Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, December 2, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011 WEATHER
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 24. East northeast wind between 9 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 44. East northeast wind between 9 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 46. East northeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming north northwest.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 34. East northeast wind between 6 and 11 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 58. East northeast wind at 11 mph becoming northwest.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 58. East northeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west. Wawona
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 30. East northeast wind between 7 and 11 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 53. East northeast wind at 11 mph becoming northwest.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 54. East northeast wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west.
Yosemite National Park Child Care Centers Craft Bazaar
This Friday, Dec. 2, 11am-6:00pm. Curry Village Pavilion. Enjoy shopping locally, have lunch, enter raffle, and support local the kids! (L. Stewart - 11/30)
Mariposa Christmas Craft Show
Friday and Saturday, December 2 - 3, 2011. Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday. Free parking and free admission. Mariposa County Fairgrounds - Buildings A, B and Redbud Room; 5007 Fairgrounds Dr. Over 85 crafters, great food, free parking, free admission, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mariposa. All profits from this show are returned to the community in the form of student scholarships and service projects. (P. Weber - 11/30)
This year's All-Employee Holiday Party will be a Hawaiian Luau held on Wednesday, December 7th from 11:30 - 1:00 pm in the Valley Auditorium. All park employees are encouraged to come out and enjoy some delicious home-cooked food and punch served to you by your Superintendent and Division Chiefs. This is a wonderful chance to celebrate the season with your colleagues and for the park's leadership to thank employees for their hard-work throughout the year. We'll be collecting donations for Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, and non-perishable food donations for a local food bank. Happy holidays and we hope to see you all on Wednesday! (K. Kosick - 12/2)
GSA Smart Pay 2 Fuel Credit Cards - every GSA vehicle has one and most of the expired on 11/11 and you will no longer be able to get fuel. Please check you GSA Vehicle (the licence plate starts with a G) if you gas card has and expiration date of 11/11 please come see me and exchange it for a new one. If you do not have one please call me at 209-379-1052 to check to see if I have one for that vehicle. (J. Day - 12/2)
Yosemite Conservancy Stores to Close for Annual Inventory
All YC store will be closing individually for annual physical inventory as follows:
Tuesday, December 6th: Yosemite Museum Store will be closed all day. Wednesday, December 7th: Yosemite Bookstore in Valley Visitor Center will be closed all day. Select Bookstore items including popular maps, and the National Parks Passport books and stamping station will be functioning from the Museum Store on Wednesday. (N. Brocchini - 12/2)
The General Services Administration is conducting an internet auction of Yosemite personal property consisting of an Oshkosh snow plow dump truck and a trailer mounted pump. For further information regarding the sale items or to register to bid, visit the website gsaauctions.gov. Sale number 91QSCI12081 lots 310 and 311. The sale will close on December 7, 2011. An appointment must be made with Don Ramsey (379-1024) prior to inspection, no exceptions (serious bidders only). Park employees must view the items and bid on their own time. Park employees are allowed to participate in the sale, with the exception of any employee with unfair (nonpublic) detailed knowledge or prior use of an item offered for sale. Such employees are prohibited from bidding on that item, and the prohibition includes their immediate family as well. (K. Kolbeck - 12/2)
Deadline for converting Interior license plates to the new plates with expiration dates
All government license plates are being switched over to plates with expiration dates. Many plates have already been switched. If you have any vehicles, trailers, road equipment, anything with Interior (I-) plates without expiration dates, they need to be brought to Property Management and exchanged for the plates with expiration dates. The dead line is December 29, 2011. A call to Don Ramsey (379-1024) prior to coming is appreciated but not mandatory. The old plates must be brought in to receive the new plates. (D. Ramsey - 12/1)
Federal Benefits Open Season runs from Monday, November 14, 2011 through Monday, December 12, 2011. Please stop by the Annual Employee Health Fair
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Location: Large Breakroom El Portal Administrative/Warehouse site
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)
Greg Torres will be Acting Trails Supervisor 11/30 through 1/3. He can reached at 742 8811.
Donna Dean will be the acting Human Resources Officer from 11/29 thru 12/5. Donna can be reached at 379-1814.
Kevin Killian will be acting Chief Ranger Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Ed Dunlavey will be acting Chief Ranger Dec. 3-7
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.
Jana Friesen McCabe will be Acting Branch Chief for Public Outreach and Engagement from November 15 to December 9. She can be reached at 372-0288.
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.
Adam Burns Band at the Bug
The Adam Burns Band will be playing at the Bug Hostel in Midpines this Saturday, December 3rd, at 7 pm. Come early for dinner, or come even earlier for a spa and then dinner. (K. Ramsey - 11/30)
Yosemite Valley & El Portal Schools Need Ski Day Volunteers
Local schools are looking for folks interested in sharing the joy of skiing with our students. You don’t have to be a great skier for this position as we need help at varying levels of proficiency. Volunteer instructors will receive a lift ticket for the day they teach as well as an additional lift ticket for use at another time (non-transferable). If you are interested please contact either YVS @ 372-4791 or EP @ 379-2382. (C. Archer - 12/2)
El Portal Travel Series
Ever dream of Rafting the Grand Canyon ? Don’t miss the next El Portal Travel Series show. You’ll be inspired to head down the river….
As always: Tuesday at 7:00pm, El Portal Community Hall
December 6th – David Greenwood “28 Days of Grand Canyon Bliss!”
Join us on a tactile journey down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. David Greenwood will share hundreds of images from his non-commercial river trips through this amazing desert wilderness. See the side canyons with their sculpted sandstone and sinuous curves. Learn about the great unconformity in the geologic layer-cake that makes up the Grand Canyon . Discover the magical sites & attractions that only the river runners know. Look over the shoulder of canyoneers as they drop into untold slots and slither, slide, swim, and rappel off waterfalls such as Deer Creek and Elves Chasm. Don a headlamp and wetsuit to venture into Thunder River Spring. Experience it all from the comfort of the folding chairs in the El Portal Community Hall; and without the ubiquitous sand that is an otherwise mandatory requirement of river exploits. (P. Amstutz - 12/2)
Congratulations to Brian and Stevie See , the new proud parents of healthy twins (a boy and a girl). Brian is a forestry worker for Mather Forestry. I just talked to him and he said that Mom and babies and all are doing very well. They were born this morning in Sonora between 8am and 10 am. (C. Castro - 12/2)
Lions Club Tree Sale
We have a new way to spread holiday cheer and raise funds for the Yosemite Lions Club with an online source that sells holiday trees and wreaths with FREE shipping! Dutchman Tree Farms offers the green2green fundraising program that allows non-profit organizations to benefit from sales of trees and wreaths at no cost to the organization. Dutchman starts taking orders on October 1st with a deadline of December 15th, where you choose your ship date (details with your order).
Cut Fraser Fir 6-7 ft $64.95
Cut Table Top Tree 3-4 ft $39.95
Decorated Wreath 22" $34.95
To order, visit the Dutchman Tree Farms website at: www.dutchmantreefarms.com and use the code YLCCA on the green2green page, or use this direct link: http://www.dutchmantreefarms.