Mayor Koplin will meet with chair persons of city boards and commissions for an informal briefing on what each board or commission is working on. This briefing will take place Thursday, January 28 @  noon in community room B of the Cordova Center.  A quorum of the City Council and or other boards or commissions may be present - however, no decisions regarding city business will be made. Call the City Clerk’s office with any questions at 424-6248, or email cityclerk@cityofcordova.net.

Cordova School Board CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MEETING, JANUARY 28 from 5:00-6:00 PM via Zoom.  The agenda and login details are posted on our website in the extras section of cordovaradio.com.

The Cordova public library and the Cordova iceworm festival are pleased to announce a temporary installation of Ottie And The Star, written and illustrated by Laura Jean Allen, on the grounds in front of the library. The installation will be on view January 30th through February 9th depending on weather.

The ice worm photo show is taking entries till Saturday January 30th at 5:00 p.m. at the Cordova museum. The exhibit and voting will run the entire month of February from the 3rd to the 27th, with winners announced the February 28th in the categories of people, Flora and fauna, Cordova, beyond Cordova, 2020, and shining bright. Alll entries must be framed and ready to display. Limit one per category please. Pick up entry forms at the Cordova museum. It's free to enter, and you can call the Cordova museum at 6665 with any questions.

A youth poetry meetup for 6th grade and higher will be held Saturday January 30th at 11:00 a.m. in the Cordova public library. The theme is “beginnings” -- so bring a poem to share. Walk-ins are welcome, 10 participant maximum, and masks are mandatory. To sign up or get questions answered, call the library at 6667.

Senior lunch is on a delivery or pick-up system till further notice -- call 424-8282 for details --  it’s Baked Pork Chop today, Teriyaki Chicken tomorrow::: Schools are continuing the grab and go meal pick-ups on Tuesdays between 430 and 6 at Mt Eccles.

(29) And looking at the school music program calendar: no one is listed

Remember all this information is on our website, including any items that didn’t make the air -- look for the AC logo at cordovaradio.com.

That's our calendar for the 27th – have a great day Cordova.

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(feb1) The Cordova Regular Election will be March 2nd -- and there are openings on city council, school board, and the CCMC Authority Board.  The deadline to declare candidacy is Monday February 1st.  Contact the city clerk for details.

Public works director Sam Greenwood and refuse superintendent Aaron Muma will give a short presentation on, and then take questions about, BALLOT PROPOSITION ONE regarding the refuse department taking out a clean water fund loan for 1.2 million dollars, 500,000 of which qualifies for loan forgiveness, to replace dilapidated machinery and improve environmental compliance. The meeting will take place Thursday, February 4th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in community room B at the Cordova center.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities proposed Alaska Marine Highway System schedule for May 2021 through September 2021 is now available for public review. Communities and interested people can review and comment on the proposed schedule through February 7th.  There will also be a teleconference on the 8th for schedule review and possible modification.  Visit the state website at alaska.gov for details on the comment period and the teleconference.

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 vaccine to defraud Americans.  Nationwide, the FBI is joining with law enforcement partners to raise awareness of COVID-19 vaccine fraud.  In Alaska, if you believe you, or someone you know, have been the victim of COVID-19 vaccine fraud, please contact the FBI Anchorage Field Office at 907-276-4441. To report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.

If you or a close contact test positive for COVID-19, you are expected to comply with ALL health mandates, including mandated quarantine and isolation. Health mandates have been put in place to flatten the COVID-19 curve and protect the health of all Alaskans.  Community members who disregard health mandates are putting both themselves and the community at risk. State and local law enforcement are authorized to enforce individual compliance, and individuals who recklessly violate the health mandates risk both civil fines and criminal prosecution.  Visit covid19.alaska.gov for more information.  

KLAM and KCDV have classified ad space every day, 10 times a day between the two stations, for just $25 a week - plus we post your ad on cordovaradio.com at no extra charge.  If you have something you want to sell, a job posting, or a fundraiser coming up, put local radio and internet to work for you. Call, fax, email -- whatever’s best -- and get your classified ad on KLAM, KCDV, and cordovaradio.com.

Scammers are after your money and personal data during the vaccine rollout.  The city is warning cordovans that you can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine, you can’t pay for early access to the vaccine, and no legitimate person will call about the vaccine asking for your social security number, bank account, or credit card number.  These are all scams and should be ignored.  Learn more at ‘FTC <dot> gov <slash> coronavirus <slash> scams’.

A few winter reminders from the city: Please be aware that the roads are regularly slick, so drive cautiously... please be mindful of other drivers given daily conditions… please have patience and give plow operators ample space to safely do their job… and please caution children not to play on the snow piles as they may be unstable and unsafe.  The city appreciates your help and consideration.

The city reminds Cordovans our pipes may be at risk for freezing in the winter, and a common precautionary measure is to let water trickle from faucets. Because the water within the pipes is moving, it is resistant to becoming frozen. This simple prevention tactic could save you a lot of expense and cleanup effort.

Social distancing is critical right now for public health and safety, but that doesn’t mean our elders don’t need to feel supported.  CCMC’s Long term care facility says it would mean so much to their residents to get a letter in the mail.  If you’re interested, you can send a letter or card to CCM, care of “Pen Pals for Residents”, at box 160.

Local covid-19 testing is open 6 days a week.  You can be tested at Ilanka Mondays and Fridays from 2-3pm, and Saturdays from Noon to 1.  CCMC is testing on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 9-930am.  Also, even though the testing will remain free for residents, please bring your insurance information with you because the clinics can receive reimbursement, which helps KEEP tests free.

With winter here... sand trucks, plows, and loaders will be on the streets when needed. Please give them a wide clearance whenever they are out. If you can’t see the driver, they can’t see you! And don't let children (or fun-loving adults) play in the snow piles -- it's very difficult for drivers to see them.

Remember that if you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for covid-19, you will need to quarantine for 14 days REGARDLESS of whether you test negative during that time.  Again, close contacts need to quarantine a full 14 days, regardless of whether they test negative during that period.  If you don’t, you may be spreading the virus to many others while asymptomatic, and too early in your infection for the test to detect it.  Contact your medical provider if you have any questions.

The City COVID Health Alert status is still Level 4: Local Outbreak Warning. They are asking the community to exercise extreme caution.  The Medical Response Team, at this time, strongly advises against elective travel. All residents are reminded to do their part to prevent more spread in Cordova. The City has a mandatory mask rule when in public. Social distance by staying six feet apart, and avoid indoor gatherings. The City continues to rely significantly on individual responsibility to keep our community safe, and they ask that everyone do their best to live up to this considerable trust.   

Remember that the city still has fines for those who break health mandates -- so please know the local rules for the local pandemic response.

City Council Meetings are back open to in-person attendance. Public participation via call-in will still be available.  Masks, social distancing, and check-in with an ambassador in the upstairs entryway are all mandatory. Access only through First Street entrance, and limited attendance may be required.  If you have questions call the City Clerk’s office at 424-6248, or email cityclerk@cityofcordova.net

The Cordova Medical Response Team has made it clear that WE have the power to control the spread of coronavirus. Each of the following actions is proven to decrease the transmission: (1) Maintain a six-foot distance from others, even when wearing a mask. (2) Shrink your social bubble by limiting interactions with those outside of the immediate family or friend group. (3) Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose when in public or around others outside of the immediate family where social distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask in public is mandated by the City. (4) Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds. And (5) Sanitize often-touched surfaces.

The city’s website dedicated to covid-19 response is covid19.cityofcordova.net.  It’s intended to be a one stop shop for the latest information, in a layout that makes it easy to navigate for residents, businesses, fishermen, folks needing resources for better physical and mental health, and lots more.  The address is covid19.cityofcordova.net.  The city has also launched a special hotline for covid related questions -- it’s 424-INFO.

Be aware now that Cordova’s COVID response is steadier, our daily briefings on the radio and youtube channel may start to be a little different.  We will always do one when something critical happens.  But you may hear some different guests, more general information, and sometimes even Dad reading news releases when new information is not new or urgent.  Again, we will continue to be as vigilant as we have been all along in getting you information, but the pace may relax slightly with our daily briefings.  Let us know if you have any questions, and we hope they have been helping!

The city has the business Mutual Aid Agreement Forms mentioned in the local  emergency order online.  Visit cityofcordova.net.  Remember, every business has to have one of these on file while the emergency order is in place.

The city has now synchronized the local business reopening rules with the state, meaning you can now find accurate guidance about what’s expected on the state site under the reopening plan -- that’s covid19.alaska.gov.  Also, the local mask rule is still in place, but with some modifications.  That’s available to read at covid19.cityofcordova.net.  Remember, breaking local rules could cost you up to $500, and maybe a court appearance.  So we hope people will look them over.

A message from CDFU: Fishermen returning to Cordova are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival unless they have submitted a plan to the State of Alaska detailing how they will avoid the spread of COVID-19 and not endanger the community. This exemption allows you to complete essential work during your quarantine period, but you MUST comply with the quarantine while not working. An exemption for work is NOT a blanket exemption, and you MUST continue to abide by social distancing guidelines.   KLAM and KCDV urge Cordovans to share this message with everyone it affects, along with the city and state mandates.  Help your friends to know what they need to know.

We’ve been telling you that all our talk shows, daily briefings, special meetings of the city council, and weekly city press briefings are archived for you on our CordovaTV youtube channel.  What you might not know is that if you subscribe to our channel (which is completely free) AND click the notification bell (also free), you’ll automatically get updates the moment a new post is ready.  So again, visit youtube.com/cordovatv, subscribe to the channel, and click the notification bell -- that will make you the first to know when we have new content for you.

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, has emphasized that Daily regular physical activity can make a big difference in how your child feels during the pandemic.  She went on to say that Physical activity improves your mood and eases your stress. A simple walk can help you and your children feel less anxious and improve your sleep that night.  

Remember that our town meeting talk show is available any time you would like to be a guest, suggest a guest, or just have us cover a topic.  It’s an on demand program, we can record at your convenience, and then the air slot is weekdays in the 10am hour on KLAM. You can also send a letter for us to read if that’s better for you.

KLAM and KCDV will continue bringing you daily COVID-19 briefings on both stations with Dad and the mayor or some other official when possible, or Dad by himself if necessary.  We air them near the top of the 1pm, 5pm, and 8pm hours Monday thru Friday.  We will also hope to be able to bring you more weekly FAQ visits with Dad and the Incident Management Team, which would air on KLAM only, Friday evenings at 5pm.  These will all be in addition to the regular Town Meeting talks shows we are doing as needed.  And remember -- If you miss any show on the air, I’ll be getting them archived on our youtube channel soon afterwards -- that’ll be at  youtube.com/cordovatv.

KLAM listeners – We've got an opportunity, if you would like, to expand special talk programming on Saturdays to kind of change things up a bit… long-form shows, NOT about politics, but about "better living" topics.  We already have On the House with the Carey Brothers sharing home tips… but there are also shows to help you learn about new tech (computers, smartphones, etc) and get to know your existing tech better, car care and maintenance, hunting and fishing topics from around the country... that kind of thing.  If you’re interested in being a listener or sponsor of this kind of programming, call us at 3796 or email ‘saturday <at> cordovaradio <dot> com’.

You’ve heard the Carey Brothers for years with the ‘On The House Tip of the Day’ weekday mornings on KLAM… now we’re also carrying their longer Saturday show each week from 11am to 1pm, right after swap shop. James and Morris Carey offer home tips, share homeowner trends, and even answer questions from listeners.  So plan to join us Saturdays from 11 to 1 on KLAM for On the House with the Carey Brothers -- sponsored by ACE Hardware on AM-1450.