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Yosemite Services opening up 4/17/15

Yosemite Services opening up 4/17/15

Housekeeping Camp Lodging opens Thursday, April 16th
Housekeeping Camp Store opens Thursday, April 16th 12pm - 6pm
and 8am - 6pm starting Friday, April 17th
Housekeeping Camp Shower House opens Friday, April 17th 7am - 10pm
Curry Village Meadow Deck Grill opens Friday, April 17th 11am - 5pm
Curry Village Raft Stand opens Friday, April 17th for weekends only (Fri-Sun) 10am - 4pm

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, April 17, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, April 17, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 66 to 76 at 5000 feet...50 to 60 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 38 to 48 at 5000 feet...28 to 38 at 8000 feet.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Near the crest...slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 68 to 78 at 5000 feet...52 to 62 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet... 30 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy in the morning...then snow showers likely with possible showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. No snow accumulation. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 70 to 80 at 5000 feet...52 to 62 at 8000 feet.
Sunday Night: Snow showers likely with possible showers and thunderstorms in the evening...then mostly clear after midnight. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet... 30 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers...snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Highs 69 to 79 at 5000 feet...51 to 61 at 8000 feet.
Monday Night And Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers... Snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Lows 38 to 48 at 5000 feet...29 to 39 at 8000 feet. Highs 67 to 77 at 5000 feet...49 to 59 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows 37 to 45 at 5000 feet...27 to 35 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday April 16, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday April 16, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 63 to 73 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 36 to 46 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet.
Friday: Sunny. Highs 66 to 76 at 5000 feet...50 to 60 at 8000 feet.
Friday Night: Clear. Lows 38 to 48 at 5000 feet...29 to 39 at 8000 feet.
Saturday: Sunny in the morning...then mostly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 69 to 79 at 5000 feet...52 to 62 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night Through Monday Night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms and snow showers. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet...30 to 40 at 8000 feet. Highs 70 to 80 at 5000 feet... 52 to 62 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and snow showers. Highs 64 to 74 at 5000 feet... 47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows 37 to 45 at 5000 feet...27 to 35 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs 54 to 64 at 5000 feet...38 to 48 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday April 14, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday April 14, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 59 to 69 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations...north winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Windy. Lows 36 to 46 at 5000 feet... 26 to 36 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds 25 to 35 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph in the evening increasing to 70 mph after midnight.
Thursday: Sunny...breezy. Highs 65 to 75 at 5000 feet...49 to 59 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds around 25 mph in the morning. Gusts up to 55 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 37 to 47 at 5000 feet... 27 to 37 at 8000 feet.
Friday: Sunny. Highs 67 to 77 at 5000 feet...51 to 61 at 8000 feet.
Friday Night And Saturday: Mostly clear. Lows 39 to 49 at 5000 feet...29 to 39 at 8000 feet. Highs 68 to 78 at 5000 feet... 52 to 62 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 41 to 51 at 5000 feet... 31 to 41 at 8000 feet.
Sunday And Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms and snow showers. Highs 70 to 80 at 5000 feet... 52 to 62 at 8000 feet. Lows 41 to 51 at 5000 feet...31 to 41 at 8000 feet.
Monday And Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms and snow showers. Highs 68 to 78 at 5000 feet... 50 to 60 at 8000 feet. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet...30 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Highs 63 to 73 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday April 14, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday April 14, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: TodayMostly sunny. Windy. Highs 55 to 65 at 5000 feet...40 to 50 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 45 mph in the morning. West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 65 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 36 to 43 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 62 to 72 at 5000 feet... 47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday Night: Clear. Lows 36 to 46 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet.
Thursday: Sunny. Highs 66 to 76 at 5000 feet...50 to 60 at 8000 feet.
Thursday Night Through Friday Night: Clear. Lows 39 to 49 at 5000 feet...29 to 39 at 8000 feet. Highs 67 to 77 at 5000 feet... 51 to 61 at 8000 feet.
Saturday And Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs 69 to 79 at 5000 feet...52 to 62 at 8000 feet. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet...31 to 41 at 8000 feet.
Sunday And Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms and snow showers. Highs 70 to 80 at 5000 feet... 52 to 62 at 8000 feet. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet...31 to 41 at 8000 feet.
Monday: Sunny. Highs 68 to 78 at 5000 feet...51 to 61 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Yosemite Theater Today
Help us pack the house tonight for the debut of Meet Galen Clark, Yosemite's First Guardian starring Pete Devine! All employees and volunteers are free admission. Show time is 7pm at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Theater. (K. Manion)
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Yosemite Daily Photo, Ferguson Rock Slide 4.13.15

Ferguson Rock Slide 4.13.15

They have started to cut into the massive rock slide and hauling truckloads of debris out. You can see a small power shovel perched way up on the left side of the slide, looks dicey.

They now have traffic control with flaggers when the trucks are working and it causing a bit of a wait. You have to wait for the pilot car to come through the construction zone at 10mph, turn around and then follow him all the way through. way slower than the lights and when it gets crowded there could be quite a traffic snarl.

Ferguson Rock Slide 4.13.15
Ferguson Rock Slide 4.13.15

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday April 13, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday April 13, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 76. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 66. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

The Ice Cut section of the JMT has been reopened. (K. Kirschner)
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Weekly Safety Training - Poison Oak
Last May, Yosemite personnel were asked to search an off trail area in the lower elevations for a missing individual. The search area included heavy vegetation with poison oak, which can be somewhat common in the canyons of Yosemite and the surrounding foothills. The searcher felt that to perform the assigned task properly, they had to go through the vegetation. When doing so, they contacted poison oak on the head, face, and arm. Thankfully, the searcher did not have a severe reaction however they did experience the discomfort of an allergic reaction to poison oak. The employee felt it was necessary to go into the dense vegetation, knowing there was poison oak, in order to successfully complete the assigned task. Each day in the National Park Service, we show up to our work place and do assignments on behalf of the public. No matter how important the success of the assignment may be, it will never be successfully completed when employee safety is compromised. (D. Glenn)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday April 9th, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday April 9th, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 57 to 67 at 5000 feet... 40 to 50 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Near the crest...mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the evening...then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows 34 to 42 at 5000 feet...24 to 32 at 8000 feet.
Saturday: Sunny. Highs 60 to 70 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 37 to 45 at 5000 feet... 28 to 36 at 8000 feet.
Sunday: Sunny. Highs 64 to 74 at 5000 feet...48 to 58 at 8000 feet.
Sunday Night Through Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Breezy. Lows 37 to 47 at 5000 feet...27 to 37 at 8000 feet. Highs 64 to 74 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday And Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers. Strong winds. Colder. Highs 51 to 61 at 5000 feet... 34 to 44 at 8000 feet. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet...23 to 33 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday Through Thursday: Mostly clear. Windy. Highs 57 to 67 at 5000 feet...41 to 51 at 8000 feet. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet...22 to 32 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday April 9th, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday April 9th, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny. Highs 54 to 60 at 5000 feet...38 to 46 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 32 to 40 at 5000 feet...21 to 29 at 8000 feet.
Friday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 57 to 67 at 5000 feet...40 to 50 at 8000 feet.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the evening...then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows 33 to 41 at 5000 feet...23 to 31 at 8000 feet.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 60 to 70 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night Through Monday: Mostly clear. Lows 37 to 46 at 5000 feet...28 to 36 at 8000 feet. Highs 62 to 72 at 5000 feet... 46 to 56 at 8000 feet.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Very windy. Lows 36 to 42 at 5000 feet...24 to 32 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday And Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers. Very windy. Colder. Highs 49 to 59 at 5000 feet...33 to 43 at 8000 feet. Lows 32 to 42 at 5000 feet...21 to 31 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday: Sunny. Highs 51 to 61 at 5000 feet...35 to 45 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

The War Is Over, Ring Out The Bells!
Join the National Park Service in Ringing Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox

Today, April 9th, marks the 150th anniversary of the historic surrender at Appomattox. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Looks like they are really starting to work on the new Yosemite Concession Contract

this job is now open for yosemite

Temporary Promotion Opportunity
The following job announcement will open tomorrow (04/07/15) until 04/15 for the Temporary Promotion/Detail NTE 18 months for the Concessions Management Specialist, GS-1101-12.  
You can access the job announcement at http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/399146200.
Major Duties:  
- Administers complex, multi-million dollar concession contracts for the park’s concessions program, which includes preparing detailed and specialized prospectus documents.
- Develops, reviews, and updates contracts, operating and maintenance plans.
- Formulates funding needs and develops long-term plans for the effective management of concession programs and expenditures at the park level.
- Provides advice, assistance, and direction to park managers and staff regarding commercial services (e.g., development of concession operating plans, contract issues).
- Reviews and analyzes information related to concessionaire operations, including operation costs and revenues, staffing levels, size of operation, and fulfillment of contractual financial obligations.
- Performs complex studies and analyses (e.g., market and financial feasibility studies, comparability studies) including of park and visitor needs, to determine the appropriate course of action related to commercial services planning.
- Conducts evaluation visits of facilities and commercial service operations to ensure services are provided in accordance with contract provisions and Park Service regulations.
- Investigates, researches, and responds to difficult and complex inquiries from stakeholders.
*Fore more details/questions regarding this position, please contact Kris Kirby. (S. Dillinger)

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday April 8th, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday April 8th, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the morning... Then slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Chance of snow 40 percent. Highs 44 to 54 at 5000 feet...29 to 39 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations...gusts up to 45 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 27 to 35 at 5000 feet...17 to 25 at 8000 feet.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Not as cool. Highs 54 to 64 at 5000 feet...37 to 47 at 8000 feet.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 33 to 41 at 5000 feet... 23 to 31 at 8000 feet.
Friday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 57 to 67 at 5000 feet...40 to 50 at 8000 feet.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the evening. Lows 35 to 43 at 5000 feet...25 to 33 at 8000 feet.
Saturday: Sunny. Highs 58 to 68 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 36 to 44 at 5000 feet... 27 to 35 at 8000 feet.
Sunday Through Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Very windy. Highs 61 to 71 at 5000 feet...45 to 55 at 8000 feet. Lows 36 to 45 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Very windy. Highs 56 to 66 at 5000 feet...40 to 50 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday April 7th, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday April 7th, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Snow showers. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 8 inches. Highs 37 to 44 at 5000 feet...23 to 33 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 45 mph in the afternoon. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 75 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Snow showers in the evening...then snow showers likely after midnight. Breezy...colder. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 10 inches. Lows 21 to 31 at 5000 feet...11 to 19 at 8000 feet. West winds around 25 mph over higher elevations. Gusts up to 55 mph over higher elevations.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the morning...then slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Near the crest...slight chance of snow showers. Over higher elevations...gusts up to 45 mph in the morning. Not as cold. Highs 44 to 50 at 5000 feet...31 to 39 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 24 to 34 at 5000 feet... 17 to 25 at 8000 feet.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Not as cool. Highs 55 to 65 at 5000 feet...38 to 48 at 8000 feet.
Thursday Night Through Sunday: Partly cloudy. Windy. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet...24 to 34 at 8000 feet. Highs 57 to 67 at 5000 feet...41 to 51 at 8000 feet.
Sunday Night And Monday: Mostly clear. Lows 37 to 45 at 5000 feet...27 to 35 at 8000 feet. Highs 60 to 70 at 5000 feet... 45 to 55 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Ice Cut Closed
Ice cut was closed today due to the predicted storm. Trail will be re-evaluated on Saturday. (K. Kirschner)
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Yosemite Daily Photo, A very tame Bobcat cruising in El Portal, 4/6/15

A  very tame Bobcat cruising in El Portal, 4/6/15

Saw this guy on the side of the road and parked to take some photos, He was so tame that he just cruised right in front of my car not more than 5' from me and continued on into the grass just ignoring me.

A  very tame Bobcat cruising in El Portal, 4/6/15
A  very tame Bobcat cruising in El Portal, 4/6/15
A  very tame Bobcat cruising in El Portal, 4/6/15

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday April 6th, 2015

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday April 6th, 2015

WEATHER
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Highs 45 to 53 at 5000 feet... 30 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers in the evening...then chance of snow showers after midnight...gusts up to 40 mph after midnight. Near the crest...a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Lows 28 to 36 at 5000 feet...19 to 25 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday: Snow showers. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 11 inches. Highs 37 to 45 at 5000 feet...23 to 33 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday Night: Snow showers in the evening...then snow showers likely after midnight. Colder. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 14 inches. Lows 21 to 31 at 5000 feet...12 to 18 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the morning...then slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Not as cold. Chance of snow 50 percent. Highs 44 to 52 at 5000 feet...31 to 39 at 8000 feet.
Wednesday Night And Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lows 26 to 36 at 5000 feet...18 to 26 at 8000 feet. Highs 49 to 59 at 5000 feet... 35 to 45 at 8000 feet.
Thursday Night Through Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet...24 to 34 at 8000 feet. Highs 56 to 66 at 5000 feet...40 to 50 at 8000 feet.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 61 to 71 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Tree Work
Forestry contractor will be taking down trees around the Mariposa Grove leach field and bypass road this week with local pedestrian and traffic control. (B. Mattos)
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