Zachary Snowdon Smith

Zachary Snowdon Smith is a reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times.

Sudden arts council closure leaves programs in limbo

“It’s like being a government in exile," said Ben Brown, chairman of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. "We’re definitely in uncharted territory here.”

Unwitting resident taxied missing children and their mother from airport

Keesha Hodges, 22, provided a tip that helped the Alaska State Troopers locate three missing children and their mother. Hodges,...
“No. 1” plastic bottles, seen here, are typically transparent and have dimpled undersides. The Copper River Watershed Project compacted a bale of plastic bottles for recycling on Aug. 7, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Recycling plastic is more complicated than it looks

What's the difference between "No. 1" plastic and "No. 2" plastic? Click here to find out.
Mike Jackson fires one of his cannons across Eyak Lake. Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times

Cordova’s amateur artillerymen

“It seems appropriate on the Fourth of July to set off something that’s bigger than fireworks,” quipped cannon hobbyist Mike Jackson.

Census Bureau seeks workers for regional surveys

“It’s not a very difficult job, to be honest,” said Jameson Mariano, assistant recruiter for the Census Bureau. “A majority of our employees that take the field representative jobs are 70 or 80-year-olds."
Linguist Guillaume Leduey delivers an Eyak language lesson. This lesson was part of Eyak Culture Camp activities on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Reviving the Eyak language with fun and games

“I have never wanted to teach Eyak the way I was taught Latin,” linguist Guillaume Leduey said. "It always has to be fun — that’s been my motive for all these years… You learn faster when you play.”
Dune Lankard appears in “On the Tip of the Tongue.” The documentary, chronicling attempts to revive use of the Eyak language, has screened at US and French film festivals. Photo courtesy Vincent Bonnay

Eyak language documentary wins festival honors

"If you cut the roots, the tree dies," director Vincent Bonnay said. "This is something that should last forever for the Eyak people, and it is still recovering… Language is not just words — it’s so much more.”

Republican and Democrat voters united by Dunleavy recall campaign

“It's about the law and the Constitution and ethical governance, and that's not a partisan thing,” said Barb Jewell.

Three missing children found safe in Cordova

“When we get these kinds of cases, we all think the worst and hope for the best, and this one was a win," said Police Chief Michael Hicks. "It’s the best possible way it could have ended."
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.



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