The Cordova Times wins four press club awards

Dick Shellhorn places for humor column second year in a row

The Cordova Times won four 2017 Alaska Press Club Awards. Winners were announced at the Alaska Press Club banquet Saturday, April 21, in Anchorage.

For the second year in a row, Dick Shellhorn placed in the Best Humor Column category. This year he took home third place for his story Cordova Chronicles: Cordova fisherman scores TKO over brown bear. This story also ranked first in overall pageviews at in 2017.

Cordova fisherman Robert Cunningham Jr. scored a TKO against a brown bear in a Jul 2017 heavyweight bout at Softuk. And the bear wasn’t wearing Everlast gloves.
Photo Illustration by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times

Shellhorn has been writing sports stories for The Cordova Times for over 40 years. In his Cordova Chronicles features, he writes about the history and characters of this Alaska town. Alaska Press Club awarded Shellhorn first place for best humor column in 2016 for his column “Cordova Chronicles: Why do salmon jump?”

Shellhorn recently released his second book, “Balls and Stripes: A Life Time of Sports Adventures” about his nearly five decades refereeing, broadcasting and writing about Alaska’s most popular sport, basketball.

The other three awards were in design categories. Managing editor Annette Potter won first and third place for Best Page Layout and Design. First place was for the front page of the Dec. 22, 2017 edition featuring photos and story “Operation Santa Claus” by staff reporter and photographer Emily Mesner. Mesner joined The Cordova Times team that month. The third place design award was for the cover of the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide featuring “10 ways to give locally this holiday season” by freelance contributor Teal Barmore.

The cover of the 2017 Prince William Sound Visitor Guide placed second in Best Magazine Cover. Design was done by Potter featuring a lead photo by Wendy Ranney. The 2018 Prince William Sound Visitor Guide is set to hit the stands next week.


The Cordova Times is Prince William Sound’s oldest newspaper, publishing since 1914. Tribally-owned, Native Village of Eyak purchased the newspaper in April 2016.