Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire
The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »
Campground Closures Due to Fire
Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »
Yosemite National Park is Open
Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.
Barry Hance Memorial Award given in Yosemite National Park
Acting Yosemite Superintendent Dave Uberuaga announced today that Dick Ewart is the recipient of the 2009 Barry Hance Memorial Award. Ewart, a Yosemite National Park Ranger, received the award at an all employee meeting today attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients.
The award is named in honor of Barry Hance, a long-term facilities management employee who died in an avalanche while plowing the Tioga Road in 1995. This award is given annually to employees who exemplify the qualities and attributes of Barry Hance. These include a positive attitude, a concern for fellow employees, getting the job done, and a love for Yosemite National Park.
“Barry was always happy and willing to help people out and being a part of his legacy is an honor,” said Ewart who was a close friend of Barry Hance.
Ewart, originally from Seekonk, Massachusetts, has worked in Yosemite as a Park Ranger for 33 years. Throughout his career he has worked in Tuolumne Meadows, Glacier Point and Badger Pass in the winter. He exemplifies the spirit of a Park Ranger. He provides interpretive nature walks, works in law enforcement, assists the maintenance division, and patrols the backcountry in both summer and winter.
“Today was an emotional experience for me. I was very honored to be able to present this very special award to Dick Ewart,” said Uberuaga.
Did You Know?
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