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Alone At The Top: Yosemite's Tuolumne Winter Rangers Recount An Epic Snow Year

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Laura and Rob Pilewski

A visit to Yosemite National Park's Tuolumne Meadows is always special. But this winter's historic snowfall made for an especially memorable season for the two people who stayed behind when Tioga Road closed, and everyone else departed - Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski. This year they endured massive snowfall, the loss of electricity, and went two months without seeing another person. All of this while doing their jobs tending to historic structures, measuring snowfall, and going on ski patrol excursions. It's a one-of-a-kind job, in a season unlike any other in recent memory. Laura and Rob joined FM89's Joe Moore on Valley Edition to recount their experience in the park this year.

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
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