Zachary Snowdon Smith

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Zachary Snowdon Smith is a reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times.
Sarah Kathrein searches for mushrooms near the Haystack Trail. (Aug. 31, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Mushroom forays saved by last-minute rains

"To me, mushrooms are interesting because there’s always more," said Gabriel Wingard, the 12-year-old co-president of the Turnagain Arm Mycological Society. "No one knows how many there are, because there will always be places where we haven’t looked."

Spray eliminates 77 percent of invasive grass around Cordova

“We need to keep it off the delta, because, if it gets on the delta, it’s going to have horrible impacts to our streams and pristine habitat out there,” said Chantel Adelfio, CRWP invasive plants coordinator. “It’s not going to be easy, but we are getting there.”
A vehicle loads onto the M/V Aurora at the Cordova Ferry Terminal. (July 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Koplin: residents must fully book remaining ferry space

“We need to fill that boat up,” Mayor Clay Koplin said. “This mobilization can’t stop. We have to continue. The important thing right now is to book a trip during these available openings that we have right in front of us, and also to continue asking for adequate service for the remainder of the winter.”
From left: Superintendent Alex Russin and Peter Hoepfner at a special meeting of the Cordova School District Board of Education. (Aug. 27, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

School board calls for twice-weekly ferry

Continually advocating for access to resources like a consistent ferry service has been a distraction from the work of designing curricula and training new teachers, school board president Barb Jewell said.
Ethan Yingling emerges from his team’s shelter. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, students from Mt. Eccles Elementary School built shelters using natural materials found in Chugach National Forest. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Mt. Eccles introduces unorthodox ‘survival science’ program

“It’s easier to think outside the box when you’re not in one,” said teacher Krysta Williams.

Visiting vet recommends keeping close eye on pet health

"It boils down to being observant, watching for trends in your critter," said veterinarian Dr. Ken Hill.
The cruise ship Le Soléal departs Cordova. The ship first visited the town on Aug. 21. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Confusion over unannounced cruise ship visit

On Aug. 21, a 466-foot French cruise liner appeared unexpectedly in Orca Inlet.

Review: Suleiman Mountain

“Suleiman Mountain” draws a sensitive but unromantic portrait of daily life along the remote byways of Kyrgyzstan.

Review: The Secret Life of Pets 2

Perhaps it’s enough that "The Secret Life of Pets 2" will succeed in amusing children without annoying their parents.

Cordova Gear now offering repair to all bikes

How does a business like Cordova Gear compete with Amazon? Any bike part that can be found on Cordova Gear’s shelves can also be found under Amazon’s “Outdoor Recreation” tab. But there is one thing online retailers can’t do: install a bike part or repair it when it breaks.

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