Tioga & Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Winter
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed due to snow; they usually reopen late May or June. You can check on current road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). More »
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?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.