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Yosemite National Park Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Today: Mostly sunny. Breezy. Highs 49 to 59 at 5000 feet... 44 to 54 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph over higher elevations. Gusts up to 50 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow after midnight. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow after midnight. Very windy. Lows 30 to 40 at 5000 feet...21 to 31 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph...southwest 30 to 50 mph with gusts to around 75 mph over higher elevations.
TomorrowMostly cloudy. Chance of rain in the morning, chance of snow. Near the crest, chance of snow in the morning, then slight chance of snow in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Very windy. Highs 30 to 40. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph...west 30 to 50 mph over higher elevations. Gusts up to 50 mph...75 mph over higher elevations.
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Candlelight Service Sunday
Yosemite Community Church will be hosting a Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 24th at 4:00pm in the historic Chapel in Yosemite. Don’t miss this beautiful tradition!  (F. Moore)
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)
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)
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 or by leaving a message on the bear hotline at (209) 372-0322.  (C.  Lee-Roney)
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)
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)
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)