Cordova IceWorm Festival 2012

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

TGIF – Thank Goodness it’s Fiber!

Although good nutrition is always a top priority when you’re shoveling 8 hours a day, I’m not talking about bran flakes here.

Here’s a funny fiber ad ran in the local newspaper recently

When something like the Snowpocalypse hits, I don’t know about you, but my favorite things to do are:

  1. Curl up and stream a Netflix movie set in some place nice and warm like Hawaii or California
  2. Facebook until I can’t see straight.  When something as big as Snowpocalypse happens and everyone is sent home from work, it’s the best place to hear ALL the gossip!
  3. Get on the phone and brag to all my Colorado friends about the amazing ski conditions here (as if my car can even make it up to the ski hill right now… but they don’t need to know that part!)

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What is a Cooperative?

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.

Webster says:

co·op·er·a·tive  [ kō óppərətiv ]  ADJECTIVE 
working together: acting together with others, or done by people working or acting together. “a cooperative effort”
co·op·er·a·tive  [ kō óppərətiv ]  NOUN 
business owned by workers: a business that is jointly owned by the people who run it, with all profits shared equally.  “a workers’ cooperative”

I’ve come to think of a Cooperative as a community-based business ran by it’s member/customers for it’s member/customers.

If you like Democracy, you’ll love Cooperatives! 

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Fiber to the World!

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

Local Loyalty

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.

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