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 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.

Cordova Chronicles: In praise of trumpeter swans

Dick Shellhorn writes: One of the pleasures of walking along Power Creek Road is hearing the melodious bugling of trumpeter swans. Over the past several years, it seems that more and more of the huge birds are opting to stay year-round, rather than migrate south with countless other species that make Alaska their summer breeding grounds.
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Wolverine basketball begins a season with new challenges

This year’s Wolverine basketball season began on Jan. 11, under a set of guidelines adopted to deal with the continuing COVID pandemic.

Cordova Chronicles: Comfort animals no longer the issue

Dick Shellhorn reflects on the chaos that unfolded in our nation's capital on Jan. 6.

Cordova Chronicles: When Wolves almost became Hoosiers

Basketball is king in Alaska, with young hoopsters from the smallest village to the largest metropolis dreaming of playing for a state title under the shining lights of Anchorage’s biggest arena.

Cordova Chronicles: A New Year’s resolution

There is sad irony in the fact that 20-20 is associated with perfect vision, for when we look back on the past year, it seems to be with anything but that.

Cordova Chronicles: A COVID Christmas

Dick Shellhorn writes: Normally we would have a packed house on Christmas morning, enjoying Swedish pancakes, pickled fish and famous Pete Dahl Snappies (a secret Bloody Mary concoction). Alas, this year only a very small bubble of family members will come, as pandemic numbers have soared to incredible heights.

Cordova Chronicles: Don’t let moose lick your car

The salt deposits come from road salt used on icy winter roads, which is splashed on the cars while driving in slushy conditions.

Cordova Chronicles: OSU, our hats are off to you

Back in 1972, when I began teaching at Cordova High, I was surprised to discover that many students did not know the CHS Fight Song, writes Dick Shellhorn in this week's Cordova Chronicles.

Cordova Chronicles: There goes the sun

As winter approaches, sunshine becomes a rare commodity in communities around Alaska.

Cordova Chronicles: Bridge names honor 4 Cordovans lost in Vietnam

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., lists the names of the 58,228 service men and women who fell while serving in Vietnam. On June 24, 2006, the “Moving Wall,” a half-size replica of that memorial had been traveling the United States since 1984, came to Cordova and stood on Hollis Henrichs Park for four days.

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