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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
 
Today:  Sunny. Highs 79 to 85 at 5000 feet...68 to 73 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 45 to 53 at 5000 feet...36 to 42 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 81 to 87 at 5000 feet...70 to 75 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY 
 
Recreation.gov Change Over, October 1
On October 1, the management of recreation.gov will change over to a new contract and company, Booz, Allen, Hamilton (BAH). Between October 1 and 10AM on October 5, no one, not even the BAH customer service center, will be able to use www.recreation.gov to make or alter reservations. Any availability during that time will be handled locally at each campground operation. The processing of cancellations, early departures, or any other reservation alteration will be delayed until October 5. Please refer questions about reservations to the appropriate campground office: Valley 372-8502, Wawona, 375-9535, Mather, 379-2123. (E. Bissmeyer)
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Wetland Restoration At Demolished Art Activity Center
Revegetation will occur at the demolished Art Activity Center wetland restoration area in Yosemite Village from late September to mid-October. Staff and volunteers will plant ~6,000 native wetland plants, broadcast native seed, and mulch with native pine needle duff. If you would like to help out, come volunteer the week of Facelift! (J. Baccei)
 
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Recent News
 
Victor Goldman Retirement Party Thursday
Victor Goldman, who creates works of ecological restoration art with an excavator, is retiring after nearly 30 years in Yosemite! Please join in to thank him for his lasting contributions to Yosemite's rivers, meadows, and forests and to send him off to retirement in style. This event will take place Thursday, September 27th, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Vegetation Office picnic tables (old El Portal, uphill from the post office). Please bring a dish to share. There is a potluck sign-up sheet to help distribute the dishes at http://docs.google.com/document/d/1dtVX314dskpssilpt5q6SeT1opF0-kvonDYXd4_M3Sk/edit.  (A. Demetry)
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Scenic Vista Management at Bridalveil Meadow
Scenic Vista Management at Bridalveil (Roosevelt) Meadow resumes to restore the historic scenic vista, Valley View. This view of Leaning Tower, Bridalveil Fall, Sentinel, Half Dome, Clouds Rest, El Capitan and Ribbon Fall can be found on the tail side of the 2010 America the Beautiful quarter. The view has been obscured by conifers encroaching the meadow and black oak woodland. Thanks to Yosemite Conservancy support, crews will be removing select encroaching conifers to restore this iconic American landscape.  (G. Dickman)
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Hoist Training October 2nd & 3rd
The Yosemite Helicopter Rescue Team will be conducting annual high angle hoist training in El Capitan Meadow on Tuesday, October 2nd and Wednesday, October 3rd. Traffic control will be in place on El Cap straight, and the East Buttress of Middle Cathedral will be closed to climbing for the duration of the training.  (K. Kirschner)
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Camp 4 Update
Camp 4 will be switching to self-registration starting Monday, October 1st.  Hopeful campers should still go directly to Camp 4 to check for an available spot, and self-register at the Camp 4 kiosk following the posted instructions. No more than 6 people are allowed per campsite. No pets allowed in Camp 4.
 
Typically Camp 4 remains staffed with a ranger through mid-November. Unfortunately, the Valley campground team does not have sufficient staffing to do so this year. Campground rangers will rove Camp 4 as much as possible. Thanks!  (S. Montroy)
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Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Host Award Ceremony and Art Exhibition on Saturday, October 5, 2018 - Yosemite News Release September 21, 2018
 
Winning submissions of the 2018 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography, and Poetry Contest will be on Exhibit  
 
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery are proud to honor the winners of the 2018 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography, and Poetry Contest at a special award ceremony beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 5, 2018 in front of The Ansel Adams Gallery. Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery would like to thank Yosemite Conservancy for their generous support of this special program and our local students.
 
This year, Yosemite National Park received over 200 submissions from students in our local gateway communities. The artwork and poetry received was divided into categories and by grade level. All submissions were judged and the winning submissions were selected by a combination of park staff and park partners. All winning student artwork and poetry will be on display in The Ansel Adams Gallery on Saturday, October 5, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
 
This contest is a way for the park to celebrate the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades TK-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park. This year the contest featured artwork from a record number of gateway communities including Bass Lake Joint Union, Big Oak Flat Groveland Unified, Bishop Unified, Chawanakee Unified, Eastern Sierra Unified, Mammoth Unified, Mariposa County Unified, Raymond-Knowles Union, the districts of Tuolumne County, Yosemite Unified and Sonora Area Schools.
 
The winners of the 2018 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography, and Poetry Contest are: 
 
TK Art:
1st Place: Miles Latham, Yosemite Valley Elementary 
2nd Place: Weston Helling,  Yosemite Valley Elementary 
3rd Place: Nizhani Atwell,  Yosemite Valley Elementary 
Honorable Mention: Finn Davenport
 
Kindergarten-1st Grade Art:
1st Place: Emma Esquivel, El Portal Elementary Schook
2nd Place:  Sierra Harrington,  Yosemite Valley Elementary & Noah Cram, Coarsegold Elementary School
3rd Place: Nollie Buskeness,  Yosemite Valley Elementary 
Honorable Mention: Harper Klarcyk,  Yosemite Valley Elementary 
Honorable Mention: Annin Leahy,  Yosemite Valley Elementary  
Honorable Mention: Sadie Hinson, Lee Vining Elementary School
 
2nd-3rd Grade Art:
1st Place: Evelyn Carter, El Portal Elementary School
2nd Place: James Stenberg, Coarsegold Elementary School
3rd Place: Safia Guadagni,  Yosemite Valley Elementary  & Ember Eilts, Lee Vining Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Karessa Ruaisab-Smith,  Yosemite Valley Elementary  
Honorable Mention:  Tyler Ruffner, El Portal Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Whitney Marcis, El Portal Elementary School
 
4th-5th Grade Art:
1st Place: Leyla Vega, Belleview Elementary School
2nd Place: Ella Ruth Reynolds, Yosemite Valley Elementary
3rd Place: Kiera Kjer, Belleview Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Morgan Imrie, Sierra Foothill Charter School
Honorable Mention:  Darragh Duffy, Sierra Foothill Charter School
 
6th-8th Grade Art:
1st Place: Dahlia Lane Munoz, Yosemite Valley Elementary
2nd Place: Presley Nash, Mammoth Middle School
3rd Place: Celianna Lee, Sierra Foothill Charter School
Honorable Mention: Vida Orozco, Mammoth Middle School
Honorable Mention: Gabriela Morris, Yosemite Valley Elementary  
Honorable Mention: Tadd Sexton, Sierra Foothill Charter School
 
9th-12th Grade Art:
1st Place: Cedar Dobson, Yosemite High School
2nd Place: Amanda Gutierrez, Yosemite High School
3rd Place: Kaitlyn Fisher, Yosemite High School
Honorable Mention: Clover Cicoletti, Yosemite High School
Honorable Mention:  Gianna Tawney, Tioga High School
 
Wild and Scenic River Act Anniversary Award:
1st Place: Sadie Henderson, Rivergold Elementary School
2nd Place: Rylie Mitchell, El Portal Elementary School
 
3rd Place: Sophie Petrelli, Coarsegold Elementary
Honorable Mention: Gregory O'Cana, Coarsegold Elementary School
Honorable Mention:  Cooper Deglomine, El Portal Elementary School
Honorable Mention:  Cache Ripple, El Portal Elementary School
 
Group Art:
1st Place: Coarsegold Elementary School, Ms. Tashjian's Class
2nd Place: Belleview Elementary School, Izibella Reyes & Alvyvia Cromwell
3rd Place: Spring Valley Elementary School, Mrs. McGrew's Class
 
Photography 4th-5th:
1st Place: Russell Shaw, Oakhurst Elementary School
2nd Place: Grayson Ryan Shaw, Oakhurst Elementary School
 
Photography 6th-8th:
1st Place:  Gabriella R. Shaw, Oak Creek Intermediate School
2nd Place: Erika Ayers, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School
3rd Place: Jaeyahna Bolar, Sierra Foothill Charter School
 
Gateway Award:
1st Place: Connor Eastwood, Sierra Foothill Charter School
2nd Place: Zane Baumann, Sierra Foothill Charter School
3rd Place: Kazuki Okamoto, Mammoth High School
Honorable Mention: Gregory Bribiesca, Mammoth Middle School
Honorable Mention: 
Jude Johnson, Yosemite Valley School
 
Special Awards:
Ansel Adams Award: Lyle Laurence, Mammoth High School
Yosemite Award: Bekah Fickling  (J. Richards)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Traffic Data Equipment Installation 9/10-10/22
New Traffic Data Recording Equipment is Currently Being Installed to Replace All of the Existing Traffic Counters in the Park
 
From September 10 to October 28, 2018 the park will be replacing the existing traffic counters in Yosemite, beginning this week along Tioga Road. 
 
At each location, the park will be installing loop vehicle detectors in each lane, trenching and placing underground conduit/wiring along the shoulder of the road and installing an Automatic Traffic Data Recorder. 
 
While work is under way, you should expect to see a flagging operation that will reduce traffic to one lane. Each lane will be closed for approximately 3 hours. A flagger and traffic cones will be out in the work zones. 
 
This may cause short traffic delays during the day as work crews proceed with digging and cutting operations along the shoulder of the road and in the roadway. Motorists should expect day work along Tioga Road, Big Oak Flat Road, Wawona and Glacier Point Roads, Southside Drive near the Chapel, and Northside Drive near Camp 4. Night work will take place at the South Entrance, Arch Rock, and Big Oak Flat Entrance. Work will not be conducted on the weekends, from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. 
 
Location                         Dates             Time                               Traffic Control
 
Tioga and Big Oak        9/19-9/25           9:00 am-6:00 pm        Flagger 
Flat Roads                                                                                  (one-lane road)       
 
Wawona and Glacier     9/26-10/1          9:00 am-6:00 pm        Flagger 
Point Roads                                                                               (one-lane road)
 
Northside Drive at         10/2-10/7          9:00 am-6:00 pm        Flagger  
Camp 4                                                                                      (one-lane road)
 
Southside Drive            10/8-10/10        9:00 am-6:00 pm        Single lane closure
at Valley Chapel                                                                        (Second lane open)
 
Big Oak Flat                  10/11-10/16      8:00 pm-5:00 am        Flagger  
Entrance                                                                                    (one-lane road)
 
South Entrance             10/17-10/21      8:00 pm-5:00 am        Flagger        
                                                                                                  (one-lane road)
 
Arch Rock Entrance      10/22-10/28     8:00pm-5:00 am         Flagger
                                                                                                  (one-lane road)  (J. Richards)
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Riverbank Restoration At Housekeeping Camp
Between September 3rd and October 26th, Yosemite restoration staff will restore eroded and armored riverbanks on the eastern border of Housekeeping Camp. During this time a limited number of tent cabins will be closed while heavy equipment works in the immediate vicinity. Pedestrian access through this area will be limited. The riverbank will be stabilized using large engineered wood structures as well as seeding and planting with native riparian vegetation.  (C. Fong)
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Construction On Hwy 140 In Mariposa
The California Department of Transportation is repairing more than six miles of Highway 140 between the intersections of Highway 49 North and Whitlock Road in Mariposa County. This project is expected to finish by the end of September. Crews will upgrade structures that are used to keep water off the highway, repair and repave damaged pavement, and re-stripe the roadway. Crews are scheduled to work during the day, Monday through Friday, and will perform one-way traffic control. Delays in travel time should be anticipated between Mariposa and El Portal. The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. More information and updates on projects can be found at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/d10/projects.html  (J. Donovan)