Daily Report – Yosemite National Park Monday, January 8, 2024

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Daily Report – Yosemite National Park

Monday, January 8, 2024

Skiing in Yosemite, 1.7.23
Skiing in Yosemite, 1.7.23

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Not as cold. Sunny. Highs 28 to 38. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 14 to 26. Northeast winds up to 10 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs 26 to 38. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph increasing to 55 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow 50 percent.

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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NEW & HAPPENING TODAY

The Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore at the Welcome Center – closed 1/8
The YC Bookstore in the Welcome Center will be closed on Monday 1/8. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday 1/9.(K. Bouchard)
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Winter Trail Closures
4Mile Trail is closed to the public due to hazardous winter conditions.

The Mist Trail is closed with 100% ice coverage over the trail above the bridge, and intermittent ice coverage on the trail below. (L. Kahn)
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The Yosemite Exploration Center Is Opening!
The building formerly known as the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center is reopening with a fresh name and a fresh exhibit. The building will reopen after a long hiatus on Tuesday January 9th. This space sustained some storm damage in the big winter of 2022/2023, but is ready to help visitors connect to the natural and cultural history of the park. There is a new exhibit in the lobby called Yosemite Now that is aimed at piquing visitor’s curiosity and observation skills and what current science is happening in the park. This interactive space has some projecting microscopes and dozens of curios to explore to help visitors go deeper in their understanding of the natural world. Yosemite Conservancy staff will be stewarding this space along with the bookstore offerings. For directing visitors who are seeking NPS rangers, the esteemed Interpretation staff is now found at the Welcome Center for orientation and trip planning needs.
The Exploration Center and Bookstore will be open daily 9am-5pm, beginning this Tuesday January 9th. Come by and check out this refreshed location. (A. Ripple)
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Clinic hours and operation for the week of 1/8/24.
Mon, 1/8/24:  Full service at regular hours
9:00am – 12:00pm – Primary care patient.
1:00pm – 3:30pm – walk-in/urgent care.

Tue, 1/9/24 – Fri, 1/13/24:
9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm -4:00pm Walk-in Free flu shot, and RN provided care only including wound management, blood draw, immunizations, TB test, ear irrigation, suture removal.
(S.Webb)
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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 yose_dei@nps.gov. 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
(S.Soroka)
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Wawona Pile Burning
Yosemite Fire Managers are planning to burn piles in the Wawona community as early as Monday, January 8, 2024. Work will likely begin on Forest Drive and may continue for the rest of the month if conditions are favorable. Smoke will be present during and after burning operations. Smoke impacts are always a consideration in the decision to begin any burning operations. Air quality and smoke information in Yosemite can be found online: Current Air Quality and Smoke Monitoring – Yosemite National Park (N. Phillipe)
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Seeking Housemate in Midpines – $525
Spacious 2000 sq. ft. house has 1 bedroom available. Large open living room, dining room, & kitchen. Two refrigerators, dishwasher, oven, microwave, dining room table set provided. Electric HVAC, plus wood burning stove. Shared separate laundry room with washer and dryer. Huge deck on 2 sides of the house with views of the Merced River watershed & distant hills. Storage for gear, bikes, etc. Sits on 7+ acres of beautiful rolling hills and trees just off Colorado Road and East Whitlock, 10 min. from Mariposa & 45 min. from El Portal. $525/month if one year lease; $550/mo if mo to mo, plus electric & WiFi. No smokers. Credit check. Email hodges.marcia@gmail.com or call 510-207-5951. (M. Hodges)
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Rental Available in Bootjack
Upstairs furnished studio apartment in a quiet Bootjack neighborhood.
510 sq.ft. Furnished open concept plan. Full kitchen, bath with
shower/tub. Walk in closet, plus storage closet. Rent includes Utilities,
Trash pickup and WI-Fi. $900.mo. Plus $900. security deposit.
One person only. No smoking, no pets.
Taking applications. Email nassar@sti.net (D. Nassar)

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ONGOING PROJECTS

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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