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CWU Geography Alum Heads Snoqualmie Avalanche Control

John Stimberis’ office looks nothing like that of a typical state employee.

Sure, there’s an ancient coffee pot in the corner, cheap carpet and old computers humming quietly.

But you’re also liable to trip over a stray pair of ski boots, and pasted to a glass door is a bumper sticker that reads: “There are very few problems which cannot be solved by the suitable application of high explosives.” The other tools of his trade include skis, snowmobiles, Sno-Cats and an M60 tank.

Stimberis, 47, is one of two avalanche forecaster supervisors working for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

Read more of this story in the Seattle Times.