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2016 CAL FIRE Fuel Reduction Grant
Thanks again to the great work of John Mock, Ph.D., and Kimberley O'Neil, Yosemite West has been rewarded its 8th fire safety grant. The 2016 grant is nearly $100,000. Although there is no cost to property owners, we will need your participation to meet the goals of the grant and actually see the desired fire safety improvements. Read more on the 2016 grants page.
2015 PG&E Fuel Reduction Grant Successfully Completed
Thanks to the hard work of Kim O'Neil, John Mock, and many others, we have successfully completed a fuel reduction grant from PG&E, successfully felling 140 dead trees along Public Utility Easements in Yosemite West. More info on the grants page.
County Supervisors discuss draft contract for external review of YW finances
On March 18, 2014, the Board of Supervisors held discussion and public comment on the draft contract for an independent external review of past financial transactions of the 2004 Assessment Bond and financing of the YW WWTF. Read extracts from the Board Minutes here.
Public Works Update on Yosemite West water & sewer issues
On February 6, 2014, Mariposa County Public Works Director Peter Rei sent an update on the status of our water and sewer systems. Public Works is required to prepare quarterly reports by the State Water Board. Read the report here.
County Supervisors discuss external audit of Yosemite West sewer finances
On January 7, 2014, the Board of Supervisors discussed hiring an outside independent auditor to conduct an analysis of the finances of our 2004 Assessment and repairs to our Wastewater Treatment Facility. Read extracts from the Board Minutes here.
County Supervisors discuss Yosemite West water & sewer issues
On December 10 and December 17, 2013, Mariposa County Board of Supervisors held substantial discussion and public comment on YW water and sewer issues. Read extracts from the Board Minutes here and here.
Memorial Day and Labor Day events
YWPHI's Memorial Day Picnic will be Sunday May 25, 2014 at noon, and the Labor Day Potluck Brunch & Annual Meeting is planned for Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Labor Day Potluck Brunch & Annual Meeting
YWPHI's annual Labor Day Potluck Brunch & Annual Meeting will be Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. It will be at the Stepien's home, 7595 Azalea Lane (off Henness Circle). As always, please bring your own chair and a dish to share (and maybe some ice as well). See the newsletter for more details.
Newsletter Published
We just published a new issue of In the West, our community newsletter. You should receive a copy by email or you can read it online here.
2013 Grand Jury Final Report
The 2012-2013 Mariposa County Grand Jury issue its finaly report, which is available on the county website. It includes their recommendation to carry over the Yosemite West Wastewater Treatment Plant investigation to the next grand jury and a separate report by the YW Maintenance Advisory Committee's Ad Hoc Committee. We've also cached a copy of the report here.
YWPHI sponsors free chipping for the community
Email firesafety@yosemitewest.org to reserve space in our free community chipping program. The crew will be chipping on Monday, June 17th, 2013, but you need to reserve space early and have your piles flagged ahead of time. They'll be chipping branches that are bigger than kindling but not bigger than than 8 inches in diameter. Do your part to stay fire safe!
Fire Season Begins
Yosemite National Park has announced that the 2013 season officially begins on Monday, May 20, 2013. This is the earliest opening in the last five years, and it's a very dry year. Review our resident's guide for a refresher on steps you can take to protect your property and the community.
Maintenance Governance Updates
The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve an ad-hoc committee today that will meet more frequently to review our infrastructure issues and report back to the Board with recommendations for resolving the issues. We have an excerpt of the agenda.
Also, the full minutes for the February 5, 2013 study session has been published. This includes many important documents and reports, summaries of what public speakers said, and written statements from YWPHI and local residents. If you're curious was was said or submitted, see the full minutes.
YWMDAC Special Meeting
Peter Rei announced a Special Meeting of the Yosemite West Maintenance District Advisory Committee will be held Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2pm in the Wawona Library. An agenda has been public and is available for download. The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Emergency Preparedness Plan Meeting
Don Florence, Mariposa County's Emergency Planner along with YNP Fire Chief Kellie Martin, Mariposa County Fire Chief Jim Wilson, and YNP District Rangers and others, will be presenting an information roll out for the Emergency Preparedness Plan for Yosemite West on Saturday, February 16th at 1pm at 7304 Buck Brush Lane. Please come ready to partake in this information roll out. Refreshments will be provided, but you might want to bring a chair!
Interim Grand Jury report on WWTF
The Mariposa County Grand Jury has released an interim report on the Yosemite West Waste Water Treatment Facility. It is available for download
Boil Notice Rescinded Jan 28, 2013
The boil notice from Jan 19, 2013 has been recinded. It is no longer necessary to boil your drinking water. The full notice is available for download.
Boil Notice Jan 19, 2013
You likely received a CodeRED call or posted written notice that a boil notice is in effect until further notice effective January 19, 2013. The public works notice has an anticipated resolution date of January 25, 2013. Unofficially, we've heard that the computer controlling the water storage pump(s) failed and the water storage tanks ran dry. Regulations apparently require a boil notice after this occurrs.
Attend a Mariposa County Meeting Feb 5, 2013
The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (who are also the Yosemite West Special District Board of Directors) will hold a Study Session to discuss current issues affecting Yosemite West Maintenance District on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the Mariposa County Administration Building on Bullion Street in Mariposa. There are many critical issues affecting Yosemite West with varying opinions about appropriate long-term solutions. Read the notice from the county here.

Please seriously consider attending and voicing your concerns and opinions. The resulting decisions will have long-lasting effects on the community, the infrastructure, and local taxes and fees.
Trash Issues
Please remember to be diligent with trash and remind your guests to do so as well. There have been multiple recent issues with people dumping trash on the ground around shared private dumpsters. This has included large household items (e.g., sofa bed, mattress, table), and also large piles of household waste. Total Waste will not pick up these items from outside the dumpster, so this makes the community look bad, attracts wildlife, and forces other residents to volunteer time to clean up the mess and transport it away (or pay someone to do so). In other, possibly related news, coyotes are active once again in the neighborhood. In better news, there's some possibility of a summer recycling program; if this interests you, please contact Rea Jackman for more information on how you can help make this a reality.
Water Shutoff Thursday, November 15, 2012
The county plans to have the water off on Thursday from 9am to 5pm. Henness Ridge Rd and Henness Circle are not expected to be affected. Remember to flush your water line afterwards to avoid debris in your water heater and don't be surprised if there's extra chlorine in the water to disinfect any contaminants for a few days.
YWPHI Archives Finding Aid
John Mock did a great service working with the National Park Service to archive the historical records of YWPHI. They've produced a "Finding Aid" that you can download. It lists and describes the documents. Get it here.
Water Shutoff Monday October 29, 2012
The county has notified us that the water system needs to be shut off on Monday to replace one final pressure reducing valve. Full details in the letter from the county
Highlands Timber Harvest Starting
The Highlands timber harvest is expected to begin October 29, 2012. Expect empty logging trucks down Yosemite Park Way and full trucks leaving on Henness Ridge Rd
Fire Season Over
The recent rains (and dusting of snow!) have brought the 2012 fire season to a close. Now is the perfect time to resume burning of pine needles that you may not have completed in the spring (especially given the lack of a community burn pile). It's also a good time to review the info on our fire safety information page and Cal Fire's safety flyer.
Impromptu "community information/discussion meeting" 9/19
In lieu of the scheduled YWMDAC meeting, Lee Stetson and Peter Rei are hosting a community meeting at the Maintenance Yard at 1:00 pm on 9/19/12. There are several interesting new documents you may want to review ahead of time in the YWMDAC update.
Also, there's an update from Peter Rei on the burn pile and a general maintenance update from Peter Rei.
Maintenance Update: Peter Rei sent us a maintenance update, which we'll discuss at the annual meeting.
The community burn pile located at the bottom of Yosemite Park Way is no longer available to anyone for any purpose. Yes, it's true - no more burn pile. Read more.
Habituated coyotes continue to pose danger in Yosemite West; read an overview of the situation and a Coyote Q&A (read the Spanish version)

Feeding coyotes is illegal; if you see anyone feeding wildlife, please call the California Department of Fish and Game at the CAL-TIP line, 888-334-2258.

The Mariposa County Sheriff asks all homeowners to update their contact information on the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page, which will enable you to be notified in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts.
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Yosemite West Property & Homeowners, Inc. (YWPHI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the best interests of property and homeowners in Yosemite West. Yosemite West, a subdivision created in 1967, consists of privately-owned property on Henness Ridge outside of and adjacent to Yosemite National Park's western boundary and other private land. YWPHI works to:

Governed by the YWPHI Bylaws, YWPHI's Board of Directors oversees various YWPHI Committees that engage in community projects and fire safety activities. The minutes from YWPHI Board of Director's meetings and YWPHI annual meetings are available to read once approved.

Please visit the Membership page to download a YWPHI Membership Form and read how membership dues support our community work.

YWPHI also reports on the activities of the Yosemite West Planning Advisory Committee (YWPAC) and the Yosemite West Maintenance District Advisory Committee (YWMDAC). The committees act as a liaison between Yosemite West property owners and the Mariposa County Planning Department and Public Works Department, respectively, and make recommendations to Mariposa County. Individuals serving on these committees are Yosemite West property owners appointed by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors who may or may not be YWPHI members. YWPHI provides information about the committees as a service to the community, but is not involved with any activities of either committee.

Let us know if you want to volunteer your time, expertise, or ideas to improve your community - we can always use your help!

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