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

Kikuchi rallies to win first career title at Sun Chlorella Classic

first_imgKikuchi made a routine two-putt par to seal the victory while Suzuki needed four shots to reach the green and finished with a bogey on the decisive hole. Both had parred the first hole and bogeyed the second of the playoff, which was repeated on the par-4 18th.“I’d thought I would win a golf tournament some day but I’m surprised that I did win one this week,” Kikuchi said. “Putting was the key. I was comfortable with my putting all week. Tears began falling down when I was standing over the winning putt and I wasn’t able to see how the winning putt was like, though.”Kikuchi started the final round three strokes off the lead and his charge began with a birdie at the 11th, from where the 33-year-old birdied four in a row, and took sole possession of the lead with a chip-in birdie from the apron in front of the 16th green.He would have wrapped up the tournament in the regulation 72 holes had he not missed an eight-footer for par at 18 after failing to hit the fairway with his drive and leaving his second shot short of the green.Suzuki, who led after two and three rounds, came up short in his bid for his first title since winning his seventh career title at the 2004 Acom International. He dropped a shot after 11 holes and squandered his lead but came back with back-to-back birdies from the 15th in a round of 71.Hisayuki Sasaki and Hiroshi Iwata fired 69s and followed in a tie for third on 284. Sasaki, a tour veteran who is winless on the tour since 1997, moved in front after 13 holes only to slip out of contention with a bogey at 15.Toru Taniguchi, winner of the previous two tournaments, finished on 1-under 287. Mogi surges late CHIBA (Kyodo) Hiromi Mogi picked up four shots in three holes down the stretch to claim her third career crown as a final-round 65 gave her a four-stroke victory at the Crystal Geyser Ladies IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img OTARU, Hokkaido – Jun Kikuchi captured his first career title after coming from behind to beat overnight leader Toru Suzuki at the Sun Chlorella Classic on Sunday.Kikuchi shot a final-round 68, highlighted by four consecutive birdies on the back nine, before edging Suzuki on the third extra hole after they finished tied on 5-under-par 283 at Otaru Country Club in Hokkaido.last_img read more

Washington might have lost the season but they have not lost hope

first_imgThe Washington Wizards were on their way to tying up the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series at two wins apiece Sunday night, but a man by the name of Paul George got in their way. George rallied the Indiana Pacers back from 19 points down to give them a 95-92 win, while going 12/20 from the field and 7/10 from long-range ending the day with 39 points and 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert has started to show up as well, scoring 14 points or more in each of his last three game. With the Wizards down 3-1 in the series, should we lose all hope?Coming back from a 3-1 deficit is one of the hardest tasks to achieve in sports. Only eight teams in NBA history have accomplished such a feat. However, it is much harder when you are facing the number one seed in the conference. The Pacers have started to play like themselves and are now playing like a number one seed. I do not see any way that the Wizards can make a full-blown comeback but I do not think it is really about that. After making a playoff appearance for the first time since 2008 and winning a game in the second round for the first time since 1982 (yes, that is not a typo) I think that Wizards fans just want one more home game. All they want is for the Wizards to take care of business in Indiana, keep the team alive, and play at least one more game in the Verizon Center. Is that too much to ask for? I mean, you have already shot 33 percent from the field, gave up a 19-point lead, and let Roy Hibbert snap out of his two month long funk, can you please just give us one more game at the Verizon Center?More likely than not, the Wizards will not be advancing past the second round. Indiana has found their chemistry and have got back to playing Pacers basketball. If the Wizards got the same Pacers team that showed up against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round then they would be in great shape, but that however has not been the case. They got the Indiana Pacers team from the first three months of the season when they were playing flawless basketball. However, thats not the important thing here. The important thing is that Washington is back on the basketball map and they plan to stay there for many years to come.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Government putting “the cart in front of the horse” in managing Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,The renewal of local democracy was recently concluded on November 12, 2018 and there was a number of new additional Local Authority Area’s (LAA’s) for the Local Government Elections (LGE) – Caracas/Wyburgs being one of the several new LAA. Unfortunately, after the conclusion of the LGE, this new LAA remains in the dark on the way forward.The internal elections was held at the Lochaber Primary School impeding on students’ time because there was no other building to accommodate the councillors, likewise staff was sent from elsewhere to conduct this internal election.Guyanese are aware that good governance, accountability and transparency are vital for the development of all communities, but the Minister of Communities Mr Bulkhan imposed a system whereby no preparation is done to access and implement that system. This is a definite case of “putting the cart in front of the horse”.The New Amsterdam Town Council (NA M&TC) has been governed by the PNC/R for numerous years, the last two elections were no different, with majority seats garnered by the APNU and the PPP/C and the AFC only managed three and one respectively. The NA M&TC also concluded their internal elections where the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were elected.The Municipalities operate under the Municipal and District Council Act Chapter 28:01 in section 60 which states that Municipalities must maintain standing committees. The most important standing committee is the finance committee notwithstanding the fact that it ensures proper accountability and transparency which is crucial for the functioning of all Municipalities.In chapter 28:01 section 62, it also states, “A council may appoint Councillors to be the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of a standing committee” and continues in sections 63, ” A committee of a Council may include persons who are not Councillors but who became of their special skill or experience will, in the opinion of the council, be able to assist in the consideration of the work of the committee.The law also cautioned that “no person other than a Councillor shall be a member of either the finance committees mentioned in schedule 5 or of a committee prescribed by a constitution order.Based on the constitution the New Amsterdam Municipality was allowed to elect the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the finance committee but conveniently used the majority of APNU Councillors of the Council to exclude Councillors from the opposition parties, that is the PPP/C and the AFC. The exclusion of the opposition Councillors was a deliberate act to exclude transparency and accountability since this particular Council is managed by the APNU. It must be noted that even the APNU-managed City Council of Georgetown included two PPP/ Councillors on their finance committee.Why did the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council exclude the PPP/C and AFC Councillors from their finance committee?It is evident that the New Amsterdam Town Council will continue to function without scrutiny, lack of accountability and transparency. We must demand that protection for taxpayer’s monies be paramount. The exclusion of Councillors from the opposition on the finance committee is to avoid scrutiny and continue to misuse public funds.Yours respectfully,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more