Over 4,000 bulbs illuminate live Christmas tree

First of the season snow the night before welcomed this year’s Hometown Holiday Kick-off and Christmas Tree lighting in Cordova, just hours after a 7.0 earthquake centered in Anchorage shook Southcentral Alaska.“Five, four, three, two, one!” counted down Cathy Renfeldt, executive director of the Cordova Chamber of Commerce, who stood with a megaphone on the steps of the Pioneer...

Cordova Chronicles: Veteran pilot retires after 50 years of adventures

Terry Kennedy made his last commercial flight on Oct. 31, 2018, ending a remarkable 50-year career flying small planes in Alaska’s challenging conditions.Kennedy plans on continuing his love affair with air as a flight instructor, and perhaps as an author.  He certainly is not about to distance himself from planes; and in fact, lives in a small apartment directly...

Sewing project aids animals displaced by disasters

Dixie Lambert and members of the Baptist Church’s youth group are busy making little quilts to comfort small pets displaced by devastating wildfires in California.By the end of this week, Lambert plans to have more than 100 quilts mailed out to shelters in Chico, Calif., where 150 cats have been taken in, and to the Humane Society of Ventura...

Lady Wolverines place first in Borealis Conference Volleyball Tournament

The Cordova varsity volleyball team placed first in the Borealis Conference Tournament, beating out six other teams from across the state.Riley Butler made the All-Conference Team while Abby Bourgeois made the All-Tournament Team. Team captain Aaliyah Malazo made both the All-Conference and All-Tournament Teams.“We definitely united this weekend as a team and stepped up our tempo and drive,” head...

NVE marks 25th year of Sobriety Celebration

A Kake elder in red and black regalia adorned with silver buttons approached the microphone at the podium to introduce Kake’s Ke ex’ Kwaan Dancers in the midst of the Native Village of Eyak’s 25th annual Sobriety Celebration.During their introduction, Ruth Demmert announced that she would be stepping down as dance group leader after 40 years.“Tonight, I won’t drum...

BodyVox performs in Cordova

Dancers from the Portland, Ore. dance ensemble BodyVox found an excited fan base in Cordova with their master class Nov. 6 at the Pioneer Igloo and performance on Nov. 7 at the North Star Theater.The setting for dance troupe’s master class, which attracted 14 local students, drew praise from BodyVox artistic director Ashly Rolland, who found the old lodge...

Cordova congregation packs 31 boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Children from Cordova’s Church of the Nazarene are saying Merry Christmas to youngsters in need overseas this year with 31 holiday shoe boxes packed with toys, toothbrushes, wash clothes and more.Over two dozen young members of the church gathered on Nov. 1 to take part in Operation Christmas Child by filling the shoe boxes provided for the Samaritan’s Purse...

Anderson’s tile work featured at Boise WaterShed

Cordova artist Michael Anderson’s intricate tile work featuring designs of animals, plants and their natural habitats line the walls of buildings from Alaska to Idaho, providing education-based art for thousands of visitors.His creative scenes of loons diving, salmon swimming and dogs mushing are on display in schools in Wasilla and Juneau, at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery...

First-time hunter draws tag, harvests moose

Steam rose from the chest cavity of Debra Ethier’s freshly killed cow moose, after the first few cuts, as she, J.J. and Jack Stevenson worked in the brisk autumn air to harvest the animal.With both hands, Ethier held back the front leg while J.J. Stevenson made sharp cuts along the moose’s rib cage, opening it up to remove the...

USCG’s Haunted Sycamore attracts big crowd

As the sun began to set, fog billowed over rusty chains, smashed pumpkins and tombstones, and eventually made its way to the water’s edge where the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore rested in the blue haze.Props including the fog machine, fake body parts and blood-stained puddles were just a few of many that adorned the parking lot and cutter...

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