Daily Report – Yosemite National Park Tuesday February 7th, 2017

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Daily Report – Yosemite National Park
Tuesday February 7th, 2017
 
Flood Watch until February 7, 10:00 PM PST
 
Today: Rain and snow…snow near the crest. Very windy. Snow accumulation up to 31 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 42 to 50 at 5000 feet…35 to 43 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 65 mph…southwest 35 to 45 mph with gusts to around 75 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Rain…snow near the crest. Snow, windy. Snow accumulation up to 11 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet…26 to 34 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds around 25 mph in the evening. Gusts up to 45 mph. Over higher elevations, west winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 65 mph.
Tomorrow: Rain and snow likely in the morning, then chance of rain in the afternoon. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 5 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 60 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 47 to 57 at 5000 feet…39 to 47 at 8000 feet. West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Slide Show Tonight
The El Portal Travel Series continues Tuesday, February 7th, at 7:00pm, featuring Sally Kintner sharing her 3 year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia.  See you there! 
 
Upcoming shows:
March 7th – Kim Laizer – “Women’s Village Projects in Tanzania”
April 4th – Greg Stock – “Above the Clouds & Below the Ground in Malaysian Borneo”  (P. Amstutz)
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Congratulations And Farewell To Billy Bryan
Join Concessions Management at The Alley in Mariposa on Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 PM to congratulate Billy Bryan on his new position with Grand Tetons National Park! After eight years working tirelessly to manage concessions at Yosemite, Billy is heading off to new adventures to manage concessions for Grand Tetons. During his time here Billy has worked with each division to integrate NPS laws, policies, and spirit into concession operations while gaining the respect of both NPS colleagues and concessioner staff. Billy will be remembered for many things: his jovial attitude, his ability to diffuse tense situations with his Southern charm, and his relentless attendance to all things hantavirus; but most of all, Billy will be remembered as a friend to all of his colleagues at Yosemite. (D. Miyako)
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Rental In Mariposa
3 BR 2 Baths double wide manufactured.home with mountain views in highly desirable Lush Meadows area is available for one year lease $1200 per month, partially furnished. Adjacent cozy one bedroom / one bath furnished studio may be leased for an additional $400 per month. For showing please call Susan @ 949-351-1985 or email susanzaker@gmail.com.  (S. Zaker)
 

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RECENT NEWS
 
Yosemite Forum Tuesday, February 14
“How heat and drought control the growth and death of Sierra forests” by Dr. Anne Kelly, University of California, Merced
 
Forests are made up of trees that operate like machines: they convert air and sunlight and water into trunks and leaves and seeds. These machines are now catastrophically failing as over a hundred million trees have recently died in the Sierra Nevada in response to drought and warming temperatures. Dr. Kelly’s research explores the mechanics of these trees to provide understanding of the ongoing massive tree loss and to offer insights into the future of Sierra Nevada forests.
 
The Forum will take place Tuesday, February 14th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  Please contact Ami Knighten at 379-1301 for additional information.  (G. Stock)
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Rental Information

Mariposa Apartment For Rent

Two bedroom, one bath apartment.  Kitchen and separate laundry room with hook ups. Small backyard, single-car garage, electric stove, evaporative cooler, propane tank available, water and sewer included.  Located in historic downtown, walking distance to stores with a non-smoking environment.  $900.00 per month, plus security.  Call:  209 966-5909 for further details.  Available now.  Credit check and references required.
 
House For Rent
Very nice home 10 minutes from Mariposa, 3 bedroom 2 bath – Very nice Mariposa home available for rent Mid Feb. 3 bedroom 2 bath home with huge fenced yard and many extras. Yard service included in rent. Central cooling and heat and wood stove. Washer, dryer and refer. stay for renters convenience. New interior paint. 2 car garage. 10 Minutes from Mariposa. $1600. per month. Deposit of the same amount. Pets considered with additional pet deposit. Must have good rental references and stable income. Applications available at Sierra Foothill Homes office in Mariposa, 5036 Hwy. 140. Located between Savory’s and The Sugar Pine Cafe. M-F 10-4pm 209-742-5380.  Photos available at Housing Office.
 
House For Rent
 10 year old 2 bedroom , 2 bath with separate office, 2100 sq.ft.
Gorgeous large master suite with Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. His and her sinks.
Beautiful tile kitchen with lots of lovely cupboards. Refrigerator, stove and dishwasher included. Tile floors in main living space, carpet in the bedrooms. Lots of big windows and great natural light. Central air and heat, propane. Central vacuum system. Large laundry room with lots of storage. Yard maintenance included. 2 car garage. Fenced garden. Move in ready. $1900. per month. Applications available at Sierra Foothill Homes office in Mariposa, 5036 Hwy. 140. Located between Savory’s and The Sugar Pine Cafe. M-F 10-4pm 209-742-5380.  Photos available at Housing Office.  (Y. Radanovich)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1
For the week of Feb 6 to Feb 10 Edstrom Construction (Contractor) will be installing the temporary bypass system (north of Gas Station and Motor Inn Cabins). Road excavation and minor traffic control may occur at El Portal Road. Construction activities hours are 900-530 M-F. However, quiet activities in preparation for work will occur outside these times at the designated staging areas (parking lot west of Nature Bridge and north of Motor Inn Cabins).
 
Construction Update Boards can be found at the Post Office, El Portal Market and the Project Office Trailer located at the parking lot west of Nature Bridge. Please contact Garrett Chun at garrett_chun@nps.gov with any inquiries or concerns.  (Y. Lugo)
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Survey Work on Northside Drive
There will be 10-15 minute closures in Yosemite Valley on Northside Drive (between Sentinel Drive and Pohono Bridge) and on the El Portal Road (from Pohono Bridge to the Big Oak Flat Intersection) for two weeks between Jan. 30 and Feb. 10. Contractors will be surveying and pot-holing in preparation for road rehabilitation later this summer. Work will take place between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  (L. Acree)
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Emergency Services Complex
Construction continues.  Insulation is nearly complete and wall and ceiling finishes are being applied; electrical and telecom cables are being pulled; mechanical control systems are being installed.  Siding and roofing is being installed as weather allows.  Completion is expected in the spring.  (K. White)
 
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ACTING DESIGNATIONS
 
Gus Martinez will be acting Chief Ranger until February 10. He can be reached at 
372-0520.
 
Ryan Leahy will be acting Program Manager For Human-Wildlife Conflicts  until February 13. He can be reached at 372-0476.
 
Joe Meyer will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until February 17. He can be reached at 379-1185 or 379-1060.
 
Parker Davis will be acting Fee and Revenue Branch Chief until the end of February. He can be reached at 372-0406 or Parker_Davis@nps.gov
 
Rebecca Lund will be acting Deputy Fee Manager until the end of February. She can be reached at 372-0207.
 
Michael Liang will be acting Branch Chief for Creative Media (formerly Interpretive Services) until the end of February. He can be reached at 372-0643.
 
Heather Boothe will be acting Hetch Hetchy Program Manager and Yosemite Conservancy Liaison until April 15. She can be reached at 372-0238.
 
Sally Kintner will be acting Volunteer Program Manager until April 15. She can be reached at 379-1850.
 
Sheri Ogden will be acting Division Chief of BRM until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0316.
 
Ron Gaunt will be acting Division Chief of Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1027.
 
Sabrina Diaz will be acting Chief of Interpretation & Education until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0291 or 347-0113.
 
R. Brad Lewis will be acting Branch Chief of Design and Construction for Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1006.
 
Garrett Dickman will be acting Park Botanist until further notice. He can be reached at 379-3282.
 
John Barton will be acting Wawona Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 375-9510 or john_barton@nps.gov
 
Shawn Zumbrunnen will be acting Valley Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 372-0560 or shawn_zumbrunnen@nps.gov