2009 News

1-Oct-2009  KCTS AGM
KCTS will hold its AGM on Wed. Oct. 21 at 7pm at the Firehall (thats the new/real firehall not the winebar). Come hear a summary of the year and participate in election of new board members - there are 3 board members up for renewal.

  Tamarack Trail open
The Tamarack trail which connects Doukhobor's with Whisky and other trails from the high point of the Malde Cr Road is now officially open for riding and hiking. Its a great addition to the KCTS network and provides a moderate downhill or somewhat strenuous uphill.

21-Sep-2009  Western Drake's ReOpened
After the hard work of a small but dedicated volunteer crew this past Saturday Stew Spooner (KCTS Trail Crew Boss) declared Drakes to be officially re-opened (see earlier article about its partial closure). There will be ongoing maintenance and improvements made but its now ready for riding or walking in either direction. Read More

14-Sep-2009 Active Log Hauling On Malde Creek FSR
ATCO will be hauling logs on Malde Creek Forest Service Road between 6am and 5pm Mon – Fri for the next few weeks. If you can’t avoid this route (try climbing Tamarack instead) during these times, the following safety precautions are recommended by ATCO. Read More.

14-Sep-2009 Trail Work Day on Drakes - Sat. Sep 19.
Come out and help restore a critical piece of the Rossland trail network, have some fun and socialize with other trail users. Meet at Lion's Campground at 10. Read More.

16-June-2009  Western Drake's Trail Closed By Land Access Issues
KCTS has learned that the westernmost section of Drake's trail has been closed by the land owner. The closed section begins where Drake's leaves the access road that climbs up Deer Park Hill from the campground and includes the trail to the east for approximately half to one kilometer. The access road is gated just before the beginning of Drakes. Read More

11-Jun-2009  Upper Oasis To Close June 29 
The KCTS has been informed that Atco Wood Products will be doing active logging in the area of Upper Oasis and the trail will be closed while this is going on. No completion date has been given. KCTS asks all trail users to respect the closure. Read More

  Successful Trails Day on Tamarack Trail
About 50 enthusiastic volunteers turned out to the annual spring KCTS Trails Day. 500m of new trail got built on the Tamarack Trail bringing this new addition to the KCTS family only a few days away from being completed. Read More

8-Jun-2009  Crown Point Trail Open Again
The trail crew has finished clean up after the logging operations and this trail is now open. See article below dated 1-Aug-08 about the closure.

4-Jun-2009 Update: Mountain Bike Club Rides Postponed to Fall
Remaining 3 Thursdays of KCTS XC rides cancelled due to absence of LEADER.
If anyone else would like to temporarily take over Club Leader until September rides restart, please call Cindy at 362 0040.

21-May-2009  Open Letter re Personal Attacks on Stewart Spooner's Blog
As a result of some comments posted on Stewart Spooner's blog the KCTS Directors have issued the following open letter to KCTS members and trail users ... Read The Letter

7-Apr-2009  Job Opportunities For Unemployed Forest Workers
The Kootenay Columbia Trails Society will be hiring workers under the JOB OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM for work on the Seven Summits Trail near Rossland. ... Read More

2-Apr-2009  KCTS receives JOP funding to improve 7 Summits Trail
Today British Columbia Ministry of Forests announced funding of almost $200,000 from the Community Development Trust's Job Opportunity Program to improve the trails of the 7 Summits. The Job Opportunity Program (JOP) funds unemployed forest workers to develop new skills and provide benefits to local communities... Read More

15-Apr-2009  KCTS and Cindy Devine Sponsor Cross Country Mountain Bike Club Rides
Led by former national mountain bike team member Cindy Devine and other local guides these rides are suitable for beginner and intermediate cross country riders ... Read More

29-Mar-2009  Spend your Summer building trails in the Kootenays
Trail Builders Wanted!
KCTS is accepting applications for full time summer trail builders, application deadline is May 1. Wages from $15/hr. Remuneration based on experience and responsibility ... Read More

12-Mar-2009 KCTS 2009 Core Funding Update
For 2009 KCTS is seeking core funding of $82,000 from the regional municipalities. Kim Deane (KCTS Treasurer) reports that "at this point it looks like we'll reach our goal". The goal was ambitious because ... Read More

30-Jan-2009 KCTS Executive Member Honoured
Rick Fillmore, representative on the KCTS Executive from the West Kootenay Backcountry Horsemen, has received the Exceptional Volunteer Award from the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.  ... Read More