Dick Shellhorn

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Dick Shellhorn, author, reporter, ref and grandpa, can be reached at shorn@gci.net. Shellhorn was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska, and has lived there his entire life. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for over 40 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 third place in 2017.
This summer big ripe salmon berries were available everywhere for both bears and human berry pickers. Photo courtesy of Marleen Moffitt/for The Cordova Times

It’s been a very berry summer

It’s been a very berry summer, and in fact, that’s likely why it has not been a very bear-y summer.
With trademark pipe in place, Dad prepares to start a sometimes-cantankerous Johnson 18 hp outboard in front of Les Maxwell’s duck cabin at Pete Dahl. Photo by Dick Shellhorn/for The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: Ode to a budget guru

Back on July 7, 1958, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act, my father Don Shellhorn was so excited, we built a big bonfire on the edge of the street near our Second Street home. Dad passed away in 1995, but I am sure sparks would have been flying from his pipe quite often if he had been around to read the headlines in the Anchorage Daily News regarding politics and state financial issues this past year.

How high can you go?

Remember the limbo, that dance contest, where to the beat of music, participants try to slide under a continually lower bar, while not falling...

Veterinarian in town

Six black-lab and red-bone hound mix puppies ponder their first visit to the vet, as co-owner Chasity Bourdess looks on.

Cordova Chronicles: Deer Season Outlook is Good

The 2019 deer hunting season began on Aug. 1, and the outlook for success is good. The population of...

Cordova Chronicles: A Math Ferry Tale

In a packed hearing at the Cordova Civic Center on Saturday, July 27, 2019, the outpouring of protests over cuts in ferry service...

Repairs underway on historic local road

A $2.3 million project to solve continuing flooding issues at the far end of Power Creek Road is underway.The narrow and...

When it comes to ferry cuts: Is it time to go jump off the...

Back in 1989, Cordova High School students held a dockside rally over cuts in ferry service that would have eliminated travel for activities.

A Memorial Day tribute to the tree fleet

For the past several months, the berth on the Coast Guard dock off the North Fill has been vacant. That’s because the USCG Cutter Sycamore left on Feb. 9 for a 44-day voyage that included stops in California and Mexico followed by passage through the Panama Canal enroute to the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland.

The gears will always be turning at Saddle Point Machinery Shop

Cordovans may have noticed the rapid construction of a large frame building on the North Fill beside Jim Poor Avenue. The 6,400-square-foot structure will be the new location of Rob Brown’s Saddle Point Machinery Shop

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