Zachary Snowdon Smith

Zachary Snowdon Smith is a reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times.
Linguist Guillaume Leduey delivers an Eyak language lesson. This lesson was part of Eyak Culture Camp activities on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Reviving the Eyak language with fun and games

“I have never wanted to teach Eyak the way I was taught Latin,” linguist Guillaume Leduey said. "It always has to be fun — that’s been my motive for all these years… You learn faster when you play.”
Dune Lankard appears in “On the Tip of the Tongue.” The documentary, chronicling attempts to revive use of the Eyak language, has screened at US and French film festivals. Photo courtesy Vincent Bonnay

Eyak language documentary wins festival honors

"If you cut the roots, the tree dies," director Vincent Bonnay said. "This is something that should last forever for the Eyak people, and it is still recovering… Language is not just words — it’s so much more.”

Republican and Democrat voters united by Dunleavy recall campaign

“It's about the law and the Constitution and ethical governance, and that's not a partisan thing,” said Barb Jewell.

Three missing children found safe in Cordova

“When we get these kinds of cases, we all think the worst and hope for the best, and this one was a win," said Police Chief Michael Hicks. "It’s the best possible way it could have ended."
Mt. Eccles Elementary School has reduced its preschool to one class after expanding to two classes in 2018. Demand for spots at the preschool, seen here on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, is high, but there are other options for kids who don’t get in, Principal Gayle Groff said. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Mt. Eccles Elementary School returns to offering single preschool class

The preschool lottery will be drawn starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. Parents of both selected and non-selected students will be notified by phone ahead of the weekend.

Invasive crab poses threat to coastal ecosystem

Alaska normally welcomes European tourists. One traveler who’s been officially banned, however, is the European green crab, an invasive species with the potential to overrun coastal ecosystems.

Cordova boys compete in 5k run

JT Anderson said he enjoyed the race in spite of suffering a leg cramp midway through. “It was challenging at some times, but it was actually really fun,” he said.
Dana Smyke, owner of the F/V Three Sisters, fillets a fish at Cordova Harbor. Although Cordova’s economy relies strongly on summer fishing, like that shown here on July 7, 2019, a draft comprehensive plan would promote fishing during winter. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

City plan promotes winter fishing

“There’s a lot of different topics that people argue about in town, but I think 99 percent of people would agree that they want to have more going on in the wintertime," City Planner Leif Stavig said.
Volunteer Jonah Reutov cleans up garbage near the shore of Eyak Lake. The Saturday, July 27, 2019, cleanup organized by the Copper River Watershed Project and the Forest Service removed 12 cubic yards of waste from the area. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

CRWP removes two truckloads of garbage from Eyak Lake

Previous Eyak Lake Cleanup Days have turned up everything from cigarette butts and Kleenex to corrugated metal, tires and a water heater. This year’s biggest find was several large blocks of styrofoam, said Shae Bowman, operations manager for the CRWP.

Healthy deer populations promise plentiful buck season

Biologists believe that deer populations have returned to normal levels after a slump following the severe 2011-2012 winter.



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