Demolition workers tear down the façade of the Cordova Hotel and Bar. (Dec. 4, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: Stories came up as the walls came down

The first building in Cordova was a saloon, observes Dick Shellhorn. Now, one of its more famous is gone forever.
The Cordova Hotel and Bar is demolished. (Dec. 4, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: For whom the bell tolls

The CoHo's bar bell remains one of its most significant artifacts, writes Dick Shellhorn.
The Espej’s use iPhone apps to make sure they reach a daily goal of 10,000 steps. Clearly, this day was a huge success. Photo by Dick Shellhorn/for The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: Just walkin’ in the rain

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. Dick Shellhorn agrees.
Another cruise ship is docked below us, as the sun rises on colorful trees along the banks of the Columbia River in late October 2019. Photo by Dick Shellhorn/for The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: Cruising down the Columbia River

Dick Shellhorn recounts a trip down the Columbia River in the wake of famed 19th-century explorers Lewis and Clark.
The demolition of Louis Nelson’s Odiak Slough boathouse in the early ’90s began with the removal of metal roofing. During the process, I discovered parts of the copper still he used to make moonshine over on Hawkins Island. Photo by Dick Shellhorn/for The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: It’s a mad, mad world

Though Mad Magazine is shutting down, the world is still full of mad antics, such as a plan for a $10 billion border wall that can be cut through with a $100 reciprocating saw, Dick Shellhorn writes.
A view of Sheridan Glacier on Jan. 5, 2019 shows ice extending all the way to the bottom of Sheridan Lake Trail. Photo by Dick Shellhorn/for The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: A pair of glaciers in full retreat

Union Army Generals Phil Sheridan and William Sherman were known for their aggressive tactics during the Civil War and retreat never seemed to enter their minds. They emerged as leaders in battles that eventually ended that bloody and tragic conflict. Ironically, two glaciers near Cordova that are named in their honor are now retreating — in a pace that is startling and historic.
Moored at the end of B Float in Cordova’s North Harbor, the 34-foot Vecci will have a new name but is still in tip-top condition. Photo by Dick Shellhorn/for The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: The legacy of a 60-year-old boat

Wandering about today’s Cordova boat harbor, one would be hard pressed to find a wooden craft, writes Dick Shellhorn. Yet tied at the end of Float B in the North harbor is a craft that appears to be fiberglass but in fact was originally wood, a vestige of a different era and style of fishing.
By the early ’60s, our duck hunting craft had advanced to a metal Quachita with 18 hp Johnson, but Dad was still finding great joy in river running. Photo by Dick Shellhorn/for The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: A sport that defies explanation

Duck hunting is a sport that defies explanation, writes Dick Shellhorn — but perhaps that's its greatest charm.
Rock and fill for the Power Creek Project project came from the pit one mile out Whitshed Road, with 40 foot low-boy tractor-trailers making an average of eight trips per day throughout July and August 2019 to haul 29,000 yards of material to construction site. Photo by Dick Shellhorn/for The Cordova Times

Cordova Chronicles: Power Creek repairs completed on schedule

"These days, completion of construction projects on schedule seem to be a rarity," writes Dick Shellhorn. "Yet Cordova’s Wilson Construction did exactly that, wrapping up a $2 million repair job to the far end of Power Creek on Sept. 15."
This summer big ripe salmon berries were available everywhere for both bears and human berry pickers. Photo courtesy of Marleen Moffitt/for The Cordova Times

It’s been a very berry summer

It’s been a very berry summer, and in fact, that’s likely why it has not been a very bear-y summer.

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