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.

Tourism, Cordova Center and raw fish tax discussed at town hall meeting

City Manager Alan Lanning laid out details on the city’s $10.5 million budget for 2018 on Tuesday, Jan. 16 to more than 50 Cordovans...
Councilmember Kenneth Jones listens as Robert Brown speaks to the Council on the council action on disposal and method of disposal of Lot 3, Block 5 North Fill during the City Council meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

City lots stir conversation during council meeting

Acreage eyed by Robert Brown for expansion of his machine shop business is for now unavailable, after a vote by the Cordova City Council,...
The Caldentey family snorkel in Hawaii on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Photo by Paul Caldentey /for The Cordova Times

False ballistic missile threat puts life in perspective

The sun begins to rise between two palm trees. Waves roll over one another, gently reaching the shore, as the pink sky reflects in...
Cartons of Darigold milk sit in the refrigerator at Nichols’ Backdoor Store on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Owner, Dan Nichols, purchases the milk from Sam’s Club. Walmart announced the closing of Sam’s Club branches nationwide, including the three Alaska locations. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

UPDATED: Sam’s Club closures have immediate effect on Cordova businesses

Local businesses are already feeling the effects of all three Alaska Sam’s Clubs closing.Walmart abruptly announced Thursday the closure of 63 of its 650...
A bald eagle soars back to a tree branch after searching for food near the Cordova Ferry Terminal, as seen from New England Cannery Road on Jan. 5, 2018. At least five bald eagles were spotted resting on nearby tree branches or circling over the water. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Photo of the Week: On the Hunt

A bald eagle soars back to a tree branch after searching for food near the Cordova Ferry Terminal, as seen from New England Cannery...
The Sheridan Mountain trailhead as seen on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. On Dec. 26, Cordova resident Emily Taylor became lost while hiking the Sheridan Mountain trail. “I was so tired on the walk out,” she said after being on the trail for eight hours. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Lost hiker sparks conversation on trail safety

Bring layers, make sure you have snacks and plenty of water —  these are common words of advice that most hikers have heard at...
Members of St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church in Cordova gather and sing during the last night of Russian Christmas on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Singing and star-twirling keep tradition alive during Russian Christmas

There is a soft murmur among the parishioners, growing steadily as candles are lit and the star is brought in.The cold outside air seeps...

Stay informed about city council through Youtube channel

Council member Robert Beedle addressed the public during council comments on Jan. 3, making note of alternative ways to keep informed about city council...

How to apply/renew for U.S. Passport in Cordova

Cordova residents will have nine months to get a compliant state-issued card or federal identification, such as a passport book or card, after a...
marijuana buds

Marijuana business is now legal in Cordova

Commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana is now legal within the city of Cordova.The city council vote to remove the expired temporary prohibition against...


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