Yosemite Daily Report 2013

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
New Year's Day: Sunny, with a high near 53.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
New Year's Day: Sunny, with a high near 71.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Wawona
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
New Year's Day: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

No Daily Report Tomrrow
There will be no Daily Report sent tomorrow due to New Year's Day holiday.
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Update re the FY14 Charge Card Database
This information is for all purchasers, budget staff and travelers who use the charge card database. Please be aware that in updating the charge card database we were unable to transfer all FY14 data already input. Much of it did transfer, but users will need to review their records and either reenter or ensure that data is otherwise included in their charge card files. If you need to take a look at entries you made before the update, open “OLD Charge Cards” in Ericom. A number of early bugs have been worked out and we continue to work on improvements; please email Robin Ludwigsen and Lorene Schafer with specifics if you run into any issues. And, thank you, to those of you who've been testing it and providing feedback; we couldn't have done it without you. (L. Schafer)

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, December 30, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, December 30, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 53.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.
New Year's Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 69.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
New Year's Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
New Year's Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Yosemite Lodge Bike Stand Open
Yosemite Lodge Bike Stand re-opened on Saturday, December 28, 2013. Hours of operation are from 11 AM to 4 PM daily. Bike rental equipment will remain available while the weather is mild and the bike trails are clear. Please call DNC at 372-1208 for more information on bike rentals and their rates. (V. McMichael)
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Maintenance Complex Roof Replacement
Beginning on Monday December 23rd, Anderson Burton Construction will be replacing the roof of the Maintenance Complex in El Portal. Materials will be delivered on the 23rd via several semi trucks. The actual roof replacement will begin Monday December 30th 2013 above the Machine Shop. While we expect this to have a very minimal effect on our daily operations, please watch for any warning signs or areas that are blocked off while this is taking place. If you should have any questions or concerns you may contact Tara Hawksley at 379-1198, Kelly White at 379-1210 or Kevin Keheley at 379-1169. (T. Hawksley)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, December 27, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, December 27, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 53.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Wawona
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 57.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Road Closed to Badger Pass
The Glacier Point Road is closed at Chinquapin. Due to lack of snowfall, the Nordic and Alpine winter services at Badger Pass will closed until further notice. (M. Gauthier)
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Badger Cross Country Ski Operations Closed
The Badger Pass Cross Country Ski operation closed December 26, 2013 due to low snow conditions. It will re-open as soon as snow fall has accumulated. Please call the DNC Yosemite Mountaineering School at 209-372-8444 for further information. The Yosemite Mountaineering School is still offering the Merced Grove Snowshoe hike, as well as other guided hikes in the valley while trails are clear and the weather remains mild. Please also visit the Curry Village Ice Rink which remains open for the winter season. (V. McMichael)

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Contracting and Procurement Holiday Hours
Contracting & Procurement will be closed Dec. 24-27. In case of an emergency contact Teri Austin at 379-1042. (J. Auerbach)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, December 26, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, December 26, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 53.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 33.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 68.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 39.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 59.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 30.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

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Contracting and Procurement Holiday Hours
Contracting & Procurement will be closed Dec. 24-27. In case of an emergency contact Teri Austin at 379-1042. (J. Auerbach)
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Yosemite Public Service Award
The California Speech-Language-Hearing Association has awarded Yosemite National Park with a Public Service Award for creating the brochure Visual Guide to Yosemite Valley, Aphasia Friendly. This is the highest honor that the Association bestows.

With the help and support of the Yosemite Conservancy and the Cal State Hayward Aphasia Treatment Program, Yosemite staff were able to complete a visual guide to Yosemite Valley providing information on getting to the park, as well as activities within Yosemite Valley for visitors with Aphasia from stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 55.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 34.
Christmas Day: Sunny, with a high near 54.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 55.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 69.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
Christmas Day: Sunny, with a high near 69.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 69.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 60.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 31.
Christmas Day: Sunny, with a high near 60.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

No Daily Report Tomorrow
Tomorrow, December 25, there will be no Daily Report due to the Christmas holiday.
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Wellness Center Holiday Hours
The Wellness Center will be open 8a-4p on Christmas Day and the Carabiner will be closed. Please join us for the Holiday Feast from 4p-8p at Curry Village. The Wellness Center will be open regular hours on New Year's Eve & Day, 6am-9pm. Don't forget about the Carabiner NYE bash featuring Wild Hare! (E. Brosk)

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Contracting and Procurement Holiday Hours
Contracting & Procurement will be closed Dec. 24-27. In case of an emergency contact Teri Austin at 379-1042. (J. Auerbach)
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Yosemite Public Service Award
The California Speech-Language-Hearing Association has awarded Yosemite National Park with a Public Service Award for creating the brochure Visual Guide to Yosemite Valley, Aphasia Friendly. This is the highest honor that the Association bestows.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, December 23, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, December 23, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 53.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a steady temperature around 44.
Christmas Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 66.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
Christmas Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
Christmas Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Yosemite Public Service Award
The California Speech-Language-Hearing Association has awarded Yosemite National Park with a Public Service Award for creating the brochure Visual Guide to Yosemite Valley, Aphasia Friendly. This is the highest honor that the Association bestows.

With the help and support of the Yosemite Conservancy and the Cal State Hayward Aphasia Treatment Program, Yosemite staff were able to complete a visual guide to Yosemite Valley providing information on getting to the park, as well as activities within Yosemite Valley for visitors with Aphasia from stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Mary Kline, the creator of this project, explains why this brochure is so important. "As more and more people come back from war or traffic accidents with Aphasia (language center difficulties) related to traumatic brain injury and for those struggling with stroke and its associated aphasia this brochure will be increasingly useful. This is the first step in partnering with TBI or Aphasia groups and making them feel comfortable travelling in parks." (K. Kosick)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, December 20, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, December 20, 2013
WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, a high near 47.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 53. (Happy Solstice!)
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 53.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 60.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

Wawona
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 57.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

El Portal Library Holiday Hours
The El Portal Library will be open Monday, December 23rd with a slight change in its hours of operation. Open 9:30-6:30 with an extended lunch break from 2-3:30. Come check out a book, movie, audiobook, or periodical for the "holidaze!"
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Curry Village Holiday Dinner
Please join us for a Holiday Dinner Extravaganza on Dec 25th in the Curry Pavilion. We will have a feast for all Yosemite Community Members being served from 4p-8p. The dinner is free to DNC associates and only $5 for other community members. Hope to see you there! (E. Brosk)
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Contracting and Procurement Holiday Hours
Contracting & Procurement will be closed Dec. 24-27. In case of an emergency contact Teri
Austin at 379-1042. (J. Auerbach)

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, December 19, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, December 19, 2013
WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
(Wind Advisory in effect for Yosemite Valley from December 19 at 10am until December 20 at 4am)
Today: Rain/snow likely (60%), a high near 45.
Tonight: Chance of rain/snow (40%), with a low around 29.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 53.

El Portal
Today: Chance of rain/snow (50%), with a high near 50.
Tonight: Slight chance of showers, with a low around 31.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 54.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

Wawona
Today: Chance of rain/snow (50%), with a high near 47.
Tonight: Chance of showers (30%), with a low around 29.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Correction
The posting for this event incorrectly identified the location as Groveland. It should read Coulterville. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
December 18 & 21 Gold Country Singers offer music and refreshments at 7pm on Wednesday December 18 in the Greeley Hill Community Club and 3pm on Saturday December 21 at the Coulterville Methodist Church in Coulterville. Attendance is free. (P. Ollig)
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Yosemite Valley School Winter Program
All are invited to join local YVS students TONIGHT, Thursday, December 19th for their annual Winter Program. Still not sure??? Watch the trailer on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofYosemiteValleySchool (C. Archer)

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Slight chance of showers (20%), a high near 54.
Tonight: Slight chance of rain (20%), with a low around 33.
Thursday: Chance of rain/snow (50%), with a high near 45.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

El Portal
Today: Slight chance of showers (20%), with a high near 68.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Thursday: Chance of showers (30%), with a high near 52.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

Wawona
Today: Slight chance of showers (20%), with a high near 61.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Thursday: Chance of rain/snow (40%), with a high near 49.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Mirror Lake Loop Trail Re-opening Thursday
Effective Thursday, December 18, 2013 the Mirror Lake Loop Trail will re-open. It was closed earlier this year due to rockfall from Ahwahee Point. (C. Bellino)
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Bob Mitchell is retiring!
We will be gathering in the Valley Buildings and Grounds shop at 1:00pm on Thursday December for coffee and cake. (T. Hawksley)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Partly sunny, a high near 56.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
Thursday: Chance of snow (50%), with a high near 45.

El Portal
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 74.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
Thursday: Chance of showers (30%), with a high near 51.

Wawona
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 65.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Thursday: Chance of snow (40%), with a high near 49.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Cub Scouting in Yosemite
There’s a new Cub Scout Den in Yosemite Valley! Starting January 10, 2014, our Wolf Den will be meeting on Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in the Girls Club. The Wolf Den is ideal for boys in 2nd and 3rd grade. Together we will learn about Scouting, being healthy, our community, and our world; but most importantly, we will have fun! For more information contact Jana or Sean McCabe at 379-4688 or greenfieldmills@mac.com.
Let’s bring Scouting back to Yosemite! (J. Friesen McCabe)
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Snowball at The Ahwahnee
Snowball at the Ahwahnee is January 31! Your ticket includes heavy and delicious Ahwahnee hors d'oeuvres, divine desserts, and three drinks on the house! Put your fine winter attire on, shine up your dancin' shoes, and help us donate another $8,000 in scholarships to youth this year!

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, December 16, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, December 16, 2013
WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, a high near 59.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 59.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Wawona
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Wilderness First Aid Course
Do you or your supervisees work in the backcountry but do not have the time or funds to attend a Wilderness First Responder course? Learn the basics by taking a two day Wilderness First Aid Course!

This course will be taught at the Yosemite Bug Hostel on Feb 20th and 21st, 2014, by instructors from the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. This course differs from standard first aid training in that it covers the array of medical issues that typically occur in the backcountry and how to deal with medical situations where an ambulance will NOT be arriving at the scene. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of dangerous conditions and how to stabilize victims without causing injury.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, December 13, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, December 13, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with chance of superstition, a high near 51.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 31.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 54.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 32.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 60.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 55.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 30.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 60.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Badger Pass Opening Delayed
Due to insufficient snow levels, Badger Pass will not be able to open on Friday, December 13, 2013 as planned. We are one good storm away from opening, so do your snow dance and stay tuned.
The Badger Pass Road will remain closed at Chinquapin. (E. Callahan)
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Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season
The series of storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the last several weeks have resulted in heavy snow accumulation throughout the park. Due to snowy and icy conditions, the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year.
Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all other roads within the park. All roads within the park are subject to chain control or temporary closures s due to hazardous driving conditions. All motorists are required to carry tire chains, even if their car is equipped with four-wheel drive, while driving in the park during the winter months.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, December 12, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, December 12, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 50.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 51.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 50.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 57.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 55.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

NPS All Employee Holiday Party Today
Come one, come all! You are invited to attend the NPS All-Employee Holiday Party! Thursday, December 12, 2013, 12:00-2:00pm. Yosemite Valley Auditorium. Come join us for a delicious luncheon and share some holiday cheer! (K. Kosick)
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Valley Geotechnical Investigation Today
A geotechnical investigation will occur on Thursday and Friday Dec 12 & 13 in the driveway between the Valley gas pumps and the Valley Emergency Services Center. The vehicular access will be limited in this driveway. One of the two gas pump lanes (the one closest to the Emergency Services Center) will likely be closed during this time. Also, please vacate the three parking stalls along the east face of the Emergency Services Center for the drill rig to setup. Contact Garrett Chun 379-1298 for any inquiries. (G. Chun)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 51.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 32.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 53.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 52.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 55.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 31.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 57.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 31.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 59.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 58.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Scheduled Power Outage Today
On Wednesday, Dec 11, High Voltage will be working on the primary overhead electrical circuit in the El Portal Trailer Court. The power will be turned off to all residences in the trailer court from 9:00am to 4:00pm. If there are any questions, please call Josiah Brown at 379-1236. (M. Alcantar)
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PG&E Tree Work
PG&E Contractors will be cleaning up burned trees cut along power lines at Mather District Office and Hodgdon Campground. (B. Mattos)
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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 51.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 54.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 53.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 53.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 58.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 53.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Yosemite Forum Today
Please join us in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from noon to 1 p.m. for the Yosemite Forum. Nate Stephenson, Research Ecologist, USGS Western Ecological Research Center, Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station, Three Rivers, CA 93271, will present “Agents of change in the Sierra Nevada: Facing an unprecedented and unpredictable future.” Please contact D. Smith, 9-1439, or M. Thornley, 9-1060 for additional information. (D. Smith)
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El Portal Town Planning Meeting Tonight
There will be a meeting of the El Portal planning advisory committee on 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at the El Portal Branch Library. Topic on the agenda will include the need for repairs on El Portal Road, status of the Merced River Plan, NPS billing for water/sewage, update on ATT new DSL service and signage for air brake use between Crane Creek and El Portal Road. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, contact the Planning Department at 209-966 5151. (M. Ross)
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