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Leader needed for yurt construction at Mount Spokane

Women make a snowshoeing trek at Mount Spokane during the Souper Bowl fundraiser event. (Rich Landers)
Women make a snowshoeing trek at Mount Spokane during the Souper Bowl fundraiser event. (Rich Landers)

STATE PARKS — The Friends of Mount Spokane State Park are putting out a plea for someone with building skills to help lead the construction before winter of a yurt for snowshoers and backcountry skiers at the park.

Here's the message:

We are now at a critical point in our 4 year effort to build a new winter shelter for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing at Mt. Spokane, and we need everyone’s help.  A grant for materials has been secured from the Johnston-Fix Foundation and additional financial support is available from the Friends of Mt. Spokane.  The plans have been approved and park staff expect to have the foundation for the hut finished by the middle of next week.  The location is Smith Gap.  Unfortunately, the volunteer retired contractor we had lined up to lead the project is no longer available and we need to replace him.  IF we can find a replacement within the next couple of weeks, and if we can find 3 or 4 committed volunteers who can devote several days a week to the project, we could at least get the exterior done this season.  If not, we will do our best to protect the foundation over the winter and resume in June.
 
So, I would like to ask everyone if they happen to know a retired or semi-retired builder/contractor (preferably a snowshoer or skier!) who would like to devote a few weeks of their time to direct the construction of this hut.  The Friends Group will pay for the materials and at least this person’s expenses.  We think we can start Friday the 16th.  If you know of anyone, have them email me at criscurrie22@gmail.com or call me at 509-466-9540.  I would be happy to discuss the details with them.  It’s easier if they have their own tools, but they will also be able to use the fairly extensive resources that the park has as well.  I will be out of town this Friday to Tuesday but will be available by email.
 
Then, secondly, assuming we can find the right person, we will need additional volunteers who can pound nails and move boards around.  So those people should contact me too and let me know their level of building experience and their availability.  You do not need a Discover Pass.  In fact, with 24 hours of service, you can get a free Discover Pass! 
 
This has the potential to be a very exciting, fun project, and volunteers are guaranteed to learn a lot about the park, have the opportunity to hang out with some fun people, and maybe even learn a few things about building.  
Thanks for your help!!
 
Cris Currie, President
Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park



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