Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This Thursday July 2 is the day!

The crane
The crane is in Kaslo…..all systems are go! (we hope!).

The bridge girders
The lift is planned for approximately

11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Thursday July 2.

Please watch from the north side.

Wish us well!

New bridge date & Wednesday work party

It looks like all is in place for the bridge girders to be slung across the Kaslo river this Thursday, July 2. The actual time is a bit "iffy" but its suspected to be around noonish….I will send out a notice if that time is going to change. Once again, if you are planning to watch, please go to the north side.

With Wednesday being Canada Day, we will not be having a trail work party this week, and after Thursday it will be "all hands on deck" for the bridge.

Should be fun!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fwd: July 4th Community Shoreline Restoration Event

A "local" environmental project for your information.
Begin forwarded message:

From: Claire de la Salle <info@friendsofkootenaylake.ca>
Subject: July 4th Community Shoreline Restoration Event
Date: June 25, 2015 at 12:35:40 PM PDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Hello there,

Friends of Kootenay Lake would like to invite you to a Community Shoreline Restoration Event on July 4th at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (see event poster attached).

We are looking for volunteers to come and assist with an innovative research project to treat yellow flag iris infestations using benthic barriers (rubber membranes) and help reduce the threat of this priority invasive species from entering Kootenay Lake. The main project goal is to determine how effective the benthic barriers are to control and/or eradicate current yellow flag iris infestations. We need you help to install the benthic barriers, following the protocol developed by Thompson Rivers University, and for clipping flower heads and seed pods.

When: July 4th 10am-1pm
Where: Meet at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area at 1760 West Creston Road, Creston BC

This project has been made possible by leadership and support from the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society, Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, Thompson Rivers University, and the Columbia Basin Trust.

We would also like to invite you to SAVE THE DATE on Saturday October 24th for the 3rd Annual Kootenay Lake Summit which will take place in Nelson BC.  More details to come :)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Many thanks,

--
Claire de la Salle, BSc
Program Manager- Friends of Kootenay Lake
P: (250)777-2955
E: info@friendsofkootenaylake.ca
www.friendsofkootenaylake.ca

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Crane CANCELLED for Thursday, June 25

Much to our disappointment, there has been a last minute scheduling conflict and the bridge will NOT be put in place on Thursday.

We will let you know when we're able to reschedule. Several parties, including Fortis, have to be in sync to make this happen so it's not just a matter of booking the crane.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bridge and crane update for Thursday, June 25

UPDATE:  Due to a last minute scheduling conflict, the bridge installation has been postponed.

The crane will arrive mid-morning on Thursday, June 25.

The bridge girders will be moved into place across the Kaslo River between about 12:30 and 1:30 pm.

PLEASE stay well back and keep on the north side of the river if you want to watch.

No Wednesday work parties for a while

There will be no trail work parties on Wednesday's for the next while as all hands will be working on the bridge, which will be slung into place on Thursday (if all goes as planned).

If you are planning to watch the process we would ask that you do so from the north side of the river, since the crane will be working from the south side. Once we know a time that the crane will be arriving, we will send out a notice and post in on the Kaslo Community web.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Three Big Steps... One Giant Leap to Go!

Update:  The crane has been booked for Thursday, JUNE 25 to move the steel girders over the river.  This is the trickiest and most exciting part of constructing the bridge.  Let's hope it's long enough!

The following press release appeared in the Valley Voice (June 3/15) and Pennywise (June 16/15)

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There were a few tense moments for the Kaslo Trailblazers, but the unloading of the bridge on March 21 ended with a “high five” when Glen Settle of Settle Holdings slung the two 59 foot sections to a safe landing on the south bank of the Kaslo River.

Two concrete bridge abutments and protective riprap had already been constructed by Tom Duchastel and Chris Temple, with great assistance from the Village of Kaslo crew. Meanwhile, Val Koenig and his faithful band of stainers had painted three coats of magenta (beetroot) on the wooden superstructure.

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Next comes the dry land carpentry to build the treads, the railings, and the posts. The culmination will be when a crane lowers the 118 foot steel ribs across the water at the end of Fifth Street and the final assembly begins.


Don’t forget you can still sponsor a bridge tread ($150) or a post ($500) with an engraved plaque. Call Val at 250-353-2168 or email kaslotrailblazers@gmail.com.

The plaque wording is yours, but your gift is for everyone.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Trailblazers at Kaslo Saturday Market

YES, there will be a Trailblazers table at the Saturday Market this summer. We will be there from 10 am to 2 pm every Saturday next to the Kaslo Hotel.

This is the easiest way for many of you to pick up your membership or sponsor an engraved plaque for a bridge tread ($150) or post ($500). While you're in town, wander over to the end of 5th Street and take a look at the bridge construction!

Of course, someone has to be sitting on the other side of the table to register those memberships and accept those sponsorships. Help! We only need 2 hours of your time, and we can arrange for someone to keep you company if you're new to it.

The shifts are Saturdays from 10 am - 12 noon and 12 noon - 2 pm. Please reply to this email or let Chris know at 250-353-7709 if you can do the occasional shift.

We will get this bridge built! And paid for!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bridge work parties next week June 16 & 17

Two work parties are scheduled for next week on Tuesday and Wednesday building the roof trusses.  A good cordless or corded ⅜" drill is needed (bring an extension cord if you need one).

Start time is 7am to avoid working in the heat. Meet at the Village works yard where we were doing the staining. Some heavy lifting is required.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Wednesday trail work party June 10, 9am-noon

This week we will be working on the K&S Wagon Road trail, from Retallack to Fish Lake.

Lets meet at the 4way stop / Community Garden and car pool from there. For tools, long handled snippers if you have them. I will be bringing a chainsaw, brush saw, and polaskis.

There will be no trail work party Wednesday, June 17.