Yosemite National Park Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

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Daily Report – Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
Today: Sunny. Highs 86 to 91 at 5000 feet…72 to 77 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 53 to 61 at 5000 feet…45 to 53 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 86 to 91 at 5000 feet…71 to 77 at 8000 feet.
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Farewell Potluck Lunch Today
Farewell Potluck Lunch at noon, Wednesday, June 20th in the Big Break-room for Dan Benitag, Hassan Corbin and Doug Denk. Dan is Retiring. Hassan is Transferring to Washington DC and Doug is returning to Denver Service Center after a 120 Day Detail with Design and Engineering.  Come say Farewell and Good Luck to them while enjoying a delicious lunch.  (D. Jordan)
Ice Cream Social Today
Are you a volunteer in the Park? Do you supervise a volunteer in the Park? Then you’re invited to an Ice Cream Social hosted by the Volunteer Office! Come join in for ice cream, an assortment of toppings, and meet other volunteers and supervisors in the Park! The social will be held Wednesday, June 20th from 12 pm to 2 pm at the Volunteer Field Office (which is located in the old trails conference room, behind the Fort). Supervisors, please let your volunteers know about this event as a thank you for their time and effort!  (C. Timpone)
Sue Beatty Retirement Dinner June 28
Sue Beatty,The Yosemite Giant of Ecological restoration, is retiring! Join in to show Sue your appreciation of her 30+ years of service in making Yosemite a better place. Email mitzi_thornley@nps.gov if you want to be added to the agenda to honor Sue with stories or words of appreciation. 
The Mexican themed potluck dinner will be held Thursday, June 28th from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Cedar Lodge in El Portal.  (M. Thornley)
Yosemite Gateway Partners Summer 2018 Quarterly Meeting
The Yosemite Gateway Partners Summer 2018 Quarterly Meeting is now open for registration: Thursday, July 12th in Yosemite National Park. The meeting will be held in the Cliff Falls Room at Yosemite Valley Lodge from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM; the meeting will be preceded by a one-hour networking opportunity beginning at 9:00 AM.
The Yosemite Gateway Partners (YGP) is a closely-cooperative association of the National Park Service, Yosemite National Park’s Concessionaire Yosemite Hospitality (a division of Aramark) and Yosemite’s many gateway communities.
The July 12th Quarterly Meeting’s morning session (10:00 AM to 12 noon) will offer presentations from Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR), as well as a fascinating opportunity to hear first-hand from George Whitmore – the legendary member of the three-climber party that made the first ascent of El Capitan in 1958.  Yosemite Climbing Association President Ken Yager will also speak, and after a no-host (advance reservation) lunch catered by Yosemite Hospitality, the floor will be turned over at 1:00 PM to Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds and staff, for an up-to-date, up-close-and-personal 90-minute interactive report on the latest information from Yosemite National Park.
Now in its 15th year of existence and its 9th year as an incorporated non-profit, YGP is a partnership of government agencies, non-profit organizations, tribes, individuals and businesses that acknowledge the interdependence of Yosemite National Park and the surrounding communities, and collaborate on and address issues of regional importance to create sustainable cultural, natural and economic prosperity.   Governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, YGP also serves as an information and communications clearinghouse to insure effective information exchange between the park and its partners, as well as between the gateway communities and counties surrounding Yosemite National Park.
The Yosemite Gateway Partners Quarterly Meetings are free and open to the public, but advance reservations for the July 12th meeting are required by Monday, July 9.  The non-mandatory $25 lunch option may be selected at the time of reservation.  
To learn more about the organization, visit http://www.yosemitegatewaypartners.org  (L. Marsden)
Last RT-130 Fire refresher Friday
Friday, June 22nd will be the last opportunity to take the RT-130 fire refresher for the 2018 fire season. Class will be held in the Valley Auditorium starting at 0900 and ending around 1600.
Here are a few reminders: 
Last day to submit a red card application is Saturday June 30th. 
You must be medically cleared to take the pack test. If you’re not sure, please talk to your supervisor before contacting one of the engine captains to set up a pack test.   
If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Russell Mitchell either by email at russell_mitchell@nps.gov or by cell phone at 626-9903.
Look forward to seeing you there!  (R. Mitchell)


Room for Rent in Beautiful Midpines A-Frame Home
Room for rent in Midpines starting mid July ($425/month). House has wrap around porch, large driveway, beautiful view of the foothills. Backyard space for gardening. Bedroom shares 1 bathroom with, but mostly has to themselves. Other house amenities: washer on site, sink disposal, swamp cooler. Roommates have HBO go and Netflix for sharing use 🙂 Utilities are internet and electric that average $70 pp a month (with 3 people). E-mail anna.puchkoff for pictures and more details!  (A. Puchkoff)
Property Open For Disposals
If you have Excess Property you need to dispose of, please complete the online disposal form and contact Denise Buskeness for an appointment to drop-off your excess property. 
1) Copy and paste this link into Internet Explorer, as it is not compatible with Goggle Chrome. 
– Scroll down to bottom
– Click Add Document
– Select if your item is informal or formal
– For Formal Property select your property number
– For Informal, click the Informal Button
– Follow the steps (Please fill out all fields)
– Select Submit 
2) Wait for Denise Buskeness to send you an email asking when you would like to make an appointment. 
If you run into any complications please feel free to call 379-1024 or email denise_buskeness@nps.gov.  (D. Buskeness)
Sue Beatty Recognized With Two Awards 
At the recent Mariposa Grove employee day, Sue Beatty’s 30-year career devoted to ecological restoration and partnering in Yosemite was recognized with two awards. Sue was granted a Department of the Interior Superior Service honor award for her leadership in planning and implementing ecological restoration actions to restore natural forest, river, and meadow landforms and processes in the Merced River corridor, Tuolumne River corridor, Mariposa Grove, and Yosemite Wilderness, and for providing outstanding coaching and mentoring to develop the skills and abilities of numerous young biologists and botanists in Yosemite’s Vegetation and Ecological Restoration program. Sue was also granted the Yosemite Conservancy Partnership Award for her vision and collaborative spirit in transforming the Mariposa Grove from paved and busy commercial area to peaceful and verdant meadow where water flows naturally and the big trees dominate the scene. Those at the opening events this week were witness to Sue’s depth of knowledge and dedication to this place, and to the incredible transformation that she and many other dedicated ecological restoration staff accomplished in the grove. Thank you, Sue!  (A. Demetry) 
El Portal Fire Fuel Reduction Saturday
Come out and help the community of El Portal for a morning of fun and fire fuel reductions work! Team up with the local fire crew this Saturday, June 23rd from 8 am to 11 am and meet in front of the El Portal Fire Office. Please wear closed toed shoes, long sleeved shirts, and long pants. Bring water, snacks, and additional sun protection if needed. All are welcome and thanks in advance!  (C. Timpone)