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 dshorn44@gmail.com.

Crane of a different sort

Just as thousands of shorebirds banking in formation are a sure sign of spring, massive “V’s” of crane passing overhead are a...

A new “Only in Cordova”

It’s not difficult to make a list of “Only in Cordova” favorites—heck, that’s why many of us live here, and I have...

Coho sports fishing restricted

To protect coho salmon returns and ensure sport fishing opportunities in the future, the Alaska Department of Fish and Games (ADF&G), has...

Texans in Paradise

The temperature in Austin was 104 degrees when our daughter, Heidi, and grandkids, Huck and Liesl, arrived in Cordova in mid-June.

Cordova Chronicles: A Day to Remember

At 8 a.m. on Memorial Day, over 30 Cordovans gathered at the local cemetery in early morning sunshine to watch the stars and stripes hoisted to half-mast in honor of those who have given their lives while serving in our armed forces.

Cordova Chronicles: Fishing permitted

Another commercial fishing season is here, and the race is on to get those potentially lucrative “marker" sets. Back in the good old days, a series of signs designating where fishing was prohibited were placed on posts across the Copper River Flats or typically nailed to trees near various streams and bays on Prince William Sound.

Cordova Chronicles: Winter storm damages historic Orca Road

While the road survived, it is definite need of considerable repair.  In several places, including sharp curves, the outer banks have eroded all the way up to the white line marking the edge of the pavement. 

Cordova Chronicles: Fishing is the Name of the Game

With the tempo picking up all over town, one can tell another fishing season is right around the corner. 

Photo of the Week: May 6, 2022

Spring break-up in the north arm of Eyak Lake, taken in mid-April.

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

Spring is in the air, with contractors for the U.S. Forest Service and a crew from the Alaska Department of Transportation are taking advantage of unusually dry weather to push ahead on projects near Eyak Lake.


Cordova welcomes new police chief

Outgoing Police Chief Nate TaylorCordova has bid farewell to Police Chief Nate Taylor and welcomed veteran law...
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