Zachary Snowdon Smith

Zachary Snowdon Smith is a reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times.
Volunteers gather at the Cordova Fire Hall. (Oct. 13, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Despite robust search, no sign of missing hunter

Despite clear skies and the use of high-powered light-detecting equipment, searches have revealed no new sign of Neil Durco, missing for six days.
NVE Tribal Council Chairman Darrel Olsen addresses Mt. Eccles Elementary School students during Culture Week activities. (Oct. 3, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Mt. Eccles hopes to increase Native instruction

Mt. Eccles Elementary School hopes to increase students’ exposure to Native culture and language, officials say.
Search party member Robert Masolini addresses a meeting at the Cordova Fire Hall. (Oct. 10, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Search narrows for missing hunter

Foot searches for a missing hunter will resume Friday morning, planned aerial searches having been delayed by rough weather. It's thought possible that Durco has been stranded to the west of Devil’s Spine, an elevated ridge near McKinley Lake.
Mark Hamill in “Child’s Play.”

Review: Child’s Play

“Child’s Play” rides the line between horror-comedy and outright comedy.
Mats Blomgren, Anna Åström and Isabelle Grill in “Midsommar.”

Review: Midsommar

"Midsommar" is a masterpiece of world-building and atmosphere.
Missing hunter Neil Durco. Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers.

Updated: Air search underway for missing hunter

Neil Durco entered the McKinley Lake Trail area Monday, Oct. 7, and is thought to have been heading for Pyramid Peak, a summit near Saddlebag Glacier.“It’s pretty urgent, given the weather conditions right now,” Trooper Laura Reid said. “If he really was going up to Pyramid Peak, it’s not easy terrain. He could be injured. We just don’t know.”

Vets report canine disease outbreak

“Try to curtail having lots of contact with other dogs,” says veterinarian Dr. Ken Hill. “Even if they’re not symptomatic, they can still pass bacteria or other components of the disease.”
Fire Marshal Paul Trumblee displays a new tsunami siren to be installed near Eyak Lake. (Oct. 1, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Cordova to receive two new tsunami sirens

“It’s gonna be loud, it’s gonna be annoying during the Wednesday testing, but we’re just going to have to deal with it,” Fire Marshal Paul Trumblee said. “We’re trying to make the whole community safe.”
Helen Howarth has been offered the position of Cordova city manager. (Oct. 2, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Helen Howarth: Cordova’s new big cheese

Ever since she opened Fromagio’s Artisan Cheese, Helen Howarth has resigned herself to being known as “the cheese lady.” Starting Oct. 18, she will also be Cordova’s city manager.
From front, city manager candidate Alida Bus and City Clerk Susan Bourgeois. (Sept. 28, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Field narrows in city manager contest

The three remaining candidates for city manager include a state healthcare coordinator, a cheese entrepreneur and a former director of Native Village of Eyak.



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