Jonas & Amy: The Misty Isles New Owners

Jonas & Amy: The Misty Isles New Owners

Originally Published on Cortes Currents Many of you are probably aware that Cortes Island’s best known schooner has changed hands. After twenty-one years of showing tourists around our area, Mike Moore and Samantha Statton are retiring. I recently met with the Misty Isles new owners, Amy Bockner and Jonas Fineman, outside the Co-op in Mansons Landing.  Who Are They? “My early childhood [was spent] on the water – on a float house that my parents dragged off the land .. I think we spent four years living off that in Gorge Harbour … I loved it. We would row out to our house … Going fishing with my dad for our diner and all that stuff . My earliest memories were all there …” – Amy Bockner “I grew up on the Central Oregon Coast, literally right on the Pacific Ocean … I wasn’t really good at football or wrestling, which is what you had to be to be good at anything growing up on that part of the coast, but the ocean gave me a safe haven and and a lot of lessons that were mine and really beneficial. It became my solace mostly manifested through surfing, swimming and gradually propelling me towards earning a living on the water.” – Jonas Fineman In The Podcast Above:  What is Amy Bockner’s connection to Cortes Island?Why did Jonas Fineman become first a fisherman and then captain of a tourist vessel? What does Amy bring to the partnership?How did they become owners of the schooner? When will Jonas come home to be the Misty Isles captain?What are Jonas and Amy’s plans for the future? The 2019...
From Port Nevill To Cape Scott

From Port Nevill To Cape Scott

Originally Published on Cortes Currents In this morning’s program we conclude Jeanette Taylor’s presentation 60 Terrific Historical Spots to Visit on Northern Vancouver Island by looking at sites between Port Neville & Cape Scott. “When I started going [to Port Neville] about ten years ago it was still operating as a post office. Even though there is not more than ten people in the whole region, they hung on for dear life to their post office. They still had the original cancellation stamp from the 1890s there. So I had a stamp collector on one of the tours that I do there who was .. just shaking with excitement about writing a letter, putting a stamp on it and having it cancelled in the Port Neville Post Office.” – Jeanette Taylor From Port Neville To Cape Scott On Cortes Currents about 9 AM Wed, May 22, repeats 5 PM May 28 How Hans Hansen lost his hand and rowed from Vancouver to Port NevilleThree generations of the Hansen family at Port Neville The early Danish settlers at Cape ScottAfter three generations, one of Sontula’s residents still has a Finish accentWhy did the Hudsons Bay Company come to Fort Rupert?The petroglyphs and village at Fort RupertWhat’s the story behind Village Island? Where is New Vancouver?What its like to resettle an abandoned village site.Early settlers and villagers at Kingcome InletMarianne Nicholson’s cliff painting and other exhibitionsJudith William’s Book: “Two Wolves at the Dawn of Time: Kingcome Inlet Pictographs, 1893-1998”The 3,751 year-old tree at Watson’’s LakeBilly Proctor’s Museum at Echo BayNikki van Schyndel’s book: Becoming Wild: Living the Primitive Life on a West Coast Island Billy Proctor “has charisma and young women love him. He was raised by his...
Jeanette Taylor Part 2: Discovery Islands & More

Jeanette Taylor Part 2: Discovery Islands & More

Little girls in the tub, Schnarrs from Bute Inlet. courtesy Campbell River Museum Originally published on Cortes Currents.  In this morning’s Cortes Currents, we continue with the audio from Jeanette Taylor’s recent talk at Manson’s Hall. In the previous episode she talked about Old Quadra Island. Now we explore the rest of the Discovery Islands & more. “I just love that reef off the south tip of Marina Island. It is like another planet or something walking around on that reef at low tide. … It is really hard to photograph, but you can see it sneaking out far over to this side and then edging back in. That is a really long reef and I won’t tell you the full story but there is a wonderful aboriginal myth about the dog children which was collected in the 1880s and tells the story of how that reef and the one off south Cortes was formed.” – Jeanette Taylor In The Podcast Whaletown on Cortes Island: The Old The old church at Whaletown & Why should you visit Mittlenatch Island?Gorge Harbour’s petroglyphs When did the Spanish and English come to Teakerne Arm on West Redonda? (See also: How Did Toba Inlet Get It’s Name? )Who were the Moses & Martin Lucey buried on West Redonda in 1892?The Chilcotin War of 1864August Schnarr, his daughters and Bute InletWho were the first Europeans to visit Nootka Sound? Petroglyphs at Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island – courtesy Jeanette Taylor Alfred Waddington’s Dream “In the early 1860s, during the Gold Rush in BC, the engineer in Victoria named Waddington was looking for a new route to get in there that was less arduous...
EASC Ignores Cortes Island Grants In Aid

EASC Ignores Cortes Island Grants In Aid

The article that follows does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Cortes Radio Society, board, staff or volunteers. Originally published on Cortes Currents An item is missing from the May 8 minutes of the Strathcona Regional District Board’s Electoral Service Committee. There is no reference to Cortes Island’s Grant-In-Aid Applications, though they were on the agenda. This was the result of a conscious decision made by three of the four Regional Directors (Jim Abram, Brenda Leigh & Gerald Whalley). The Electoral Service Committee did not acknowledge Cortes Island’s Grant in Aid Applications. What Could Happen? This means the applications will not pass on to the SRD Board for consideration.  At the meeting Cortes Island Director Noba Anderson said, “This is highly unusual. I’ve not known this to happen in ten years. We passed a [Cortes] electoral Grant In Aid just two weeks ago. This committee requested that it go to the board without a recommendation. So to do nothing here is highly, highly unusual and I will be bringing something to the board. Then we will have a bigger more awkward discussion there.” She was not the only director who mentioned the possibility of bringing this matter back at the board level. As our conversation was not intended to be an interview, I am not going to name the other board member who mentioned this. Should Director Director Anderson bring the Grants In Aid up now? Or wait until after the court case that fourteen Cortes residents brought against her is decided? The Electoral Service Committee appears to want Director Anderson’s case settled before they proceed. The Lawsuit The hearing is...
End Of The Road Show Hits The Road

End Of The Road Show Hits The Road

Originally Published on Cortes Currents As the end of his first year online approaches, Highway Hippy’s DJ days are taking another turn. His bus was parked in Manson’s Landing when I climbed on board to find out when the End of the Row Show hits the Road. On The Road “Our first stop is going to be this week-end in Parksville at the Food Truck Festival. We’re invited there, so last Friday’s I put in a couple of plugs for the Food Truck Festival. I’m going to put in a couple of more plugs for this weeks show and we thought that would be a good launching point for us because those people know where all the festivals are.” – Highway Hippy “This is a work of passion and of love. I do it because I love to do it, not because it pays me a wage – cause it certainly doesn’t.” In The Podcast What Did Greg Do Before He was Highway Hippy?Cortes Island, sailing, Lasqueti IslandHow he became a DJSome of the bands he is promoting and why.What are his plans for the immediate future? “This is a work of passion and of love. I do it because I love to do it, not because it pays me a wage – cause it certainly doesn’t.” – Highway...