Zachary Snowdon Smith

Zachary Snowdon Smith was the editor of The Cordova Times from February-December 2021.

Continue to limit water use, urges city

Despite recent rainfall, residents should continue to limit water use, said Samantha Greenwood, director of public works for the city of Cordova. Persistent warm...

4H buskers raise nearly $1,000 for scholarships

An afternoon of streetside performances by Cordova 4H Music Camp students raised almost $1,000 for camp scholarships. The Bands Around Town event had 114 students playing in Cordova on Friday, July 19.

City council will not protest planned marijuana store

The city council has voted not to protest an application to license a marijuana store in Cordova. Unanimously and with little discussion, the city council voted to waive protest at a July 17 meeting.
The M/V Aurora departs the Cordova Ferry Terminal. The vessel, seen here on Sunday, July 21, 2019, is not scheduled to service Prince William Sound between October 2019 and April 2020. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Potential ferry stoppage sparks alarm

“I don’t think it’s hit some people yet," said Cathy Renfeldt, executive director of the Cordova Chamber of Commerce. "When they go to the grocery store and pick up a gallon of milk for $12, it’ll hit them.”

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...



LAW & ORDER: Jan. 3-9

The following is a summary of incidences that occurred or were reported to the Cordova Police Department Jan. 3 through Jan. 9, 2021. Defendant(s) are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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