Margaret Bauman

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Margaret Bauman is a veteran Alaska journalist focused on covering fisheries and environmental issues. Bauman has been writing for The Cordova Times since 2010. You can reach her at mbauman@thecordovatimes.com.
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Princess Cruises pleads guilty to second probation violation

Princess Cruise Lines has pleaded guilty to a second violation of probation imposed after a 2017 criminal conviction for deliberately dumping oil-contaminated waste from one of its vessels and intentional acts to cover up, Justice Department officials said.

NOAA researcher: Goal is to offer seafood harvesters more resilience to climate change

Social scientist Marysia Szymkowiak’s research focus with Gulf of Alaska seafood harvesters is a lot of talk: telephone interviews and virtual workshops to learn how they feel their coastal communities can best adapt to climate change.

Electric costs likely to rise through March in Cordova

Cordova Electric Cooperative is giving its customers fair warning of an anticipated 30% increase in electric bills for January through March, due to temperatures which reduce hydro power and require use of more diesel fuel.

Peter Pan Seafood opts out of major seafood show

Peter Pan Seafoods has pulled out of Seafood Expo North American, set for March 13-15 in Boston, citing concerns for the health of their employees and fishing industry partners in the midst of a rapid increase of people testing positive to variants of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Surge in COVID infections continues to climb

Confirmed active cases of the novel coronavirus are rising in Cordova, and Dr. Paul Gloe, medical director at the Cordova Community Medical Center, says more new cases are anticipated, due to holiday travel and people spending more time than expected in crowded airports.

2021 PWS salmon harvest up for all but kings

Preliminary total harvest reports for the 2021 salmon season in Prince William Sound show that the catch exceeded 2020 harvests for sockeye, keta and Chinook and the 2019 harvest of pink salmon, McKinley Research said on Monday, Jan. 3, in a report for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Koplin: New mayor should be supporter of fisheries

When it comes to major accomplishments during his six years as mayor of Cordova, Clay Koplin is quick to say he’s throwing those kudos right back to the community.

COVID-19 infections soaring in Alaska as Omicron becomes dominant variant

New cases of the novel coronavirus are soaring in Alaska, with state health officials confirming 2,872 more people testing positive and one additional death between Thursday, Dec. 29 and Monday, Jan. 2, including seven resident cases in the Copper River census area and two in Cordova.

CARES Act funds for fisheries relief mailed

Attention commercial harvesters: your fisheries relief checks are in the mail. Just be patient. That’s the advice of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, which advises that round one of Alaska’s pandemic relief funds for commercial fishermen were mailed the week of Dec. 13, but due to the holiday influx of mail and remote location of many relief check recipients, it may take some time for those checks to reach them.

King Cove renews effort for link to Cold Bay

Eight years and 157 medevacs after their effort to complete an Aleutians medical evacuation route to the all-weather airport at Cold Bay were struck down, residents of King Cove are hoping Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will find reasons to make the route a reality.

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Law & Order: Jan. 10-16

The following is a summary of incidences that occurred or were reported to the Cordova Police Department Jan. 10 through Jan. 16, 2022. Defendant(s) are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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