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Yosemite National Park Monday, December 18th, 2017

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, December 18th, 2017
 
Today: Sunny. Highs 50 to 60 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet...24 to 34 at 8000 feet.
TomorrowMostly sunny. Highs 51 to 60 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph in the afternoon, gusts up to 45 mph in the afternoon.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Museum/District Building Electrical Rehab Project
This project will rehabilitate the electrical system in the Museum/District Building by installing grounding in the existing electrical circuits. The Contractor will mobilize on Monday, December 18th and the project is expected to run for 6 months. The 8 parking stalls to the west of the building between the sidewalk on the south and the south end of the fence to the north will become the Contractor's staging areas.  Please do not leave any vehicles parked there on Sunday night. Thank you.  (K. White)
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Author Night Thursday
Yosemite Library invites you to its first Author Night! Join in for an evening with John Colver on Thursday, December 21st from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Learn how to add the Daily Dozen to your day! Listen to amazing stories of John’s year on the Pacific Crest Trail, John Muir Trail, the peaks he summited and his experience of “Walking in the Footsteps of a Saint”, a year walking where John Muir explored.  (C. Reynolds)
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Winter Coyotes
Sightings of coyotes in developed areas within Yosemite Valley has increased over the past month. In particular, coyotes have been observed approaching dogs in campgrounds and housing areas. Please be extra cautious to keep pets on short (6 foot) leashes while in the park. Do not leave pets outside unattended. If you see a coyote approaching you, make a lot of noise, wave your arms to look bigger, and keep children close by. As always, please remember to store your food properly at all times and never feed wildlife!
 
Report any concerning coyote behavior to the Valley Wildlife office by emailing yose_bear_mgmt@nps.gov or by leaving a message on the bear hotline at (209) 372-0322.  (C.  Lee-Roney)
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Yosemite Medical Clinic Holiday Closure
Yosemite Medical Clinic will be closed Monday, December 25th in observance of Christmas Day, a federal holiday. As usual, ambulance response will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by calling 911.  (C. Griffin)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Construction
Contractors are wrapping up work for their winter shutdown. The only work that will take place this winter will be reconstructing masonry headwalls, with local traffic control as needed. Masonry contractors have wrapped up work in west Yosemite Valley and moved to the Lodge area. (L. Acree)
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Yosemite Valley Building Demolition
The abatement and demolition of the AAC Center began on Monday, November 6th and will continue through November 22nd, with the building demolition phase scheduled November 27th – December 18th. The accessible pedestrian pathway from the new Yosemite Village Day Use Parking Area to Yosemite Village (to the Village Store, Visitors Center, etc.) will not be blocked and will have chain link fencing on the interior side for visitor protection.  The site will be restored to a seasonal wetland in 2018.  (D. Miller)