Zachary Snowdon Smith

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Zachary Snowdon Smith is a reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times.
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.
The M/V Aurora departs the Cordova Ferry Terminal. The vessel, seen here on Sunday, July 21, 2019, is not scheduled to service Prince William Sound between October 2019 and April 2020. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

DOT will scrap proposed ferry schedule

“We are going to scrub this schedule to see if we can eke out even a tiny more bit of service, and we will be asking the unions to work with us to help make that happen,” said Mary Siroky, deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation
Residents crowd the Cordova Center for a meeting of the Alaska House Transportation Committee. The committee’s Saturday, July 27, 2019, meeting heard testimony from residents on a proposed seven-month ferry stoppage. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Committee meeting on ferry stoppage draws 250 attendees

“This unconscionable, arbitrary, no-notice-or-public-input, seven-month removal of ferry service will be devastating to our community and our business,” said Gary Graham, co-owner of the Powder House Bar and Grill.

Cordova schools to provide free meals

Free, nutritionally balanced breakfasts and lunches will be available to Cordova elementary and high-school students when the school year commences on Aug. 21. Elementary school students will additionally receive an after-school snack.

Book club offers judgment-free zone for lit lovers

Many library reading programs focus on children, but the Cordova Public Library’s Knit & Lit Book Club is carving out space for adult book-lovers.
























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