Zachary Snowdon Smith

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Zachary Snowdon Smith is a reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times.
City workers remove snow from First Street. (Dec. 27, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

City aims to cut costs without cutting services

“The instruction to everyone was: be realistic,” says City Manager Helen Howarth. “Don’t try to force things to work based on an assumed budget. Ask what you need to fulfill the responsibility of your department to the city
(Dec. 30, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

What were our most clicked stories for 2019?

Though popularity may be no guarantee of quality, it’s interesting to see which kinds of stories attract our readers’ attention. Now, we’re sharing some of our Google Analytics data so you can join us in mulling it over.
The Cordova Center. (Dec. 23, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

City balances budget without sales tax hike

"This is a budget that’s realistic, that will cover our expenses, and our goal is to make sure we end this year saving some money on this," said City Manager Helen Howarth. "We won’t be saving money because we didn’t do necessary services, and we’re not going to be looking bad because we spent more than we said we were going to."
Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker."

Review: Joker

If “Joker” has become the world’s first billion-dollar R-rated film, it rests mainly on the shoulders of Joaquin Phoenix.
Sobon Nuon, Mean Korn, Samnang Nut and Sophyna Meng in "Diamond Island."

Review: Diamond Island

Loose, tensionless dialogue and flat cinematography reminiscent of a TV documentary turn “Diamond Island” into a tepid experience.
Steven Pallas lights up his Christmas tree with an ultraviolet torch. (Dec. 20, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Mt. Eccles students experiment with blacklight crafts

Crafts at Mt. Eccles Elementary School usually involve paste, glitter and construction paper. Friday, Dec. 20, a new ingredient was added: light.
Soft ginger snaps and chocolate cookies served at Heidi Weise’s table. (Dec. 20, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith

Moonlight Madness brings artisanship to the food court

For many, the phrase “food court” may call to mind images of lukewarm food slopped onto disposable plates in a fluorescent-lit mall atrium. But the Moonlight Madness Food Court event turned these expectations on their head, inviting local culinary artists to the Cordova Center solarium.
Decaying bridge infrastructure has hurt tourism, fishing and scientific research around Cordova. (Dec. 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

How will we fix the Copper River Highway?

Sometimes there are no easy answers. What is to be done about the stretches of the Copper River Highway that have been washed away by rising waters, or the bridges half-demolished by earthquakes? The DOT wants you to send in your ideas by Jan. 17.
A nesting nativity contributed by Rachel Hatch. (Dec. 13, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Church gathers 76 nativities

On Dec. 13-14, a Cordova church was crowded with 76 baby Jesuses, 76 miraculous virgins, 228 wise men and a multitude of angels, sheep and donkeys.
A variety of gift items available at the Salvation Army’s Christmas food and toy distribution event. (Dec. 17, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Food pantry adds Star Wars, Minecraft toys to its shopping list

"We all have fond memories of waking up on Christmas morning and seeing gifts waiting under the tree," said Jenni Ragland, service extension director for the Alaska Division of the Salvation Army. "To be able to provide that to some families who may not be able to do that for their children is, I think, just a wonderful thing to do.”

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