Zachary Snowdon Smith

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Zachary Snowdon Smith is a reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times.
An ōryōki meal. (Nov. 2, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

How to eat like a Zen monk

Sitting down to a formal dining table covered in an array of different-sized forks and spoons isn’t half as challenging as eating a bowl of rice ōryōki-style.
From left: Jimmy Reilly, Kevin Chung, Christian Adams, Autumn Deaton, Anika Witsoe, Kaleb Carrillo, Keegan Estes, Jessica Wray and William Deaton. (Oct. 31, 2019) Photo courtesy of Brian Allison

On Halloween, Jokers overrun Cordova High School

“I’m an agent of chaos,” Heath Ledger’s Joker declared in the 2008 film “The Dark Knight.” Thankfully, the 10 Jokers who emerged onto the streets of Cordova on Halloween weren’t bent on mayhem.
A still from “Signal 8.”

New York Film Festival: Signal 8

A montage of squalid, dystopic images from Hong Kong, Simon Liu’s “Signal 8” is obviously fortunately timed for a serious reception.

New York Film Festival: Receiver

Dale Peck memorably described the novel “Infinite Jest” as “bloated, boring, gratuitous and — perhaps especially — uncontrolled.” Even at 15 minutes, “Receiver” achieves something similar.
A still from “A Leaf is the Sea is a Theater.”

New York Film Festival: A Leaf is the Sea is a Theater

Jonathan Schwartz’s experimental short combines microscopic leaf-textures with jerkily animated images as from a children’s flipbook.
Ticks are arachnids that feed on blood and can transmit diseases. (Nov. 6, 2011) Photo courtesy of John Tann/Wikimedia Commons

How to remove a tick

Here's a hint: don't cover it with nail polish.
Resident Charity Schandel found a tick on her cat, Hollow. Veterinarian Dr. Ken Hill later submitted the tick for speciation and disease analysis at the Office of the State Veterinarian. (Sept. 24, 2019) Photo courtesy of Charity Schandel

Vets report more ticks around Alaska

“Ticks are beginning to be an issue clear across the country,” veterinarian Dr. Ken Hill said. “People who like the outdoors, and who hunt and fish don’t want to see those kinds of things come to Alaska.”
Rup Sidhu, creator of RupLoops, an interactive live music performance. Photo courtesy of The Portrait Sessions

Rup Sidhu delivers live-mixed hip hop tunes

“I really believe in breaking down that fourth wall and having people be part of an experience as opposed to it just being a passive watching experience,” says musician Rup Sidhu.
Captain Brett Merrill commands the M/V Aurora during its final 2019 run out of Cordova. (Sept. 19, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

NVE in talks to restore some ferry service

“We’re aggressively working on it,” said Native Village of Eyak Executive Director Bert Adams. “We’re looking at both a short-term and a long-term solution … Getting ferry service here next week can’t happen, realistically. But, getting service here December, January, February — we think that’s reasonable and realistic.”
Runners pass the starting line during Cordova Family Resource Center’s Girls on the Run Costume 5K event. (Oct. 26, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Costume 5K draws 71 runners, up from 2018

Seventy-one people participated in an Oct. 26 5K run through Cordova, many wearing Halloween costumes or other whimsical outfits. The event was organized through Cordova Family Resource Center’s Girls on the Run program, which focuses on physical and emotional self-development for girls in grades three through six.

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