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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, July 24, 2014


Yosemite Valley

Today: Sunny, with a high near 96. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 98. East northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 99. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

El Portal

Today: Sunny, with a high near 97. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 69. Light and variable wind becoming east northeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 



Today: Sunny, with a high near 95. Light south southwest wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 99. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 

Tuolumne Meadows 

Today: Sunny, with a high near 72. South southwest wind around 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southeast in the evening.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 74. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning.



Voices of Youth: ARC/YLP Poetry and Journal Reading Yosemite Village Square 4:30PM

Come be inspired! Join your NPS team and special guests as we celebrate youth who have had a transformative experience in Yosemite this summer. Hear their experiences first-hand today on the Yosemite Village Square at 4:30PM. See you there! (S. Potocky)



YNPCCC Fundraising BBQ this Thursday! Pre-order group orders for faster service.
Join us this Thursday, July 24, for a BBQ fundraiser. We'll be serving up hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, and bratwursts from 11am to 1pm(ish) in Yosemite Valley near the museum/visitor center area. In addition to the main course, your $10 also gets you a healthy scoop of a cold veggie salad, a bag of chips, and tasty lemonade. Sodas and sweet dessert treats will also be available for $1 each. We'll even have to-go boxes available, so why not make your coworkers' days and offer to bring back lunch for everyone?! Pre-order forms available--emailynpcccfundraising@gmail.com for an order form and return it completed by 10am on Thursday and we'll have your order ready at the time you request. You just show up, pay, pick up food and you'll be on your way! Email ynpcccfundraising@gmail.com to request your order form, or look around your office for order forms to fill out. All proceeds directly support the Yo-kids who attend the Valley and El Portal daycare facilities. Thanks for your continued support of our 501(c)(3) organization! (J. Killian)


Sal's is Tonight!

There's many hungry folks out there! Join them at Sal's taco night at the Clark Community Hall in El Portal this Thursday, July 24. From the underground town down the hill YEA will be serving drinks at the bar and Sal will be slinging his delicious Mexican food. You live and die for Sal's! This is Sal's of today! Give props to Sal's! Hooray!  (A. Davis)






July 22, 2014 –Fires in Yosemite

Since last Friday, July 17, there have been numerous new fire starts due to continued thunderstorms. All storms were accompanied with rain. Helicopter 551 flew a reconnaissance flight flew over the fires that cannot be accessed or viewed from roads yesterday. Several new starts within the Rim Fire were found near Wapama Falls. These fires are in monitor status. The most active fire is the Dark which was found on July 16. It is now at approximately 13 acres. Smoke impacts are minimal, but may be visible from various locations within the park. Due to fire activity the Lukens trail is closed for public safety from Tioga Rd south to Yosemite Creek Trail. Most fires between 8000’ and 9000’ are showing minimal fire activity. Other fires may be found as the weather warms and fuels dry out.  (G. Wuchner)



Peregrine Falcon Temporary Climbing Closures Lifted 

All temporary climbing closures protecting nesting Peregrine Falcons were lifted on July 15, 2014.  Now that the breeding season is over, we thank the climbing community for helping the peregrines to have another successful season.  This year, biologists monitored 13 breeding pairs and observed 25 juveniles. Next year, temporary climbing closures will be in effect again from March 1 to July 15. For up-to-date information on climbing closures, you can always check the website:  http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/climbingclosures.htm.  (S. Stock)



HR Specialist Offsite Until August 4

Subsequent to the Human Resources Office offsite on Wednesday and Thursday, July 23 and 24, I will be out of the Park through Monday, August 4.  If you need immediate assistance in my absence, please contact Carrie Crum, SHRO Lead at: carrie_crum@nps.gov or 379-1987.  (T. Hawkins)



Tourism to Yosemite National Park creates $373 million in Economic Benefit - News Release

Report shows visitor spending supports 5,033 jobs in local economy


Media Contacts:

Scott Gediman 209-372-0248

Kari Cobb 209-372-0529


A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,691,192 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2013 spent $373,269,800 in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,033 jobs in the local area.


“Yosemite National Park is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Don Neubacher. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers.  National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy - returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well.  We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”


The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and  Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service.  The report shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with more than 197,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion.


According to the 2013 economic analysis, most visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.3 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (10 percent).


The largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs).


To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm


The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.


To learn more about national parks in California and how the National Park Service works with California communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/California.  (K. Cobb)



LYV Campground Hazard Trees
A hazard tree survey performed on June 10th this year identified over 25 dead trees affecting the campground in LYV. July 21 - 24  NPS Forestry personnel will be felling these trees in the campground and near the Ranger station. Protection staff in LYV  will coordinating relocation of campers to designated areas a safe distance from the work area. Visitors planning a trip during this time should be informed that this  work is taking place. Noise from power saws and trees felling will disrupt the serenity of the area during the work shift beginning Tuesday morning through Wednesday. (L. Castro)



Yosemite Wins Preservation Design Award

Yosemite National Park has just been selected for the California Preservation Foundation's prestigious 2014 Preservation Design Award for excellence in preservation, awarded for A Sense of Place: Design Guidelines for Yosemite National Park. This award recognizes the importance of the guidelines in sustaining the form and extent of the nationally significant park landscape design. 

Specially recognized are the preparers and project team, including current and former Yosemite employees Gretchen Stromberg, Randy Fong, Bernadette Barthelenghi, Kimball Koch, Daniel Schaible, Erik Skinrud; Charles Palmer (PWR) and Christy Fischer and Carla McConnell (DSC). (L. Kirn)



Windows 7 Boot Error

IT has recently become aware that there has been an increase in computers that hang while trying to start up. The computers in question try to start the repair procedure and occasionally give the users a chance to log onto windows normally. Users probably won't be able to get around the error without direct IT intervention. If you receive this error, please call the Help Desk at 379-1123 and make arrangements with IT to solve the issue. (R. McMurdy)



Another opportunity to hear passionate high-schoolers present their field-based research this Saturday

Please join us this Saturday morning, July 26, as NatureBridge's Field Research Course students share the results of their backcountry-based science investigations and pass on stories from their nine-day trip through Yosemite's high country. The presentations will take place from 10-11:30 am at NatureBridge's Crane Flat campus. Light snacks will be provided. Please contact Becky Zentmyer at bzentmyer@naturebridge.org with questions. Thank you for supporting this life-changing program! (B. Zentmyer)



El Portal Market is Hiring - Cook Needed

Immediate opening for a cook - 5am-1:30pm shift 32 to 40 hours per week. Please call 209-379-2700 for more information.  Ask for Allyson, Alora or Kirstie or send a resume tokirstiekari@gmail.com. (K. Kari)



NPS HR Office Closed Wednesday & Thursday

The HR office will be closed for an offsite on July 23 and 24. If you need something from HR during this time, please leave a voice mail regarding your HR needs, and the staff will follow up with you upon their return to the office on July 25. If you have an HR-related emergency, please call Robin Ludwigsen at 209-379-1179.  (C. Crum)



How To Avoid Getting Struck By Lightning
Before a Thunderstorm
Check the weather forecast.
Yosemite Valley (http://go.usa.gov/bz84)
Half Dome (http://go.usa.gov/5Tvz)
Glacier Point (http://go.usa.gov/5TfT)
Tuolumne Meadows (http://go.usa.gov/5TfA)
Hetch Hetchy (http://go.usa.gov/5TfJ)

- Watch for afternoon build-up of cumulus clouds. At the first sign of an impending storm, such as towering thunderheads, darkening skies, increased wind, or thunder and lightning, seek shelter or get to lower elevations.
- Mountain ridges and peaks contribute to updrafts that fuel thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are most common in the afternoon.
- Even if a thunderstorm is approaching from a long distance, descend as far and fast as you can before taking shelter.
- Count the seconds between the flash of the lightning and the sound of the thunder; divide the number of seconds by five to get a very rough estimate of the distance (in miles) that the lightning storm is away from you.  
- The 30/30 Rule is the best general rule to follow to avoid lightning strikes. If, after seeing lightning, you can’t count to 30 before hearing the thunder, get down off of ridges and mountain tops to lower elevation areas sheltered from lightning strikes. Stay off ridges and mountain tops for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

During a Thunderstorm
- Avoid tall, isolated, or solitary trees, water, metal, and power lines.Lightning often strikes the tallest object in the area.
- Find an open, low space on solid ground. If in the forest with no clearing, position yourself under the shortest trees you can find.
- Seek a place sheltered from direct strikes (avoid high points and tall objects) and ground currents (avoid tree roots).
- Make yourself a small target by crouching on your toes, hands covering your ears, head between your knees. Crouch down on a sleeping pad, pack, or other non-metal material to insulate yourself from ground currents.
- Touch the ground as little as possible; the ground conducts electricity. Do not lie flat.  
- Remove metal objects and electrical devices from your body.
- Space yourself at least 15 feet from your hiking companions.
- Stay alert and remain in a safe position until 30 minutes after last thunder.  (L. Mazzu)

Yosemite Theater News 
Yosemite Conservancy would like to thank Larry (Curry Village Tour Desk) and Stephen (Ahwahnee Concierge) for their support of Yosemite Theater. Larry and Stephen received a copy of the new book Seed of the Future by Dayton Duncan, published by Yosemite Conservancy, as a thank you gift for being the high ticket sellers at DNC Tour Desks for the month of June and for the special The Tramp & The Roughrider show in particular.  Yosemite Conservancy offers a theater show every night of the week at 7pm, enjoy live performances, films and presentations in the cool comfort of Yosemite Theater. Show topics include Rock Climbing in Yosemite and all 4 seasons, Search and Rescue, the Buffalo Soldier Cavalry protection of Yosemite in the early 1900’s, the making of Yosemite Nature Notes, and live performances by Lee Stetson as John Muir. See http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/yosemite-theater for show details and schedule. Employees and volunteers are free entry, subject to seat availability. (C. T Botell)

Anniversary Updates
Yes, June 30th has passed, but events continue throughout the year!
Upcoming activities: 
- July 24, Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit screening, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, IL 
- July 25-28, Pilgrimage to Mount Sing

Ongoing exhibits
- Travels to Yosemite, Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, Groveland, CA 
- Carleton Watkins: The Standford Albums, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Standford, CA
- Yosemite, the Grand Experiment, Yosemite Museum, Yosemite Valley, CA 
- As Others See It: Photographs from Inspired Generations, The Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite Valley, CA
- Sequoiascape, Yosemite Fresno International Airport, Fresno, CA  
- Lure and Lore of Yosemite, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, Oakhurst, CA
- Camp Mather Yosemite, Oakdale Cowboy Museum, Oakdale, CA 
- Jo Mora, Mariposa Arts Council Treetop Gallery, Mariposa, CA 
- Yosemite: A Storied Landscape, California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA
- Yosemite Art Month, throughout Oakdale, CA (K. Hardy)

Room For Rent in Old El Portal
Vegetarian household, no smoking, no pets. Fragrance Free/Allergy Friendly. $425 per month + 1/2 utilities. Call Mister Abbott at 209-770-7654 if interested. (R. Abbott)

Mountain Sage Music Series- California Honeydrops- July 26
One of the highlights of this summer's music at Mountain Sage takes place this Saturday, July 26, when the California Honeydrops take the stage. This great Bay Area band has been gaining incredible recognition over the last few years. Their throwback sound is extremely fun and engaging played with a joyful stage presence. The T Sisters, a super talented new, Bay Area band will kick the show off. Music starts at 5 pm, tickets and info at www.MountainSageMusic.org. No dogs or outside alcohol please. (R. Hirsch)

July 21, 2014 –Lightning caused fires in Yosemite
Since last Friday, July 17, there have been numerous new fire starts due to continued thunderstorms. Sunday July 20, thunderstorm activity was active park-wide including the front country and El Portal area. All storms were accompanied with rain. Other fires may be found as the weather warms and fuels dry out.
The most active fire is the Dark which was found on July 16. It is now at approximately 11 acres. Smoke impacts are minimal, but may be visible from various locations within the park. Due to fire activity the Lukens trail is closed for public safety from Tioga Rd south to Yosemite Creek Trail. 
The other park fires are in the areas of White Wolf, Lukens Lake, Morrison Creek, Mt Sarr King, Lembert Dome, Yosemite Creek, Coyote Rocks, Cathedral Peak, Moraine Meadows and Rancheria Peak. All are above 8,000’. Most are showing minimal fire behavior and are creeping and smoldering through surface fuels and duff. (G. Wuchner)

Wawona Tree Hazard Removal
A contractor will be taking down dead and defective trees on the Wawona Golf Course. (B. Mattos)



Communication Data Network - Wawona Tower Erection

Construction adjacent to the Wawona Prescribed Burn Trailer will commence Monday, July 21th. The construction crews will be assembling and erecting a new communications tower to to provide updated communications systems to Yosemite National Park. Erection of the tower is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23.  During the erection process the Prescribed Burn Trailer and Wawona wood lot will be closed as well as a 150 foot radius around the tower.  Please use caution in this area and watch for slow trucks and equipment on the roads. Construction is scheduled to last 1 week.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email David Engelstad. (K. Blew)



Park-wide Road Striping

Road striping will start Sunday July 20 and will continue for approximately three weeks throughout the park. Hours of work will be from 6:00 pm until 4:00 am. Expect short delays. (G.Taylor)



Update No. 3 - Tioga Road Rehabilitation (Day Time Delays 30-Minutes)

Starting yesterday, Tuesday July 22nd crews will begin working days from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM and no night work. There will be multiple work zones with crews working Monday thru Friday with up to 30-minute delays and single lane traffic control. So please plan ahead, be patient and obey the speed limits. No delays are scheduled for the weekends (Friday afternoon to Sunday night).  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at 209-379-1263. (M. Pieper)


Henness Ridge - Yosemite Environmental Education Center - Phase 1A
Construction adjacent to the Wawona Road/Henness Ridge Road intersection will resume Monday, June 9th. The construction crews will be excavating/constructing a new waste water treatment plant and finalizing road grades and the main entrance to the center.  Please use caution in this area and watch for slow trucks and equipment on the roads.  Construction is scheduled to last 6 to 8 weeks.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email David Engelstad. (K. Blew, 7/9)

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