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The Fisherman's Memorial. (Dec. 28, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Letter to the Editor: Headed into 2020 with a balanced budget

The city of Cordova is hard at work finding new efficiencies and partnerships so as to better serve the community, writes Mayor Clay Koplin.
The M/V Aurora, under lock and key after its final 2019 passenger run out of Cordova. (Sept. 20, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Commentary: Alaska Marine Highway mismanagement impacts Cordova

The current administration has botched management the Alaska Marine Highway System to an unprecedented degree, writes Mayor Clay Koplin.
The M/V Aurora departs the Cordova Ferry Terminal. (July 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Reduced ferry service compromises community stability

When the system starts to unravel, we know that for each community, impacts will start out small and short-term – families that had previously used the ferry to get groceries, see their doctor or get to sporting events, will have to use less reliable, more expensive options. They’ll make tough decisions about their quality of life. Over the long term, this is how Alaska loses communities.

Marine advisory program is crucial to Cordova economy

The Cordova City Council recently voted unanimously to pass a resolution in support of continued funding of the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean...

Koplin: Hatcheries support strong science and abundance

Few things define Alaskans more than our love of salmon. Not surprisingly, salmon allocation decisions and fluctuations in resource abundance often spur bitter political...

Cordova prepares for future electric vehicles

Editor’s Note: As Cordova prepares for a future when electric vehicles will come more into vogue, Cordova Mayor Clay Koplin, who is also the...

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