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Copper River salmon makes splash in Seattle

Cordova’s docks bustled with activity the day before the first Copper River salmon opener, with fishermen mending nets, gathering supplies and prepping boats.The hum of engines filled the air as bowpickers left for the flats on Wednesday, May 16, disappearing into tiny dots lining the horizon.Fishermen filled the Copper River flats for the season opener, and by 6:30 a.m....

Cordova High School presents the class of 2018

Eighteen high school seniors, led by valedictorian Corrine “Cori” Pegau and salutatorian Joscelyn “Josi” Moffitt, received their Cordova High School diplomas on May 19, in an auditorium packed with family, friends and other well-wishers.The high school band played the opening processional, followed by the high school choir, singing the Star-Spangled Banner.High school Principal Kate Williams welcomed the class and...

Shorebird Festival provides platform for connections

Thousands of shorebirds made their stopover in Cordova over the weekend, providing an awe-inspiring show for visitors, birders and photographers at the 28th annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival.This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Stephen Kress, executive director of the seabird Restoration Program and vice president for bird conservation of the National Audubon Society. Kress, who is also a...

Pop-up restaurant connects family and community

To Kate and Ted Velasco, food is family.It goes beyond nutritional value.It is rooted in tradition and carried through culture.“I see (fulfillment) with Ted’s mom and how she is with her sons … or anybody,” said Kate Velasco of her mother-in-law. “For her, the reward she receives from … creating a dish that people love and that her children...

Large turnout for PTA Bike Rodeo

More than 40 kids pedaled, pushed and steered their way to safety on April 14 during the PTA Bike Rodeo at the Cordova Community Medical Center parking lot.In stark contrast to previous years, the sun was bright and the sky bright blue.Kids brought their push and pedal bicycles, scooters and unicycles to the event, stopping at five different stations...

Harbor Cleanup Day sees support from local children

Glass bottles, tarps, plastic buoys, paper and other trash littering Cordova’s harbor are gone, thanks to groups of volunteers who turned out on Saturday, April 14 for Harbor Cleanup Day.Together they tackled the soggy trash tucked in the rocky shores of the breakwater, underneath the ramps on the muddy harbor floor and intertwined in the bushes that border the...

Points North celebrates 20 years

Just a 10-minute drive from Cordova’s city center, Points North Heli-Adventures provides a landscape for adventure, highlighted by a summer camp vibe; an environment Kevin and Jessica Quinn have nurtured and grown for the past 20 years.Points North provides remote guiding in the Chugach mountains via helicopters, allowing guests to ski and snowboard remote slopes of the 1,500 square...

Tanner crab devoured during celebration dinner

Local fishermen, cannery employees and government officials celebrated Cordova’s first Tanner crab fishery in 30 years with plates of fresh crab, shared with friends, family and coworkers.A celebration dinner was held for the “parties responsible for advocating for and executing the fishery” said Mayor Clay Koplin of the private event.The warm sun, now shinning bright well past 6 p.m.,...

Sloughgrass reunites after 17 years

Banjo tones moved rapidly near the microphone, eventually giving way to the mandolin in a seamless transition, like tides moving effortlessly in and out.Four musicians stood around the microphones, shifting in, out and around each other, highlighting each instrument in the small corner of the Powder House.Children bounced up and down, weaving their way between couples dancing to the...

Iceworm Festival brings new energy to town

The 2018 Iceworm Festival is off to an energetic and boisterous start.The celebration began on Saturday morning, Jan. 27, with Iceworm’s Beer Mile, followed by the Food Fair, with volleyball and basketball games throughout the day.“It’s been pretty busy, but everything’s going pretty well so far,” said Kelsey Appleton, vice president of the Iceworm Board. “It’s such a weird...






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