Retired judge volunteers at Yellowstone

first_imgRetired judge volunteers at Yellowstone October 1, 2015 Regular News Retired judge volunteers at Yellowstone Senior Judge Fred Koberlein returned to Yellowstone National Park this summer, this time as a volunteer interpretive ranger.In 2013, the News reported on Koberlein’s first trip “out West.” That year, after retiring as the Dixie County judge, he spent six months living and working within two miles of Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone. This summer, in addition to his duties at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Judge Koberlein was appointed a volunteer interpretive ranger.“In 2013, I enjoyed and learned a lot about the Yellowstone ecosystem.” said Judge Koberlein, “Now, in a small way, I have a chance to pay back the park.”As a volunteer interpretive ranger, he goes on roving patrols in Yellowstone’s upper geyser basin, where a substantial percentage of all the geysers in the world are located.“I have seen almost every one of them erupt,” Koberlein said.During his “roves,” his primary concern is the safety of the visitors. The hydrothermal features of Yellowstone are potent and latent potential dangers.“The water associated with the hydrothermal activity is usually very near the boiling point, 198 degrees Fahrenheit at this altitude,” he said.Additionally, the various wild animals in the area pose significant dangers.“Bison look so docile and so slow, that people easily perceive them to be tame or harmless,” Koberlein said. “We have to continually remind people that wild animals are just that — wild.”This year, as of July, five people have been injured by bison in Yellowstone.On a typical “rove,” Koberlein encounters 50 or more visitors. In order to be able to answer their questions, Judge Koberlein has had to study a wide range of topics including history, wildlife, plants, and especially geology of the Yellowstone area.“I am a long way from being a geologist, but I can explain in lay terms how a mud pot, fumarole [steam vent] or a geyser works,” Koberlein said. “The best part of the ‘rove’ is to talk with the visitors. Their questions range from identifying the fish in the river — yes, you can see the trout; the water is very clear — to plants and hydrothermal features.”In addition to his “job” and his volunteer work, Judge Koberlein still has time to hike, fish, and travel around the nearby Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming areas.In August, he visited the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in remote Wyoming, where Japanese-Americans from the West Coast Exclusion Zone were interned during World War II“Those American citizens of Japanese ancestry must have thought that they had been shipped to the moon,” Koberlein said. “One can wonder for hours — how intense was the hysteria that caused us to trample on the Constitution?”On the other hand, Judge Koberlein can quickly summarize his experiences inside the park, “Fantastic! Yellowstone is unique. It is on almost everybody’s bucket list; if not, perhaps it should be.”last_img read more

UFC 220 Main Card Preview

first_imgUFC 220 is going to be electric featuring an amazing heavyweight and light heavyweight championships fights. The headline match is Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou.This fight is one of the most unusually fights betting wise because the contender Ngannou is the favorite going into the fight with -170 odds. Ngannou is coming off knockout of the year awards after knocking out Allistair Overeem in UFC 218.Ngannou has been electric since joining the UFC in 2015. Ngannou is 6-0 in the UFC with four knockouts. Ngannou also became famous on social media after the UFC released a video from the UFC’s performance institute showing the true power from Ngannou’s punches breaking a world record for hardest punch recorded with 129,161 units.The video was similar to Ivan Drago video in Rocky, and Ngannou even punched harder than Drago in the Rocky 4.Miocic is trying to break a heavyweight record by defending his belt four times in a row, and has great wrestling ability making this a potential fight of the year.The co-main event is going to be a great match that is getting overlooked by the main event with Daniel Cormier vs Volkan Oezdemir. Cormier is one of the UFC best fighters ever and the former Olympian is has a tough matchup against a kickboxer from Switzerland.Oezdemir has only fought three times in the UFC and has won every fight, but the veteran Cormier looks like the favorite with -313 odds. Cormier has great punching power power, and is a former greco Roman Olympian wrestler who will use his wrestling skill against the new comer.The other main card fights arePlease follow and like us:last_img read more