June 26, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 149

Copper Peak bike trails get boost

IRONWOOD — The Ironwood Kiwanis Club has boosted a local group’s efforts to build bicycle trails in the Copper Peak area.

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BRAD KUSZ, center, Western Michigan Bicycle Club trail boss, receives a check for $1,000 from Ironwood Kiwanis Club president Thomas Peacock, left, and Kiwanis member Jim Mildren Tuesday at Tacconelli’s.

The Kiwanis Club Tuesday presented a $1,000 check to Brad Kusz, of Ironwood, trail boss for the Western Michigan Bicycle Club.

Kusz said three loops of mountain bike trails are being constructed and the first loop should be completed by the fall.

Kiwanis Club member Jim Mildren said the money donated to the club was raised through Go Ride Our Gogebic Range trail rides. There have been four such rides so far, raising $2,000, Mildren said.

Copper Peak boasts the Western Hemisphere’s only ski flying facility, with an event to return next winter.

The chairlift at Copper Peak operates 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Labor Day. After Labor Day, it is operated through about mid-October for the color season, as weather permits.