JEFF CAPLAN'S AFTERNOON NEWS

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Hot enough for ya, cowboy?

Jun 14, 2024, 7:00 AM

Like their namesakes in the desert west, the ice cowboys of Canada are in the midst of the annual r...

Like their namesakes in the desert west, the ice cowboys of Canada are in the midst of the annual round-up. (Canva)

(Canva)

Editor’s note: This is an editorial piece. An editorial, like a news article, is based on fact but also shares opinions. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and are not associated with our newsroom.

SALT LAKE CITY — As we grapple with searing sunshine, this summer heat is also impacting a northern stretch of Canada. Along the Atlantic Ocean in Labrado, the temperature is going up to 55 today. 

In the brittle cold Maritime provinces, this is when the perpetual clouds part for a month or two, and the ice cowboys go to work.

Like their namesakes in the desert west, the ice cowboys of Canada are in the midst of the annual round-up. 

And wouldn’t you like to be among them right about now. These hardscrabble sailors jump aboard boats, their job is to lasso icebergs and nudge them away from shipping channels. 

Instead of dust, these cowboys breathe mist. Instead of horses, they corral icebergs they’ll carefully treat like a living being. 

For a giant iceberg can wiggle, shimmy, twist, turn and sink a boat if you’re not careful. 

But the fringe benefit: ice cowboys can carefully and gingerly crack off a piece of iceberg that, once melted, is the best drinking water on earth. 

Ancient ice cold water, trapped half a million years, and served in a cool 12-ounce glass. 

Never wanting to get their boats too close, sometimes these cold-water cowboys shoot the iceberg with a rifle, hoping to shatter some shards that will yield water so delicious, some maritime families refuse to drink anything but glacier water.

Jeff Caplan is the host of Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News on KSL NewsRadio. Follow him on Facebook and X. 

Other Minutes of News:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Jeff Caplan's Afternoon News

FILE: Merv Griffin hosts the Childhelp USA "Drive the Dream Gala" as part of the Barrett-Jackson Cl...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: You know who should be on a US Postage Stamp?

Alex Trebek got a stamp. But there’s another unsung Jeopardy star that you may know, if you ...think ... about it.

21 days ago

june squibb...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Hollywood’s newest starlet? She’s 94

Arriving in theatres tonight is a different kind of movie, it’s called "Thelma." The star is June Squibb and she’s adorable.

24 days ago

people on their phones shown, kid slang is taking over the country...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: I will now translate Kid Slang

Parents, there’s a whole new language since the pandemic. And if you try to speak it, count on doing wrong.

25 days ago

It looks like GenZ is getting tired of online dating....

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: The decline of online dating

Gen Z is getting tired of online dating. What's next?

27 days ago

It’s the first annual Miss AI Pageant. Each of the contestants is so beautiful they could stop tr...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: The Miss AI Pageant

The women are artificial. The prize money is real.

1 month ago

The Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is at the center of the plans to revitalize downtow...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff’s Minute of News: Is the downtown redevelopment worth a billion dollars?

Is the downtown redevelopment worth a billion? The answer depends on who pays for it.

1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

A young woman smiles while reading the menu at a lakeside restaurant, enjoying the panoramic view o...

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The best restaurants to try in Bear Lake

Save this guide to the best restaurants in Bear Lake when you need to find a place to dine during your next visit.

Female leg stepping on weigh scales. Healthy lifestyle, food and sport concept....

Health Utah

Sustainable weight loss: the science-backed way to achieve it

Learn more about Debbie's weight loss journey with Health Utah, who have a unique weight loss philosophy for success.

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...

Comcast

Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Hot enough for ya, cowboy?