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Yosemite National Park Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Today: Snow showers. Showers. Snow accumulation up to 9 inches. Snow level 6500 feet. Highs 45 to 50 at 5000 feet...36 to 41 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Snow showers likely in the evening, then slight chance of showers after midnight. Near the crest, snow showers likely in the evening, then chance of snow showers after midnight. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Total snow accumulation up to 19 inches. Snow level 6000 feet. Lows 29 to 39 at 5000 feet...21 to 31 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Highs 45 to 51 at 5000 feet...39 to 44 at 8000 feet.
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Half Dome Village Ice Rink Updated Hours
The Half Dome Village Ice Rink has updated hours of operation. Ice skating tickets are available at the Half Dome Village Tour & Activity Desk adjacent to the Registration Office. The Yosemite Winter Club hockey league and ice skating lessons will be starting soon.
Hours of operation as of 1/9/18:
Mon-Fri:  1:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Sat/Sun:  12:00 pm to 9:00 pm  (L. Cesaro)
Sierra Nevada Network Fall/Winter Newsletter Available
The Sierra Nevada Network Inventory & Monitoring Program conducts natural resources inventory and monitoring in Yosemite National Park, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, and Devils Postpile National Monument. Check out the Fall/Winter issue of The Sierra Nevada Monitor, our biannual newsletter. 
You may download the newsletter at  to learn about:
- How snow, water, and fire challenged 2017 fieldwork
- A winter birding event in Cesar E. Chavez National Monument
- Celebration of moving beyond protocol development
- Managing for persistence in Devils Postpile National Monument
- Detecting rare aquatic animals with eDNA in Yosemite National Park
- Field project news
- The latest on Inventories 2.0 
Thank you to Monica Buhler, Colleen Kamoroff, and Caren Goldberg for contributed articles. For more information about the Inventory & Monitoring Program, contact Program Manager Sylvia Haultain at 559-565-3788, or  (L. Mutch)
YARTS Free Day
The next YARTS free service day will be Monday, January 15th. The buses will only stop and pick up at the Visitor Center on that day and the schedule has been modified, so please plan ahead. Also, please expect buses to be at capacity or standing room only. The free day schedule can be found online at or  (C. Kelly)
Hooting Owl Lecture Series Thursday
"Recent advances in studying Yosemite Valley rockfalls" by Greg Stock, Park Geologist
Yosemite has experienced many significant rockfalls this past year. Rockfalls present challenging – and sometimes tragic – situations, but they also offer opportunities to learn more about how and why rockfalls happen. This talk will describe how new analytical tools such as high-resolution photography, structure-from-motion photogrammetry, airborne and terrestrial laser scanning, cliff monitoring, and cosmogenic exposure dating provide new insights that improve our understanding of rockfalls and help the park reduce rockfall risk.
This inaugural Hooting Owl Lecture Series will take place on Thursday, January 11th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Wawona Community Center.  (G. Stock)
Yosemite Medical Clinic Holiday Closure
Yosemite Medical Clinic will be closed Monday, January 15th in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a federal holiday. As usual, ambulance response will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by calling 911.  (C. Griffin)
Looking For RV Space
Glenn Gibbons (Arch Rock) and Mitzi Thornley (RMS) have been notified that, after 20 years, they will have to vacate their RV space at Indian Flat Park in El Portal for re-development by April 1st.  They have a 28 foot 5th Wheel that would need full hook ups (Electric, Sewer, Water) and would be willing to pay $600.00 monthly along with assuming full responsibility for prepping the space for occupancy. If you have or know of such a space, even for short-term, please contact Mitzi Thornley at 379-1060 or  (M. Thornley)
Room For Rent In Mariposa
One bedroom available in a large house in Mariposa. Non-smoker, employed, male or female. Must like cats (the house has several well-behaved cats). Bedroom is unfurnished, has private bath. $500/mo + shared utilities (estimate $200-300/month). First & last; cash or PayPal only. Contact Cheryl at or 436-9150 (leave a message).   (H. Huppe)
Art Center Demolition
The AAC demolition is completed except for the sand removal under the building. This will require a contract modification and so the project is on hold until the modification is completed by PWR, likely in late January - early February. Completion of the sand removal is expected by early February.  (D. Miller)
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 mobilized 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)