Yosemite National Park — Friday, November 12, 2021

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Yosemite National Park
Friday, November 12, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 63 to 69 at 5000 feet…52 to 58 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 42 to 52 at 5000 feet…34 to 44 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 64 to 71 at 5000 feet…54 to 60 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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COVID-19 TESTING & VACCINATIONS

Testing
For Thanksgiving week, testing will take place on Monday, November 22 (clinic) and Tuesday November 23 (wellness center) – no Thursday testing (due to the holiday).

Free COVID-19 testing is available through LHI in Yosemite Valley from 10 am to 6 pm on Mondays (Yosemite Medical Clinic) and Thursdays (Curry Village Wellness Center). Walk-Ins are welcome or visit https://www.lhi.care/covidtesting
to schedule a test. Yosemite Medical Clinic can perform COVID testing for symptomatic individuals Monday through Friday.

COVID & Flu Vaccinations
COVID vaccines have been approved for kids ages 5-11! The Yosemite Medical Clinic recommends everyone five years old and older get vaccinated. If you have any questions about this vaccine, please call or come by the Yosemite Medical Clinic to talk to our staff. You can call the clinic at 372-4637. The clinic also encourages everyone to get their flu vaccines for further protection. Please register in advance for the COVID vaccine at https://myturn.ca.gov/.

In addition to providing vaccinations at the clinic, COVID and flu vaccinations will be available for adults and kids in Wawona on Wednesday, November 10. You do not need to register for flu shots.

Wednesday, November 17 – El Portal clinic at the El Portal Community Hall, 1 pm – 6 pm – COVID adult and kids doses 5 years – 11 years old and flu shots
Wednesday, November 17 – COVID vaccine clinic at Yosemite Medical Clinic 9am-4pm – adult
Wednesday, November 24 – COVID vaccine clinic at Yosemite Medical Clinic 9am – 4pm – adult
Wednesday, December 1 – COVID vaccine clinic at Yosemite Medical Clinic 9am-4pm – adult doses and kids 2nd doses

In addition, Mariposa County is offering the following clinics:
Saturday, November 13 – Greeley Hill Clubhouse (10332 Fiske Rd., Coulterville) 10-2PM
Thursday, November 18 – Community Health Center (5300 49 N, Mariposa) 9-12PM and 2:30-4:30PM. Appointments required.
Tuesday, November 23 – Community Health Center (5300 49 N, Mariposa) 9-12PM and 2:30-4:30PM. Appointments required.

You can make appointments at https://www.myturn.ca.gov/.

Additional Resources
– Updated CDC guidelines for booster shots: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p1021-covid-booster.html
– Check booster eligibility: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
– Free COVID-19 vaccinations (full series and boosters) are available at the Yosemite Medical Clinic on Wednesdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Online registration is required and can be completed in advance on your computer or mobile device or onsite, at https://myturn.ca.gov
– NPS Employee Information: https://doimspp.sharepoint.com/sites/nps-InsideNPS/SitePages/NPS-Coronavirus-Response-Information.aspx

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NEW & HAPPENING TODAY

YNPCCC Chili Cook Off Time Change
YNPCCC is hosting the First Annual Chili Cook Off at the El Portal Community Hall on Sunday, November 14 from 4 to 8PM. $15 tickets purchased at the door include chili from all contestants, dancing, live DJ, and one drink ticket. Chili entries cost $5. Email entry requests to splatt@ynpccc.org. All proceeds benefit the daycare. (M. Morimoto)
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Potential Power Outage Monday
PG&E will be temporarily interrupting commercial power to Yosemite Valley and Wawona on Monday, November 15 from 9AM to 6PM. For more information call Heather Gonzales, PG&E Outage Coordinator, at 726-5588. (C. Flores)
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Southside Drive Hazard Tree Removal Starts Monday
Valley Forestry will be removing hazard trees along South Side Drive between Bridalveil Straight and El Cap Cross beginning Monday, November 15. Operations will take place between 8AM and 4PM with traffic control in place. Expect delays of up to 15 minutes. Thanks for your patience. (B. See)

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RECENT NEWS

COVID-19 Disinfection Kits For Yosemite Valley NPS Operations
COVID-19 disinfection kits are not available for pickup at the Yosemite Valley Fort due to its closure. Please contact Ben_Friedrich@nps.gov to obtain a kit. For all other districts continue going direct with your local Buildings and Grounds office. (J. Jacobs)
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GIS Day Wednesday
Please join in (virtually) for Yosemite’s GIS Day on Wednesday, November 17, 2-4pm! Presentations will include:
– More Than Just Maps: Geospatial for Search and Rescue (Paul Doherty, emergency manager, GIS specialist, and former Yosemite park ranger)
– GIS Insights into Park Housing (Chrissy Livergood, GIS technician)
– The State of Yosemite’s Forests: Seeing the forest through the trees using remote sensing (Chad Anderson, branch lead of Physical Sciences and Landscape Ecology)

GIS Day is an annual event to showcase geospatial projects at the park to interested staff, partners, and cooperators. All are welcome! Email elizabeth_hale@nps.gov to request a calendar invite. (E. Hale)
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Pile Burning
Fire crews will be burning piles throughout the next few weeks, weather permitting, at the following locations:
– Lower River CG (just north of Housekeeping Bridge)
– Bike Path north side of River Straight (from old Tennis courts to Sugar Pine Bridge)
– East side of El Cap crossover in the unit burned in May
– Piles across from El Cap Picnic area

If conditions remain suitable for burning, additional areas that may be treated are units 13 & 15 in Yosemite Valley and Crane Flat. The Valley units are located between the Merced River and Northside Drive. Unit 13 is located near El Capitan picnic area and unit 15 is halfway between Yosemite Lodge and El Capitan. Crane Flat units are located along the intersection of Big Oak Flat Road and Tioga Road, south of the Crane Flat Look-out Road and Rockefeller Grove, and east of Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Visitors and employees should be aware that smoke may be present throughout burning operations and could linger to a much lesser degree into the following weeks as large logs are consumed. Fire managers work closely with Park staff and the local air pollution control districts to time the prescribed burns to coincide with favorable weather and smoke dispersion conditions. Smoke impacts are always a consideration in the decision to begin any prescribed burning operation. Burning will only be conducted under favorable dispersal conditions as specified in the smoke permit. (J. Anderson)
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Employment Opportunities With Mariposa County Unified School District
You can find employment opportunities at
https://www.edjoin.org/Home/Jobs?countyID=0&districtID=421

or you can view the new google doc at
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nfiDjggxJziE5l065Ikm0dpW1AcxF6x8hEhCVHLda-w/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact Principal Jim Freeman for additional information regarding employment with El Portal or Yosemite Valley Elementary Schools at 379-2382 or 372-4791. (J. Freeman)
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Holiday Toy Drive
Yosemite Hospitality is holding a toy drive for Toys for Tots through December 6. The community is welcome to participate by bringing in a new, sealed toy for any age to the Carabiner at The Loft at Degnan’s. (L. Cesaro)
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2022 Admin Camping Requests
The campground staff is hoping to operate as normal next year, so advanced notice for your needs is necessary. Please submit requests as far in advance as possible as sites are released to the public five months in advance on the 15th of each month (reservation calendar available at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm).

Please note – Tuolumne, Bridalveil and Crane Flat are not open in 2022. Park leadership is still strategizing on how to best fulfill Admin requests for the Tuolumne area. If you submit a request for Tuolumne, it will likely be changed to Gaylor or one of the other Tioga corridor campgrounds.

Please submit admin camping requests for March and April 2022 by COB November 12 at:
http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/brm/SitePages/Admin%20Campsites.aspx (E. Bissmeyer)
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2022 YOSE Mentor Program Call For Applications
Do you have a skill you’d like to develop with the help of a mentor? The Yosemite Mentoring Program provides this opportunity through a structured and facilitated mentoring relationship. This program helps people to build their skills and make meaningful connections. Mentees will attend monthly professional development sessions on Teams (and hopefully in person, eventually!) from January 2022 through fall 2022. The first few sessions will provide guidance on how to select a mentor and on establishing goals to accomplish during the program.

All permanent, term, and Pathways employees are eligible to apply for the program. Applications are now being accepted from potential mentees through Sunday, December 5.

Application forms and program information are available on the Yosemite Mentor Program Sharepoint site:
http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Supt/mentor/SitePages/Home.aspx

Email Yose_Mentoring@nps.gov or reach out to Erin (Echo) Davenport or Tegan Plock for more information. (T. Plock)
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Allies For Inclusion Applications Due Monday
Are you interested in creating community and bringing people together at Yosemite? Believe in the power of dialogue and facilitation to help coworkers approach difficult topics? Care about Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion in the NPS? There is an opportunity now to join Yosemite’s Allies for Inclusion cohort and start living these values as part of a team. You will take a three-day training (tuition cost is free), then commit to joining the local cohort to present dialogues regularly in the Yosemite community (~10 hours per month commitment).

Virtual training will take place December 7-9, 1-5PM. To apply, use the link below to fill out the application form by November 15.
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=urWTBhhLe02TQfMvQApUlIgaNTZMM9BFh-4y99prCkFUMzNWWlZMR1VTRlNOWVFON0pIR01DUUs1Vi4u

Please also email yose_rdi@nps.gov to let the local Yosemite cohort know you will be applying so they can support you! (S. Martinez)
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New Park Aviation Manager
Welcome to Susan “Susie” Bates, Yosemite’s new Park Aviation Manager, who arrived in late August. Susie comes from the DOI Office of Aircraft Services, where she was the Deputy Director. She has 37 years of government service, with a diverse background in Interagency Aviation Operations and Policy development for the Department of the Interior and the U.S Forest Service. Her experience as the National Park Service (NPS) Bureau Aviation Manager, NPS Aviation Board of Directors (ABOD) working group team member and job assignments with Department of the Interior, Office of Aviation Services (DOI -OAS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provides a well-rounded perspective and knowledge of aviation operations. Susie will be mainly based out of Wawona and Crane Flat. Welcome Susie! (D. Buckley)
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Digital Marketing Assistant
Do you know a dynamic early career professional with some professional social media management (or super impressive personal social media chops) who’s based near Yosemite, has a love for the park, and wants to be the Conservancy’s No. 1 brand ambassador online and in the region?

Yosemite Conservancy is looking for an in-park associate who excels at:
– Social media management / content creation
– Relationship-building
– Communication / collaboration
– Copywriting / editing

Read the job description for full details on the role, benefits, team, and how to apply at
https://yosemite.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Marketing-Associate-Digital-11.21.pdf (K. Martinez)
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Yosemite National Park Community & Partner 6 Week Smoking Cessation Program
This program will take place November 17-December 22 with weekly 15 min check-ins every Wednesday at noon. Registration is open November 3 – 15. This program is open to all Yosemite National Park community members and park partners.

Quitting tobacco is hard. Come to this free program to learn about the 10 steps to quitting so you can create a customized quit plan that learns and grows with you.
– Learn to identify and deal with triggers
– Build your own quit kit
– Get tools and resources to overcome addiction
– Receive group support
– Gain confidence in your ability to quit for good

Visit yoscommunity.com/events to register. Email jamie_gonzales@partner.nps.gov or vcummings@mariposacounty.org for more information. (J. Gonzales)
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Request Volunteer Work in 2022
Need to get stuff done next year? Never quite through your to-do list? Want a little help from some devoted, service-minded folks? If you need or have ideas for working with a group of Volunteers-in-Parks in 2022, please fill out the following form to request assistance: https://forms.office.com/g/5Y4hyyER92

If you can’t yet imagine this, give the Volunteer Program Office a shout at yose_volunteers@nps.gov. They would love to help you envision how volunteers can help you meet your goals in 2022. (S. Martinez)

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

Merced Grove Restoration Safety Closure
The Merced Grove of giant sequoias is closed for restoration within the grove removing hazardous fuel loads. In 2020 and 2021, thousands of giant sequoias died due to high severity fire burning through fuel loaded forests. To reduce the risk to the Merced Grove of giant sequoias, a team will be removing fuels from in and around the grove. Email garrett_dickman@nps.gov for more information or access. (G. Dickman)

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