3 PM Friday, May 29 – Update On Read Island Fire

3 PM Friday, May 29 – Update On Read Island Fire

  This is Roy Hales of Cortes Radio with a Read Island Fire update as of 3 PM, May 29, 2018. Though the smoke appears to have died down, Jeanne Larsen of BC Wildfire says the fire still covers about 3 hectares and the situation remains unchanged since our last report. Crews are currently building a containment line around the fire. “Then they start what we call mopping up, which is going in and … putting out any hot spots that they find,” she explained. Subsequent to my interviewing Ms Larsen, CKTZ discovered a BC Wildfire situation map on which the Read Island fire was said to have covered eight hectares. I suspect this was prior to both of my interviews today, but cannot verify this as their news update office closed at 4:30 PM. We still do not know how or when the fire started, but there are reports of smoke on neighbouring Cortes Island yesterday afternoon. A Whaletown resident who wishes to remain anonymous said he noticed the smell around 2 PM, yesterday. Three hours later there was smoke where the BC ferry docks. Another report from Cortes Island, says the smell penetrated as far inland as the Green Mountain area. There was no smoke in Whaletown when I visited earlier today. Larsen says the lack of smoke just means that it is not high visible flames. “It’s not a huge fire like they are having up in Kamloops … but a three hectare fire in and around cabins, like this fire was last night … it is a pretty substantial fire for a crew to go...
The Read Island Fire

The Read Island Fire

  CKTZ News Report: Some of you may have noticed the smoke yesterday. Though there were initial concerns about the threats to buildings, no structures were lost. At this point, the Read Island fire is between two and three hectares in extent. According to BC Wildfire Fire information officer Jeanne Larsen, “Fire crews worked overnight on the fire and they are working on it this morning. We have nine initial attack crew personal. We have five basic fire suppression personal, two fallers, first aid personal, two helicopters and a response officer on site.” She added, “At this point of the morning the fire is very quiet and it isn’t causing that much of a threat [to buildings]. Once the heating of the day starts and the winds pick up, it is going to be challenging for the fire crews. … They are well prepared for that and they do have two helicopters to assist with bucketing. We will just have to see how it goes through the day.” You can listen to the complete audio of this interview in the podcast below. (Click here to access other reports on the Read Island fire)  Top Photo credit: Read Island at centre, and Cortes to the right by Dale Simonson via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)   9 AM, May 29, interview with BC Wildfires by Roy L Hales/CKTZ | Read Island Fire...
Tune in to CKTZ for the Sounds of Seafest

Tune in to CKTZ for the Sounds of Seafest

The Cortes Island Seafest was the place to be this past May long weekend. Hundreds of locals and visitors to the island – as well as a huge volunteer corps – turned out for the popular annual Victoria Day event, ensuring it was as successful as ever. Cortes Radio was there to capture the Sounds of Seafest as people enjoyed the food, music and wares ideally located at Gorge Harbour Marina. Tune in to CKTZ for the Sounds of Seafest Rochelle Baker / CKTZ http://rest.s3for.me/discovery-sound/CKTZ+2018+Sounds+of+Seafest.mp3   Sounds Of Seafest Ever growing in popularity since its 1995 inception, the festival was created by the Cortes Island Seafood Association (CISA) to celebrate the community’s connection to our surrounding waters. A non-profit society, CISA mandate is to monitor the water quality surrounding Cortes Island. Hosted by those who make a sustainable living from the ocean, Seafest is a meant to be a celebration with the wider community. It’s also an opportunity to promote a mutual understanding and appreciation of the work within the sector, and celebrate the bounty of the ocean. Not to mention, it’s an ideal way to sample the gourmet offerings the industry provides. Tastes Of Seafest Hundreds of people lined up to sample a range of tasty, fresh-cooked oysters prepared in a myriad of ways by dedicated volunteers working their magic on camp stoves. They were only outdone by an industrious crew, shucking oysters at a frenetic rate to keep pace with demand. As usual, Seafest was an ideal way to launch the summer season and connect with friends, family and community. All photos by Rochelle Baker...
1 PM, Sunday, June 3 – An AGM like no other!

1 PM, Sunday, June 3 – An AGM like no other!

Coming at 1 PM Sunday, June 3, 2018 - An AGM like no other! Fun is on the menu when the Laughing Mussels come to the Cortes Radio Society‘s 2018 Annual General Meeting, 1 PM  at Manson’s Hall. Experience continuous waves of humor and serious play on June 3rd when the Laughing Mussels offer up an afternoon of great comedy improv exploring themes of island life on Cortes as part of the Cortes Radio AGM.  The Laughing Mussels are Cortes Island’s original homegrown comedy improv troupe.   Experience the troupe get more than just their feet wet as they take on audience suggestions as inspirations for a series of comedy skits, sketches and creative storytelling.  Warning - lots of motion and emotions out of order!!! The festivities will be preceded by a half hour business meeting and selection of the board of directors for the coming year. Lots Of Door Prizes For New & Returning Memberships! Everyone...
Estimate Of Cortes Radio’s Audience

Estimate Of Cortes Radio’s Audience

Close to 5,000 people are believed to listen to CKTZ, but this is a projection. Our most accurate information comes from the 10,432 who visited the station’s website in the 16 months between January 20, 2017 and May 11, 2018. They provided most of the statistics for an estimate of Cortes Radio’s Audience. Estimate Of Cortes Radio’s Audience Only 3,009 of the people coming to our website are “Returning Visitors.” Assuming CKTZ  probably has as many FM as web listeners, this agrees with the suggestion that we have an audience of about 5,000. The most popular function on our website is Listen Live. Prior to my moving it to the front page, this feature received 2/3 of our traffic.  More than 95% of the website’s visitors come to listen, or look around the home page. Known Program Statistics While statistics for individual shows are more difficult to obtain, four of CKTZ’s programs keep up to date podcasts on the website. Carrying forward the idea we have as many FM as web listeners, there could be twice as many listeners as are shown by the website’s data. Thus each of these shows has a low (website) and high (possible) statistic: Vinho do Porto  - 344 people viewed this page since Oct 4, 2017. The most accessed program since then was episode #49, which received 196 hits and a possible audience of 392. It is #14 in the known top 30 list (below). The next most viewed episodes were #50 (75 - 150), #48 (62-124 ) and #47 (60-120). The ECOreport‘s index page went up Oct 1, 2017, but is not...
Port-a-Potty Time Trek To Nuevo Malibu

Port-a-Potty Time Trek To Nuevo Malibu

Wanna REALLY Get Away Wanna REALLY Get Away? See What The Future Holds? Think You’ve Heard Enough About The Donald? Come on Board For A Visit To Nuevo Malibu.  Join an intrepid trio of time travellers in the fantasy adventure “Nuevo Malibu” on Cortes Radio.  Clell Landis, a world-weary drifter, starts the cascade of events when he decides to leave the U.S. for a new country formed by British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California and Tijuana, Mexico.  Nuevo Malibu is founded after Donald Trump accidentally nukes Prince Edward Island. Port-a-Potty Time Trek To Nuevo Malibu Written & Produced by Allen Perkins http://rest.s3for.me/specialproduction/Malibu+Final.m4a Come To Nuevo Malibu On CKTZ: Saturday, May 5 & 12: 8 PM Monday, May 7: 7 PM Wednesday, May 9: 7 PM Join The Action Landis meets Doctor Shay Watt? when she lands a Port-a-Potty on his foot.  She had been using it at the Woodstock Music Festival half a century earlier when it whisked her away. The two set out to stop Trump’s rise to power, but instead end up on the planet Stephanie, where they meet Mack, a subliminal being who can make anything and be anyone. The three careen around the universe a bit, including a stop on the planet Nuzzlepuss, where everyone speaks in Doctor Seuss lines. They end up in Trump’s closet on the eve of a crucial time in The Donald’s life.  They do, in fact, change history, but not the way they thought they would. Nuevo Malibu was written and produced by Allen Perkins. It was recorded on location in the universe, specifically Quadra Island at the Dave Blinzinger Studio.  It features the vocal talents of Kris Wellstein, Guy...