(Transcript of the radio program, with edits)
Eli McKenty had been Cortes Island’s Interim Fire Chief for 15 days when I interviewed him. He was actually the Department’s preferred choice as Fire Chief five months ago, but turned the job down, so they hired someone from Alberta. After five months of a six month trial period, the Cortes Island Fire Department came to the conclusion that ‘aspects of Dave Ives’ leadership style were at odds with the culture of our fire department’ and he was dismissed. McKenty agreed to be the Fire Chief until they can find a replacement.
Continue reading Interview with Cortes Island’s new Interim Fire Chief
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Cortes Island was hit by a windstorm on Oct.10 that knocked some roadside trees on power lines by the late afternoon, causing intermittent power outages, and fires on the island.
The Cortes Island Volunteer Fire Department (CIVFD) received their first call of the evening at 5:45 p.m. There was a power line down, causing a small wildfire in the Tiber Bay neighborhood. This area of Cortes island is not a part of the Fire Protection Zone that the CIVFD is responsible for, creating challenging circumstances for both the residents and the fire department.
Continue reading Three fires in Tiber Bay follow windstorm on Cortes Island
(From the Archives: July 1, 2018)
From the beginning, Meinsje was been a prominent voice in Cortes Island’s artistic community. She taught art at the Linnaea school for fifteen years and is a director of the Old School House Art Gallery. Meinsje’s “Dream Caravan” dance troop, her performances at Cortes Island Lip Syncs and Cabarets, puppetry and paintings continue to captivate viewers. In this morning’s interview, Meinsje describes what it was like living between two worlds.
Continue reading 2018: Meinsje, Living Between Two Worlds
Many of you have probably seen the real estate ads on the Tideline. Two significant parcels of land are being sold as part of a much larger vision. Cortes Community Housing intends to have the Rainbow Ridge project ‘shovel ready’ for funding by 2023.
Continue reading Property Sales: Getting Rainbow Ridge ‘Shovel Ready’ for the next phase
Cortes Island is experiencing a wetter than normal Spring this year, but some of Cortes Island’s shallow well owners experience water shortages every summer. Scientists appear to agree that there will be more severe shortages in the future.
This is a global phenomenon and there appear to be many causes: the depletion of forest coverage, growth of human infrastructure, natural drought cycles and, on top of all that, the transition to a warmer global temperature.
Continue reading Cortes Island’s impending water shortage