Zachary Snowdon Smith

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

New stairway will connect harbor to First Street

Construction of a lighted stairway connecting First Street to Railroad Avenue is planned to begin around the summer of 2021. The stairway, costing $417,000,...
An assortment of loose coins. On Friday, July 12, 2019, Russell Minor brought his handicrafts to the Salmon Jam festival for the first time. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Entrepreneur coins new business idea

Cordova’s small businesses are adept at turning a profit, but Russell Minor may be the only businessman in town clever enough to sell a nickel for $20.
Mahealani MacKenzie performs a traditional hula dance. The Ke Kukui Foundation’s display of Hawaiian music and dance rounded out the second night of Salmon jam on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Salmon Jam raises much-needed arts funds

“The benefit that comes from Salmon Jam to this community does not stop on July 13,” says Cathy Renfeldt, Cordova Arts Council board member.
Participants in the 2019 Summer Reading Program have the chance to purchase livestock for families in countries such as the Philippines. Reading groups meet at the Cordova Public Library, seen here on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Library program lets young readers donate livestock

While reading groups often offer stickers and trinkets to motivate children, Cordova Public Library’s Summer Reading Program has chosen a bigger prize: livestock. Participants...
A stand of reed canary grass grows along Cordova’s Observation Avenue. The Copper River Watershed Project has deployed herbicide to control the invasive plant, seen here on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Nonprofit defends herbicide use

The Copper River Watershed Project has faced criticism for its use of herbicide against reed canary grass, an invasive plant that has appeared around Cordova.

Cordova teen competes in Jr. NBA

For Cordova middle-schooler Arthur Adams, basketball has always been a social activity, a way to make new friends and to strengthen his relationship with...

Volunteers the heart of Cordova’s Fourth of July

Cordova’s 2019 Independence Day celebrations ran smoothly, thanks to help from volunteers, says Cathy Renfeldt, executive director of the Cordova Chamber of Commerce.

Jazz masters bring swing to Alaska

For many, jazz music conjures up visions of rainy Manhattan or sunset washing over Los Angeles. For pianist Markus Burger, however, there’s nowhere more...

Veterans honored on Independence Day

In past years, the July 4 flag-raising at Cordova Cemetery has drawn a crowd. However, in 2019, there were just five...

Save your water, urges city

Cordovans should think twice about washing their cars, says Samantha Greenwood, director of public works for the City of Cordova.

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