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Yosemite National Park Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
Today: Chance of showers in the morning, then showers, snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of snow showers in the morning, then snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 5 inches. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 47 to 57 at 5000 feet... 39 to 49 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers after midnight, gusts up to 40 mph after midnight. Near the crest, chance of snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Over higher elevations, northeast winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Breezy. Snow level 6500 feet. Lows 32 to 42 at 5000 feet...22 to 32 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers, snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then chance of snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Not as cool. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 55 to 63 at 5000 feet...45 to 55 at 8000 feet.
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Renovations on the Carroll N. Clarke Community Hall  In El Portal Begin April 30th, 2018
The inside of the community hall will be closed for use until the project is finished.  This is estimated as a 6 week project. Blue River Builders of El Portal is the contractor for the project. Balanced Rock is donating the majority of funding for the project, and spearheading the project working closely with NPS and YEA on the plan. For questions or concerns regarding this project, or for questions about what kind of support the project needs, contact Heather Sullivan or Eliza Kerr  (H. Sullivan)
Room For Rent In Midpines
Looking for 1 roommate in a 3 bedroom house in Midpines ASAP. The house is beautiful A frame with wrap around porch with beautiful views of the foothills, a mile in from 140 off of Ponderosa Way. 15 minute walk to YARTS bus stop, 2 minute drive.
House includes clothes washer on site (no dryer), sink has disposal. Great outdoor space with potential for gardening (no critter issues thus far). The bedroom for rent is approximately 14' x 14' with big closet (not included in 14' x 14' measurement) and its own personal 1/2 bathroom. Rent is  currently $350/month, utilities (internet/electric) are split monthly among roommates (estimate about 60 month total). No pets. Preferably someone with long term work/stability, but considerations made on case by case basis. Couples will be considered, but not preferred. Contact Anna Puchkoff at for details and pictures!  (A. Puchkoff)
Mountain Lions In Hodgdon Meadows
There have been multiple sightings of mountain lions in the last week in the Hodgdon Meadows area. While lions are a normal and important part of Yosemite, their presence requires that we take certain precautions such as:
- Keep children close to you. 
- Store food properly and never feed wildlife such as deer, raccoons, squirrels, or coyotes- these animals are prey for mountain lions. 
- Feed pets inside and keep pets leashed. 
- Hiking or running alone is not recommended. 
If you encounter a lion, take the following actions immediately:
- Shout in a low voice and wave your arms to look large and threatening. 
- Maintain eye contact with the lion and do not crouch down. 
- Throw rocks or sticks at the lion. 
- Never run!
- Pick up or restrain small children or pets. 
- If a lion attacks, fight back. 
Report mountain lion sightings to or Park Disptach.  (K. Patrick)
Glacier Point Road Temporarily Closed Due To Weather
Due to the inclement weather forecasted for the next several days, which includes cool temps and snow down to below 6500 feet, the Glacier Point Road will be temporarily closed. This closure went into effect Monday, April 30th, at 7 pm., and will be in effect through Tuesday. The road will be assessed on Wednesday morning and opened to the public when safe to do so. Administrative traffic will be allowed for the duration of the closure.  (C. Andrews)
Summer Staff Orientation
Summer Staff Orientation is one day this year for all new and returning staff. Participants are expected to stay through the entire program to maximize their benefit. Please note the different schedules for the first week and off weeks of each pay period through early-June. 
First Week Orientation Schedule (4/30, 5/14, 5/29, 6/11):
8:30-9:00 Superintendent's Welcome
9:00-11:00 HR and Safety Rotation 1
11:00-1:00 HR and Safety Rotation 2
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Living in Yosemite (Bears, What's New)
3:00-4:00 Interpretive/Inspirational Presentation 
Off-Week Orientation Schedule (4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18):
8:30-9:00 Superintendent's Welcome
9:00-10:30 HR 
10:30-12:00 Safety
Tram Tours
There will be three trams this season for NPS staff May 15 (Tues), June 30 (Wed), June 12 (Tues).  All NPS staff (i.e. employees, volunteers, interns) are welcome if there is space. Preference is given to new staff, including staff new to the park in the last year. 
Meet at 2:25 pm-4 pm, meeting at shuttle stop #5 in front of the Visitor Center. Please be at the shuttle stop on time. Any wheelchair needs must be communicated in advance to or 372-0338. Sign-ups are due the Thursday before the tram, at 5pm. If a tram doesn't have 25 people signed up, it will not happen. All employees/supervisors will be alerted by the end of Friday if this is the case. If the temperature is forecast to be below 55 degrees or if there is a significant chance of rain by the Friday before, the tram will be canceled.
Sign-up: Go to address below and click the tab with the desired date.
If you decide not to send an employee after signing up, please remove their name from the list.  (E. Davenport)
YARTS Community Outreach Meeting Wednesday
The Community Outreach meeting for Mariposa County for the YARTS Short-Range Transit Plan will take place on Wednesday,May 2nd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Yosemite Bug Hostel and Resort / Bodie Room. The address is 6979 Hwy 140, Midpines, CA.
The YARTS Short Range Transit Plan is a comprehensive "business" plan that will guide YARTS over the next 5 - 7 years and includes recommendations for the following areas:
- Routes and schedules
- Bus stops
- Replacement and expansion of the existing fleet 
- Marketing strategies 
- Institutional needs (governance and funding)
The purpose of this meeting is to provide residents of Mariposa County, NPS and Aramark employees with an opportunity to provide their input on how YARTS should operate and grow.
Light refreshments will be served.  (C. Kelly)
Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Trainings: Multiple Dates
It's that time of year again to maintain your currency as a wildland firefighter by signing up for one of the annual fireline safety refreshers being offered throughout the Park. These wildland fire refreshers are intended to provide participants the opportunity to maintain currency as a wildland firefighter and are required annually. Each refresher will be limited to 20 people so sign up soon. Dates include May 3rd, May 9th, May 16th, June 4th, and June 19th in various locations. 
Please sign up using the following Google Sheet:
Contact Parker Bevington 375-9515 for any additional information. (J. Peach)
Tourism to Yosemite National Park creates $589,343,700 in Economic Benefits - News Release April 26, 2018
Report shows visitor spending supports 6,666 jobs in local economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4,336,889 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2017 spent $451,782,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 6,666 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $589,343,700.
“Yosemite National Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Yosemite Superintendent Michael Reynolds. “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 economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service.  The report shows $18.2 billion of direct spending by more than 330 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 306,000 jobs nationally; 255,900 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $35.8 billion.
The lodging sector received the highest direct contributions with $5.5 billion in economic output to local gateway economies and 49,000 jobs. The restaurants sector received the next greatest direct contributions with $3.7 billion in economic output to local gateway economies and 60,500 jobs.
According to the 2017 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging/camping (32.9 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.5 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (10.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.0 percent), and local transportation (7.5 percent).
Report authors also produce an interactive tool that enables users to explore visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage:
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  (S. Gediman)
PG&E Temporary Service Interruption Thursday
PG&E will be temporarily interrupting electrical service in the Wawona residential area on Thursday May 3rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For additional information, please contact Heather Gonzales, PG&E Outage Coordinator at 726-5588.  (K. Bablitch)
Yosemite Forum Tuesday May 8
"Amphibians and reptiles of the eastern Sierra: Life in the rainshadow" by Robert Hansen, editor of Herpetological Review
The eastern Sierra Nevada is a land of extremes, with a rapid transition from alpine environments to desert. The rugged terrain and general lack of roads has meant that the region's amphibians and reptiles are not as well known as their counterparts on the western slope. In this presentation, we'll explore salamanders and snakes, where and how they live, and share some stories about those who have studied them.
The Forum will take place Tuesday, May 8th, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium. Please contact Greg Stock at 379-1420 for additional information.  (G. Stock)
Room For Rent
One bedroom for rent in a shared three bedroom/two bath fully furnished house, including washer/dryer. Very nice house located in the quiet Sky Ranch neighborhood north of Oakhurst, just 20 minutes from the Park's South Entrance. $400/month plus utilities and security deposit. Contact or 375-9947.  (C. Andrews)


House for Rent in Groveland/Pine Mountain Lake
Three bedrooms, three full baths, living room and family room, two car garage, washer & dryer, large decks, full privileges at Pine Mountain Lake (lake, stables, golf, airport), $1500/month, unfurnished. One hour's drive from Yosemite Valley. Call Jeannie at 743-0340.  (J. Tasker)
Yosemite Valley Parking And Roads Update April 29-May 8
There will be limited parking available at all times at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area or the Camp 4 Parking Area between April 29th and May 8th (55 vehicles total). Tour bus parking will be available at the Yosemite Falls parking area at all times (22 buses total).
Specifically, the Yosemite Falls Parking area will close at midnight April 29th and remain closed through May 4th (open to bus traffic only) for paving. One bay in the Camp 4 Parking Area will close to all traffic between midnight on May 4th and May 10th. Parking accommodations will be made as work progresses and conditions permit.
Northside Drive will close again for striping on one day, Tuesday, May 8th, between Yosemite Village and Camp 4. There will be a two-way configuration on the Valley Loop Road.  This will be the end of the major road work on the Valley Loop Road and Parking Project, which began with construction of the Yosemite Falls Parking Area and reconstruction of the Yosemite Village Parking Area. Construction of the comfort station at the Yosemite Village Parking lot, wayfinding, interpretation, landscaping, and fencing work will continue. (L. Acree)
Caltrans Construction Update For SR 49 and Surrounding Area
Caltrans advises that damage to State Routes (SR) 49 and 132, sustained after heavy rains on March 22nd, resulted in long term closures. SR 49 is closed for 36 miles between SR 120 and Bear Valley Road. SR 132 is closed for one half mile between Granite Springs and Piney Creek Roads. Completion dates are unknown at this time. Additionally, a Caltrans contractor has begun repaving 34 miles of SR 108 and SR 120 in Tuolumne County. Work began on April 2nd and is expected to continue into October. Motorists can expect lane closures and one-way traffic control, with flaggers and 10-minute delays.  (J. Donovan)
Northside Drive Traffic Pilot
Beginning late Friday morning, April 13th, Northside Drive will be reconfigured as a one-way two lane road at the Lower Falls intersection for westbound traffic. Traffic from Camp 4 and the Yosemite Falls Parking area will use Lodge Drive to head back to the Lower Falls intersection. There a right turn heads east on Northside Drive toward Yosemite Village. As a reminder, Lodge Drive is signed with a speed limit of 15 MPH. The goal of this pilot is to improve pedestrian safety and the overall efficiency of the Lower Falls intersection.  (J. Hoeflich)
El Portal Road Delays Update 3/28
Crews have re-mobilized to finish working on the storm damage repairs from last year.  Delays will continue up to Memorial Day weekend. Crews will be working on the El Portal Road between the western Park boundary (Yosemite View Lodge) and the Big Oak Flat Intersection. There will be single lane traffic control with flaggers and pilot car operations, so please use caution when traveling thru the construction zone. This work is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend. The following delays should be anticipated while traveling the El Portal Road between the western park boundary and the Big Oak Flat Intersection:
Monday thru Friday
6am to 8am –  Traffic delays up to 15 minutes
8am to 3:30pm -- Traffic delays up to 30 minutes
3:30pm to 5:30pm -- Traffic delays up to 15 minutes  (M. Pieper)
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.  (K. White)