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Klamath Trails Alliance

 

September 2016



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, Sept. 9th
Time:  Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Place:  205 Riverside Dr. (So. Portal Bldg) 

The purpose of our meeting is hold an open forum to discuss ways to further our mission of promoting great trails in Klamath County.  Please join us for all or part of our upcoming meeting. 
Maintenance Day

Date:   Saturday, Sept. 10th
Time:   7:45 a.m.
Place:  Klamath Ranger District,
2819 Dahlia St., Klamath Falls.

A maintenance day on the Pacific Crest Trail! We will clear blowdown from the PCT or connecting trails in the vicinity of the Heavenly Twin Lakes.
Check out the event page on Meetup.com.

Trail News & Information

 

Travel Oregon Grant
 
Klamath Trails Alliance was awarded a $50,000 grant recently for the Spence Mountain Trail project from the Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon!
We were one of 21 grant recipients from around the state that shared in $560,000 matching grant funds announced for the 2016-17 cycle.  
Travel Oregon grant dollars will be used to construct Spence North Ridge, our first black diamond trail.  The trail originates near the top of Spence Mountain and descends four miles and 1,600 feet to the level of Upper Klamath Lake.  
"The scale and impact of these investment dollars across our state are diverse," said Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson. “For some communities, these funds will help initiate enhanced economic growth, while for others, these grant dollars will provide an immediate impact in communities throughout the state by enhancing local infrastructure for visitors and residents.”


The awarded grant projects will be completed by September 2017.
Other News:

Moore Mountain Trail Runs


In all, 76 runners turned out for the Moore Mountain Runs in Moore Park on Sunday of Labor Day weekend: 44 in the half marathon and 32 for the 5K.
In the half marathon Sergio Morales, of Klamath Falls, took first place in the men's division with a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 29 seconds.  Molly Schmelzle, of Eugene, took first place in the women's division with a time of 1 hour, 46 minutes and  5 seconds.
In the 5K husband and wife duo David and Nell Scott took first place in the men's and women's divisions. David’s time was 20 minutes 46 seconds and Nell’s was 27 minutes 34 seconds. The Scotts own Rodeos Pizza & Saladeria, a supporter of the KTA.  



The 2016 Moore Mountain Trail Runs had a few surprises this time.
Amber Singh ended up directing the race herself. Co-directors Josh and Jill Nelson, owners of Asana Yoga and Sole (another KTA supporter) had a gift just before Labor Day Weekend: the arrival of their son, Jasper. But Amber pulled through, putting on a great race with the help of all the local volunteers.
The 13.1-mile route of the half marathon changed this year to honor Ken Hay. The route included a trail named for him, Hayride, a fitting tribute to someone who made so many trails possible in the Klamath Basin and especially in Moore Park.

How You Can Help KTA while you grocery shop

Those of you who shop at Fred Meyer and who have a Rewards Card can go online and sign up for their Community Rewards Program. KTA is an authorized beneficiary under this program. It is our understanding that they will match cash that Rewards members earn. You keep what you earn and KTA benefits from a matching contribution from Fred Meyer. They send us a quarterly check which helps pay operating expenses and buy tools.
You will need an online account set up (email address and password).
Then go to fredmeyer.com, log onto your account (upper right). Scroll to bottom of that page and find the link for "Community Rewards." Once on this page, scroll down and find the sentence that says, Are You a Fred Meyer Customer? Click on link saying Link Your Rewards Card Now. Scroll down and type into the box: Klamath Trails Alliance or our organization number: 94455.
If it has been more than a year, you will need to re-enroll. If you don’t have a rewards card, go to the Customer Service desk and they will give you the enrollment info.
You can also enroll by calling 1.866.518.2686. It may take some patience. Email us if any questions or comments on this program at info@klamathtrails.org.
This is one of those situations where everyone wins. So, don’t delay! Sign up now while you are thinking of it.
 
Help KTA by coming to the
library’s Hearth Program
 

The Hearth is an evening of local storytellers and musicians that benefits a different local non-profit each time. 
The next Hearth will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th at the Ross Ragland Cultural Center as part of the Arts on the Flyway Festival.
The theme: The Great Outdoors.
At the event the Klamath County Library will have a donation box. KTA will share in the donations.
Please come join us for a fun program.
Promotional video features cycling at Spence Mountain 

A promotional video for the Running Y Ranch Resort features the awesome mountain biking adventures to be had at Spence Mountain. 
Click the image below to view it. 

How to Become Invovled with the KTA

Visit KTA's website or our Facebook page for more information on projects and events. Consider joining or renewing your membershship today!  Individual memberships start at only $20 per year.  These funds support trail maintenance, promotion, new trail development and the resources needed to keep us up and running as a non-profit organization!  Email info@klamathtrails.org to join the mailing list for updates.
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