Dick Shellhorn

Dick Shellhorn is a lifelong Cordovan. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for over 50 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 and 2020, and third place in 2017 and 2019. He also received second place for Best Editorial Commentary in 2019. Shellhorn has written two books about Alaska adventures: Time and Tide and Balls and Stripes. Reach him at shorn@gci.net.

Cordova Chronicles: Out with the old, in with the new

The shores of Lake Eyak are witnessing a flurry of construction activity this summer, with two new homes as well as a small cabin being built along its scenic edges.

Cordova Chronicles: Flying forget-me-nots

Spring is in the air, and Cordova gardening enthusiasts have been out in full force to take advantage of the first plant sales of the season.

Cordova Chronicles: A Centennial booklet full of Cordova history

1967 was the 100th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia, and in recognition of that special year, the Cordova Chamber of Commerce published a 57-page booklet titled “Discover Alaska First at Cordova - A Guide to the Cordova Area.”

Cordova Chronicles: Ravens discover Costco specials

Anchorage shoppers have found themselves harassed by marauding avian gourmets.

Cordova Chronicles: A road with a story around every curve

Power Creek Road, a 7-mile gravel byway that winds along the northern shores of Eyak Lake, is a favorite place for many Cordovans to take daily walks or drives. Yet, despite being around for almost as long as Cordova, the road’s history is somewhat obscure.

Cordova Chronicles: Mountain House tales

In this installment of Cordova Chronicles, Dick Shellhorn reflects on his adventures around Denali National Park.

Cordova Chronicles: A bright spot in a COVID year

With sunny skies and snowy slopes, the Mt. Eyak Ski area was packed with skiers and snowboarders for one of the final openings of the season on April 10.

Weekend scrimmages signal end of basketball season

Cordova’s junior high and high school basketball seasons ended with several scrimmages in the last few weeks. Due to COVID protocols, the teams did not travel or have any games with visiting teams this year.

Cordova Chronicles: The sky is the limit

One of the charms of outdoor adventure is its unpredictability. Even the simplest activity can suddenly test one’s mettle.

Cordova Chronicles: News of the World

The strange situation at the Suez Canal captivated the world for six days. But Alaska has its own share of odd nautical news.



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