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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, August 9, 2013

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, August 9, 2013


Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 87.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 88.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 86.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 88.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 92.

Today: Sunny, with a high near 86.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 86.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 88.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 66.



NatureBridge Finale Science Presentations
Please join NatureBridge for our FINAL science presentations of the Summer. Join us at our Crane Flat Campus just east of the Crane Flat Gas Station on Friday, August 9th at 9:15am-10:30am. Four groups of young budding scientists will present their findings on Insect Biodiversity and Habitat, What Affects Perceived Happiness in Backpackers, Plant Species Richness and Abundance Near Lakes, and The Affects of Singing during Camping. Open to all park employees and other interested parties. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Thank you for supporting the scientists of today and tomorrow. (S. Borden)

Book Signing in the Wawona Hill's Studio
Don Compton, author of America's National Parks: A Pop-Up Book will be signing his book. This innovative book is a coast-to-coast journey featuring impressive pop-up spreads of America's most popular parks. Make plans to come down and ask your questions from a true national parks expert! August 9 from 2 pm - 4 pm at the Wawona Hill Studio. (B. Lantz)

Apple Picking Cancelled
Yosemite's annual apple picking event has been cancelled this year due to a relatively low number of apples. The apple picking event is held most years in order to help keep Yosemite's bears wild. The historic, ripe apples attract bears to developed areas and alter their natural diets. By removing the apples, bears return to their natural food sources found throughout the park, and typically spend less time in developed areas near the orchards. (C. Lee-Roney)

Fire Update

Aspen Fire
Acres Burned: 22,172
Containment: 85%
Fire Start Date: 7/22/2013
Fire Cause: Lightning

The Aspen Fire is nearing the point where the team will be turning it back to the home unit ("transitioning the fire"). For information, please contact Aspen Fire Information line at (559) 893-7018, or by following the Sierra National Forest Twitter Account:@sierra_nf

Power Fire
Acres Burned: 925
Containment: 40%
Fire Cause: under investigation

The Power Fire near Beardsley Lake, between Highways 108 and 4, on the Stanislaus National Forest is approximately 925 acres. Smoke has been visible over many areas of the Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite National Park. This fire is making good containment progress thanks to changing weather conditions. Inciweb has more details. (J. Wuchner)

For Rent
Available Sept 1st. Furnished Studio Bedroom of newly renovated cute home in Bootjack available for rent at $375, plus 1st and last months rent and security. References requested. Separate entrance and include a large deck area with an extra outdoor shower. Bathroom is newly renovated and large, includes claw foot tub and shower and includes a kitchenette. Rooms look out over a beautiful view and are cozy and carpeted and private from main house. There is a very large walk-in closet for storage. House is on 5 acres and surrounded by huge ranches, yet fairly close to town. Owner has livestock and pets. Person with allergies would not work. Utilities extra. Use of laundry etc negotiable for right person. Would consider partial rent reduction for occasional pet sitting. Please email: (R.Fruehauf)



Attention Supervisors of Volunteers!
Its that time of year when many of our volunteers head back to school, work, or go on to other adventures. Its also time for supervisors to report their volunteers' hard-worked hours to the Volunteer Office. Why do we ask you to report your volunteers' hours? We track what's important, and your volunteers' time is very important! Tracking hours gives us an accurate account of volunteer hours served so we can recognize volunteer efforts. Its an indicator of the program's success and also qualifies the park for certain funding. Reporting hours is essential in showing the scope of what our volunteers do for our park. Reporting hours is easy - just send an email with your volunteers' names and hours to Bobbie at, or send names and hours in hardcopy to the Volunteer Office, attn: Bobbie. And if your volunteer is getting ready to leave for the season, don't forget to complete the Volunteer Check-out Form. It can be found on the Sharepoint site at Any questions call the Volunteer Office at 379-1850. (B.Visnovske)

PG&E Scheduled Power Outage-Tuesday August 13, 2013 9am-3pm
PG&E will be temporarily interrupting your electric service in order to perform repairs to equipment. All of the Hodgdon Meadows area will be affected by this outage. For more information, please contact Heather Gonzales, PG&E Planned Outage Coordinator (209) 726-5588. (K. Bablitch)

Yosemite Sister Parks and International Affairs
Thank you to everyone who participated in our two very successful meetings on Sister Parks Arrangements and Yosemite’s International Affairs Program. These meetings were so successful that there will be a third opportunity to discuss Yosemite’s International Affairs Programs and Sister Parks. This meeting is for anybody who was unable to make the initial two meetings. We will convene in the Large Breakroom in the El Portal Administration Building on Tuesday, August 13, at 8:00 AM.
Our next steps are to nominate and select additional parks or protected areas for future Sister Park Arrangements. To make this happen, the Executive Leadership Team needs your input and suggestions.
If you would like to suggest a park, please email Mike Gauthier (and cc Margo Snyder) to obtain the Sister Park Criteria Matrix. Please include with that matrix a justification (no more than 500 words) as to why the park or protected area would be a great fit for a sister park relationship.
All submissions, ideas, and questions should be sent to Mike Gauthier and Margo Snyder by Friday, August 16. The submissions will be collected and assembled for additional review and input from the Executive Leadership Team and the Yosemite International Affairs work-group.
Thank you for your help as Yosemite establishes international ties founded on conserving and protecting incredible cultural and natural treasures. This connection to the world is a major goal during our 2014-2016 anniversary celebrations. We greatly appreciate the experience and diversity of ideas from the Yosemite community and look forward to your help moving forward. (M. Gauthier)
Next meeting:
Yosemite International Affairs
August 13 - Tuesday
8-9 AM
Large Break-room in the El Portal Administration Building

Book Signing After Yosemite Forum
Jen Huntley will be signing her book, The Making of Yosemite: James Mason Hutchings and the Origin of America’s Most Popular National Park, on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 in the courtyard outside the Auditorium. (B. Lantz)

Yosemite Forum - Tuesday, August 13, Yosemite Valley Auditorium, noon - 1 PM
Jen Huntley, PhD, environmental historian of the Sierra Nevada and Pacific Rim, will discuss the creation of Yosemite in a time of Civil War and industrialized mining. She will be signing her book The Making of Yosemite: James Mason Hutchings and the Origin of America’s Most Popular National Park in the courtyard following the ceremony. Come hear what should be an enlightening session on the early days of Yosemite. (K. McCardle)

Accounting Technician - Detail/Temporary Promotion/Reassignment Opportunity
Detail/Temporary Promotion OR Lateral Reassignment to an Accounting Technician GS-0525-05/06, in the Administration Division, Branch of Budget & Finance is available to interested Yosemite National Park Career/Career-conditional employees. Please see the "Job Announcements" section on the sharepoint site listed below for additional information. If interested required documentation is due August 15, 2013, close of business. (T. Barton)

Yosemite in the News
Bad news bears
By Kate Mather, The LA Times
August 5, 2013

A hungry bear will go just about anywhere – and do just about anything – to find food. But the black bears of Southern California can trace their lineage some 300 miles north, to ancestors whose antics got them kicked out of a national park.
Read more at:,...

Yosemite aims to reduce visitor traffic
Nightly News, NBC News
August 1, 2013

Video: Although Yosemite National Park is the size of Rhode Island, most people only use a tiny sliver of it – and that has an enormous impact, creating big challenges for those charged with preserving it. NBC’s Harry Smith reports.
Watch video at:

Two things have been added to the Quick Launch on the left side of the SharePoint home page
The Employee Directory replaces the Employee Telephone List. Information from the old list was migrated into Active Directory, the system that stores employee network logins and supplies contact information for the Google Directory. This means that changes can be made in a single place, and visible from either Gmail or SharePoint. We need your help 'fleshing out' the data - email the IT Help Desk with edits.
The Office/Program Directory does a couple of new things for us. Partly, it's a place to put shared office phone numbers (IT Help Desk, Wawona Utilities, etc.). But you can also think of it as an index to various functions here at the park. Want to know who coordinates the uniforms program or find a link to the SharePoint page for employee awards? Those are here too.
If you have comments or questions about the new directories, click the SharePoint Feedback link on the home page. (P. Lindstrom)

Introducing the New Chief Ranger
The Yosemite Executive Leadership Team and myself would like to take this opportunity to thank Kevin Killian for the incredible job he performed while filling in as the acting Chief of Law Enforcement and Visitor Protection. Yesterday, the Executive Leadership Team unanimously selected Kevin as our new Chief of Law Enforcement and Visitor Protection. Please feel free to extend your congratulations.

Kevin started his National Park Service career as a seasonal ranger at Cape Cod National Seashore in 1993. Other seasonal positions followed at Grand Teton National Park, John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway, Lake Mead Recreation Area, and ski shops and resorts in Wyoming and Utah. After 11 years as a permanent field ranger and supervisor at Zion National Park, Kevin and his wife Jill moved to Yosemite in early 2010, where Kevin became the Mather District Ranger. After less than one year in that position, Kevin was hired into the Deputy Chief Ranger position and he, Jill, and their young son Jack moved to Yosemite Valley. Jill is currently the Budget Technician for the Yosemite Medical Clinic and Jack (2 and a half years old) is an enthusiastic student at the Yosemite Child Care Center who loves bike rides, the playground, and anything relating to Curious George. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is excited about the challenges that his new job will bring. (D. Neubacher)

Water System in Tuolumne Meadows to be Turned Off Early
The water treatment facility in Tuolumne requires a complete upgrade. The improvements are mandatory to ensure that the NPS continues to meet safe drinking water standards. To accommodate this upgrade, the Tuolumne water treatment facility will be shut off on October 1, so that contractors can access the building to begin repairs and upgrades to the filtration system.

Many employees are scheduled to leave the area before the water system is turned off. We anticipate that any remaining employees will need to vacate the Tuolumne housing by the week of October 1, unless they are housed in one of the 5 cabins on the winter well system; 3002, 3007, 3033, 3034, 3036. There will be a very limited water supply to any other cabins, shower houses, and restrooms.

For planning purposes, please let the Housing Office know your anticipated housing needs for your Tuolumne staff that are required to remain on after October 1.
Information needed by the Housing Office:
How long they will be working in the Tuolumne area:
What other area of the park they may be working in after Tuolumne:

Thank you. (Superintendent's Office)

Reminder: Wawona Water Conservation
Dear Wawona community and friends:

We continue to experience a very dry spring and summer and the water levels in the South Fork Merced have continued to decline. Yesterday, the South Fork Merced dipped below 3 cubic feet per second (cfs) – please exercise all water conservations measures possible and consult the Yosemite Water Conservation Plan.

What to expect:
Informative signs will be installed in the Wawona Campground. Entrance stations will advise campers about the water shortage and the need for water conservation. Park staff and volunteers will pass on conservation information during public contact opportunities and all interpretive programs. For residents, we ask that you review the Water Conservation Plan and practice these measures in the coming months as we continue into the driest part of the year.

Some key measures we are asking you to do to help us all to conserve water are:
- Check faucets, toilet, pipes, and other water sources for leaks and have them fixed.
- Take shorter showers and install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
- Don‘t let the water run when brushing your teeth or shaving. Use a wash basin.
- Don’t let the faucet run while preparing food or cleaning, and use your automatic washing-machine only for full loads.
- Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks, and steps, and don’t run the hose while washing your car.
- Water your lawn only when it needs it and only on cool and calm days.

In Wawona, domestic water use will always take precedence over the irrigation of lawns. Now that the water levels have dropped below 3 cfs, there will be no irrigation of the Wawona Hotel lawns from the Wawona Water System. However, reclaimed water will be available for golf course irrigation.

For a complete list of conservation measures, please refer to appendix B in the Water Conservation Plan. If you have any questions, please contact District Ranger Eric Scott at: 209-375-9520.

We thank you for your attention and support as we all address this important issue. Through our combined efforts, we can work to maintain adequate domestic water use while still preserving the ecosystems of Yosemite National Park.

- Don Neubacher, on behalf of the Executive Leadership Team

Useful Links:
Water Conservation Plan
Yosemite hydrology
Water gauge at Wawona (J. Friesen McCabe)

Planned Power Outage for NPS Housing Area in Yosemite Valley (8/14)
There will be a power outage that will affect NPS residents along Lost Arrow Drive near the school, all of Oak lane and Cedar Court. Including the Elementary School and Day Care. All affected residents will have notices placed on their doors prior to the outage. The outage will last from 7:30 a.m. till 3:00p.m. Questions? Please call Dan Raspotnik - 379-1236. (J. Brown)

Operational Leadership
Dear Yosemite Community,
Watch where you step when walking. Since May 1, 2013, there have been seven sprains and strains of lower leg extremities, four of those serious enough to miss work. Ankles, knees, feet... They are getting twisted and hurt. As you step outside to work and enjoy the weather more often, remember that your most likely injury may be a slip, trip or fall. Wear proper footwear, look where you step, don't rush. Operational Leadership training is an important step in promoting and supporting our safety record. If you haven't attended, a must for supervisors and employees, the next opportunity is:

August 13-14 Admin Only Mariposa Office
September 18-19 Large Breakroom El Portal
October 14-15 Large Breakroom El Portal

If you are a supervisor and want to host Operational Leadership in the outer districts, contact Roger Farmer at 379-1079 to coordinate.

This message is from the Yosemite Safety and Wellness Committee (YSWC) - your safety advocate. We are:
Roger Farmer - Safety Office
Claudine Ronay - Safety Office/PROT
Mike Gauthier - Superintendents Office
Sheri Ogedn - Business and Revenue Management
Andy Fristensky - Interpretation and Education
Rick Jacobson - Business and Revenue Management
Larry Castro - Facilities Management
Sarah Henderson - Project Management
George Duke - Facilities Management
Dan Boughter - Resource Management and Science..
Sally Sprouse - Visitor Protection
Stepehn Asbury - Administration
Don Coffman - Protection (M. Gauthier)

Current Stock Available for Use
Reminder! The following items are available for issue from Supply:
Copy paper 8.5 X 11
Special Attn Envelopes (SM)
Calendars 2013
Activity Calendar 2014
Appointment Book 2014
Desktop Blotter Calendar 2014
Three Month Wall Calendar 2014
Inter-office envelopes (LG, MD & SM)
Laptops (presale only est delivery 30 days)
Desktops (presale only est delivery 30 days)
Monitors (presale only est delivery 30 days)

Inbound Shipments
Special Attn Envelope (LG) (D. St. Vincent)

YNPCC Hiring
YNPChildCare Center is accepting applications for employment opportunities in both of El Portal and Yosemite Valley. We have upcoming openings in our Infant and Toddler/Preschool programs for part and/or full time. Please contact for specifics. (L. Zisa)

Going Away Party for Andy and Sarah Steele
Potluck at McClendon Beach on Sunday, August 11 at 2:00pm. Bring your favorite stories and dish to pass as we send them off to their new home in Oregon (D. Engelstad).

Yosemite Lions Club Annual El Mosquito Fiesta and Summer Gear Swap Monday, August 12
In addition to a wonderful Mexican dinner prepared by Maria LaVeaga, this year's fundraiser includes a Summer Gear Swap. Bring your old summer gear to swap or sell, including backpacks, trekking poles, fishing poles, climbing gear, etc. (But be sure to leave the winter gear for the Yosemite Winter Club Gear Swap in November). Tag your items with your name and your price and we will sell it for you. At the end of the evening, we'll give you the money for any items that you sold. We'll also take any money donations you care to make to the Lions Club – this a fundraiser after all! Unsold items must go back home with you. For more information contact Michelle Hansen at 372-1029 or Join us from 5:30 to 7:00pm (or until the food runs out) at the Curry Village Community Center. Dinner Menu: Tacos or Burritos with beans, rice, chips, salsa and drink. $10 for one entree, $12 for two with all sides included. (M. Hansen)

Holiday Craft Bazaar, Save the Date
Save the date, the annual Holiday Craft Bazaar is only 4 months away! Friday, December 6, 2013 at Curry Village. This is a great place for local artisans to sell their work, and a great place for residents to do some holiday shopping. For more information, check out our Facebook page: (H. Burt)

For Rent
Two bedroom, two bath fully furnished mobile home, very private location 5 min to the Triangle/140 intersection. Good for one or two people, non smoking, small pet negotiable. Available Sept 1st. $650. plus utilities Call 209-204-4152. (L. Noriega)

For Rent
2 bedroom/1 bath house on Colorado Road available to rent for $850 per month. The house has a workshop/storage area with a washer and dryer. Private location, wood heat, pets okay. Please leave a message at 966-3123. (W. Vittands)

Mountain Sage Music Series- Hot Buttered Rum- Aug 10
Dont miss the last concert of the summer at Mountain Sage, this Saturday, August 10 when Hot Buttered Rum takes the stage. They always put on one of the best shows of the summer, so this should be quite a finale. Opening will be the incredibly talented Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman. Show starts at 5. Info and tickets available at No dogs or outside alcohol please. (R. Hirsch)



Valley Water Tank Road Closure, July 16 - Aug 16
The water tank road in Yosemite Valley will be closed to all vehicle, pedestrian and stock traffic beginning Tuesday, July 16 to effect water main repairs. It is expected to remain closed for 4 weeks but will open sooner if possible. Use of the stock trail is permitted and open around the work area. Staging, parking or traveling on the road or water tank area will not be permitted. Any questions contact Chad Thomas at (209) 372-0560 (P. Laymon)

Road Maintenance on Wawona Road
Be advised that roads crews will be conducting roads maintenance on Wawona road. Work is expected to take place near South entrance and and just north of Grouse Creek. Short traffic delays may be encountered. (D. Dozier)

Tuolumne Grove Road Delays—5 Minute Traffic Delays (July 11th thru August 15th)
Trenching for communications fiber optic cable along Tuolumne Grove Road beginning on July 11 will continue for one month. Constructions crews will be directing one lane traffic Monday thru Friday from 7:00AM to 5:00PM. There will be an approximate 5 minute delay. (K. Blew)

Tioga Road--15-Minute Traffic Delays (July 22nd thru September 30th)
Starting next week, July 22nd and continuing thru September 30th park crews will be scaling loose rock along Tioga Road from White Wolf to Tioga Pass, Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with single-lane traffic control and up to 15-minute traffic delays. There will either be pilot car operations or alternating stop and go traffic with flaggers, depending upon the length of single-lane closure. No holiday or weekend work is planned at this time.

Park hand scaling and equipment crews will be removing the loose rocks along the upslope (cutslope) side of the Tioga Road embankment. Safety netting will be used during these operations, however please slow down, be patient and cautious when traveling thru these zones and DO NOT STOP in work zone unless directed to do so by NPS staff. If you have comments or questions, please contact Russ Kish at (209) 379-1119. (M. Pieper)

Construction Commencing at South Entrance Station (with intermittent 15-minute delays)
Monday, July 22, 2013 crews are beginning to mobilize equipment and materials to commence improvements to the South Entrance Station area. The project includes replacing the existing fee collection booths with three new fee collection booths placed approximately 350-ft. south of the their current location. This project will include intermittent 15-minute delays with trucks crossing the existing roadway. This project will start off with daytime work, however as work progresses it will also include night time operations. No weekend work is currently planned. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2013. Please be cautious of the trucks and equipment as you are coming into and out of the South Entrance Station area. (M. Pieper)



Erin (Echo) Davenport will be Acting Branch Chief for Environmental Planning and Compliance beginning Thursday, August 8th through Friday, August 9th. Echo may be reached at 379-1067 or you may leave a message with Sarah Henderson at 379-1202

Sue Beatty will be Acting Branch Chief for Vegetation and Ecological Restoration until further notice. She can be reached at 209-379-3290.

Ken Watson will be Acting Wilderness Manager while Ed is in the field the week of August 4th and on AL the week of the 11th.

Brian Ward will be Acting Trails Supervisor August 6 - 20. He can be reached at 742-8827.

Josiah Brown will be Acting High Voltage Supervisor August 8th thru August 16th while Dan Raspotnik is out of the Park. If you have any concerns, please contact Josiah in the High Voltage Shop @ 379-1236.

Ron Watson will be the Acting Supervisory Information Technology Specialist until further notice. He may be reached at 379-1173.

Garrett Dickman will be Acting Invasive plant program manager until further notice. He can be reached at 209-379-3282.

Brenna Lissoway (379-1282) is on a detail as the Park Archivist. If you have need to access the Archives, or have archive related questions, you can call 379-1283 or 379-1104.

Alison Colwell will be Acting park botanist until further notice. She can be reached at 209-379-3295.

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