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Yosemite National Park --Monday, May 10, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Monday, May 10, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny, warmer. Highs 70 to 78 at 5000 feet...57 to 67 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 47 to 57 at 5000 feet...36 to 46 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 69 to 77 at 5000 feet...55 to 65 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass

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Free COVID-19 Vaccinations Available During New Employee Onboarding 5/10 & 5/24
Free COVID-19 vaccinations will be provided by the Yosemite Medical Clinic and Mariposa County Public Health on Monday, May 10 and Monday, May 24, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. These vaccination clinics will be located outside of the East Auditorium in Yosemite Valley in conjunction with new employee onboarding.

All vaccines will be administered on a walk-in basis. During these two clinics, the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine will be available. No appointment scheduling is required. Anyone interested in getting vaccinated will register on-site. Remember to bring photo ID and loose-fitting clothing is recommended. Please expect the whole process to take approximately 30-40 minutes, including check-in and observation.

If you are interested in a Moderna vaccine, additional vaccination clinics are available at the Yosemite Medical Clinic every Wednesday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on a walk-in basis. Vaccines are available for 1st and 2nd doses.

The Johnson & Johnson and the Moderna vaccine are for individuals 18 and older.

The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to protect yourselves, families, and co-workers from serious complications associated with COVID-19. To learn more, visit www.mariposacounty.org/2466/COVID-19-Vaccination (J. Richards)

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Hodgdon Meadows Power Outage Today
PG&E will be replacing electrical poles in the Hodgdon Meadow area. There will be a temporary power outage on Monday, May 10, 0900-1300. For more information call Heather Gonzales, PG&E Outage Coordinator, at 726-5588. (K. Bablitch)
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Yosemite GIS User Group Today
​​The next (virtual) meetup for parkwide GIS users is Monday, May 10 from 10am to noon. These bimonthly meetups are a chance to share and hear about what GIS users across the park are working on. The knowledge fair portion (approx. 11-noon) will include presentations about utilities mapping, making 508 compliant maps, and image or logo thumbnail tips and tricks. All park employees interested and/or involved in GIS are invited to attend. Email yose_gis_support@nps.gov to request a calendar invitation. (E. Hale)
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Yosemite National Park to Implement a Pilot Overnight Climbing Permit System Beginning on Friday, May 21, 2021 - Yosemite News Release Release May 7, 2021
Yosemite National Park – All visitors planning to overnight on any rock climbing routes in Yosemite National Park will be required to obtain an overnight wilderness climbing permit beginning on May 21, 2021. This pilot program is being implemented to better understand how park visitors use Yosemite’s big walls and to help improve climbing wilderness ethics and reduce negative human impacts associated with overnight big wall use.

Overnight climbing permits will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on May 14, 2021. For the duration of the pilot program, these permits will be free. Please visit https://yosemite.org/climbingpermits/ to learn more.

For more detailed information on climbing in Yosemite National Park, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/climbing.htm.

This program will be a 2-year pilot.  

For further information on Yosemite National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/yose (J. Richards)
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Local Volunteer Opportunity
The Yosemite Fleet Office is looking for an individual local volunteer that can assist with delivery of Yosemite Park government vehicles to and from vehicle repair facilities for estimates, repairs, recalls, in surrounding communities including Merced & Fresno.
Other duties include vehicle inspection, sanitization and cleaning, accident reporting, vehicle and parts running, inventories as needed etc.
Dates: position is set to run April to August or later depending on department needs.
Hours are flexible depending on the day's tasks. Suggested schedule Mon-Fri from 7a-4pm, may vary from 16-32 hours depending on candidate's preference.
Great resume building experience & cross training opportunities available.
Primary work location El Portal.
Valid Driver’s License required. Knowledge or experience with Yosemite/Mariposa area driving and conditions are preferred.
Position is open until filled.
Contact reed_wilson@nps.gov for more information. (J. Gonzales)
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Yosemite Local Zero Landfill & Sustainability Volunteer Opportunity
Join Yosemite Conservancy and the Park Partners for a Zero Landfill & Sustainability Park Project. Register ahead of time by emailing ebrosk@yosemite.org. Volunteers will meet at the NPS Warehouse in El Portal at 7am on June 5 to sort, count, and recycle empty propane canisters. The project will be done by 11am, before it gets too hot. A great chance to learn more about Yosemite's Zero Landfill initiatives and find out how you can get involved with future sustainability projects. (J. Gonzales)

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

Bridalveil Falls Project Traffic Control Update 5/7/21
There will be 15 minute delays from 0700 to 0830 and up to 30 minute delays from 0830 to 1730 on Southside Drive between Pohono Bridge and the Wawona Road junction. These delays will also affect Northside Drive east of Pohono Bridge.

Contractors will be completing utility work in the roadway as part of the Bridalveil Falls project. The Bridalveil Fall parking lot and trails are closed to visitation to allow for ongoing rehabilitation work. NPS crews are currently constructing a new accessible trail and making other trail and site repairs. Contractor work consisting of utility upgrades and parking lot and bus platform improvements will continue through May 2021. (P. Johnson)
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Wawona Road Biomass Removal
Contractors are removing biomass along Wawona Road between Wawona and the South Entrance. Delays up to 15 minutes may occur. Biomass removal is part of an ongoing project to reduce fuel loading along road corridors and to prepare for prescribed or wildland fires. Material is sent to co-gen facilities where it is converted to electricity. Email garrett_dickman@nps.gov for more information. (G. Dickman)
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Tree Trimming In El Portal
Valley Forestry has begun residential trimming and hazard reduction in Rancheria and Old El Portal. Surveyors will be assessing trees. They will be followed by climbing crews performing work. This work will focus on reducing dead wood in trees and minimizing removal of green limbs unless absolutely necessary. Requests for hazard evaluation can be sent to brian_see@nps.gov. Thanks for being patient with Forestry vehicles affecting traffic. (B. See)
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El Portal Warehouse Roof Replacement
Replacement of the roofing membrane on the El Portal Warehouse roof is expected to continue through the spring, and possibly the summer. This project includes replacement of four of the large HVAC units on the roof, as well as the deteriorated joint sealant on the tilt-up concrete wall panels on the exterior walls, and demolition of an obsolete solar system. Crews will be working both on the roof and around the exterior of the building on lifts. They will try to keep all entrances open, but there may be periodic interruptions. (K. White)