Culture Week engages, inspires Mt. Eccles students

On the final day of this year’s Indigenous People’s Culture Week at Mt. Eccles Elementary school, elder Bob Ladd told a story first shared with him by an uncle who grew up in the village of Nuchek on Hinchinbrook Island.In 1918, the flu epidemic forced the residents of Nuchek and many other neighboring villages to move to Cordova. Ladd...

Fast Ferry Volleyball Tournament kickstarts school year

The 10th annual Fast Ferry Volleyball Tournament took place in Cordova this year, providing an opportunity to break in the newly renovated Cordova Jr./Sr. High School gym floor to serious athletic competition.The tournament was also the first athletics function for Cordova School District’s new activities and athletics director, Kayti Ammerman.“Watching our girls play volleyball and realizing all of the...

Appreciation luncheon honors USCG

Red, white and blue decorations on each table at the Little Chapel welcomed service members, families and the community on Sept. 14 to the Native Village of Eyak’s fourth annual U.S. Coast Guard Appreciation Luncheon.The patriotic color theme extended to Diane Ujioka’s cakes, glistening in sunlight seeping through the windows, with blue and red berries accenting fluffy white frosting.Crews...

Kids Fishing Derby rebounds

The Kids Fishing Derby is back!It happened on a sunny and warm Sunday, Sept. 2 at the place where it all began, the Eyak River Boat Launch.Kids of all ages, accompanied by parents and family joined in on the derby and, after registering, made their way down rivers and along shores for a day spent fishing.“My kids loved everything,”...

Cordova’s 2018 Fungus Festival bathed in sunshine

Beautiful weather, energetic mycologists and mouthwatering mushroom dishes created the perfect palette for the Cordova Fungus Festival this past weekend.People of all ages ventured out the road and into the Chugach National Forest for guided mushroom foraging and learned species from mycologists, people who study fungi.The first day of the festival kicked off on Aug. 31 with artist workshops,...

Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore crew are Buoy Tender Round-up champions

Crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore, based in Cordova, claimed the Buoy Tender Round-Up championship in Juneau on Aug. 23.They placed first in the Line Toss, Survival Suit Race, Tug of War and Show Board, the last being an award to the cutter with the best overall appearance and cleanliness.The Sycamore also took second in the Chain...

FNRA pre-event raises funds, sells guns, and connects community

The Powder House was packed Tuesday night, Aug. 28, as Cordova’s gun enthusiasts gathered for the 10th annual Smoke ‘n Guns fundraising event, hosted by the Cordova chapter of Friends of the National Rifle Association of America.Smoke ‘n Guns, the pre-event for the Friends of the NRA main banquet, featured a Wall of Guns where raffle ticket winners chose...

Students reunite with friends on first day of school

Students armed with new backpacks filled with school supplies, chatted with friends in the Mt. Eccles Elementary School lobby and cafeteria before the start of the first day of classes in Cordova on Aug. 22. Principle Gayle Groff meandered through the crowd of parents and children, to welcome them all, and the weather cooperated, with the rain subsiding as...

Copper River Highway washout forces early business closures

Erosion along the Copper River Highway is never unexpected, but now the raging Copper River seems intent on cutting a new channel, as evidenced by a washout at mile 45 that cuts off access to the Million Dollar Bridge.Jack Stevenson, owner of The Riverside Inn & Childs Glacier Tours, shared the news on Aug. 19, and word spread quickly.Going...

65 bands play to 8,000+ Salmonfest fans

“What an honor,” said folk rock singer Brandi Carlile, from the stage of the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds at Ninilchik, as the crowd roared a welcome. “I never expected so many people to be here.”But there they were on that warm sunny Aug. 3 evening, settling down on tarps, lawn chairs, even curled up in a tree, in the midst...

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