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NOAA announces grants for restoration projects

NOAA Fisheries seeking proposals for a total of $4 million in 2020 grants to be awarded for coastal and marine habitat restoration projects.
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Commentary: Local fundraisers protect waterfowl habitat

The Copper Delta Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is proud to report that over $15,000 was raised at this year’s banquet and auction, write Charlotte Westing and Nick Docken.
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Bill focuses on Arctic maritime opportunities

Legislation calling for creation of an Arctic shipping federal advisory committee has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, in an effort to improve the safety and reliability of maritime transportation in Arctic waters.
The M/V Aurora crosses Prince William Sound. (Sept. 9, 2019) Photo courtesy of Hamish Laird

Alaska Chamber: ferry system must be reformed

The proposal, co-introduced by the Cordova Chamber of Commerce declares support for “a reformed, right-sized and sustainable Alaska Marine Highway System as a critical component of the statewide intermodal transportation system and economy of Alaska.”
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Exploration firm, opponents, now await DNR decision

An exploration licenses process initiated by Cassandra Energy Corp. in April 2015 to explore for oil and gas in the Katalla area of the Gulf of Alaska is now a waiting game.

Fish Factor: Salmon profits are up over 2018 fishery

Alaska’s 2019 salmon season was worth $657.6 million to fishermen, a 10 percent increase from the 2018 fishery.
From left, judges Chris Mendez, Per Nolan and Alan Golinsky rate 24 different pies according to flavor, texture, crust and overall presentation. (Nov. 9, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Gold-flaked lemon pie sweeps baking contest

A pie-baking contest drew entries ranging from traditional apple and pumpkin to a lemon and lowbush cranberry jelly pie topped with an elaborate mass of gold-flecked meringue.
Pink salmon that entered Hogan Creek on the high tide died by the thousands after they were stranded without enough water flows to return to the bay. Photo courtesy of Brad von Whichman

Field season marked by low flow and high pre-spawn mortality

It was a very strange year for the Prince William Sound Science Center field crews collecting data on pink salmon for the pedigree component of the Alaska Hatchery Research Project (AHRP) in Prince William Sound this last summer.
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Loss of Arctic sea ice poses threat of deadly virus

A lengthy University of California Davis study highlights how the decline of Arctic sea ice may have opened pathways to the Arctic for a deadly pathogen responsible for killing thousands of European harbor seals in the North Atlantic in 2002.

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Pink salmon that entered Hogan Creek on the high tide died by the thousands after they were stranded without enough water flows to return to the bay. Photo courtesy of Brad von Whichman

Field season marked by low flow and high pre-spawn mortality

It was a very strange year for the Prince William Sound Science Center field crews collecting data on pink salmon for the pedigree component of the Alaska Hatchery Research Project (AHRP) in Prince William Sound this last summer.
From left, Steven and Jaxon Pallas prepare care packages as part of the Operation Christmas Child program. (Nov. 9, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Kids play Santa, distributing Christmas gifts overseas

“It gets the kids involved in giving, rather than just getting,” says Pastor Steve Leppert.

New Sobriety Celebration logo combines scientific and Native iconography

For the 26th annual Sobriety Celebration, Teal Hansen created a symbolically dense logo combining scientific diagrams with Native iconography.

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Fish Factor: Salmon profits are up over 2018 fishery

Alaska’s 2019 salmon season was worth $657.6 million to fishermen, a 10 percent increase from the 2018 fishery.

Fish Factor: Salmon profits are up over 2018 fishery

Alaska’s 2019 salmon season was worth $657.6 million to fishermen, a 10 percent increase from the 2018 fishery.

Bill focuses on Arctic maritime opportunities

Legislation calling for creation of an Arctic shipping federal advisory committee has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, in an effort to improve the safety and reliability of maritime transportation in Arctic waters.

Alaska matters.

Our stories matter.

Subscribe to Prince William Sound’s oldest newspaper. Because news in Alaska matters. Our stories matter. Join us.

Gold-flaked lemon pie sweeps baking contest

A pie-baking contest drew entries ranging from traditional apple and pumpkin to a lemon and lowbush cranberry jelly pie topped with an elaborate mass of gold-flecked meringue.

Paintings raise funds for Cordova arts council

Revenue from an art sale held at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn will be donated to the Cordova arts council.
The demolition of Louis Nelson’s Odiak Slough boathouse in the early ’90s began with the removal of metal roofing. During the process, I discovered parts of the copper still he used to make moonshine over on Hawkins Island. Photo by Dick Shellhorn/for The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: It’s a mad, mad world

Though Mad Magazine is shutting down, the world is still full of mad antics, such as a plan for a $10 billion border wall that can be cut through with a $100 reciprocating saw, Dick Shellhorn writes.
Mimi Briggs, Event Coordinator for the Cordova Community Center. (Oct. 11, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Volunteer Spotlight: Mimi Briggs grows Shorebird Festival for 30 years and counting

Mimi Briggs was volunteering in Cordova even before she officially moved to town. After being an integral part of the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival beginning, almost 30 years later, she’s still coordinating events here in Cordova with the Cordova Community Center.

Volunteering is part of Pastor Leppert’s faith

Volunteering isn’t a “give to get” concept for Steve Leppert.
Mazie VanDenBroek at Harbor Art gallery and communal art studio in 2015 with one of her watercolors in progress. Photo by Vivian Kennedy/For The Cordova Times

Mazie VanDenBroek: Cordova Arts & Pageants treasurer for life

"I think volunteering in a community is the best way to maintain physical, mental and emotional health," says Mazie VanDenBroek. "It creates ownership of my life and what I do with my time."

Commentary: Local fundraisers protect waterfowl habitat

The Copper Delta Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is proud to report that over $15,000 was raised at this year’s banquet and auction, write Charlotte Westing and Nick Docken.

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Obituary: David Allan Oltman

David Allan Oltman died unexpectedly in Dutch Harbor, Alaska on Oct. 17 at the age of 38.
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Collins-LaMonica announce marriage

Kim Collins, daughter of Rich and Debbie Collins, and Dana LaMonica, daughter of Steve LaMonica and Cindy Dore were married on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Gery Thorne Jr. and Heather Richardson.

Thorne-Richardson announce engagement

Gery Thorne Jr. and Heather Richardson, both of Cordova, announce their engagement. Heather is the daughter of Paul and Norma Miller of Pontiac, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and works in accounts payable at Cordova Wireless Communications, LLC.

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Around Town: Sobriety Celebration, dance party, Turkey shoot

The 26th Annual Sobriety Celebration, hosted by Native Village of Eyak, is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at the Cordova Center.

Law & Order: October 25–31

The following incidents were reported to the Cordova Police Department between Oct. 25-31, 2019. Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and the defendant and/or defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Russula nigricans mushrooms, photographed in “pictorial” style. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

6 tips to photograph mushrooms like a scientist

These guidelines will help you properly document the mushrooms you find on your forays.

Scientists seek to identify Alaska’s mystery mushrooms

“We have so much work to do,” ecologist Kate Mohatt said. “It’s a continent-wide project aiming to identify every species of mushroom-producing fungi in North America, because, believe it or not, we’re not even close to having done that yet.”
Sarah Kathrein searches for mushrooms near the Haystack Trail. (Aug. 31, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Mushroom forays saved by last-minute rains

"To me, mushrooms are interesting because there’s always more," said Gabriel Wingard, the 12-year-old co-president of the Turnagain Arm Mycological Society. "No one knows how many there are, because there will always be places where we haven’t looked."

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Law & Order: October 25–31

The following incidents were reported to the Cordova Police Department between Oct. 25-31, 2019. Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and the defendant and/or defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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