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Stranded in the heat, sand, and rocks

Cortes Currents exclusive

There was a boat stranded in the sand, at Smelt Bay, on Saturday. The Woody Point’s anchor lay not too far distant, a testament to its owner’s original intention. The ocean was perhaps another hundred feet distant. 

CKTZ News came to take pictures for another story. Thousands of mussels died on the exposed rocks at the southern side of the beach. They were presumably casualties of the heatwave that ravaged shellfish populations throughout the West Coast almost two weeks ago. 

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Abnormally high number of Shellfish deaths on Cortes Island

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In the midst of a heat wave that may have left as many as a billion dead marine creatures along the West Coast, there appears to have been an abnormally high number of shellfish deaths reported at a number of Cortes Island locations. 

Daily temperature highs of between 35°C and 40°C were recorded, at the Cortes Island School, during the last five days of June.  

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Cortes Community Forest Cooperative AGM

Approximately 20 people were in attendance on Monday evening, 7pm for the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative (CCFC) AGM.

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Sunburst Over Mansons Hall

The Sunburst pattern on the west gable end of Mansons Hall dates back to the renovations of 1978-80. As the siding was not painted, it faded. 

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What The Map At Global Forest Watch Reveals About Our Area

More than 4 million people have visited the Global Forest Watch website since it was launched in 2014. The interactive map uses satellite imagery to depict changes in the forest cover in red (loss) and blue (gains). (The green areas are forested.) Some of the The website uses recent satellite data. The map at the top of this page shows the changes in our area between 2001 and May 8, 2020, when Landsat 8 passed over.

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