Karissa Gall, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

FILE - An Air North Boeing 737 jet makes its first landing of the 2019 season at Masset’s airport. At the regular meeting on Monday, May 25, 2020, the Village of Masset council authorized the chief administrative officer to execute an Agreement for Runway Lighting Rehabilitation, with a maximum contribution of $1,201,163 from Transport Canada. (Archie Stocker Sr. / Haida Gwaii Observer)

Transport Canada approves more than $1 million for Masset Airport runway lighting

Agreement for Runway Lighting Rehabilitation approved through Airports Capital Assistance Program

FILE - An Air North Boeing 737 jet makes its first landing of the 2019 season at Masset’s airport. At the regular meeting on Monday, May 25, 2020, the Village of Masset council authorized the chief administrative officer to execute an Agreement for Runway Lighting Rehabilitation, with a maximum contribution of $1,201,163 from Transport Canada. (Archie Stocker Sr. / Haida Gwaii Observer)
Haida weaver Stlaaygee X_ay Guul Kun K_ayangas Marlene Liddle is pictured in this submitted photo. Liddle won three titles at the Sealaska Heritage Institute 10th Biennial Northwest Coast Juried Art Show and Competition. (Haida Cedar Bark Weaver - Traditional and Contemporary/Facebook photo)

Haida weaver wins three titles at Sealaska juried art show

Old Massett-based weaver won prizes for spruce root basket, imitation abalone hat

Haida weaver Stlaaygee X_ay Guul Kun K_ayangas Marlene Liddle is pictured in this submitted photo. Liddle won three titles at the Sealaska Heritage Institute 10th Biennial Northwest Coast Juried Art Show and Competition. (Haida Cedar Bark Weaver - Traditional and Contemporary/Facebook photo)
“Native Artist” podcast co-producer Andi Murphy is pictured with Haida artist Christopher Auchter in this submitted photo. Auchter is one of seven Indigenous artists or collaborations from the U.S. and Canada featured on the podcast, and his episode is expected to air on Monday, June 22, 2020. (Katja De Bock/National Film Board photo)

Haida Gwaii’s Christopher Auchter featured in finale of new ‘Native Artist’ podcast

Podcast features ‘next generation of native artists’ from U.S., Canada; Auchter’s episode airs June 22

“Native Artist” podcast co-producer Andi Murphy is pictured with Haida artist Christopher Auchter in this submitted photo. Auchter is one of seven Indigenous artists or collaborations from the U.S. and Canada featured on the podcast, and his episode is expected to air on Monday, June 22, 2020. (Katja De Bock/National Film Board photo)
A Lewis’s moonsnail is pictured in the Sandspit surf. Marine Education and Research Society biologist and educator Jackie Hildering took to social media on Sunday, June 7, 2020 to warn people not to move moonsnail collars. (Jackie Hildering/Submitted photo)

‘Marine detective’ educates against moving moonsnail collars also found on Haida Gwaii

Jackie Hildering says ‘sand-mucus matrix’ houses thousands of eggs, should not be touched

A Lewis’s moonsnail is pictured in the Sandspit surf. Marine Education and Research Society biologist and educator Jackie Hildering took to social media on Sunday, June 7, 2020 to warn people not to move moonsnail collars. (Jackie Hildering/Submitted photo)
A Pacific Steller’s jay is pictured in this submitted photo. On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and NatureServe Canada shared their new “Ours to save” report, which chronicles the distribution, status and conservation needs of national endemic species, including plants and animals that are only found on Haida Gwaii. (chowan/iNaturalist photo)

Haida Gwaii identified as ‘hot spot’ in new report on national endemic species

Nature Conservancy of Canada, NatureServe Canada released ‘Ours to save’ report on June 4

A Pacific Steller’s jay is pictured in this submitted photo. On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and NatureServe Canada shared their new “Ours to save” report, which chronicles the distribution, status and conservation needs of national endemic species, including plants and animals that are only found on Haida Gwaii. (chowan/iNaturalist photo)
Red tape was still in place on Friday, June 5, 2020, when the Skidegate Band Council announced the Spirit Lake Trail would be reopening the following week, to full-time residents of Haida Gwaii only. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Spirit Lake Trail reopening to full-time Haida Gwaii residents

Skidegate Band Council announced the trail would reopen this week to full-time residents only

Red tape was still in place on Friday, June 5, 2020, when the Skidegate Band Council announced the Spirit Lake Trail would be reopening the following week, to full-time residents of Haida Gwaii only. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Masset RCMP ask for public’s help finding man wanted for aggravated assault

Masset RCMP ask for public’s help finding man wanted for aggravated assault

Residents with any information about Jonathan Troy Racette are asked to call police

Masset RCMP ask for public’s help finding man wanted for aggravated assault
The BC Hydro outage map on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 showed that more than 1,500 customers on Haida Gwaii were without power. (BC Hydro outage map screenshot)

UPDATE: Power restored for more than 1,500 Haida Gwaii residents impacted by outage

BC Hydro workers restored power on June 9 following night of high winds, fallen trees

The BC Hydro outage map on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 showed that more than 1,500 customers on Haida Gwaii were without power. (BC Hydro outage map screenshot)
The Albion Fisheries processing plant that amalgamated with Intercity Packers in April 2019 is pictured at the end of the Queen Charlotte Causeway. Former operations supervisor Tom Argue said a GoFundMe campaign started in June 2020 is raising money to buy the business, which is at risk of permanent closure due to COVID-19. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Haida Gwaii couple raising funds to avoid Queen Charlotte fish plant closure

GoFundMe started to save Albion Fisheries, which amalgamated with Intercity Packers in April 2019

The Albion Fisheries processing plant that amalgamated with Intercity Packers in April 2019 is pictured at the end of the Queen Charlotte Causeway. Former operations supervisor Tom Argue said a GoFundMe campaign started in June 2020 is raising money to buy the business, which is at risk of permanent closure due to COVID-19. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
FILE - The Sandspit Airport is pictured in 2008. North Coast Regional District Area E Director Evan Putterill took to social media on Thursday, June 4, 2020 to call for a clearly communicated plan to ease Haida Gwaii’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Sandspit director calls for clear plan to ease Haida Gwaii’s COVID-19 travel restrictions

Evan Putterill advocating for Haida Gwaii to follow Restart B.C. plan with 3 to 4-week travel buffer

FILE - The Sandspit Airport is pictured in 2008. North Coast Regional District Area E Director Evan Putterill took to social media on Thursday, June 4, 2020 to call for a clearly communicated plan to ease Haida Gwaii’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. (Wikimedia Commons photo)
Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych volunteers are pictured working on bicycles with community members in this submitted photo. The ongoing issue of the potential eviction of Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych from its home behind the Queen Charlotte Youth Centre is expected to be discussed by council at the regular meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020.

Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych at risk of eviction

Founder received eviction email from VQC; issue to be discussed at June 15 council meeting

Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych volunteers are pictured working on bicycles with community members in this submitted photo. The ongoing issue of the potential eviction of Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych from its home behind the Queen Charlotte Youth Centre is expected to be discussed by council at the regular meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020.
The Village of Queen Charlotte Emergency Operations Centre announced on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 that its anonymous reporting line had been deactivated. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Village of Queen Charlotte deactivates controversial ‘snitch line’

Emergency Operations Centre announced the anonymous reporting line was deactivated with no reports

The Village of Queen Charlotte Emergency Operations Centre announced on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 that its anonymous reporting line had been deactivated. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Masset resident Kyla Mitchell and her two children, Isaac (left) and Wren Binnema, are pictured collecting items from the new Vancouver Island Regional Library “takeout service,” which was launched on Friday, June 5, 2020. Mitchell told the Observer she was excited to collect the items, which she had requested from the Masset branch months ago, before it was closed due to COVID-19. (Etchi Virl/Facebook photo)

Haida Gwaii libraries launch new ‘takeout’ curbside pickup service

As of June 5, cardholders can once again access physical copies of books, DVDs and more

Masset resident Kyla Mitchell and her two children, Isaac (left) and Wren Binnema, are pictured collecting items from the new Vancouver Island Regional Library “takeout service,” which was launched on Friday, June 5, 2020. Mitchell told the Observer she was excited to collect the items, which she had requested from the Masset branch months ago, before it was closed due to COVID-19. (Etchi Virl/Facebook photo)
Edi Szasz, chef-owner of Blacktail in Queen Charlotte, is pictured on Thursday, June 4, 2020 outside of his restaurant, where he and a few helpers were busy working on building a covered patio.

UPDATE: Slightly delayed Blacktail Haida Gwaii reopening set for Canada Day

Chef-owner Edi Szasz hoped to reopen on June 25, the one-year anniversary of the restaurant

Edi Szasz, chef-owner of Blacktail in Queen Charlotte, is pictured on Thursday, June 4, 2020 outside of his restaurant, where he and a few helpers were busy working on building a covered patio.
In a release on Saturday, May 30, 2020, the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development recognized Skidegate Early Childhood Development Center staff for keeping in touch with children and families remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. (Skidegate Early Childhood Development Center/Submitted photo)

Skidegate daycare staff recognized for creative care during COVID-19

Staff have been using social media to share isolation activities, read stories and sing songs

In a release on Saturday, May 30, 2020, the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development recognized Skidegate Early Childhood Development Center staff for keeping in touch with children and families remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. (Skidegate Early Childhood Development Center/Submitted photo)
Chef Giulio Piccioli is pictured outside his Queen Charlotte restaurant, Gather, on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Gather was one of three 2020 Business Facade Improvement Program applications approved by the Village of Queen Charlotte council at the regular meeting on June 1. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Village of Queen Charlotte approves business facade improvement grants

Applications from Gather, dental clinic, A Level Up approved, leaving about $14,000 up for grabs

Chef Giulio Piccioli is pictured outside his Queen Charlotte restaurant, Gather, on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Gather was one of three 2020 Business Facade Improvement Program applications approved by the Village of Queen Charlotte council at the regular meeting on June 1. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The North Coast Regional District announced on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 that modified recycling services will be reintroduced on Haida Gwaii next week. (Pexels photo)

Recycling services in Queen Charlotte, Port Clements expanding next week

Residential plastics will be accepted again, but most residential transfer stations remain closed

The North Coast Regional District announced on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 that modified recycling services will be reintroduced on Haida Gwaii next week. (Pexels photo)
According to spokesperson Beng Favreau, Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii started the sponsorship application process for Syrian refugee Israa El Isaa (left) and her family in September 2018, and was “just a small step away from receiving the family in March” before their flight from Lebanon to Canada was cancelled due to COVID-19. “Now we have no idea when international flights will resume and when we can expect them here,” Favreau said. (Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii/Submitted photo)

‘At least they’re safe:’ Arrival of new Syrian refugee family to Haida Gwaii delayed due to COVID-19

Operation Refugees says family stuck in Lebanon with no flights, ‘but at least they’re safe’

According to spokesperson Beng Favreau, Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii started the sponsorship application process for Syrian refugee Israa El Isaa (left) and her family in September 2018, and was “just a small step away from receiving the family in March” before their flight from Lebanon to Canada was cancelled due to COVID-19. “Now we have no idea when international flights will resume and when we can expect them here,” Favreau said. (Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii/Submitted photo)
FILE - Haida Nation President Gaagwiis Jason Alsop is pictured in a COVID-19 update video on Thursday, May 28, 2020. On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the Council of the Haida Nation released next steps in Haida Gwaii’s COVID-19 response. (YouTube screengrab)

‘Good news:’ Council of the Haida Nation releases guidelines for expanding social circles

Next steps also say outdoor spaces such as parks, playgrounds, trails may be reopening for day use

FILE - Haida Nation President Gaagwiis Jason Alsop is pictured in a COVID-19 update video on Thursday, May 28, 2020. On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the Council of the Haida Nation released next steps in Haida Gwaii’s COVID-19 response. (YouTube screengrab)
Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay runners are pictured at cross-country zones in Smithers, B.C., which were held in October 2019. (Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay/Submitted photo)

Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay wins ‘Most Outstanding School’ award

B.C. School Sports will present school with banner, add GTN to plaque as winners of 2019-2020 year

Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay runners are pictured at cross-country zones in Smithers, B.C., which were held in October 2019. (Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay/Submitted photo)