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Trails plan coming into focus
Possible ATV trail along railroad tracks

By STAN BUSH
Increased interest in Skagway’s trail system could lead to a long-term plan for an improved and expanded trail system in the area.
At a recent Parks & Recreation Committee meeting, a discussion was led by Cathy Thomas from the National Park Service’s River, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program about possible changes for the area involving new ideas and plans of action to improve the already thriving trail system.
An ATV trail that would sit on the east side of the railroad tracks on the hillside was discussed. While it is still only an idea there was an abundance of support to fund the trail. Many were concerned that people with ATVs are frustrated because there’s nowhere in town to ride the vehicles, and operating them on city streets is banned.
Thomas stated that revamping current trails and creating an accurate map for the trail system would be a three-step process. Picking an area of concentration, making a draft and executing the plan are steps she feels are appropriate to take for quality results.
A date hasn’t been set yet to actually start work on the trails, but the tentative plans and ideas – a critical part to get the project moving – are already on the table. The plan would be long-term –10 years.
The first project has not been determined. With so many desires from the community, from so many age groups, it will be no easy task deciding where to start.
Meanwhile, the Skagway Alpine Club, which held its annual meeting recently, has members who are anxious to start work on the plan and are already at work improving existing trails. A day after Clean Sweep, Alpine Club volunteers brushed out the trail to Sturgill’s Landing.
“One of the primary reasons that the Alpine Club is coming into being again is to help support and develop trails in and around Skagway,” said newly-elected president Jeremy Simmons. “We’re looking forward to being an integral part of the process and having a lot of fun developing the trails, so everyone else can have a lot of fun using them.”

Skagway trio slams opponents into boards at Yukon event
Three local women who had just completed an Emergency Trauma Technician course in Skagway took second place in a Yukon EMS competition last month.
Raymie Eatough, who works at the Red Onion, National Park Service ranger Elizabeth Ruff, and Skagway Mercantile employee Stephanie Lindsay decided to go up to check out the Whitehorse event on April 13.
“We had just finished an ETT course on the 5th and went up there to watch and learn,” Eatough said. “And they put us in the competition.”
There were 13 teams and 13 different scenarios, she said. The Skagway team drew, of all things, a hockey accident. Skagway hasn’t had organized ice hockey in decades, but the local team knew what to do.
“It was a good one for us,” Eatough said. “The guy had slammed his head into the boards – it’s not a wall, we learned – there was no feeling from the waist down,” Eatough said.
“We patched him up and got him to the hospital,” she added. “It took about eight minutes.”
Not bad for being “the only ones there with no experience,” Eatough said. – JEFF BRADY