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Community Forest puts forward plan on timber harvesting, seeks public feedback

CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

The Cortes Forestry General Partnership is proposing the next steps in harvesting timber near Anvil Lake and is requesting comments from locals.

The plans aim to align with wildfire mitigation recommendations made by Blackwell and Associates, a consultant for BC Wildfire. CFGP also intends the cut block to be a lucrative one, that should fund the road infrastructure built, in part, to fight future wildfires.

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A long serving BC Ferries vessel retires on January 17th and the public is invited to say goodbye

Editor’s note: This story concerns matters that will have an effect on ferry traffic to Cortes Island.

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

The 58-year-old Powell River Queen sails her last run on the Campbell River to Quadra Island BC Ferries route next week and the public is invited to bid farewell to the vessel.

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‘Tis the season to prune fruit trees: local orchardist offers instruction

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Late winter into early spring is the best time to prune fruit trees in temperate regions like coastal British Columbia, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

“Plant health is the primary reason for pruning. Look for the 4 “Ds”—dead, dying, diseased, or damaged branches—these should be removed. Also look for spindly or weak growth, as well as any branches that are crossed or rubbing,” the Almanac article suggests.

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Gorge Hall hosts first New Years event during pandemic, fundraises for hall maintenance

By Louis Belcourt, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Locals on Cortes are hosting an all ages New Years Eve event with live music and food at the Gorge Hall for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Whaletown Community Club (WCC) for the maintenance of the Gorge Hall. The organization owns and manages the Gorge Hall, the Whaletown Cemetery, the Louisa Tucker Library, the Old Schoolhouse Gallery building, and leases Avery Park from the government. The funds will be managed by the WCC board, the WCC President, and the WCC treasurer Izabelle Perry.

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Cortes Island chocolate business scores highly at international competition

By Louis Belcourt, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Black Jaguar Chocolate, a fine chocolate company located on Cortes, was named a World Finalist at the International Chocolate Awards.

Scott Patterson and Emilie Laskie, owners and founders of Black Jaguar Chocolate, began making chocolate direct from the source where they lived in Nicaragua, and moved to Cortes during the pandemic and brought their business and their connections to the source of the cacao beans with them.

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