Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, July 18 2013 at 3:00 PM, Updated: Thu, July 18 2013 at 3:20 PM
With temperatures rising into triple digits, many are trying to find ways to keep cool...but here's one job that might help you to appreciate a heat wave.
Mark Duffus has the coolest job in town...in fact, it's downright freezing...
"It's about 10 below."
Duffus works at 'Antarctica', the largest freezer in Klamath Falls, which is owned by Desert Lake Technologies.
"We are one of the algae companies in town." Explains Gregg Ayers. "We harvest algae, and make a health food supplement out of the algae."
Duffus adds that fish food and brine shrimp are also stored in the freezers...
"And we keep it cold because we have this aquaculture and algae in here."
Duffus says his fingers get cold first, and then his toes...
"And then when you're riding around on the forklift, it's your cheeks."
Working daily in a cold environment can also pose some visual challenges for Duffus...
"When you're loading a truck - you're driving back and forth with a forklift, and you go outside, and your glasses fog up."
But all in all, a huge freezer can feel pretty good on a hot summer day.
"It's nice to be here in the summertime." Says Duffus.
"Summer's not bad." Adds Ayers. "In the wintertime, you don't have a place to get warmed up once you have to get out of this room...that's the bad thing."
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.