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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, May 22, 2009

El Portal: Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming west southwest between 7 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 50. West wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming west southwest between 8 and 11 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48. West wind at 10 mph becoming east northeast.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming west southwest between 8 and 11 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48.
Memorial Day: Sunny, with a high near 86.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

New Today
National Moment of Remembrance On Memorial Day
Monday is Memorial Day, and Congress has asked that Americans stop what they’re doing and take time out to observe a
National Moment of Remembrance in mid afternoon.
At 3 p.m., local time, Americans are asked to pause for one minute in an act of national unity. The time 3 p.m. was chosen
because it is considered the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.
The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather
it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died for our
freedom. It will help to reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble holiday it was meant to be. In this shared
remembrance, we connect as Americans.
During this Moment of Remembrance, 200 Amtrak trains will blast their whistles, approximately 500,000 Major League
Baseball fans will remain silent, and countless other participants will make a vow to remember.
Each year, several units of the National Park Service participate in this solemn event. Some parks have sponsored flag
raising activities while others simply ask visitors to observe the moment of silence. Wherever you are, the National Park
Service encourages everyone to participate in the special event.

Click on the link below for a web site with more information and downloadable posters, images, videos and other features.
More Information
Contact Information

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Name: Dave Barna, Chief (InsideNPS - 5/22/09)
Butterfly Season:
Once again, we are experiencing an irruption in the population of the butterfly, the California Tortoise Shell (Nymphalis
californica) along El Portal Road between Windy Point, to down past the hotel at parkline. This beautiful orange and
brown butterfly is being killed by vehicles in the thousands in this area. While complete avoidance of hitting butterflies is
not possible, the carnage can be substantially reduced if drivers reduce their speed. At around 25 mph, the butterflies tend
to be swept over the vehicle unharmed. At faster speeds, the butterflies are struck in large numbers by the grills and
windshields of vehicles. So during this period (now through June), please slow down and enjoy this spectacle.

In most years California Tortoise Shells are a relative uncommon species. But in certain years, they emerge in
overwhelming numbers. This species could be responsible for our county’s name, Mariposa, which is Spanish for
butterfly. The larvae of the species feed mostly on ceanothus shrubs. Several generations of egg-larvae-pupa-adult
metamorphosis may occur in spring-summer, but the butterflies tend to move progressively higher in elevation as the year
advances. Some scientists believe this is because plants at these elevations have new, tender growth, and lower levels of
tannins later in the season, making them more nutritious for larvae. (N. Nicholas - 5/22/09)
Yosemite National Park Invites Public To Open House
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, May
27, 2009 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

The public is invited to the Open House to:
      Talk to park staff and listen to presentations given throughout the day
      Review newly released documents and reports
      Submit comments on proposed projects and ongoing implementation efforts
      Meet project managers to discuss the Yosemite Institute Environmental Education Campus Draft Environmental
      Impact Statement (DEIS) now open for Public Review

Visitors attending the Open House will have the entrance fee waived. If unable to attend, refer to the Yosemite National
Park web site for a schedule of future Open House dates.
Please be advised that the Contracting Office will be closed to visitors on Wednesday, May 27th, for administrative
contracting operations. In the event of an emergency, please contact Pat Lendvay Humphrey at 379-1007 or Lorene
Schafer at 379-1873. (L. Sheetz/P. Lendvay Humphrey - 5/22/09)
The new application, etc and subsidy benefit - I just wanted to let you know that yes, the new application needs to be
completed as well as the worksheet. You can complete the worksheet using either the daily round trip fare on YARTS or
using the cost of your driving to and from work. The choice is yours. Also, for the benefit amount you are requesting on
the application - keep in mind that you aren't going to get any more than the YARTS pass currently costs so whatever you
are receiving right now (assuming you are getting the correct amount voucher) will be what you put on the application.
Obviously if you have moved, this is a great time to change the voucher amount. The only thing that might change would
be a monthly pass cost from Cathey's Valley to Yosemite Valley since the new allowable benefit would likely cover that
cost. The biggest question would be whether or not the YARTS bus schedule would allow that commute for employees.
If not, then the commuter fare from Mariposa or Midpines would be correct.

DOI Learn has been up and running today so if you haven't taken the training, please try it. But I have nearly completed a
paper version of this training as a last resort. So if you are seasonal and do not have computer access, please let me or
Jenny Phillipe know. We will give you the training, the test, and write out a completion certificate. (S. Grin - 5/22/09)
Course Title: Managing the NEPA Process and Writing Effective NEPA Documents

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Dates: Monday through Thursday, June 8-11, 2009
              8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location:        Meeting Room in Yosemite Lodge by the Falls
              Yosemite Valley
              Yosemite National Park
This course will give an understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process; including types of
NEPA documents (EIS, EA, CE), developing alternatives, scoping, working as part of an interdisciplinary team, the public
involvement process, predicting environmental consequences and impacts, the administrative record and the decision
making process. This course will be customized for the NPS and include how to implement NEPA in regards to Director's
Order #12 (Compliance). Working with contractors, reviewing NEPA documents, compliance with section 106 of the
National Historic Preservation Act and initiation of consultation with other Agencies and American Indian Tribes will also
be covered. Course materials and examples demonstrate effective NEPA document content and writing.

This is a great opportunity to bring questions about projects you are currently working on as well as to study Park and
Agency specific documents. A 4 day NEPA course taught by the Shipley Group was just completed in late April here in
Yosemite. The 30 course participants gave the course rave reviews. This second course is currently going through
contracting, so the vendor is unknown at this time.

Course Participants:             Anyone Involved with the Compliance Process
Participant Number and Cost: 20-30 participants, Cost will vary depending upon number of participants
                               Cost will range from $450 to $600/person
How to Sign Up:
Email Judi Weaser at judi_weaser@nps.gov with name and benefitting account number.
We expect this course to fill up quickly so sign up early. (J. Weaser - 5/22/09
May 21, 2009
To:            Superintendents, Pacific West Region
From:           Regional Director, Pacific West Region
          Subject:        Return Flags to Full Staff
On May 14 you were authorized to lower flags to half staff in honor of Brian O'Neill through the day of internment.
Please now return the flags to full staff.

A celebration honoring Brian's work and life will occur on May 29 at Crissy Field. The event will commence at 11:00
am, and include an optional public walk at 2:00 pm. The park anticipates participation by numerous partner organizations
as well as NPS staff from various parks and offices. Memories, photos, and other information can be found at http://www.

Thank you to everyone for your caring expressions of love for Brian and his family.

/s/ George J. Turnbull
(signed original on file)
Jonathan Jarvis (R. Soden - 5/22/09)
Rentals: 1. 4 bedroom 2 bath on E.Whitlock Rd. $795.00 per month plus security deposit of same amount. Large older
house on a big lot with fenced yard and screened in front porch. 209-742-5380
2. 2000sq.ft House with 2 bed 2 bath on Varain Rd near the Mariposa Fair grounds, $850.00 per month plus security
deposit of same amount. Open floor plan with tons of storage, central air and master bed with it's own bathroom. 209-742-

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3. 2 bed 2 bath on E. Westfall Rd. in Mariposa $950.00 per month plus a security deposit of the same amount. House has a
large shop and 2 car garage. 209-742-5380
4. 2 bed 1 bath on Old Hyw. in Cathey's Valley. $750.00 per month plus a deposit of the same amount. This house has a
big kitchen and nice yard, also a deck with a beautiful view of the distant valley. 209-742-5380 (E. Menzing - 5/22/09)

Happening Today/This Weekend(Check the Community News section for other events)
The Yosemite Research Library will be closed Friday, May 22nd. (L. Eade - 5/21/09)
High and variable flows on the Tuolumne River May 18-22
As part of a collaborative study of the Tuolumne River downstream of O'Shaughnessy Dam, the National Park Service and
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission are conducting an experimental "pulse flow" release of water to simulate a
typical pre-dam spring runoff condition. The Tuolumne River downstream of the dam is presently running at about 3,400
cubic feet per second, but is expected to rise to about 6,000 cubic feet per second by Tuesday, May 19. This high flow will
continue through May 20, then slowly reduce to about 2,500 cubic feet per second by Friday, May 22. Visitors to areas
downstream of O'Shaughnessy Dam (for example, Poopenaut Valley) should expect high and variable flows during that
time period. (N. Nicholas - 5/14/09)
6TH STREET CINEMA is the presentation arm of the Rural Media Arts and Education Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
corporation. We are supported by the James Irvine Foundation, SierraTel International, Mariposa County, County Bank,
and wonderful members, and are funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National
Endowment for the Arts, a national agency. We are also a recipient of a $1.3 million grant from the California Cultural and
Historical Endowment (CCHE) for the complete restoration of our building, the historic Old Masonic Lodge on 6th Street,
in downtown Mariposa. Monthly membership is $12, allowing film entry for $3 each; non-members pay $7 per film, and
non-member students pay $5. Recorded Information: (209) 966-1333. Staff: 209 742-6666. Visit our website: http://www.
sixthstreetcinema.org or e-mail us: sixthstreetcinema@sti.net

This week: May 22-23 (Friday-Saturday) 7:30 p.m.: HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. This film is a tribute to those people you see
once in a blue moon: the ones who are unrelentingly optimistic and cheerful, and always leave you feeling joyful. Director
Mike Leigh gives us the upbeat, joy to behold, primary schoolteacher Poppy, played by Sally Hopkins, in this hilarious
film that is just right for a world needing a turn in a more positive direction. Poppy is the incarnation of Gandhi's words,
'Be the change you want to see in the world.' A perfect film for the start of vacation season. (Rated R; 118 mins.)

Next week:
May 28 (Thursday) 7:30 p.m. TED (Redux). (Free admission). By popular demand, we are re-screening the last TED
program. Word of mouth, and a desire to see the vignettes again, have led us to re-showcase these features:
JACQUELINE NOVOGRATZ -- From a Nairobi slum; a tale of hope.
JOSE ANTONIO ABREU: Helps to bring music to kids worldwide (TED Prize
winner). Featuring a young people's symphonic performance that will have you
on your feet applauding.
BARRY SCHWARTZ: The real crisis? We stopped being wise.
ELIZABETH GILBERT: A different way to think about creative genius.

[TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an annual conference that defines its mission as "ideas worth spreading".
The lectures, also called "TED Talks", cover a broad set of topics including science, arts and design, politics, education,
culture, business, global issues, technology, and entertainment. While TED members pay an annual fee of $6,000 for the
privilege of attending, 6th Street Cinema has partnered with TED and offers highlights to the best of the best free for our
community. Come early to assure a seat...this series is immensely popular.] (T. Arfsten - 5/21/09)

Construction and Road News

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Crane Flat Soil Borings Along Hwy 120 (5/20 through 5/22)
Soil borings will be drilled along the road shoulder of Hwy 120 from Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, May 22. These
borings will be from the campground entrance, along Big Oak Flat Road, and then following Tioga Road from the gas
station to the water tank. Traffic control will be in place to divert vehicles around the drilling rig. (D. Engelstad - 5/15/09)
Sewer line inspection and cleaning in your District - Beginning Wed 5/13/09 the NPS through a contract with Facility
Engineering Associates (FEA) will be performing data base/inventory collection, sewerline inspection and cleaning in
Wawona, Hodgdon Meadows, White Wolf and Tuolumne. This work is in response to new EPA regulations nationwide
that require documented Operation and Maintenance Plans for Wastewater Collection Systems and will occur throughout
the summer. This contract is being managed from the WASO office of Facilities Management, Jeff Harsha is the COR. If
you have additional questions or need a local contact call Paul Laymon, NPS Utilities Manager at (209) 379-1077. (P.
Laymon - 5/12/09)
Rehabilitate Curry Village Lounge and Registration Buildings
Registration Building – Start up HVAC system, painting, fire alarm system wiring, data wiring installation by DNC,
historic siding installation by NPS Historic Preservation Team.
Lounge Building - Install porch lighting, installation of carpet, installation of concrete steps, ramp and, hearth.

Integrated Utilities Phase 2a (multiple utilities from Ice Rink to Boys Town to North end of Lower Pines CG)
Set up and test bypass at Yosemite Creek Lift Station.
Stencil standby electrical vaults.

Valley Loop Road
Northside Drive and Southside Drive are now open as one-way traffic in both directions. Striping will be occurring
between May 14, 2009 and May 22, 2009, with up to 15-minute delays.
El Cap crossover will remain closed thru May 22, 2009. Grading, paving and striping work will be ongoing over the next

Wawona Tunnel Ventilation Repair
Continued installation of conduit and wire.
Continued installation of the MCC, transformer and, switchgear.

Glacier Point Road Rehabilitation
The contract is to be awarded soon and we anticipate an early to mid June start for construction. There will be traffic
delays on the Glacier Point Road and the Wawona Road in the area around Chinquapin. Once this project begins
construction, specific delay details will be forthcoming. (S. Willams - 5/18/09)

Park News
Yosemite News Release
May 19, 2009
For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Scott Gediman 209-372-0248
Kari Cobb 209-372-0529

Yosemite National Park is seeking assistance in locating a missing woman who was last seen below the Vernal Fall
footbridge at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009. Katrin Lehmann, 31, 6' 0", 150 lbs. She has light brown hair and brown
eyes. Lehmann was last seen wearing a maroon rain jacket, dark blue pants, light green button shirt, lightweight hiking

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boots, a light blue backpack, and a dragonfly necklace.

Ms. Lehmann was last seen when she fell into the Merced River below the Vernal Fall footbridge. If you have any
information regarding this person, please contact the Yosemite Criminal Investigations Unit at (209)372-0614 or the
Yosemite Communications Center, 24 hours per day, at (209)379-1992. -NPS- (K. Cobb - 5/20/09)
Yosemite Fires – Update #2 - May 20, 2009
On the afternoon of May 18, 2009 Yosemite National Park experienced an afternoon thunderstorm, a common occurrence
for the Sierra Nevada Range during the summer. It is relatively uncommon for May, and according to National Weather
Service this monsoonal storm was more typical for August. It resulted in many down strikes in Yosemite and three
confirmed fires. It was accompanied by measurable precipitation at higher elevations. Yosemite Valley received
approximately 1/3 of an inch of rain. There is a possibility of continuing thunderstorms for the rest of the week particularly
in the afternoon hours, which may result in other fires.

Suppression Zone:
West (37°40’24.24” 119°45’19.45”) - This lightning caused fire is in Mariposa County near the park boundary and north/
west of the community of Yosemite West. It was necessary for crews to rappel into this fire due to steepness of the
terrain. It is controlled and being mopped up. It was smoldering in pine needles and some down logs and was put out due
to significant threats to the community of Yosemite West. It will be patrolled by air.

Cottonwood (37°54’13.68” 119°47’41.64”) – This lightning caused fire is in Tuolumne County and is burning within
the 1996 Ackerson fire perimeter. It is 2.5 miles east of the Mather Ranger Station and near Cottonwood Meadow. It is
actively burning in whitethorn and dead and down timber. As of 10:00 AM on May 20, 2009 about 15 acres had burned.
Fifty firefighters, one Type 2 Helicopter and two Hot Shot teams: Groveland from the Stanislaus NF and Sierra NF
Hotshots. Fire managers are considering all suppression options.

Wilderness Zone:
Mono (37°40’ 25.31” 119°33’ 56.89”) – This lightning caused fire is located in Mariposa County within the Illilouette
Basin and in Yosemite’s wilderness. Approximately ¾ of an acre is burning in brush and dead and down logs within the
2004 Meadow Fire perimeter at about 7500’. This area has a considerable history of natural wildfire that has been
managed for restoration of forest systems. Fire crews are currently monitoring the fire. This fire has moderate potential for

The protection of human life and property is the top priority for Yosemite’s fire management staff, as well as the
preservation of natural and cultural resources, and the preservation and restoration of fire-dependent ecosystems. Each fire
is managed individually to achieve one or more objectives in the safest, most efficient and cost-effective way possible. In
order to achieve this, strategies employed may include full suppression, containment line building, use of natural barriers,
monitoring, and other management techniques or combination of techniques.

Park staff will monitor smoke on a consistent basis. However, smoky conditions may exist within the park.
Residents and visitors are advised to take precautions to minimize smoke impacts to health. People with respiratory
problems should use caution when exerting themselves in smoky areas.

Additional Information:
The park website, www.nps.gov/yose/fire, has information about fire activity and smoke effects in Yosemite. To reach the
Fire Information and Education Office please call 209/372-0480 or email us at: _fire_information@nps.gov. (G. Wuchner
- 5/21/09)
Yosemite News Release
May 8, 2009
For Immediate Release

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Yosemite National Park Announces the availability of the Yosemite Institute Environmental Education Campus
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Public Review

The Yosemite Institute (YI), a National Park Service (NPS) non-profit park partner, has provided environmental education
programs in Yosemite since 1971 at its Crane Flat campus. Most of the campus structures and utilities are over 60 years
old, energy inefficient, and difficult to retrofit to achieve modern standards for health, safety, and accessibility. The
campus can accommodate only a fraction of the students in the program; the remainder must be based elsewhere in the
park, in commercial lodging. To address these issues, YI and the NPS are considering options to provide better facilities by
redeveloping the existing campus, or constructing a new campus at Henness Ridge, and restoring Crane Flat to natural

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement presents the environmental analysis of three alternatives the agency is
considering, for public review, according to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA, 1969, as amended):
Alternative 1—No-Action; Alternative 2—redevelop Crane Flat campus; and Alternative 3—construct a new campus at
Henness Ridge, and restore Crane Flat. Potential impacts to park resources are presented and analyzed under each
alternative. Public comments are welcomed and will be considered in preparation of a Final EIS, anticipated for this fall.

The public comment period for the YI Environmental Education Campus DEIS is open now through July 15, 2009. The
plan is available on the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/eecampus.htm Public meetings will be held
on May 28, 2009 at the Mariposa County Government Chambers from 4-7pm, and at Fort Mason, Golden Gate NRA on
June 17, 2009 from 4-8 pm. Public Open Houses will be held at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium, with
drop-in site visits, on May 27 and June 24, 2009, from 1-4 p.m. (call 209/379-1365 for more details). Additional copies of
the plan will be available, and park staff will be on hand to discuss the plan and answer questions.

Written scoping comments should be postmarked no later than July 15, 2009. Comments may be submitted at public
meetings, by mail, fax, e-mail, and via the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) database. Submit written
comments, or request a CD or hard copy of the DEIS, to the following:

Mail:   Superintendent, Yosemite National Park
       Attn: YI EEC DEIS
       PO Box 577
       Yosemite, CA 95389
Fax: 209/379-1294 Phone: 209/379-1365
Email: YOSE_planning@nps.gov
PEPC: http://parkplanning.nps.gov

For more information on park planning efforts, visit the website at www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt.htm. -NPS- (K. Cobb -

Yosemite Lions Club once again thanks the Yosemite community, friends and visitors for your generous donation of
the Gift of Life! On Wednesday May 20 the Bloodmobile collected 41 pints of whole blood from a total of 51 potential
donors. At least 6 of the donors were park visitors, with at least 2 of these from other nations. The Lions Club Eyemobile
conducted 27 free eye exams, and gave 2 referrals for further evalutations. We'll see you again October 28, for our annual
Fall Blood Drive in El Portal! Mark your calendars now! (D. Stewart - 5/21/09)
The Valley Mail and File room will be re-organized on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. Mail service will still be provided,
but the copy machine will be unavailable for use. If you anticipate having a project that will require the copy machine on
this date, please contact Dale St. Vincent @ 379-1106 so that alternate arrangements can be made. (K. Kolbeck - 5/20/09)

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The Board of Survey, Chair and members would like to say “Thank You” to all Subject Matter Experts who we have
asked to attend our meetings for their expertise and clarification on some of the questions that arise during our meetings.
Most of you were called upon last minute and asked if you were able to attend our meeting to answer some questions that
arise during our Notification of Review process. We appreciate your willingness, expertise and knowledge on subjects we
may know little about. We would like to sincerely Thank you again!! (P. Lendvay Humphrey - 5/20/09)
How do you maintain your yard, conserve water, and help save our oak trees? Per the "Yosemite Residential Yard
Care Policy", occupants are responsible for routine yard care including watering during the growing season. Although
grass is part of the cultural landscape, we ask that residents and employees do not water near the trunks of California Black
Oaks. Watering oaks will cause root rot that slowly kills the tree. Our oaks are an important natural and cultural resource
serving important ecological functions as well as an traditional food source. To help save our oaks, do not water within 5
feet for every 1 ft diameter of the trunk of an oak tree or within the canopy of a black oak. For additional information,
please contact the park botanist, park gardener, or Housing Management Office. (C. Baker - 5/19/09)
Join us in wishing Glen Rothell farewell as he retires from the National Park Service.
Friday, May 29th, 2009 from 5 – 10 pm
Butterfly Creek Winery
4063 Triangle Road, Mariposa
TRI--TIP DINNER $10 - No Host Beer/Wine Bar
Live Music by The Trespassers
RSVP by May 19, 2009 to Stacey Williams 209-372-0400 or stacey_williams@nps.gov
For further information contact Devon Rothell at 209-372-4660 or Ansley Rothell at 209-966-6642 (S. Williams - 5/5/09)
Please read message from Ron Watson below:
The Department of Interior is taking an increasingly aggressive stance against allowing users to have administrative rights
on any computer, be it laptop or desktop. The current DOI policy is to allow administrative rights only if the user needs it
to do his or her job effectively but it has to be documented via a form located on YoseNet at http://www.yose.nps.gov/
yosenet/IT/default.htm. The form is named NPS GSS System Administrator Account Request Form and MUST be
completed and returned to IT to be in compliance with the current policy. When filling out the form please pay close
attention to block 17 which asks for justification. Any application received without proper justification will be rejected.

In order to comply with the current policy the YOSE IT staff will be removing all users who have administrative rights
from the local administrators group through an automated process starting Tuesday, May 26th. If you are an
administrator on your machine (normally laptop users are administrators) and would like to remain one we must have on
file the document referenced above. Once we have the document on file one of the IT staff will be happy to restore
administrative access. The form must be filled out for each machine that the user has administrative access on. If you
already have a form on file and your administrative rights have been revoked after May 26th please call the Help Desk and
they will restore it immediately.

While this seems a bit extreme if we do not comply with this policy DOI may remove all administrative rights for all users
excluding IT staff. During the time frame of May 11th through July 17th the Department of the Interior will be auditing
over 200 sites to check for compliance with this and other IT security policies. It is crucial that we have the proper
documentation on hand if and when we get audited. Failure to do so could very well cost the user community the ability to
be local administrators on laptops and in certain situations, desktops. Your understanding and patience on this matter is
greatly appreciated.

Ronald Watson Jr. (Yosemite Superintendent Office - 5/15/09)
Barry Hance Memorial Award
Barry Hance was an NPS maintenance employee who lost his life in a 1995 avalanche while clearing the Tioga Road. An

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award was established in his honor to recognize an NPS employee who exemplifies Barry’s concern for others and
dedication to the goals and ideals of Yosemite National Park.

Who can submit a nomination?
  Any current NPS employee or NPS group may make a nomination, with the approval of the nominee’s supervisor.

How do I nominate someone?
  Complete a DI-451 Award Nomination Form; (attached below)
  Complete and attach a Barry Hance Award nomination form; (attached below)
  Supervisor must sign the nomination;
  Send the completed nominations in a blue “confidential” envelope to any Awards Committee member;
  Nominations must be submitted no later than June 5, 2009

What are the criteria for nomination? The employee…
    worked in Yosemite National Park in 2008.
    exemplifies the highest ideals of the NPS mission – protecting and preserving America’s natural and cultural resources,
    while providing for visitor enjoyment for the benefit of future generations.
    is cheerful and projects a positive attitude.
    communicates well with his or her supervisor
    works as a team member and extends a helping hand.
Nomination Deadline June 5, 2009 (C. Mattiuzzi - 5/5/09)
B-3 Basic Aviation
The original class for B-3 scheduled in the Valley for Thursday, May 28, has been changed to Tuesday, May 26 at Crane
Flat Helibase.
Please sign up for this class at the IAT website, www.iat.gov
If you have never had an account here before please follow the instructions to create a new account. If you have had an
account here before but forgot the password, please hit the forgot password button and do not create a new account or you
will lose all past training.
Please bring a lunch to Crane Flat.
Any questions or help the e-mail me at abfyosemite@sbcglobal.net or call at 209-769-4869 (A. Foster/B. Patrick - 5/4/09)
Wilderness Training:
Almost 95% of Yosemite National Park is Congressionally-designated Wilderness. Come join Yosemite's Wilderness staff
for a short, informative introduction to the concept of Wilderness and how it is managed in Yosemite National Park. This
training is open at no cost to all NPS employees and park partner staff. The training will be presented twice:

   Monday, June 1 from 8:30am -noon; Cliff Room at Yosemite Lodge
   Tuesday, June 30 from 8:30-noon; Cliff Room at Yosemite Lodge

Topics covered include: The Wilderness Act; National Park Service Wilderness Policy; Yosemite National Park's
Wilderness Management Plan; Visitor use of Yosemite's wilderness; NPS operations in wilderness; and the use of the
Minimum Requirement analysis process.

If interested in attending either of these sessions, RSVP to April Stowell at april_stowell@nps.gov or 209/372-0347. (P.
Meierding - 5/21/09)
Help keep Yosemite beautiful! Become a volunteer!
Join the Habitat Protectors of Yosemite (HaPY) at our weekly drop-in program! Volunteers help protect and restore
endangered plant and wildlife habitat in Yosemite Valley and other high value habitat areas in Yosemite National Park.

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Visit some of the most scenic areas in the park and help eradicate invasive plant species encroaching upon native habitat.
Plan to get dirty while manually removing the non-native Himalayan blackberry, bull thistle, mullein, and other invasive
species. Get involved and meet new people. Take an active role in managing your national park.

Habitat Protectors of Yosemite meets every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 9 am to noon. Meet in
front of the Valley Visitor Center and walk with the crew leader to the work site.

Individuals and groups welcome. No pre-registration required for individuals. Groups larger than 10 are required to pre-
register by calling (209) 379-1850.

Please visit the HaPY volunteer web page for more information about the program and to print the volunteer forms: http://
www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hapy.htm (L. Elze - 5/11/09)
May 1, 2009
The vast diversity of languages, religions, and cultural traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continues to
strengthen the fabric of American society. From the arrival of the first Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants
150 years ago to those who arrive today, as well as those native to the Hawaiian Islands and to our Pacific Island
territories, all possess the common purpose of the fulfilling the American dream and leading a life bound by the American
ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we remember the challenges and celebrate the achievements
that define our history.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have endured and overcome hardship and heartache. In the earliest years, tens of
thousands of Gold Rush pioneers, coal miners, transcontinental railroad builders, as well as farm and orchard laborers,
were subject to unjust working conditions, prejudice, and discrimination——yet they excelled. Even in the darkness of the
Exclusion Act and Japanese internment, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have persevered, providing for their
families and creating opportunities for their children.

Amidst these struggles, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed in great and significant ways to all aspects
of society. They have created works of literature and art, thrived as American athletes, and prospered in the world of
academia. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played a vital role in our Nation's economic and technological
growth by establishing successful enterprises and pushing the limits of science. They are serving in positions of leadership
within the government more now than ever before. And along with all of our great service men and women, they have
defended the United States from threats at home and abroad, serving our Nation with valor.

From the beaches of the Pacific islands and the California coast, the grasslands of Central Asia and the bluegrass of
Kentucky, and from the summits of the Himalayas and the Rocky Mountains, the Asian American and Pacific Islander
community hails from near and far. This is the story of our more perfect union: that it is diversity itself that enriches, and is
fundamental to, the American story.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested
in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2009, as Asian American and Pacific
Islander Heritage Month. I call upon the people of the United States to learn more about the history of Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine,
and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
# # #http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/_http://www.whitehouse.gov/slideshows/presidents/_ (J. Barton -
On Monday, May 18th, 2009 Yosemite Fire and Aviation Management will be changing (re-arranging) their radio call-
signs. For a printable list of the new radio call signs, go to YOSENet > click on Protection Division > then click on "The
Pipeline" (A. Rothell - 5/12/09)
As our Communications Team continues efforts to expedite work requests, please send all Telecommunications/
Electronics Equipment related requests to Yose_Telecom@nps.gov. Telecommunications equipment related requests
include: two-way radios, telephone systems, pagers, cellular phones, alarms, fuel systems, data connectivity, and
miscellaneous electronic equipment.

As always, the communications team can be contacted at the following numbers:
David Thorpe             379-1090
Trish Dutrey             379-1212
Tolley Gorham             379-1092
Dan Clingenpeel 379-1260
Michael Jordan           379-1234 (T. Dutrey - 4/1/09)
Reminder: For all Maintenance repair requests in Yosemite, please contact the Customer Service Center. Maintenance
repair requests include: Park Housing, Buildings, Grounds, Utilities, Roads, Trails and Forestry issues. It is especially
important to remember to contact the Customer Service Center before any requests for Sign Shop fabrications. You may
do so by phone, e-mail or fax.

Please note that the Customer Service Center staff phone numbers have changed:
Sara Hawksley                  379-1058
Jessica Clingenpeel            379-1065
J. Colter Chisum                       379-1068

(209) 379-1066 (J. Clingenpeel - 1/7/09)
The following Yosemite National Park employees have been approved for participation in the Voluntary Leave
Transfer Program:
   Shari Baudoux
   Kevin Bowman
   Kimberly Cunningham-Summerfield
   Linda Kelly
   Marie Matheson

If you are interested in contributing annual leave to any of the above individuals, please do so by completing a Request to
Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipient (Within Agency) Under the Leave Transfer Program, Optional Form 630-A (OF

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Please forward your OF 630-A to:
Human Resources Office
Yosemite National Park
P.O. Box 700-HR
El Portal, CA 95318
or fax to (209) 379-1800 (H. Whitman - 4/2/09)

HR Corner
The Division of Facilities Management has an opportunity for a detail/temporary promotion (if qualified) to Secretary,
GS-0318-6/or/7. This opportunity also requires that you type a minimum of 40 words per minute.

The employee selected for this detail/temporary promotion opportunity would provide support and assistance to the
Division Chief and to the Division. Knowledge of a number of programs utilized in the Park, as they relate to the clerical
and administrative support functions, is a key part of the duties of this position (for example Operations Formulation
System (OFS), Project Management Information System (PMIS), Electronic Access Government Ledger System
(EAGLS), Facility Management System (FMS), Federal Personnel/Payroll System (FPPS)). Skill in computer use and
programs and ability to use a variety of office equipment and associated software are a necessity. Knowledge in written
and verbal communication is essential. Primary tasks include receiving and appropriately processing phone calls,
scheduling appointments/maintaining calendar for Division Chief, receive and process incoming correspondence, take and
transcribe notes at meetings involving Division Chief, and maintaining confidentiality and professionalism at all times.

If interested in being considered for a detail or temporary promotion (if qualified) for the Secretary, GS-0318-06/or/07,
please submit your complete resume to Roxanne Zirkle in the Human Resources Office no later than COB Tuesday,
05/26/09. Please be sure to have your supervisor's approval. Don't forget to indicate which grade level(s) you wish to be
considered for. (R. Zirkle - 5/20/09)
Yosemite National Park -- Current Vacancy Announcements
UPDATED: May 7, 2009
The following is a summary of current vacancy announcements at Yosemite National Park. Most vacancy
announcements will be posted on http://www.usajobs.gov. This website is the Office of Personnel Management's
USAJOBS internet site. If you have any questions or cannot find the announcement on USAJOBS, please call the Park’s
Human Resources Office at (209) 379-1805.
 Park Manager (Deputy Superintendent)
 Vacancy Ann.#:         PWRO-2009-84
 Who May Apply:         Status Candidates
 Pay Plan:             GS-0025-15
 Appointment Term: Permanent
 Job Status:           Full-Time
 Opening Date:          5/4/2009
 Closing Date:          5/22/2009

(H. Whitman - 5/8/09)

Community News
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on June 1, 2009 from 7pm-8:30pm. Fire managers will give presentations on relevant changes in national fire policy,
proposed prescribed fire and fuel reduction projects, and plans and conditions specific to El Portal. They will also be
available to answer questions from the community. Come and meet Yosemite Fire Management staff and find out what
you need to do to maintain defensible space around your home. For more information, please email us at
yose_fire_information@nps.gov or call 209/372-0480. (N. Nicholas - 5/20/09)
Curry Village Pavilion: The Curry Village Pavilion is open daily for an all you can eat buffet serving breakfast (7 - 10
am) and dinner (5:30 - 8:00 pm). DNC has upgraded the facility to improve operational flow and enhance visitor services.
Food choices have been expanded to include items such as home made pies, a variety of fresh salads, and a Chef's special
entre. We encourage you to check out the new menu and improved facilities while visiting Curry Village. B. Archer/V.
McMichael - 5/21/09)
Guy Baudoux, a long-time Yosemite concession employee, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2009 following a long
illness. Guy joined the company in 1976, and was a maintenance plumber for all but the first two of his 33 years in
Yosemite. He was a hard worker and was always willing to help out wherever and whenever he could. No job was too big
for Guy. He had a big voice and a boisterous laugh that endeared him to family and his many friends. Guy was the Chief
Shop Steward for the Teamsters as well as a member of the Teamster Contract Negotiating Team. Although he lived here
for over 30 years, Guy never completely lost his New Jersey accent, which seemed to become more evident, if not
effective, during Teamster negotiations.

He is survived by his wife, Shari Baudoux, who also worked for DNCP&R at Yosemite for many years before accepting
her current job with the National Park Service in Yosemite. In lieu of flowers and cards, Shari has asked that donations
be made to the Nancy Hinds Hospice, 1416 W. Twain Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711. A memorial Service to honor Guy is
planned at the Curry Village Pavilion on June 3, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. (T. Nishimura/V. McMichael - 5/19/09)
Merrie Hinson Memorial, Friday June 5th, 4:30 p.m.
Come and help celebrate the life of Merrie Hinson, a devoted wife, mother, and friend to the Yosemite Community,
Friday June 5th at 4:30 p.m.. The memorial will be held at Residence #1 (The Old Superintendent's House) in Yosemite
Valley. Parking is very limited at this location. If you are able, please use designated Valley parking lots and utilize the
Valley Shuttle Bus system. Stop #6 Lower Yosemite Falls is adjacent to this location.
A Bar-B-Que reception to follow at the El Portal Clark Community Hall. No-Host bar will be provided by YEA.
Questions please contact Jeff Hinson at jeffhinson@live.com 209-379-2190, or Jenny Dems at jldems@hotmail.com 303-
995-6776. (J. Hinson - 5/19/09)
DATES: JUNE 15-19, 2009
COST: $175.00**
Once again, Yosemite Institute is offering an outdoor education program just for local children. The groups will be
separated by age, 7-9 and 10-12 year-olds, depending on enrollment.

Day hikes will begin each day at 8:45 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. plus, again this year, on Thursday a cookout and campfire
at Crane Flat for the 7-9 year-olds and an overnight at the Historic Merced Grove Ranger Cabin for the 10-12 year-olds!

Checks should be made out to Yosemite Institute.
Cost includes instruction, transportation to and from Crane Flat/Merced Grove Ranger Cabin, lodging and meals at the
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**To keep the cost of the program as low as we can, one volunteer parent chaperone is needed for each hiking group each
day, plus one for the 10 – 12 year-olds going on the overnight to the Merced Grove Ranger Cabin. There is no cost for
chaperones. Adults who chaperone all week can bring one child at no cost. Adults who can chaperone 2-3 days can bring
one child at 1/2 price. (P. Lovegreen Schmidt - 5/19/09)
Free art classes at the Yosemite Art & Education Center
Enjoy expert instruction by a professional artist in the spectacular scenery of Yosemite Valley!
Our volunteer artist this week is Pam Pederson, teaching Travel Sketching with Pen and Watercolor.

The Art Center, located just south of the Village Store, is open for its 25th season. We are open 9:30am to 4:00pm
Wednesday through Saturday only, offering free classes from 10am to 2pm. Bring your own supplies or buy them at the
Center. Sign up in advance by stopping by the Center, or call 372-1442. Space is limited! Kids 12 and under are
welcome when accompanied by an adult. Kid’s Kraft Classes are offered Sundays from 11am to noon.

For additional information and the complete schedule of classes for 2009, go to: http://www.yosemite.org/116/Art-
Education-Center.htm or, give us a call at 372-1442. Happy painting! (M. Seiler - 5/20/09)
Itch, scratch, Scratch, itch. Balanced Health, sponsored by Balanced Rock Foundation
As the snow melts and the pools of still water bring lush green colors to the meadows, we are also reminded that the
mosquito will again hatch to annoy us with it’s low hum and wicked bite. The welt, the maddening itch, are enough to
intimidate us to remain nestled inside. Living in this lush environment makes it impossible to avoid the pesky devils, but
with preparation and protective measures, we will conquer!

Insect repellents are different from pesticides. DEET-N, N-diethylmetatoluamide, repels mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, fleas
and biting flies. It is marketed in 4% to 100% formulations. When used appropriately it is the MOST effective repellent
available. Rarely skin irritation and rash can occur. Formulations greater than 50% offer no better protection. The
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends concentrations of 4% for children under two years of age. The lower
concentrations offer up to 3 hours of protection, while the concentrations of 50% and above offer 8-12 hours of protection.
When hiking and sweating, or swimming, the repellent will have to be reapplied. DEET can damage clothes made from
synthetic fibers, so it is only for use on exposed skin. Wash your hands and avoid getting this product in your mouth or

PICARIDIN is scientifically formulated alternative to DEET and is odorless and feels light on the skin. It has been
around since 1998 but new to the United States in 2005. It is less irritating to the eyes and is not damaging to equipment
or gear.

PERMETHRIN (derived from the marigold flower) is an insecticide rather than a repellent. It can be applied to clothing
or tents to protect against mosquitoes and ticks. It is more effective than DEET against ticks, and is non-staining.

Natural alternatives include EUCALYPTUS OIL (Repel Lemon Eucalyptus) that offers protection up to 4 hours. Less
effective is CITRONELLA based repellent with 20 minutes of protection. (Better for candles on the picnic table)
SOY BEAN OIL (Bite Blocker) gives 1-2 hours of action. SKIN- SO-SOFT contains no known repellant and with the
addition of 1R3535 (Bug Guard Plus) there is only 23 minutes of protection.

Mosquitoes are potential carriers of West Nile illness and malaria, while ticks are famous for Lyme disease. Sometimes a
person gets a local skin infection from the bite it’s self! So it makes sense to do what we can for comfort and health
reasons. No child under the age of two months should use repellent.

Which ever product that you choose, remember that protective clothing and netting is your first defense and a properly
applied repellent will hold off the unwanted Buggers.

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Swat and Grin! To your health!
Linda Lee RN, FNP-C (K. Kurihara - 5/18/09)
To all NPS employees: Are you looking for a local banking alternative? Did you know that Yosemite Credit Union
offers direct deposit to savings accounts that have higher than average interest rates, as well as auto, personal, and share-
secured loans? All deposits are federally insured to the regulatory limit by the NCUA. We’re member-owned and locally
operated, and we exist for the greater Yosemite community. Anyone who works anywhere in Yosemite can join. We are
located in the lobby of the main Post Office building in Yosemite Valley and are open Monday through Friday 11 AM – 3
PM. For more info please call 372-4750 during our business hours. Let’s keep the Yosemite community strong! (M.
Carroll - 5/15/09)
Groveland this week:
5/21-5/25 Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather (Evergreen Road, near Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy)StrawberryMusic.
com, 209-984-8630. This festival has run for decades, Groveland children are brought up on Bluegrass & Jazz and have a
passion for outdoor music venues!

5/22 & 23 Live at the Iron Door Saloon: Ben Benkert www.iron-door-saloon.com, 209.962.8904 FREE!

5/22 Yosemite Courtyard Theatre: Beach Boys Tribute www.Groveland.com Peggy 209.962.4000. These fantastic
outdoor tribute bands make for a wonderful night of outdoor dinner theater. Enjoy a delicious 3 course dinner at the Hotel
Charlotte for $24.95 and then cross the street for outdoor theater. This is real Mountain Style Entertainment!
(HotelCharlotte - 5/18/09)
Would you like to have an evening of musical enjoyment and serve a good cause? Then please come to the Tues, June
2nd, performance of the award winning Mariposa County High School Concert Band and the MCHS Jazz Band! This is a
benefit band concert whose proceeds will be used to recoup theft victims in the band whose instruments were recently
stolen at a band festival. The cost of the event is only $5, with tickets being available in advance from band members and
also at the door. The performance will be at 7:00pm at the Richard D. Fiester Auditorium at Mariposa County High
School. Please come and show your support to these deserving and talented students and help replace their instruments.
Any additional donations will be greatly appreciated. Thank you! (L & L Sheetz - 5/13/09)
Private rentals with option to buy - Home with 3 bedrooms upstairs, 1 studio downstairs, in town by PG&E. Available
June 1st, $1200 monthly. For additional information contact Harold Casto 209.564-6546.
3 bedroom home located off Grossjean Rd. Available June 1st. $1000 monthly. For additional information contact Harold
Casto 209.564-6546.
3 small bedroom mobile on 16 acres (Triangle/Buckingham Mt Road) $800 monthly. For additional information contact
Harold Casto 209.564-6546. (C. Baker - 5/19/09)
Groveland Rental - Large furnished bedroom with private bath. High speed Internet / Direct Satellite / Phone. Pay 1/2
Electric. If interested call 209-962-5169. Please leave message if I do not answer. (B. Darnell - 5/19/09)
Rental: Sublet available. $500 monthly + utilities. Cute one bedroom cottage in Midpines within walking distance to
YARTS! Sorry no dogs. Partially furnished available from June-Oct. Contact Marielle at 209-628-8066. (M. DeBree -
Rental: 2 mobile homes in Mariposa for rent. (1) is one bedroom, $650 monthly and one, is two bedroom, $700 monthly.
Both include storage building. For additional information contact Charles at 209.742.2099 (C. Baker - 5/14/09)
Mobile home rental. Available June 1, 2009. Mobile home (20' x 40') with add-on room in Midpines. Two bedrooms,

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one bath, washer and dryer hookups. Brand new porch. Wood stove, pets and children welcome. $650/month. Call 966-
5732 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Leave a message if no one there. (D. Hales/Y. Radanovich - 5/8/09)
Rental: Three bedroom, two bath house with fenced yard for rent in Midpines. Phone 742-4718 or 617-6102 (L. Morato-
Chacon - 5/7/09)
Rental: 2 br, 2 bath, 1900 sq ft home on Varian Road, off 49S. $850 monthly. For additional information call
209.966.4260 (C. Baker - 5/7/09)
Rental: 3bd/2ba home for rent in the town of Mariposa. Walking distance to YARTS bus stop. New home built in 2006,
approx.1650 sq ft with vaulted ceilings, tile countertops, and finished garage. Available now, long tern preferred. $1250/
mo + $1550 deposit. No smoking, no pets. Tenant responsible for all utilities. Call The Rental Network for more details
(209)742-5011. (K. Martin - 5/7/09)
Apartment for rent in Mariposa: 2bd/1ba- $600/mo + $800 dep. Month to month rental, Coin-op laundry on site, no
pets. Available now. Call The Rental Network for more information (209) 742-5011 or visit our website, www.
MariposaRealEstate.com (K. Martin - 5/6/09)
Rental: House for Rent in Mariposa, 2 bedroom/1 bath, no pets, quiet neighborhood, walk to town/YARTS, $650/month
plus deposit, available June 1, call (209) 756-7334. (T. Tucker - 5/5/09)
Rental Sought: Looking for a one bedroom house or apartment or a room in a shared house in the El Portal area. Would
consider long or short term leases beginning now through mid-June. Thanks! sca_lindsey@hotmail.com (L. Prell - 5/5/09)

Acting Designation
Steve Shackelton will be Acting Deputy Superintendent the week of May 18, 2009. He can be reached at 372-0332 or you
can leave a message with Danielle Gardner at 372-0286. (Yosemite Superintendent Office - 5/15/09)
Lusetta Nelson (379-3284) will be acting Branch chief for Vegetation and Ecological Restoration on May 22. Sue Beatty
(379-3290) will be acting Branch Chief for Vegetation and Ecological Restoration May 26-29. (J. Weaser - 5/22/09)
Lee Tarnay will be the Acting Branch Chief for Physical Science and Landscape Ecology on Friday, May 22. Lee can be
reached at 379-2330. (J. Meyer - 5/22/09)
Historical Landscape Architect Danny Schaible (379-1295) will be acting Branch Chief for History, Architecture &
Landscapes on Friday, May 22, 2009. (D. Humphrey - 5/22/09)
Ansley Rothell will be the Acting Emergency Communications Center Manager May 21-26th. (N. Bissmeyer - 5/21/09)
Jessica Middleton is acting Branch Chief for Anthropology & Archeology during the week of May 18. (L. Kirn - 5/18/09)
Mark Jones will be the acting El Portal Buildings and Grounds Supervisor on May 19th to May 22nd. He can be reached at
379-1171 or you may leave a message with Tara Hawksley at 379-1054 (T. Hawksley - 5/19/09)
Timothy Martel (209-379-1434) will be Acting Branch Chief for Visitor Use and Social Sciences on Friday, May 22nd,
and Todd Newburger (209-379-3285) will be Acting Branch Chief for Visitor Use and Social Sciences on Tuesday, May
26th. (B. Meldrum - 5/22/09)
The Monday and online editions of The Daily Report continue as the long version. The Tuesday - Friday email version
will be shortened to include only new and "happening today" information. Please plan your submittals accordingly. To

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view the long version please visit http://www.yose.nps.gov/yosenet/intp/daily.htm (intranet) or http://www.nps.gov/yose/
parknews/upload/daily.pdf (internet).

We cut and paste submissions and generally do not correct submitted copy. Entries must be in by 7:00am the day of
publication. There are no weekend or holiday editions. Submissions: email yose_daily_report@nps.gov
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. Although the Daily Report is intended exclusively as an internal
memorandum, it is posted here in an effort to extend timely operational information to the communities surrounding the
park. Content in the the Daily Report is compiled from numerous sources and, in the interest of expediency, appears

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