Halloween Happenings

Here in Cordova, we like our Halloween! The Chamber compiled this amazing chart of everything that’s happening this year. From Harvest Festival at the Little Chapel to the Haunted Coast Guard Ship, there is something for every age and level of fright! Take a gander. 

Cordova Companies Invest in Youth

Reblogged with permission from Connecting Cordova.


On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Cordova Telephone Cooperative and its subsidary Cordova Wireless Communications announced $20,000 worth of scholarships to a long list of deserving students.

2015 grads Sarah Hoepfner & Lindsey Hammer

Through its partnership with the Alaska Telephone Association (ATA), Cordova Telephone awarded CHS graduates Sarah Hoepfner and Lindsey Hammer with $2,000 and $3,000, respectively.

Cordova Telephone Cooperative and Cordova Wireless are also pleased to announce that Cordova High School senior, Lindsey Hammer, is the recipient of an additional $5,000 college scholarship from Cordova Telephone Cooperative (CTC) and the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. This is especially impressive, considering the amount awarded to Ms. Hammer and the competition she faced to receive this award. Out of over 1,400 applications received from rural youth across the United States this year, only fifty three scholarships were awarded in amounts that ranged from $1500-$5000.

 “We are thrilled to offer this program, with the goal of leveling the playing field for rural students,” said Paul Kelly, GM/CEO of Cordova Telephone and Cordova Wireless. “The FRS scholarship program enables rural telecommunications providers to show their support of the youth living in the communities they serve.  It is a source of tremendous pride for us and for the entire community of Cordova.”

Ms. Hoepfner and Ms. Hammer weren’t the only students to be rewarded for their hard work and dedication. Cordova Telephone and Cordova Wireless also awarded over $10,000 in their own scholarships to Cordova students this week. 2015 CTC scholarship recipients were Sarah Hamberger, Gabrielle Brown, Meryll Arcalas, Sarah Hoepfner, Robin Pegau, Casey Smyke, Lindsey Hammer, Dariah Songer, Chandelle Erby, and Ann Carlson. 2015 CWC scholarship recipients were Sarah Hamberger, Gabrielle Brown, Meryll Arcalas, and Sarah Hoepfner.

CTC scholarship recipients Chandelle Erby, Sarah Hamberger and Meryll Arcalas.

CTC strongly supports the youth of our community and is thrilled to sponsor this worthy program.  FRS scholarship recipients were selected by an independent team of reviewers from the education field. To be eligible, recipients must be sponsored by a NTCA member system, and must indicate a desire to return to their rural communities once their collegiate studies have been completed. CTC and CWC’s scholarship committee is comprised of CTC members and board members with experience and interest in education and Cordova Youth. Applicants are required to be paying customers and seniors in high school, planning to attend an accredited university or vocational school. For more information on CTC/CWC scholarships, visit http://www.ctcak.net/scholarships.

Fish-forward Festival brings Music and Fun!

This article is reblogged with permission from Copper River Wild Salmon Festival. Check out their website for more information on this great local festival supporting the arts in our fish-forward town.
INSIDER TIP:  Volunteer opportunities are currently available that give you half price admission!

Salmon Jam

Salmon Jam Music Festival is a summer highlight for many Cordovans and visitors, and this year is poised to be their best yet. There’s always good food, a hopping dance floor, lots of neat arts and crafts booths, and a packed beer garden. But that’s not the only reason Salmon Jam is great. An anchor component of Cordova’s annual summer event, Copper River Wild Salmon Festival, Salmon Jam is also the annual fundraiser for Cordova Arts, a non-profit group of local volunteers that works year-round to bring arts and culture to our small but vibrant community.

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Pizza Man

Part 2 in our series of local Cordova aritsans:  Brian, Lindsay and little Rowan from Harborside Pizza are interviewed here by local news source ASLN. These guys are a staple of Cordova and a great example of the quality of people and talent we have here. Such a great family and you cannot BEAT their pizza!

4th of July Festivities

It sure feels like summer around here lately. With almost more sunshine than rain these days, Cordovans might run the risk of forgetting they live in Cordova!

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Taking in some sun on a hike up to midway at Mt Eyak Ski Area


And what says “summer” more than the 4th of July?! Every summer the Cordova Alaska Chamber of Commerce, hosts an Old Time Fourth of July Celebration on Main Street. Lots of local volunteers and community organizations chip in to make it happen, and it’s always a GREAT time.  Continue reading

Woolen Travels

It always amazes me how many talented artists and craftsmen (and women) of all types we have in Cordova. This is my first post in a series focusing on some of the amazing artists and entrepreneurs of Cordova.

Shelly Kocan provides acupuncture and other treatments at Ilanka Clinic by day and is a yarn-dyeing fiber fanatic by night. You may recognize her from previous posts. Her company (Snow Capped Yarns) and her website (Woolen Travels) can give a much better introduction than I can. Enjoy! 🙂

Shelly! :)

Gravina…our first American Yarn — Woolen Travels.

Cordova in the Fall

It’s easy to start feeling blue in autumn, especially in a place like Cordova, where you can gain 10 inches of rain and lose 5 minutes of daylight in a day. But there is still so much beauty to see, bounty to harvest and sometimes even some sunshine! Happy Fall, everyone!


Nagoon berries ripe for the picking and plentiful. Patches like this are highly coveted and usually pretty hard to find, but this was a good berry year.

Termination dust

Termination dust on the mountain tops as we drive out to collect firewood

Chicken Coop

Have you met our chickens yet? We named them all after characters from the show Arrested Development, but luckily we can’t tell them apart now. It’d be pretty hard to butcher them if we could…

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Excited for winter!

As the days begin to get darker and the air gets crisper, I start to yearn for winter.  It’s been mostly wind and rain here lately, with some moments of clear skies mixed in for good measure.  But as I duck in and out of respites from the rain, I remember last year in October and November, when we were doing something entirely different:

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

Skating at Sheridan Glacier


Exploring the icebergs of Sheridan Glacier


skating in between icebergs on Sheridan Glacier Lake

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How to watch TV over the Internet

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Television started out as a luxury, but by-and-by, it has become more of a utility for most Americans.  Up there with electricity, telephone and internet, it’s something many people don’t want to live without.  However, when it comes to watching television, more and more folks (400,000 last year) are cutting their cable and opting for internet-based television for a fraction of the cost.  It’s easy and cheap.  All you need is:

  1. TV
  2. High-speed internet connection with a wireless router
  3. Over-the-top streaming device.

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Home Energy Workshop comes to Cordova!



The Native Village of Eyak and Alaska Craftsman Home Program are working together to bring a great opportunity to Cordova this month!  If you’ve ever lived in this part of Alaska, you know how high your heating and energy bills can be, especially in winter!


Here in Cordova, we’re all starting to think about that as the temps get lower and we start to turn our fuel oil home heaters on more and more often.  Sure, a lot of folks have woodstoves that burn a much more economical fuel (not counting your time, your wood cutting permit and gas for your truck, firewood is free!).  But what else could we be doing to keep our costs down this winter?  Find out by checking out the Home Energy Workshops listed below.  They’re FREE, so why not?


Saturday, October 26
8:00am – First Steps: Building Science Basics
Learn the benefits including increased comfort, health, durability and lower utility bills by exploring the dynamics of heat, air and moisture in relation to the home structure, occupants and external environment.

10:00am – Insulating for Safety and Comfort
Your home’s insulation may have been fine for energy prices at the time it was built, but is it sufficient for today? Are you losing precious purchased heat? This class helps you under-stand insulation improvement options.

1:00pm – Finding and Fixing Air Leaks
Is your house drafty? Do you run a humidifier? Are your utility bills high? This class gives you tools to diagnose and fix the leaks in your home to create a more comfortable and energy efficient environment.

3:00pm – Energy Savings with Lighting and Appliances
How can you lower your electricity bill with little effort and small cost-effective investments? We compare energy effi-cient lighting and explore energy saving features of new appliances. 11 specific energy-saving practices will be covered.




Sunday, October 27

8:00am – Preventing Ice Dams
Have record snow loads taken a toll on your home? This class covers ways to protect your roof against damage by ensuring your attic has proper air sealing, insulation and ventilation. Find out what causes ice dams and how to prevent them.

10:00am – Heating and Hot Water Choices
Attend this class for an overview of high efficient boilers, furnaces, water heaters and more. We will help you decode the technical info so you can make the best choice for your home and for your budget.

1:00pm – Evaluating Doors and Windows
It’s a big decision whether or not to replace your windows and doors. We give you a logical framework to evaluate your home. What are the features of a more energy efficient door or window? Learn terms you’ll run into while shopping.

3:00pm – Healthy Indoor Air Through Ventilation

Have you ever considered that the air outside your home could be healthier than the air inside? By bringing fresh air into your home, you can control indoor air quality. This class gives you the steps to ventilate your home adequately.

All classes are FREE and located at the Masonic Hall on Main Street.  You can even get Continuing Education Credits from taking these classes, if that’s something you’re looking for.


www.achpalaska.com or call (907) 258-2247 or 424-2233