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www.cioverdaJereveilJe.com August 8, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 9 CLEAR THE WAY -- Conradi works on clearing the fire road at Sunset Beach Regional Park Photos Katherine Minkiewicz By Greg Clementi season for our Eagles cross Sports Editor country teams." Returning for his fourth The 2019 high school cross varsity campaign is talented country season is shaping up senior Paden Collard, a state to be a good one for the qualifier and unbeaten in all Cloverdale running Eagles, league meets last year. The using the off-season to lay the sky may be the limit for him foundation for future success, in 2019. Also returning to Head coach Yave Guzman bolster the squad are Joseph returns to lead a team loaded Faso, junior David Nufiez and with talent and experience, a seniors Sadrac Fernandez and squad that figures to be Finn Addison. among the best in the Coastal The girls team will be led Mountain Conference. by junior Sophia Witt, senior "We're looking to return Elizabeth Ruiz, sophomore most of our runners again Josephine Swartz and junior from last season and to Paula Toledo. adding some incoming "Our girls are looking to freshmen and new runners improve on their third place that are looking to join the finish at CMC last year so it team," Guzman reported. "It's will be an exciting season for shaping up to bean exciting them," Guzman said. Spending an afternoon with a Schema County park ranger reveals day in the life duties By Katherine Minkiewicz Staff Writer katherine@sonomawest.com Park rangers wear a lot of hats in order to keep local parks safe and clean and Sonoma County Park Ranger Ryan Conradi is one such ranger who works myriad tasks as a ranger, such as park clean up, river patrol, community engagement, first aid and rescue. "One day I'll be working with kids in the morning doing a junior ranger program, and then I'll put the vest back on and go out to all of the river beaches and deal with drunk people, and then there's trash to pull, so I'm putting on gloves, getting dirty and at the end of the day, I'll have to go and lock up the parks and there might be someone lost in the park," Conradi said. "So day to day there are a lot of different managed," Conradi said. He said he also enjoys doing park maintenance, such as fixing some steps on a trail or tightening bolts on a park bench. Once at Riverfront, Conradi explained some of his other duties, which include making sure people have paid the $7 entrance fee and leading junior ranger programs for kids in the Redwood tree grove. After Conradi strolled through the parking lot, it appeared that one park visitor did not pay -- there was no sign of a ticket stub on their dashboard, but instead of handing out a $50 fine, he left them a warning. He said even though park rangers are law enforcement officers, he likes to take the "friendly park ranger" role into account. The safety/rescue role RANGER RYAN -- Sonoma County Park Ranger Ryan Conradi takes on multiple roles as part of his job. things rangers have to,be From Riverfront park we ready for and adapt to. : :, 4raveled:re Steelhead,Beach. de 'ng With the public, but R He said at the end ofthe On Friday, July 26, The :. : Byabout 2:30p.m, the air ~ ~afi~aiso be ~fficult because a daY when he's locking up Reveille had the opportunity was getting hot and stagnant, lot of the time we,re there to parks for the night, he could to ride along with Conradi for and more beach goers were part of his 2 to 10 p.m. shift, gathering at the beach to cool Conradi, who lives at the off. ranger residence fulltime Conradi walked up and with his wife and cats at down the beach and watched Healdsburg Veteran's over a few kids who had Memorial Beach, has been climbed up a rock from the working with the regional embankment and were parks for 11 years, jumping into the river. While his job can be nitty River safety is an gritty and messy, the Sonoma important factor, and another County native said being a reason for the alcohol ban. ranger has made him the When floating down the person he is today, river, heat exhaustion is a "I've learned a lot of risk factor, and the risk can patience and how to convey be worse when drinking. the park rules nicely and be "If people are intoxicated patient with people. I think if on the beaches then that is I had been working at a desk always difficult to work with job or maybe computer work to get them to understand I don't think I'd be where I park rules when they are am now,' Conradi said. drunk, so that is one aspect of For Conradi, a lot of his the job that is difficult," patience skill comes from one Conradi said of his main tasks: making He explained that a lot of sure park goers are following the rescue calls he gets are the rules, such as the recent floating groups who may lose alcohol ban. someone in the group or have In May, Sonoma County someone get stranded and Regional Parks extended the more often than not, alcohol alcohol ban to Steelhead and can lead to confusion and Sunset Beaches from separation. Memorial Day weekend In one instance, a group of through Labor Day, Sept. 2. friends swimming in the river Mom's Beach, Healdsburg lost track of their friend and a Veteran's Memorial Beach big search involving the and Guerneville River Park Sonoma County Sheriff and also share the ban. the helicopter ensued; Conradi explained that the however, it turned out that ban in part is an effort to try the friend was at a bar the to make the beaches more whole time. family-friendly and less party centric. Community engagement Conradi starts his patrol role duties at Healdsburg After Conradi made sure Veteran's Memorial Beach swimmers were being safe and then ventures out to the and that the beach was clean, other river beaches. During we made our way to Mom's the winter, however, Conradl Beach in Forestville. tends to patrol more of the While on the road Conradi inland parks, talked about life growing up "It kind of depends on on the river, living in where the people are. If it is Guerneville with his mother going to be really hot, then and aunt: there will be a lot of people Conradi spent most of his out on the beaches," he said. days on the water, but moved On Friday it was to Santa Rosa when he was in forecasted to be 90 degrees so high school where he he checked in on the river attended Cardinal Newman staffto see how busy it would High School. be and decided to set out for For Conradi, being on the the river parks, starting at river means meeting new Riverfront Regional Park. people and experiencing On the drive to Riverfront, someone new every day, and Conradi talked about what he that is where his community likes the most about the job. engagement role comes in. "I would say one of my While at Mom's Beach favorite things is just to walk Conradi mingled with beach around and greet people and visitors and talked about the make sure people are having jackets that are available to a good time. I would say both kids and adults at getting out and hiking trails Sonoma County Regional is always nice, but it is tough Park beaches. The jackets are to do when there is a lot of donated and are free to use. people that need to be "Some of the fun parts are collect a truck bed full of trash. He spared the details on what cleaning the bathrooms are like at the end of the day. enforce a lot of the park rules." Not everyone wants to follow those rules, he added. One aspect of that is dealing with illegal camping and homelessness. "Sometimes it kind of tugs The first aid role at your heartstrings a little Our final stops for the day bit saying, 'You can't stay included a quick check at here.' I feel bad sometimes Shiloh Regional Park and because they may not be Foothill Regional Park. having the greatest year, or Conradi talked about what they may have an addiction, type of injuries he most or they may have mental commonly responds to. He issues," he said. said bruised knees, scraped When asked if he has seen skin, twisted ankles and heat an increase in homeless exhaustion are the most related illegal camping over common. the years, he said it seems These injuries are common like it has stayed the same. throughout the inland parks; "It has kind of been the however, on this particular same but we see a lot of the day it was quiet on the trails, regulars." He said sometimes with few hikers and joggers. rangers get to know them and In order to get his ranger will try to get them into position, Conradi had to take shelters, however, not an EMT class and get everyone necessarily wants certified through the Santa help. Rosa Junior College along with a ranger academy The park clean up role course. After his patrol rounds "It's such a great academy; were completed at Mom's it is about a four-month Beach, we headed over to course. It takes a lot of Sunset Beach Regional Park dedication," he said. but were stopped on the fire road due to a large section of A good fit tree that had fallen and While Conradi originally blocked the road. wanted to be a teacher, he This is where Conradi's said being a park ranger is an clean up role comes in. excellent fit. Even though he Armed with only a rake enjoyed working with kids, and the power of his boots, he missed being outside. He Conradi had to break up the then started doing ride alongs tree into more manageable with rangers and realized it pieces to clear the path. was the perfect fit. After about three minutes Conradl said, "It has really worth of dust, sweat and helped me to learn about effort, the road was clear, myself and who I am and how Afterward, we walked I act with people. And that's down to the beach where he the part I like about this job: I found more messes to clean can be myself, I don't have to up: a stray coffee cup and put up this front to people, so resealable baggie stuffed with I think I've kind of grown up tissues and cups. a lot." WINDSOR HEALDSBURG MORTUARY Cremation Options starting at $1095 www. whcmortuary.com (707) 894-2222 SE HABLA ESPANOL Photo provided iflTI'ING THE TRAILS -- Returning for their senior cross country campaigns for Cloverdale are veterans Paden Collard and Elizabeth Ruiz. "At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough." Toni aorrison Got a great story idea? Tell us what you're curious about! 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