Emily Mesner

Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.
The sun sets down Orca Inlet as clouds roll in and over the mountains as seen from the harbor on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Photo of the Week: Orca Inlet

The sun sets down Orca Inlet as clouds roll in and over the mountains as seen from the harbor on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Photo...
From left, MiKita DeCook, Marie Jamille Esguerra, Cori Pegau and Reid Williams, of the team ‘Yeti Crabs’, take the stage in front of 200 people before the final and championship round of the buzzer competition during the Alaska Tsunami National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Photo by Lauren Bien/for The Cordova Times

Cordova teams place in numerous categories during Tsunami Bowl

Cordova’s Yeti Crabs beat 21 other high school teams from throughout Alaska to win the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl, and the right to...
Katherine Mead smiles and laughs with Cody Handley during the CVFD awards banquet held at the Powder House on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Awards Banquet: CVFD honors its own

The Cordova Volunteer Fire Department honored its own on Feb. 10, for hours, quality of service and years of dedication.But before the annual CVFD...

Heidi Renae Todd, 4, found in Alabama

Support and well-wishes flooded in from families around town after news broke on the evening of Feb. 13 of a mother’s brutal beating and...
The parade Iceworm makes its way down Main Street on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Iceworm Festival: Annual festivities fill the streets of Cordova

The air was frigid, the water was chilly and the roads were packed as the last day of the 2018 Iceworm Festival commenced on...
A special recall election was held in Cordova on Nov. 7 to decide if councilmember Josh Hallquist should be recalled from council seat E for alleged misconduct while in office. Photo by Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson/The Cordova Times

City Council: Marijuana issue could go to special election

A petition against the operation of marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, testing facilities and marijuana retail stores gained 251 signatures in just five days.For this reason,...
Emergency Coordinator Joanie Behrends, accompanied by Police Chief Mike Hicks, right, and Fire Marshall Paul Trumblee, left, talks to the public during an earthquake/tsunami debriefing held at the North Star Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

Years of training paid off when alert sounded

Tears welled up in her eyes as Emergency Coordinator Joanie Behrends thanked volunteers who had spent years training for earthquakes and tsunamis for responding...
Aaliyah Tiedeman performs with the Cordova Ikumat Dancers during the Ilanka Membership Drive Dinner and Native Fashion Show at the Cordova Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Raven, eagle patterns featured in Ilanka fashion show

Gloria Cunningham’s caribou and moose hide boots adorned with beaver fur and beaded flower trim graced the runway as model Kiley Burton walked across...

Iceworm Festival brings new energy to town

The 2018 Iceworm Festival is off to an energetic and boisterous start.The celebration began on Saturday morning, Jan. 27, with Iceworm’s Beer Mile, followed...
Mimi Briggs, left, and Michelle Hahn O’Leary pose for a portrait with friends and coworkers gathered behind them during the luncheon at the Cordova Legislative Information Offfice on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. The luncheon honored the two for their decades of service to the LIO. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Mimi Briggs and Michelle Hahn O’Leary honored for service to LIO

Friends and coworkers packed Cordova’s Legislative Information Office, sharing hugs, laughter and congratulations with Mimi Briggs and Michelle Hahn O’Leary.The two were honored for...


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