Mindy Surber first organized a triathlon at Lake of the Woods to raise money for the David R. Kingsley Foundation 10 years ago.
Members of the base turned out to say ‘Thank You’ to Surber Wednesday afternoon.
“It is a big surprise – especially since I don’t like to be in the limelight. I’d rather just go ahead and slip my check under the door and run.” Laughed Surber.
The David R. Kingsley Foundation provides help to military and civilian families.
The Triathlon has raised about $21,000 for the foundation over the past decade.
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.