Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, December 16, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Today: Sunny, with a high near 46. East northeast wind between 10 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 30. East northeast wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 50. East northeast wind between 14 and 17 mph becoming calm. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 43. North northwest wind around 5 mph.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 60. East northeast wind 6 to 13 mph becoming northwest.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 29. East northeast wind between 9 and 11 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Northeast wind at 11 mph becoming west.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 59. North wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 24. East northeast wind between 9 and 11 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 56. East northeast wind between 10 and 13 mph becoming calm.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 50. North northwest wind between 3 and 7 mph.
Yosemite Employee Association's Annual Winter Social
Mark your calendars for December 16th, the Yosemite Employee Association's Annual Winter Social. This semi-formal, child-free evening begins at 5 PM with a host bar, hearty hors d'ouevers, and live music. Held, as usual, at Cedar Lodge and this year you can stay for a discounted price at the Lodge-just mention you are with Yosemite Employee Association. (M. Dale - 10/24)
Memorial Services for Virgina Salmon
The memorial services honoring our friend Virgina have been finalized. The viewing will be Friday, December 16, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Stratford Evans Funeral Home 1490 B Street, Merced, CA 209-722-4191 . The funeral will be Saturday, December 17, at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of Christ on Yosemite Parkway in Merced (209-728-2852). Employees attending the viewing and funeral may wear their uniforms. Please visit the obituary for Virginia Lee Salmon http://www.legacy.com/link.
PARK AND PARTNER NEWS
Yosemite National Park Rangers Staffing in Gateway Community Visitor Centers: Park Providing Additional Staffing During Holiday Season - news release
Yosemite National Park Announces Extension of the Public Scoping Period for the Mariposa Grove Restoration: Public Comments on Project Accepted through February 3, 2012 - news release
· Restoring the natural hydrology within the grove
· Removing unnecessary infrastructure
· Realigning roads and trails in sensitive sequoia habitat
· Relocating the existing visitor parking
· Reducing visitor trampling of soils and vegetation around the giant sequoias
Traffic Counter Installation
There will be minor roadway work in locations throughout the park associated with installing traffic counters. Locations and dates (weather permitting) are as follows: Friday 12/16 Arch Rock; and Monday 12/19 El Cap Cross Over & near Camp 4. Please use caution when workers are present. For more info: Bret Meldrum 209-742-4254. (B. Meldrum - 12/9) ******************************
Utility work at the Tecoya Dormitories
The last phase of utility work at the Tecoya Dormitories is now underway with the replacement of the sewer lines serving the Northern units. ASI is installing the majority of the new lines using a drilling method instead of open trenching. Areas that cannot be drilled due to soil conditions will have to be trenched. This area is very congested and difficult for the contractor to work in. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. There will be no work during the holiday period from December 24th through January 2nd. (G. Rothell - 12/14)
Foresta Road Closure - Slide Repair Between Rancheria and Old El Portal
Starting Monday, November 14th the Foresta Road will be closed between Rancheria and Old El Portal as crews complete a slide repair from a spring 2011 slide. The Foresta Road will be closed at 7:00 AM on November 14th and remain closed for approximately 2-3 months, while crews complete the stabilization work. The crews are planning to work 6-days per week, Monday thru Saturday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Due to the safety concerns, it will require a hard closure, meaning that throughout the duration of the project, there will be no access for pedestrians, bicycles, passenger vehicles, trucks, etc... Access will be limited to construction crews and emergency vehicles only. Trucks will also be using middle road to access CA St. Rte. 140, so please be cautious as you are traveling thru this area of Hwy. 140. Also, crews will be bringing in equipment and materials starting Thursday, November 10th, with intermittent single lane traffic control along Foresta Road. (M. Pieper - 11/10)
Ron Gaunt will be acting Branch Chief of Construction and acting Branch Chief of Design for Project Management, beginning Friday, December 16, 2011, through Thursday, December 22, 2011. Ron may be reached at 379-1027 or you may leave a message with Ashley Wilde at 379-1221.
David Stone will be out of the Park from Friday, December 9 through Wednesday, December 21. He will have limited cell reception, but may be reached, with urgent issues, by 209-372-8458.
Julie Byerly will be acting Deputy Chief Ranger from Saturday 12/3 through Sunday 12/18, she can be reached at 372-0243.
Andy Fristensky will be Acting Deputy Chief of Interpretive Operations until further notice. He may be reached at 372-0599.
Jeffrey Trust will be Acting Yosemite Valley Field Interpretation Supervisor until further notice. He may be reached at 372-0307.
Greg Torres will be Acting Trails Supervisor 11/30 through 1/3. He can reached at 742 8811.
Ron Watson will be the Acting Supervisory Information Technology Specialist until further notice. He may be reached at 379-1074.
Brenna Lissoway (379-1283) is on a detail as the Park Archivist. If you have need to access the Archives, or have archive related questions, you can call 379-1282 or 379-1104.
Annual Community Christmas Dinner
Yosemite Community Church, Sunday December 18th at 5:00 P.M.
Come join us for our annual Christmas Dinner held at the Yosemite Elementary Multipurpose Room. Please being a side dish to share with 12 people. Sing Christmas carols and enjoy time with friends. A visit from Santa Claus for the children! Free will offering accepted but not required. (B. Moore - 12/15)