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Friday, August 17, 2018

65 bands play to 8,000+ Salmonfest fans

“What an honor,” said folk rock singer Brandi Carlile, from the stage of the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds at Ninilchik, as the crowd roared a welcome. “I never expected so many people to be here.”But there they were on that warm sunny Aug. 3 evening, settling down on tarps, lawn chairs, even curled up in a tree, in the midst...

Eyak language and culture are growing globally

What is a language? Is it alive? Can it die?These are the questions that 29-year-old French linguist Guillaume Leduey asked himself as he became more familiar with endangered languages, such as Eyak.“I don’t think it can die,” he said. “A dead language doesn’t mean anything to me. As long as there is some material or as long as it...

Cordova Trap & Gun Club hosts Women on Target

Women gathered over the weekend to participate in the Cordova Trap & Gun Club’s Women on Target event at Cordova’s Public Shooting Range.Volunteers and instructors lined the shooting benches, helping teach participants about gun safety mechanisms, proper shooting stances, how to properly load a gun, and more. CT&GC hosted two groups of 10 women each, on July 28 and...

Festival celebrates salmon through music and art

Musical headliner Big Fat Buddha, the Alaska Salmon Runs, Small Fry Activities and a myriad of other attractions brought in the crowds for the 2018 Copper River Salmon Jam in Cordova July 13-14.“I don’t think I’ve ever seen kids doing hula hooping on the side of a mountain when it was pouring rain and fighting with Duct tape swords,”...

Nationwide competitors race in Alaska Salmon Runs

Irene Webber’s grandchildren ran in her footsteps during this year’s Alaska Salmon Runs in Cordova.In 1986, Webber ran the first King Salmon Marathon in Cordova, completing the 26.2 miles alone. Thirty-two years later, the Alaska Salmon Runs features the King Salmon Marathon, Sockeye Half-Marathon, Coho 10K, Humpy 5K, and the Smolt one-mile fun run/walk.“It just grew from there,” said...

Sun-soaked Cordovans fill Main Street for 4th of July

Cordova’s Main Street was booming, bold and patriotic as fiddles and banjos filled the air, along with the sounds of children playing and people cheering during the Kelp Box Derby.Members of the U.S. Coast Guard performed a presentation of the colors, silencing the crowd enough to hear the salmon, hamburgers and hot dogs grilling nearby.Annie Carlson sang the National...

Veteran returns to Cordova to fish on 100th birthday

What better way for a passionate fisherman to celebrate his 100th birthday than to catch 100 pounds of fish, and that’s just what centenarian Grant Valentine did, on his June 14 birthday in Cordova.Valentine and his family cast off as the sun beamed down on Cordova as he caught 100 pounds of halibut, keeping just two.“His eyes don’t leave...

PWSSC 19th annual Copper River Nouveau

Scallop and halibut ceviche and salmon croquettes resting on silver trays bounced quickly from group to group, as hors d'oeuvres were snarfed down.Sunlight pierced through the tall windows at the Cordova Center on Saturday, June 9 during the Prince William Sound Science Center’s 19th annual Copper River Nouveau benefit gala.PWSSC co-founder R.J. Kopchak walked down the long staircase, sunbeams...

60° North Seafoods delivers first fish to Anchorage

While the first Copper River salmon hit markets and tables in Seattle on May 18, the first fish arrived in Anchorage on time for dinner on the day of the first opener, thanks to processing newcomer 60° North Seafoods.Out on the Copper River flats, F/V Genevieve Rose captain John Derek Wiese and deckhand Robert Silveira harvested the Chinooks and...

Copper River salmon makes splash in Seattle

Cordova’s docks bustled with activity the day before the first Copper River salmon opener, with fishermen mending nets, gathering supplies and prepping boats.The hum of engines filled the air as bowpickers left for the flats on Wednesday, May 16, disappearing into tiny dots lining the horizon.Fishermen filled the Copper River flats for the season opener, and by 6:30 a.m....


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