Monday, March 5, 2012

Yosemite Daily Report for March 5

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, March 5, 2012
Yosemite Valley 
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. 
Tonight: Snow showers likely after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday: Snow showers likely, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 34 by 5pm. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 44. 

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. 
Tonight: Showers likely after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tuesday: Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 63.


Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. 
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. 
Tuesday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 53.



Snow Survey Results
Park Rangers have completed the March 1 snow surveys. The water content of the snowpack is 26% of average. (M. Fincher)

Four Mile Trail Closed
The Four Mile Trail is closed below Union Point (approximately halfway up the trail to Glacier Point) due to hazardous snow conditions. The lower section of the trail remains open. (M. Seiler)

Half Dome and Wilderness Information
You can speak to a ranger about Half Dome permits, wilderness conditions, and trip planning by calling 209/372-0745. This line will be staffed Monday through Friday from 9am to 12pm, and 1pm to 3pm. (M. Seiler)

Yosemite Conservancy Announces Retail Operations Manager Opportunity (El Portal)
What a great opportunity for an experienced retail manager who is passionate about the Yosemite National Park and the guest experience.  Become part of the El Portal Yosemite Conservancy team in this full-time, year-round management position. The Retail Operations Manager oversees the day-to-day operations off Yosemite Conservancy retail locations throughout the Park. During the peak season (April-October), Yosemite Conservancy operates 5 retail stations and during the off season, 2 remain open. This position reports to the Retail and Publishing Director and manages two full time Sales Supervisors and three seasonal Sales Supervisors. Yosemite Conservancy is competitive in salary and provides excellent benefits. For more information about Yosemite Conservancy, the position and how to apply, see (T. King)

Job Posting – Yosemite Conservancy – Seasonal Warehouse Assistant (El Portal)
The Seasonal Warehouse Assistant reports to the Warehouse Coordinator and is responsible for providing fulfillment support to the retail department. The position is primarily responsible for receiving product, fulfilling orders, assisting in the delivery of product to retail stations, the transfer of product between warehouses and the El Portal office summer recycling needs. For more information about Yosemite Conservancy, the position and how to apply, see (T. King)

Reminder: Seasonal Climbing Closures In Effect
Please respect Peregrine Falcons nesting in Yosemite by complying with seasonal climbing closures. Starting today, March 1, closures go into effect at Arch Rock, B.O.L.T. Wall, El Capitan, Glacier Point, Half Dome, Hetch Hetchy, Rhombus Wall, and the Rostrum. If you want to climb any of these areas, please check the closure notice (posted at ) first to make sure you are complying with the closures and not disturbing any peregrines. (M. Thornley)

El Portal Travel Series
Don’t miss the next EPTS Slide Show! Tuesday, March 6th, 7:00pm, at the El Portal Community Hall - Laura Nordaas: “Returning home to Japan: Relief Work after the Earthquake & Tsunami.” Laura grew up in Japan, and spent 10 of those years living in Sendai. She still considers it her home, and many of her friends still live there. When she heard that a massive earthquake & tsunami had hit Northern Japan, she immediately thought of friends & family. After several intense days, Laura found that all her loved ones were accounted for. This summer Laura had the opportunity to reunite with her family in Sendai. They had the privilege of spending a week doing relief work in Ishinomaki, a nearby coastal city. In this presentation she will share pictures and stories from her time in Ishinomaki, as well as other parts of northern Japan. (P. Amstutz)

Bicycle Repair Night
Bicycle Repair Night from Sustainable Action is happening at Sal's in El Portal this Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Have your bike repaired, learn how to fix it, or to borrow tools and a stand to work in your own bike.  If you are interested in checking out a bike from our Bike Library, email Kate to arrange to pick up a bike at Sal's or inquire there to set up a later date.  Mechanical education clinics and other bike events are in the works: stay posted for updates.

Ever Better Community Conference
Saturday, March 17, 2012, 9:00am - 3:00pm, at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Donation: $10 or a canned good for those in need. All are welcome to the Ever Better Community Conference. Contact Jackie Burns, 209-966-6971. (J. Burns)

For Rent
Modern studio apartment in Mariposa. $450/month. Call Frank - 966-6726 or (cell) 209 628-0979. (Y. Radanovich)

Badger Pass Daily Snow Report - 3/5
Base Depth: The conditions on the slopes are good.
Snow Conditions: Spring Conditions & Packed Powder.
Temperature: Sunny, High 57 Low 34
Runs Groomed: Bruin, Eagle, Turtle, Rabbit, Badger
Lifts Open: Turtle, Bruin, Eagle, Badger
Runs open: All
XC trail snow conditions: Groomed From Badger Pass to Glacier Point on Friday morning. Groomed tracks from Badger Pass to Bridalveil Campground on Sunday morning. Conditions on the Glacier Point Rd. are good in some areas and thin in other areas. There are some areas where the road is showing. They are: Summit Meadow, top of hill after Bridalveil Creek Bridge, just past the Mono Meadow trailhead, Clark’s Range View, Sentinel Dome area and on the switchbacks down to Glacier Point.
Tubing Hill: No tubing; need more snow. (S. Costello)

Big Oak Flat Road Closed
Big Oak Flat Road is now closed between the Foresta Road Junction on the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) and the El Portal Road (Highway 140) junction. It is anticipated that the work will be completed before the Easter Weekend. The park will issue periodic updates on the road reconstruction progress and estimated dates for reopening.


Roger Farmer
will the be the acting Superintendent's Office Chief of Staff from Fri. 2/24 - Thur. 3/8. Roger can be reached at 379-1079.

Paul Laymon will be Acting Chief of Facilities Management from 3/1 - 3/19. He may be reached at 379-1077.
Sharon Miyako will be acting branch chief for Education until March 14th. She can be reached at 209-375-9503.
Gene Smith will be acting Roads & Trails Branch Chief 2/22/12 through 3/13/12 while Lou Summerfield is out of the park. He can be reached at 379-1120.
Madelyn Ruffner (379-1226) is on a 120-day detail as Acting Environmental Planning and Compliance Program Manager. Madelyn may be found at her regular desk location in the EPC Trailer. Elexis Mayer (379-1377) has temporarily moved to the Planning Trailer to continue her work on the Merced River Plan. For further assistance, you may also contact Jessica Zeek (379-1002), Administrative Support Assistant for Environmental Planning and Compliance.
Jack Hoeflich will be acting Valley District Ranger until further notice.
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.
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.
For submissions, please email (there's no need to email anyone else). Submission guidelines and Daily Report FAQs can be found here: . Yosemite's Daily Report is an internal memorandum of long standing intended to provide timely administrative information needed for daily park operations. The primary purpose of the report is to serve as a communication tool for park management to pass specific operational information to field employees of Yosemite National Park, park partners, concessioners, and related government agencies in a fast and efficient manner and offer a format for interdivisional, interagency, and general intra-park notifications.

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