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Yosemite National Park Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
 
Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow showers in the morning. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Breezy. Highs 46 to 52 at 5000 feet...37 to 43 at 8000 feet. Northwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet...23 to 33 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, northwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph in the evening.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Not as cool. Highs 52 to 58 at 5000 feet...43 to 49 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Pile Burning
Pile burning will be conducted throughout the park over the next few weeks after the recent precipitation received. There may be short term smoke impacts isolated to the burn pile areas.  (J.  Peach)
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House for Rent
3 bedroom 2 bath home on East Whitlock Road available starting February 1st. $1500 per month not including utilities. One year lease preferred. No pets/smokers. Call Virgia at 731-695-5048 for more information.  (W. Bryan)
 
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RECENT NEWS
 
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)
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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 https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/DownloadFile/593784  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 Sylvia_Haultain@nps.gov.  (L. Mutch)
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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 www.yarts.com or www.facebook.com/rideyarts.  (C. Kelly)
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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)
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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)
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Looking For RV Space
Glenn Gibbons (Arch Rock) and Mitzi Thornley (RMS) have been notified they will need to vacate their long time RV space at Indian Flat Park in for re-development by April 1st.  Government space or housing is not a possibility. They live in a 28ft 5th wheel that needs full hook ups (Electric, Sewer, Water), and hope to pay $600.00 monthly. They will assume full responsibility for prepping the space for occupancy. If you have or know of such a space, please contact Mitzi Thornley at 209-379-1060 or via email at mitzi125@msn.com.  Short and long-term arrangements are being considered.  (M. Thornley)
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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 cherylaoife@sti.net or 436-9150 (leave a message).  (H. Huppe)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
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)
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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)