Daily Report – Yosemite National Park Monday, April 1st, 2019

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Daily Report – Yosemite National Park
Monday, April 1st, 2019
 
Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers and slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 53 to 61 at 5000 feet…40 to 50 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Showers likely in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Near the crest, snow showers likely in the evening, then snow showers after midnight. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph after midnight. Breezy. Snow accumulation up to 4 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 38 to 46 at 5000 feet…28 to 34 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Showers…snow showers near the crest. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Windy. Total snow accumulation up to 8 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 41 to 49 at 5000 feet…31 to 40 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Half Dome Park Lot Closure Today
The NPS Cultural Resource Managers wanted to let you know that a crew will be in the orchard on Monday, April 1st to address the storm damage to the historic apple trees. This parking lot will be closed starting Sunday evening until work is completed Monday afternoon.  Please contact Carol Knipper if you have any questions.  (

C. Knipper)
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Lower & North Pines Opened Monday
The Backpacker camp at the back of North Pines also opened 4/1.
 
The comfort station that serves sites 55-71 in Lower Pines is inoperable due to extensive damage. Portable toilets and hand-washing stations will be available instead.
 
Sites in both Lower and North Pines that were appearing as walk up between April 1 and May 21 were released for advanced reservations on Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 a.m. Pacific time. 
 
Reservations may be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.  (E. Bissmeyer)
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Mariposa Community Needs Survey
Your ideas and input are needed! Mariposa County Health and Human Services Agency, in partnership with Calaveras-Mariposa Community Action Agency, First 5, and the Local Childcare Planning Council, invites you to participate in the Mariposa Community Needs Survey. They need your thoughts about unmet needs in Mariposa County. These results will help the County to better address any unmet needs that are identified. This survey is available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Mariposa2019?lang=en and will only take 10-15 minutes of your time. If you prefer, you may also find a paper version of the survey at these locations: Human Services Building, Health Department, Mariposa Heritage House, County Government Center, County Libraries, and the Senior Center. Your responses are completely anonymous. Your input is valuable and we thank you for your participation.  (K. Allen)
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Enterprise Van Pool Meeting El Portal Large Breakroom Thursday 8:00AM
Are you interested in the Enterprise VanP but would like to have more information before making the decision to use Enterprise Van Pool as your mass transit commuting option? Please join Enterprise on Thursday, April 4th at 8:00 AM for a meet and greet/questions and answers meeting. 
 
If you are interested in the TRANServe Program please contact Denise Houser in the Property Office for more information on how to sign up for the Transportation Benefit Program. 
There are two options to use for mass transit for the TRANServe Program. YARTS (Bus) and Enterprise Van Pool. There is also the Bicycle Subsidy Benefit Program. Feel free to contact Denise by phone, E-Mail, Chat or come down and talk to her in person. Denise will also be at the Enterprise meeting to answer any questions you may have about the TRANServe Program.   (D. Houser)
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Tribal Gathering
The Mariposa Tribal Council will be holding their annual Spring Ceremonial Gathering on Saturday evening, April 06th. The gathering will utilize the Indian village area and roundhouse for this tribal cultural event. The gathering is a welcoming of the Spring season as the Earth awakens from Winter sleep, and the Earth is blessed with a Ceremonial Bear Dance. This Ceremonial Gathering is not open to the public. (P. Johnson)
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Ranger Program Time Change Effective Wednesday
With the beginning of the new Yosemite Guide on Wednesday, April 3rd, the daily NPS ranger programs will take place at 10:00 am, and not at 2:00 pm. Please alert visitors that there is a new Guide available as of Wednesday April 3rd and that program timing in general may be changing.  (S. Miyako)
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Midpines Home For Rent Available May 1
3 bed /2 bath double-wide mobile home on a hilltop in Midpines with beautiful 180 degree views avail. May 1st. 1340 SF.  30 min. to El Portal / 15 min. to Mariposa. Propane gas heater, propane gas range/oven, woodstove, evap. cooler, refrigerator.  $1250/month + $1300 deposit.  Email:kathleenpfeffer@gmail.com for more information or call 209 966-4179.  (K. Pfeffer)
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Rental Available Soon
1 bed/1 bath large, lovely, furnished apartment (above garage); built in 2016; includes utilities, trash, water, in-unit laundry, deck with view.  Pets ok; 2 adults max.  Near corner of E. Whitlock and Highway 140 in Midpines.  $1200/month.  Call Kathy 209-617-8852 or Kylie 209-769-8083.  (K. Chappell)
 
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