Monday, March 23, 2015

Membership drive volunteers needed

Besides volunteers for staining the bridge timbers (weather permitting), we are also in need of volunteers to help with a membership drive to be held at the Kaslo Kootenay Lake Credit Union. If you can spare 2 ½ hours on
  • April 21, 22, 23, 24:  
    • 10 am - 12:30 pm 
    • 12:30 pm - 3 pm
then please call our new Membership Chair, Chris Carroll or his wife Leslie at 250-353-7709. S/he will set up a schedule and confirm your date and time.

Seating is limited, so please contact them as soon as possible to book your space!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

No bridge staining on Saturday, March 21

There will be no bridge staining work party this Saturday, March 21.

If you can help Val cut the boards to length on Friday March 20 10:30am-12noon please go to the Village Shop. He is looking for 3 people to help move boards in and out of his cut saw.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 AGM Minutes

Please find below the minutes of the 2015 AGM for the Kaslo Trailblazers Society, as well as several related reports and presentations.

  • 2015 AGM Minutes (2 pages)
  • 2015 President's Report
  • 2014 Financials, including River Bank Repair details
  • Proposed Kaslo River Trail Project and associated map


Click on the image to enlarge documents.

    2015 AGM Minutes (page 1)
    2015 AGM Minutes (page 2)


    2015 AGM President's Report

    2014 Financial Report
    2014 River Bank Repair Financials

    Proposed KRT Project
    Proposed KRT Project Map

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    5th Street Bridge work begins!

    Dear Trailblazer Members and Friends of Hiking

    2015 will be a busy year for us starting with staining all of the lumber for the new 5th Street Unity Bridge. Air temperature permitting (must be above 11C for the stain), rain or shine, we will start the staining on Tuesday, March 17th at 10am.

    Wear old clothes and come to the Village Shop and Maintenance yard (where the recycling bins are located). We will supply brushes and gloves. If we get enough supervisors (very simple duties) we hope to stain every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in 2 shifts each day, from 10am-12:30pm, and from 12:30pm-3pm until all of the lumber has received 3 coats of stain. Supervisors will pick up and drop off stain and paint brushes as well as keep track of the number of volunteer hours for that shift. Please call Val 250-353-2168 if you can assist in that capacity. We also require some sawhorses….they do not have to be in the best of shape.

    Secondly, we need a Membership chairperson/coordinator. This is not a heavy duty job except for setting up volunteers for membership drives at the Kaslo Credit Union and the Christmas Craft Fair. We have the possibility of raising $1500-$2500 in this week which is good funding for minimal effort. Val will be very happy to guide you through this week. Please don't leave this for someone else….call Val today.

    Your sincerely,
    Val Koenig, President

    250-353-2168

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Annual General Meeting Thursday 7pm March 12 Langham Loki Room

    This is a reminder of the KTS AGM, scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 7pm, at the Loki Room in the Langham Cultural Centre (upstairs on the left).  

    We will be providing an update on the 5th Street Bridge, bringing forth several trail development proposals for trail expansion in and around the paintball area and old Village tip site, ideas for trail development to Mt Lavina and from Cody to Mt. Carlyle, and an idea for a Mountain Bike Trail system around Kaslo.  

    Of course, our annual reports will be presented and elections held. Please let us know if you would like to stand for election for any of the five annually elected director positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director).

    Please find the 2015 KTS AGM agenda below, and the minutes of the 2014 AGM for your reference.


    2015 AGM Agenda (click to enlarge)

    2014 AGM Minutes page 1
    2014 AGM Minutes page 2

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    AGM is Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm at the Langham (Loki Room)

    Here is a first notice for the AGM, scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 7pm, at the Loki Room in the Langham Cultural Centre (upstairs on the left). Hope to see you there.  We will send out a second notice reminder and the AGM agenda a bit closer to the meeting.

    We will be providing an update on the 5th Street Bridge, bringing forth a proposal for some trail expansion in and around the paintball area and old Village tip site, ideas for trail development to Mt Lavina and from Cody to Mt. Carlyle, and of course, our annual reports and elections.

    Please let us know if you would like to stand for election for any of the five annually elected director positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director).

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Winter Solstice Bridge Light Up at 4pm this Saturday December 20

    Bridge Light Up is this Saturday at 4 pm
    Please join us at the annual Winter Solstice Bridge Light Up from 4-6pm this Saturday, December 20.  It's a great time to say good-bye to winter darkness and welcome in the longer days and the winter light…... campfires, hot chocolate, friendship, and bridge light up.

    If you can lend a hand…..we need help doing set up starting at 1pm at the New Denver highway trailhead…….we need help doing take down and clean up at 6pm…….if you can carry in an arm load of firewood please bring it along to contribute to a bright and cheery camp fire.

    See you there! Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy 2015 (the 5th Street bridge building year!!)

    Cheers, and best wishes.

    Tom Duschatel, Val Koenig, Ken Butt, Gerald Garnett, Stu Heard


    Monday, December 8, 2014

    HELP needed for Winter Solstice light up Dec 20

    Val needs some help building papier mâché lanterns for the Winter Solstice light up on Dec 20. It involves glue, paper, water and balloons….be prepared to get dirty! At Val and Carol's home…..

    Wednesday, Dec 10  from 10am-noon at 840 Victoria Ave, 
    Mari will lead on the "how to" end of it. All hands welcome!

    We will also need help to set up the Winter Solstice site/activities on

    Saturday, Dec 20  from 2pm to 4pm at the New Denver hwy pullout.

    Thanks for lending a hand.

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Work party Wednesday Nov 5 9am to noon. Final of the season

    Our final trail work party for the season will be this Wednesday Nov 5. Last week we got a good start on filling the gravel barrels for winter use, and this week we will finish off the job. There are several barrels along the south side of the river trail that require replenishment and this will require a fairly long carry of buckets of salted gravel.

    We will meet at 9am at the YRB yard just near the south end of the golf course where will fill buckets. For tools, a spade and sturdy buckets if you have them.

    We were able to get a lot accomplished over this work party season, and I would like to extend my THANK YOU to all volunteers who have been able to lend a hand in keeping our lovely Kaslo trails in great condition.

    As a final note, the steel girders for the 5th Street Unity bridge are now complete, and they are ready for delivery to Kaslo. We have also purchased the wood timbers for for the treads, side walls, and roof structure. Depending on their delivery date, and the weather, we may hold some "timber staining work bees" to get them coated with stain. We are going to use the same colour stain at the first bridge. I will keep you posted if we move forward with that process.

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Work party Wednesday Oct 29 9am to noon

    Two items on our work party list for this week. We have one concrete bench to erect along the lakeside trail near the Kaslo Logger Sports area, and we need to start filling the winter gravel barrels along the river trail (this job will take a couple of work parties).

    We will meet at the bench site located between the Logger Sports and the Skate Park to organize who will do what. For tools, a spade and sturdy buckets to tote gravel if you have them.