El Portal session will be held in the morning at the Clark Community Hall. The Counselor will be available from 8:30 until 11:30 or noon, as needed.
The Valley session will be held in the SAR Training Room and will begin at 1:00. The counselor will be available from 1:00 until 4:30 or 5:00, as needed.
Finally, any NPS staff wishing to speak individually with an EAP counselor may contact the EAP at: 1 800 869-0276 or www.eapconsultants.com. (J. Hilliard)
Celebration of Life Saturday, May 30th
Please come join in a Celebration of Life for Joe Malenfant, May 30, 2015 @ 1:00 at the El Portal Community Center. They will be supplying sandwiches, but if you would like to bring a salad or dessert, they would appreciate it. (G. Harders)
Spur Festival and Auction Saturday, May 30th
On Saturday, May 30th, 6:00pm at the Flying Spur in Foresta, Steve Abatiell will present "Vietnam Friendship: A 50 Year Legacy."
Steve will give a presentation on the current state of the Agent Orange Legacy in Northern Vietnam, and the work that an international community, from all sides of the Vietnam War, has accomplished in the aftermath of conflict. There will be a live auction for an embroidery, handmade by a resident of the Vietnam Friendship Village! Proceeds will benefit the VFV! For more information contact Steve at email@example.com. (S. Abatiell)
Mountain Sage Music Series- Hot Buttered Rum- Sat, May 30
Mountain Sage kicks off its summer music series this Saturday, May 30 with Hot Buttered Rum and The Little Fuller Band. Perennial fan favorites, Hot Buttered Rum returns for their tenth consecutive year, always putting on stellar, energetic show. Opening the show making their second appearance will be western Sierra locals and fast rising The Little Fuller Band. Doors open at 4, show starts at 5. Tickets and info at www.MountainSageMusic.org.
The Mountain Sage concert series at is put on by the non-profit organization Telele Foundation and is specifically designed as a community event drawing together all of the Sierra foothill communities including that of Yosemite. All proceeds go directly into the event. (R. Hirsch)
"Yosemite Viewed" Exhibit Opens in Yosemite Valley Museum June 1st
Please visit the summer exhibit entitled Yosemite Viewed: Landscape Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries. The exhibit opens Monday, June 1st and will run until Sunday, November 1st. It is located in the Yosemite Valley Museum (adjacent to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center) and features paintings from Yosemite National Park’s extensive museum collection. Early artists Thomas Ayres, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran are featured in the exhibit, as well as 20th century artists Chiura Obata and Gunnar Widforss. Contemporary pieces by Jane Culp, Gregory Kondos and Richard Richards are also included. Historic hotel registers signed by renowned artists will be on display alongside the “Grand Register of Yo-Semite Valley,” that was used at the Cosmopolitan Bathhouse and Saloon, located in Yosemite Valley from 1873 to 1884.
The exhibit will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October, and from October 1st through November 1st it will be open daily from 10 to 12 and 1 to 4. (M. Watson)
Balanced Rock is hiring! Administrative Assistant applications due June 1st
The Administrative Assistant position is part-time, non-exempt position, and provides the opportunity for an organized and motivated individual to support the Balanced Rock Foundation's day-to-day administration. This position reports to the Business Director and may at times work directly with the Program Director. For full job announcement please visit balancedrock.org/blog or contact us today. Compensation: Part-time @ $13/hour. Approximately 5-15 hours/week. By June 1st, 2015, please send a resume and cover letter to: Balanced Rock Foundation | PO Box 102 | El Portal, CA 95318. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (209) 379-9453 with questions. (P. Wild)
International Affairs Work Group Meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd
The next meeting of the International Affairs Work Group is Wednesday, June 3rd in the Large Break Room in El Portal from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. The Work Group manages the park's International Affairs program, which includes sister park relationships, technical exchanges, and hosting visiting delegations. Staff from all divisions and at all levels with an interest in parks and protected areas around the world are welcome to attend and get involved in the program. If you have questions, please contact Mike Gauthier (email@example.com) or Jodi Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org). (J. Bailey)
Park-wide Environmental Health and Safety Audit July 13-16
Yosemite has been selected for an Environmental Health and Safety Audit on July 13-16. The audit will be conducted by the Pacific West Region; they will be looking at a number of park areas as well as our safety programs and management. There is a strong likelihood that your work area or office will be evaluated during the audit, so it’s important that everyone prepare.
Similar audits were conducted in 2003, 2006 and 2009. A review of those findings shows that, historically, we have 6 areas of concerns at Yosemite. They are:
Improper labeling of hazardous chemicals
Universal waste must label or marked waste in specific ways for identification.
Generators must determine the classification of waste as non-hazardous or hazardous and it applicable treatment standards.
Safety Data sheets were not on file for each hazardous chemical stored and used.
Specific Housekeeping requirements must be met in areas where hazardous materials are stored.
Fire extinguishers improperly stored and not being checked on a monthly basis.
The safety team at Yosemite is asking for your support and involvement in making sure that your work space and areas are prepared and organized. In the coming weeks, the safety office will conduct site inspections and “walk-through.” One key to success is keeping your work-space clean and organized. It’s particularly important that everyone play close attention to the storage and disposal of hazardous materials. Not only will these steps help our park to pass the audit, they will also help our park to remain a safe and healthy place in which to work.
If you have questions about safety practices, guidance, or preparation for this audit, please do not hesitate to contact the safety office. We intend to make this audit a successful one and also to ensure the safety and wellness of the employees at YOSEMITE.
Thanks for your time and commitment,
"Griss" Chief Safety Occupational Health Manager
Office phone: 209-379-1079 (M. Grissom)
Jack Phinney Celebration of Life - Save The Date - Wednesday, June 17
There will be a memorial service and celebration of life for long-time Yosemite friend and volunteer Jack Phinney on Wednesday, June 17, beginning at 12:30pm. More details to follow. Please RSVP today via email to Rhonda Aranguene if you plan to attend. (T. Medema)
Thank You For Successful Blood Drive
Yosemite Lions Club and Central California Blood Bank thanks the Yosemite community for making our Spring Blood Drive a success! 46 potential blood donors were processed, with a total of 41 pints collected. Our Lions Club Eyemobile provided free eye exams as well as eye health education and information. We had many "regulars" and new donors from the community, as well as several park visitors who decided to donate while vacationing. At least 6 donors were brave "First Time Evers"! Thank you, Yosemite! We'll see you again in October! (D. Stewart)
Tuolumne Hikers Bus Start Date Postponed
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Tuolumne Hikers Bus was unable to begin operation this weekend as planned. A new start date has yet to be determined, but we will send notice as soon as it is. We apologize for the confusion and for any inconvenience to our community members and park visitors.
Please note that the Tuolumne Shuttle, which runs between Tuolumne Lodge and Olmsted Point, did begin operating this weekend and will run daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. (E. Callahan)
A mountain lion was seen recently at night in the lower NPS housing area. Please follow these precautions when living in mountain lion habitat:
- Never feed any wildlife (intentionally or otherwise). Smaller wild animals are prey that draw mountain lions into an area.
- Hiking or running alone is not recommended especially at dawn, dusk, or night.
- Keep small children close to adults.
If you encounter a lion, take the following actions:
- Shout in a low voice and wave your arms, make yourself look as large and threatening as possible.
- Maintain eye contact with the lion, and do not crouch down.
- Throw sticks or rocks at the lion.
- NEVER RUN.
- Pick up or restrain small children to keep them from panicking and running.
- If a lion attacks, FIGHT BACK!
Attack from a mountain lion is an extremely unlikely event, but use of the above recommendations can further reduce the chance of injury. (K. Ehler)
Bear Activity Summary
Bears have been active across Yosemite National Park. This week marks the first reported bear damage in wilderness areas for 2015.
Bears continue to be very active in Valley campgrounds. Bears obtained improperly stored food on multiple occasions throughout campgrounds. Several vehicles were damaged in the past few weeks after visitors failed to remove all food and scented items from their cars. Remember to always store food in a secured food storage locker overnight while camping or in a completely hard-sided trailer or RV. Never store food in a tent or vehicle overnight.
Additionally, bears obtained human food several times after visitors became scared upon seeing a bear while cooking or picnicking and abandoned their food. Remember bears are active day and night and it is always important to store your food when not using it and to be prepared to defend your food so that it does not become an easy meal for park wildlife. If you see a bear during your visit please report it to the Save-A-Bear Hotline at 209-372-0322.
Bi-Weekly Total # of Incidents and Damage:
Parking Logs: 0, $0
Campgrounds: 3, $560
Other Areas: 5, $275
Residential : 1, $5
Wilderness: 2. $25
Year to Date Comparisons for the Week of May 10th – May 23rd, 2015
1998 Incidents: 291, 2015 Incidents: 20, Percent Change: -91.13%
2014 Incidents: 16, 2015 Incidents: 20, Percent Change 25%
1998 Damages: $137,220, 2015 Damages: $1,125, Percent Change: -99.18%
2014 Damages: $645, 2015 Damages: $1.125, Percent Change: 74.42%
Red Bear, Dead Bear: The first bear was reported hit by a vehicle on 5/13/15 near the Wawona Campground on Wawona Road. Please protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and paying attention while driving.
Interesting Bear Fact: An average adult male Yosemite black bear weighs 200-350 pounds.
Other Wildlife Sightings: Several mountain lions have been reported along the Chilnualna Falls trail recently, and a lion was also sighted in Yosemite Valley near the NPS Maintenance Complex and in the Wawona Campground. For more information on mountain lions in Yosemite National Park, please visit the National Park Service website, http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/mountainlion.htm. (K. Ehler)
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Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot Update
The parking lot is now open, however crews are continuing to complete the final grading and placement of landscape materials around the parking area.. The parking lot will remain open with intermittent delays and pedestrian detours as crews complete the final work in this parking area. (M. Pieper)
Tioga Road Rehabilitation (Update No. 10)
Crews are continuing to pave the top mat of the Tioga Road as well as working on the adjacent turnouts and parking areas. Below are a list of delays and if you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131. NOTE: The project completion date is September 30, 2015, but the crews are trying to finish this project ahead of schedule.
Sunday evenings from 10:00 p.m. to Saturday Night at 8:00 p.m.
-11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., 1 hour delays
-6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., 15 minute delays
-7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 30 minute delays
-3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 15 minute delays
-4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., 30 minute delays (M. Pieper)
Big Oak Flat Tunnel Repairs (Update)
Construction crews are continuing to work on the Big Oak Flat Tunnels with the one pair of lights at the two smaller tunnels and another pair of lights at the upper-longest tunnel. We are trying to keep the total delays under 15 minutes as you travel, but should not exceed the maximum delays noted below: They plan to complete all of the work this week except placement of the pavement markings, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th & 27th. NOTE: There will be no work and no traffic delays occurring this upcoming holiday weekend starting this coming Friday morning, May 22nd thru Monday, May 25th. So crews won't be back onsite until Tuesday, May 26th to complete the remaining two days of work.
Monday thru Thursday.
-10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., 2 hour delays
-6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 15 minute delays
-8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., 30 minute delays
Lodge Day Use Parking Area
Crews are continuing to construct the Lodge Day Use Parking Area with the placement of base material and parking barriers. There continue to be intermittent traffic delays near the intersection of Meadow Lane and Northside Drive as crews are making improvements to the driveway entrance and shuttle stop area. (M. Pieper)
Temporary Safety Closures of Roads After El Portal Fire
In order to maintain the safety of park visitors, community members, and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park has closed the following areas until further notice is given.
The Foresta Road is closed to motor vehicles at Foresta Falls to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest. It is also closed to motor vehicles in El Portal at the intersection of Granite Street to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest. (K. Killian)
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