Cordova Chronicles: Fishing permitted
Another commercial fishing season is here, and the race is on to get those potentially lucrative “marker" sets. Back in the good old days, a series of signs designating where fishing was prohibited were placed on posts across the Copper River Flats or typically nailed to trees near various streams and bays on Prince William Sound.
Cordova Chronicles: Out with the old, in with the new
Spring is in the air, with contractors for the U.S. Forest Service and a crew from the Alaska Department of Transportation are taking advantage of unusually dry weather to push ahead on projects near Eyak Lake.
Cordova Chronicles: Changes to the Copper River Delta inspire awe
On March 27 of every year, I pause to ponder the impact of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake on the Copper River Delta. Prior to the 9-foot uplift caused by that 9.2 magnitude event, much of the Delta was a broad intertidal plain.
An unusual 22-year quest includes Mt. Eyak’s historic chairlift
How many chairlifts would you guess there are in the United States? Well, Peter Landsman, a lift supervisor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, in Wyoming, recently completed a 22-year quest to ride, photograph, and document every one of them. While discovering the magic number was 2,381, the one he tagged as most challenging to document is right out our backdoor.
Cordova Chronicles: Cruising down the river, Part III
At the end of Part II of this saga, we had made it back to the Alaganik landing from our cabin at Pete Dahl, only to discover the Copper River Highway had washed out near the Sheridan River Bridge. There were no cell phones in 1966, so we were stranded and out of touch.
Cordova Chronicles: Cruising down the river II
In September 1966, with abundant sunshine and a brushless Copper River Delta in the background, my wife-to-be Sue was all smiles after a two-hour cruise/hike to our duck cabin at Pete Dahl. Photo courtesy of Dick Shellhorn
Cordova Chronicles: Cruising Down the River
The Alaganik Landing road was built shortly after the 1964 Good Friday earthquake to provide tidal access to Alaganik Slough, which was now 9-feet shallower due to the uplift caused by that major geological event.
Cordova Chronicles: Major improvements planned for Eyak River Boating site
The U.S. Forest Service is planning major improvements for the Eyak River Boating site, which is located on the east banks of the Eyak River near Milepost 6 of the Copper River Highway.
New cable for Mt. Eyak chairlift is here
Sitting on a flat bed at the local Alaska Marine Land yard is a massive reel containing 7,000 feet of Fatzer rope that weighs over six tons. It’s long journey to Cordova began all the way back in Switzerland, with it eventually arriving in the Port of Tacoma before being shipped here via AML.
Cordova Chronicles: These three trees
Dick Shellhorn is used to holiday travel misadventures, but he is happy to report his grandkids made it to Cordova safely for the holidays. This year he marked the holiday with his grandchildren with the tale of three Christmas trees.