Cordova Chronicles: Wise money indeed

Deep in the recesses of the Cordova Museum, volunteer archivist Ira Grindle spends hours poring through old files and newspapers, converting them to digital format.

Cordova Chronicles: History in tangents and circles

Spring cleanup is here again. A lack of snowfall this past winter means debris is already appearing. The annual Cordova Chamber of Commerce Cleanup...

Cordova Chronicles: Weather forecasting by thumb

Living in a seafaring community, weather is always foremost on our minds.  Commercial and pleasure craft of all sizes routinely depart the safe confines...

Volunteers improve ski area trails

Every year the chair lift at the Mt. Eyak ski area goes through a variety of safety protocols, including a load test.   Basically, this means...

Cordova Chronicles: In praise of trumpeter swans

Dick Shellhorn writes: One of the pleasures of walking along Power Creek Road is hearing the melodious bugling of trumpeter swans. Over the past several years, it seems that more and more of the huge birds are opting to stay year-round, rather than migrate south with countless other species that make Alaska their summer breeding grounds.
Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt, a dapperly and diaper clad emotional-support duck, boarding a recent American Airlines flight. Mark Essig courtesy photo

Cordova Chronicles: Have duck, will travel

By now, most of the Cordova-area ducks and geese have traveled south to warmer climes. Their absence, combined with long winter nights and the...

“Go Dog Go” 

One of my favorite books is “Go Dog Go” by P.D. Eastman.   A children’s book, it has marvelous illustrations of comic-character dogs exhibiting all kinds...

Cordova Chronicles: Cruising down the river II

In September 1966, with abundant sunshine and a brushless Copper River Delta in the background, my wife-to-be Sue was all smiles after a two-hour cruise/hike to our duck cabin at Pete Dahl. Photo courtesy of Dick Shellhorn
From left, Freddie Lantz, Harry Curran, and Kenny Van Brocklin, working the counter at the Cordova Commercial Company in 1954. Shellhorn Family Collection

Cordova Chronicles: They Called Him Hook

Kenny Van Brocklin passed away on February 3, 2018, in 1000 Palms, California.  He lived to be 91.  And enjoyed every moment of it.What...

Cordova Chronicles: In praise of snow gods and Sheridan Ski Club

On Sunday, Jan. 29, Cordovans awoke to several inches of fresh powder and clearing skies. After a brutal week of sideways rain and roaring southeast...
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