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Economic Development While Preserving Cortes’ Core Values

By Roy L Hales

When the Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association (CIBATA) was launched, it faced some tough challenges. Some believe Cortes is still stuck in the seventies and many residents would like to preserve that. Yet there is a need for the same business sectors you find everywhere else: retail, health, building and trades, tourism medical marijuana, aquaculture, learning / professional development and social profit. On February 24, CIBATA will be unveiling the draft of Cortes Island’s Local Economic Action Plan at the Klahoose Multipurpose Building, between 10 AM and 4 PM. In this morning’s program the association’s President, Colin Funk, talks about economic development while preserving Cortes’ core values.

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What Makes The Mojave So Important?

By Roy L Hales

Many people think of the Mojave desert as a brown wasteland, stretching between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It is a good place to put industrial scale solar and wind energy projects, but of little intrinsic value. Senator Dianne Feinstein disagrees. She has tried to introduce legislation protecting this area three times since 2009, and recently wrote President Obama requesting that he designate more than a million acres monuments under the Federal Antiquities Act. This includes the Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains. What makes the Mojave so important?

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