You may not expect Cordova’s biggest event of the year to be right in the middle of the winter, especially considering the winter we’ve been having! But it is quite the to-do in these parts. Ice Worm Festival was created to shake Cordovans out of their winter blues (and force them to dig out of their igloos). It’s named after a tiny creature called the Iceworm that not only lives, but thrives in the icy landscape of Cordova’s Childs, Miles, Sheridan, Scott, and Saddlebag glaciers. Iceworm Festival is about celebrating Cordovan fortitude and grit, but this year it was also about breaking free from our recent Snowpocalypse and thanking those that helped us dig out of it!
The event usually lasts Thursday-Sunday and the events include a wide variety of spectacles including:
The ever-aniticpated Iceworm Tail Hunt (a scavenger hunt that lasts all week, with one clue per day)
Historical displays at the Cordova Museum
Photo Contest & Iceworm Photo Show
Variety Show, complete with the crowning of Miss Iceworm & Citizen of the Year
In honor of National Cooperative Month, today I’m writing about Co-ops. Growing up in the midwest, my family used Grain Co-ops and Fuel Co-ops, but didn’t really know what “Co-op” meant. Then in college, I started to hear about Housing and Food Co-ops (they always made the best organic sandwiches). But now, working at a Cooperative, the term has taken on a whole new meaning for me.
Am I telling you to eat more Whole Grains? No, I’m saying that Cordova will finally have a hard-line to the rest of the world. No more satellite delays, no more slow internet. Enter streaming video, significantly faster speeds, and exponentially increased bandwidth. Thanks to Cordova Telephone Cooperative, this remote town will soon have all the modern internet functions as the rest of the world! Some Cordovans have doubted the actual arrival of this alleged Fiber Cable, but here it is in a press release by the company: An anchor restriction in Prince William Sound due to the laying of the perverbial umbilical chord. Continue reading →
I recently watched the movie “Roger & Me“, a documentary by Michael Moore about a town called Flint Michigan that was desolated when a the largest auto plant (and main industry) in town moved their manufacturing to cheaper labor in China. Some would blame General Motors then-CEO, Roger B. Smith (the namesake of the movie) for this malicious act. But, although I acknowledge his misdoings in the matter, I don’t know if it was all his fault. We’ve all heard the stories of small towns being eaten alive when Wal-Mart moves into town. But it’s not always an army of big-box stores that beats up small-town economies. Most the time, it’s a series of little choices that you make, and I make, and our aunt’s cousin’s boyfriend makes. Just like in Flint, Michigan, communities can grow exponentially or wither into oblivion simply based on our buying trends.
This is a scary thought, isn’t it? You start a life somewhere: lay down some roots, enroll your kids in a school system you trust, maybe buy a house, pay your taxes… Then, next thing you know, your neighbors are moving, the community center is going under due to low tax revenues, and your favorite coffee shop just closed down.