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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

WEATHER

 

...WINTER WEATHER HAZARDOUS OUTLOOK...

This hazardous weather outlook is for the higher elevations of the Southern Sierra Nevada.

 

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

  No hazardous weather expected.

 

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

* Snow Accumulations: Several inches along Tulare County

  Mountains. Up to a few feet in the Yosemite area.

 

* Elevation: 9000 feet on Sunday...lowering to 5000 feet as storm

  moves through.

 

* Winds: Gusts up to 65 mph along the crests.

 

* Visibility: Less than 1 mile in heavy rain, 1/2 mile in heavy

  snow.

 

* Timing: Sunday and Monday

 

* Locations include: Yosemite National Park...including Tuolumne

  Meadows...Tioga Pass...Wawona...and the South Entrance as well

  as Kings Canyon National Park and Huntington Lake. Sequoia

  National Park...including Lodgepole...as well as other

  communities above 6000 feet.

 

* Impacts: Anyone with outdoor plans should take caution...and

  travel may be difficult due to snow covered roads. Also carry a

  winter survival kit. Further statements including advisories...

  watches and warnings may be necessary.

 

 

Yosemite Valley

Today: Sunny, with a high near 63. 

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 37.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 67. Low around 37.

Thanksgiving Day: Sunny, with a high near 65. Low around 36.

 

El Portal

Today: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 73. Low around 42.

Thanksgiving Day: Sunny, with a high near 71. Low around 42.

 

Wawona

Today: Sunny, with a high near 65.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 71. Low around 36.

Thanksgiving Day: Sunny, with a high near 69. Low around 35.

 

Tuolumne Meadows

Today: Sunny, with a high near 55.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 23.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 58. Low around 23.

Thanksgiving Day: Sunny, with a high near 54. Southwest gusts as high as 25 mph. Low around 22.

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Internal NPS Mail Service Limited Today

CLARIFICATION: The below note was intended for NPS mail only. The Post Offices run by the U.S. Postal Service (Yosemite Valley, El Portal, etc.) will have regular service and be open regular hours. We apologize for any confusion.

 

Due to unforeseen personal shortages, limited mail services will be available 24 & 25 Nov 2014.  Please place all outgoing mail in the mail box before 9:00 am for same day processing.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your operation. (D. St. Vincent)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

HR Office Closed Friday

The HR Office will be closed on Friday Nov.28. If you have an HR-related emergency, please contact Jeff Hilliard at 209-379-1042. (C. Crum)

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Burn Suspension Has Been Lifted and Pile Burning Will Resume Park-wide

Following the recent rain and snow at higher elevations, Yosemite fire managers have lifted the suspension of burning within communities.  While the recent cooler temperatures and precipitation have diminished the threat of wildfire, residents are urged to use caution while conducting hazard reduction burning.   Before conducting any residential burning please call the Mariposa County Burn Day information line:  (209) 966-1200.

Additionally, park fire managers are planning to resume several park wide fuel reduction pile burning projects.  

The areas include:

• Yosemite Valley near the residential area above the court house

• Yellow Pine campground area

• Crane Flat campground area

• South Landing

• Wawona Road south of the community

• Dark Hole Fire area near the Lukens trail 

• Woodlot piles in El Portal and Foresta

Smoke may be visible at times from various locations near the projects.   All fire activities will be coordinated with Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties Air Pollution Control Districts in accordance with air resource objectives. (G. Wuchner)

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Thanksgiving Day Chapel Service

There will be a 10 am Thanksgiving Day chapel service at the Yosemite Community Church. Questions call 209-372-4831. (Pastor B. Moore)

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Yosemite Forum Centennial Speaker Series begins on Tuesday, December 9

Yosemite Forum is pleased to announce the first event of the Centennial Speaker Series to be held on Tuesday, December 9 at 3-5 pm (Note the special time!) in the East Auditorium, Yosemite Valley.  The presentation will be by the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation and M. Kat Anderson, and is titled: The Ethnobotany and Associated Stewardship of California Black Oak Ecosystems in the Central and Southern Sierra Nevada.  Refreshments will be served after the program. (A. Colwell)

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Curry Village Ice Rink is Open!

The Ice Skating Rink is open for the season as of Friday, November 21st.  Weekday sessions are from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Weekend and holiday sessions are from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM , 12:00 Noon - 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM. (E. Callahan)

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Dave Morrow Retirement

After 40 years of service in Yosemite, Dave Morrow is retiring . There will be a farewell for him at the Wawona community hall on Wednesday , November 26 at 10:00 am. Please come by for coffee and to sign Dave's arrowhead. (D. Dozier)

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Private Rental

Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with additional large, newly built studio. Paved driveway. Overlooking Bootjack and the surrounding property. 2 car, attached, oversized garage, large kitchen, separate laundry room, whole house vacuum, dining room, living room with incredible stone fireplace and two large master suites, each with their own separate bathrooms. New carpet and vinyl. Basement with entrance from inside home and separate outside door (could be used as 4th bedroom) that offers ample storage, A/C and wood burning stove. 2 covered porches. Located on Triangle Road near the Butterfly Winery. $1300/mo. No pets or smokers.  966-2889 (ask for Chris) orchrischarflanagan@sbcglobal.net (C. Flanagan)

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Private Rental

Adorable, 700 square foot studio home with additional 265 square foot enclosed/screened porch with paved driveway. Porch can be used as additional living space during moderate weather. Wood stove, swamp cooler, on demand water heater. 1 full bath, beautiful stone fireplace and large windows. Overlooking Bootjack and the surrounding property. New carpet, vinyl and range. Washer and dryer​​, refrigerator, 1 covered parking space, large storage shed and an outdoor patio area.​ $800/month.  No pets or smokers. On Triangle Road near Butterfly Winery.  966-2889 (ask for Chris) or chrischarflanagan@sbcglobal.net​ (C. Flanagan)

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

Southern ITS - Badger Pass and Glacier Point Parking Lots Vehicle Detector Installation

Starting Monday, November 3 and continuing through the end of November, crews will be working on the installation of vehicle detectors at the entrances to the Badger Pass Parking Lot and Glacier Point Parking Lot (near the Glacier Point Ranger Residence area).  Work includes trenching of electrical and communication conduits and excavation for vehicle detector poles. Contact David Engelstad with any questions or concerns (209) 379-1277. (D. Engelstad)

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Rockfall Hazard and Turn-outs Closed on Highway 140

All commuters on the 140 corridor between park line and the Arch Rock entrance are reminded:

1)  Do NOT stop along the roadway as repeated rockfall presents a potential hazard due to the recent Dog Rock fire - especially as wet weather approaches.

2)  Report ALL rockfall incidents to park dispatch as soon as you can so the roads can be cleared and the area reassessed.

3)  Do NOT stop to clear rocks from the road - road crews, traffic management or law enforcement are the only personnel allowed to clear rocks from the roadway surface.

4)  Remember - Safety first! (D. Henderson)

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Tioga Road Update No. 7

The Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot will reopen this coming Friday, November 21st by 5 PM and there will be no further construction related delays on the Tioga Road due to the weather conditions.   So after this Friday, there will be no further work until next spring on the Tioga Road and Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot.  Crews will return in 2015 as soon as the weather conditions permit.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131. (M. Pieper)

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Trail Work in Mariposa Grove

Starting September 2nd, NPS trail crews began to upgrade the trail in the vicinity of the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel trees so that the trail meets accessibility standards. This project is part of the Yosemite Conservancy Capital Campaign for the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Work will take place in three phases. Phase 1 will not affect current visitor use with one exception – on September 15 there will be a permanent closure of the “Step Trail” that connects the tram boarding area with the California Tunnel Tree. Tram users will continue to have trail access to the California Tunnel Tree using the trail leading from the tram area to the Grizzly Giant Tree. Equipment storage will occur on the access road to the National Forest. Phase 2 will occur later this fall when visitor numbers decrease. At that time, trail crews will upgrade the existing trail system in the vicinity of the two trees and restore portions of the existing trail system that did not meet accessible trail standards to natural conditions. Work will include installation of new split rail fencing along heavily traveled portions of the trail. Access to the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree will continue while work progresses. The first two phases should be completed by end of the calendar year, weather permitting. The third and final phase of the project will include installation of new benches and interpretive signs at the end of the Grove restoration project in late 2016. (C. Stetzel)

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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 Old Coulterville Road is closed to motor vehicles from the Flying Spur intersection to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest.

 

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. (M. Stansberry)

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Henness Ridge - Yosemite Environmental Education Center - Phase 1B

Construction for the second phase of the Environmental Education Center in partnership with NatureBridge is scheduled to begin the week of August 11th.  The construction activity will be located adjacent to the Wawona Road - Yosemite West intersection.  The work for this phase will begin with the construction of a multi-purpose administration office and maintenance building.  Please use caution in this area and watch for slow moving trucks and equipment on the roads.  Construction is scheduled to continue until completion in 2015.  If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Wichmann, Project Management Division. (K. Blew)

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