Daily Report – Yosemite National Park
Friday January 26, 2024
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Not as cool. Mostly sunny. Highs 37 to 49. North winds 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Near steady temperature in the mid 30s. Northeast winds up to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
Tomorrow: Not as cool. Partly sunny. Highs 39 to 55. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass
NEW & HAPPENING TODAY
Yosemite Medical Clinic Flu Shots
Last free flu shot clinic day this Friday, 1/26. First come first served 9am-noon & 1-3 pm. (P. Ulrich)
Yosemite Medical Clinic
URGENT call for applications for Administrative Support and Medical Support Assistant (MSA) positions.
Administrative support: customer service, receptionist, and administrative services in a dynamic environment with ability to learn our system quickly is desired.
MSA: Same as administrative support but clinical experience such as EMT or CNA is preferred.
Contact Pattama Ulrich at email@example.com with inquiries and to submit your application (resume, email or letter of interest).
Valley Forestry will be removing hazard trees along South Side Drive between Housekeeping Camp and Curry fourway on Monday 1/29 and Tuesday 1/30. Work will take place between 0800 and 1600. Please anticipate delays lasting up to 15 minutes. Thanks for your patience. (B. See).
Burn Piles in Wawona
Fire crews will be burning piles in Wawona today along Forest Drive. Please drive carefully and watch for firefighters and equipment working in the area (N. Phillipe)
The Badger Pass A-frame is open for the 2024 Season!
The Badger Pass A-frame is open and staffed 7 days/week by Wilderness staff to answer questions and issue Overnight Wilderness permits. A-frame hours are 8:00am-4:00pm, intermittently. Call (209) 372-0408 for current ski/snow conditions.
Snow conditions: The recent weather has provided dynamic snow conditions! Generally, warm storms followed by cold mornings (as we have experienced this week) can create icy and somewhat treacherous conditions. However, ever since that first sunny day after the latest storm, we have been finding fabulous touring conditions as the snow softens. All Glacier Point Road Nordic Routes are open for the season, with low snow conditions on all trails. The Glacier Point Road is groomed all the way to Glacier Point. The most popular trails that depart from the Glacier Point Road are broken (Dewey 14, Dewey 18, Old GP Road to Summit Cutoff, Horizon Ridge) with sticks, branches, rocks and logs to be expected just below the snow. Ice bridges over water will be thin, yet cleverly disguised by the new snow. Strong route-finding skills are helpful if you are the first one to ski a trail after fresh snow or if the trail is unbroken.
We have measured around 2″ of water since 1/18, while receiving 16.5″ of snow over that same time frame. It’s been warm and we’ve not received quite as much snow as we’d hoped for, but enough to continue building up our base. Fingers crossed for more coming our way next week!
Remember to bring cross country skis or snowshoes (or rent them from the Nordic Center) if you plan to come up to explore the Wilderness around Badger Pass. Nordic ski routes are intended for ski or snowshoe travel only. Hiking on ski trails creates post hole damage, which is long lasting and presents real hazards to yourself and other winter recreators. Only bears still walking around in the winter are excused from this expectation.
We look forward to seeing you up here! (C. Carter)
GIS User Group
The next meetup for parkwide GIS users is Monday, January 29 at 2pm in the El Portal Large Breakroom and on Teams. The GIS User Group is a bimonthly forum for learning and building community among GIS users across Yosemite’s programs and departments. This meeting’s topics will include a discussion on our upcoming Geoportal open data initiative and updates on mobile devices, ArcGIS Online, and CarryMap. For the Knowledge Fair, GIS Intern Ryan Rainwater will be presenting the results from a parking capacity GIS project. All NPS employees interested and/or involved in GIS are invited to attend. Contact Elizabeth Hale for a calendar invite.
Executive Director of Yosemite National Park ChildCare Center (YNPCCC) Looking for Housing
Heather Webster has lived and worked in Yosemite for over a year now and just began her new role as Executive Director for YNPCCC! Heather has an extensive background caring for kids, with a BS in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s in Nutritional Biology. She loves spending time in nature and has excellent references. She is responsible, communicative, thoughtful, and organized. Heather is looking for housing in Yosemite Valley, El Portal, Midpines, or Mariposa.
YNPCCC is the only childcare facility in the area that serves the greater Yosemite workforce: NPS, YH, YC, Yosemite View Lodge and Cedar Lodge alike.
If you have a rental available, or know of someone who does, please contact Heather at (401) 569-8552. Thank you! (L. Kahn)
Kudos for Katherine Sheetz
Katherine was amazing in assisting me with my payroll issue and made sure I was informed of the happenings every step of the way. The diligence and professionalism she showed during the process was a plus and made the painful process much less painful. (J. Thompson)
Thank you to Shane Fairbanks and Jeremy Jacobs
I would like to say thank you to Shane Fairbanks R&T/Valley rds., again first one to turn in his inventory and followed closely by Jeremy Jacobs B&G mgt. Thank you both for doing a great job in doing your inventory and returning them promptly and not waiting until the last day.
Congrats to the GIS and the Design and Engineering branch!
The Design and Engineering Team was recognized by the NPS GIS (Geographic Information System) Council with an Innovation in GIS Award – national level recognition for developing and integrating practical GIS applications into Facilities Management and warm and supportive mentoring of interns working on GIS projects.
The Design and Engineering (D&E) team in Facilities Management at Yosemite is a cohesive, highly dedicated team that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of GIS for facilities management at the park and service wide level. As a result of D&E’s consistent support and enthusiasm for GIS, which includes productive engagement with the park-level GIS coordination team and GISC-level Facilities GIS User Community Group, mentoring of GIS interns, funding and hiring GIS personnel, managing the park’s NTRIP station and a cache of GNSS equipment and tablets with data plans, and stepping into an active data stewardship role in the park’s enterprise GIS, D&E has led their division in effectively integrating GIS into planning and operations. They have produced many practical GIS products and applications as well as accomplished the intangible but nearly measurable achievement of influencing a culture change with the perception of GIS in Facilities Management. (C. Casper)
Pile burning this week
Yosemite Fire tentatively plans to burn piles in El Portal, Merced Grove, and Forest Drive in Wawona this week. Active burning will be weather dependent. (N.Phillips)
Yosemite Conservancy Job Opening: Outdoor Programs Coordinator
Are you interested in helping visitors better understand Yosemite through high quality interpretive programs? Are you totally enchanted by the natural and cultural history of the Sierra? Do you enjoy managing a myriad of logistics and figuring out how to glide through the constant natural disruptions that Yosemite has to offer? Have you worked in leadership for outdoor programs and find administration invigorating? Are you a creative thinker who can find sound solutions when the going gets tough? Yosemite Conservancy is seeking an organized, determined, good-humored, calm-cool-and-collected person who wants to enrich the visitor experience and foster the professional growth of naturalist guides. Visit yosemite.org for the full job description and application details. Application deadline is February 2. (K.Chappell)
Yosemite Structure Fire – Volunteers Needed
Have you ever considered becoming an emergency responder? This could be your chance! We are looking to boost our Structure Fire volunteer cadre in the park. You’re invited to an informal info session to learn what it takes to become a Structure Fire volunteer in the park and the rewards that come with helping your community. If you cannot attend an info session, please contact steve lyon, Yosemite Fire Safety Inspector, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 209.347.1353.
Wawona – Tuesday, January 30, 6 pm @ the Wawona Fire Station
MLK Day of Service Community Clothing & Item Drive
From January 15 to January 29, we will be holding the annual MLK Day of Service Clothing & Item Drive. All items will be donated to the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless and St. Mary’s Community Services. Please make sure all donated items are washed and in good condition. Please try to donate some of the requested items, including blankets, sweaters, jackets, socks, sleeping bags, winter hats, and warm winter clothing. For questions, email email@example.com. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
EP Warehouse VIP Office – Any time!
Yosemite Valley Library – Tues & Wed: 10:30am-5:00pm
Wawona Library – Tues & Thurs: 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or Sat: 9:00am – 2:00pm
El Portal Library – Tues & Thurs: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Dispatch Expansion Project
The Dispatch Expansion project is converting most of the El Portal Warehouse lobby into office space for the Emergency Communications (Dispatch) Center. The lobby elevator is off-limits except in case of emergency. The lobby stairs are still blocked off and the rest of the lobby area is closed unless you are involved with the project. Warehouse occupants and visitors need to use alternate means of ingress/egress until the re-construction of the stairs is finished. Do not enter through the RMS building unless you work there. To access the Dispatch office area, follow the signs in through the Trails area door just inside the fence/gate. Apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Contact Nicole Belle Isle, Project Manager, for more information. (N. Belle Isle)
Y8 Fuel Station Down
The Y8 gas station is currently down. For gas needs in the meantime, please call the garage from 8 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week at 209-372-1060 to schedule a fill until further notice. We’ll update when the station is back up and running. (C. Layman)
Valley Shuttle Construction Impacts
Service stops 2, 4, 5, 14, 15, 18, and 19 are subject to intermittent closure, due to construction. Stops #1, 16, and 17 are the next closest stops that will remain available throughout construction. (C. Layman)
Valley Forestry Through March
Valley Forestry will be performing residential tree trimming and hazard removal in Old El Portal, Rancheria and Yosemite Valley through the end of March. Workers will be entering yards for tree inspection and trimming. Email Brian_See@nps.gov for more information or work requests. (B. See)
Acting Chief of Visitor & Resource Protection until further notice
David Thorpe: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting Chief of Business & Revenue Management through February 28
Rachel Ashley: email@example.com
Acting Chief of Interpretation & Education through February 18
Martin Christiansen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting Branch Chief of Design & Engineering until further notice
Mike Vantzelfden: email@example.com
Acting Branch Chief for Fire and Aviation Management until further notice
Kelly Singer: 209-372-0413 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting Safety Manager until further notice
George Carroll: email@example.com
Acting Wawona District Ranger until further notice
Heidi Edgecomb: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting Law Enforcement Specialist until further notice
Ian Rippetoe: email@example.com