Dick Shellhorn

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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: 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 Chronicles: Changes to the Copper River Delta inspire awe

On March 27 of every year, I pause to ponder the impact of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake on the Copper River Delta. Prior to the 9-foot uplift caused by that 9.2 magnitude event, much of the Delta was a broad intertidal plain.

An unusual 22-year quest includes Mt. Eyak’s historic chairlift

How many chairlifts would you guess there are in the United States? Well, Peter Landsman, a lift supervisor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, in Wyoming, recently completed a 22-year quest to ride, photograph, and document every one of them. While discovering the magic number was 2,381, the one he tagged as most challenging to document is right out our backdoor.

Cordova Chronicles: Candles for a good cause

Cordovans are famous for their generous help to those in need. A recent PBS TV News Special Report described another group of small-town people that are doing something special for those devastated by unforeseen events.

CHS basketball coach wraps up season

Recently CHS Boys Basketball Coach Jakes Borst found time to wrap up a challenging season for his Wolverine squad. “I'm glad to have this first season in the books,” he said. “This basketball season came with a lot of ups and downs. It was a long-awaited return of an actual season after a year and a half absence.”

Lady Wolverines finish season on high note

Cordova’s Lady Wolverines finish the season on a high note, winning two and losing two at the Interior Conference Playoffs on March 10-12 in Tok.

Wolverine season ends at districts

Cordova’s basketball season ended at Conference Playoffs on March 10-12 in Tok. The CHS boys, seeded No. 3, lost to Effie Kokrine 50-34 in the first round on March 10, topped SuValley 61-53 in round 2 on March 11, and were eliminated by Tok 55-39 in the third round.

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Law & Order: May 9-15

The following is a summary of incidences that occurred or were reported to the Cordova Police Department May 9 through May 15, 2022. Defendant(s) are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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