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As the sun goes down on the snow-covered mountain at Cataloochee Ski Area, anticipation spikes among the enlightened few who…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:28

Can I move?

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Remember the scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” where the Kid was asked by an old miner (I…
Should North Carolina start thinking about a hunting season for elk?  If the crowd that turned out to the N.C.…
For Danny Bernstein and her husband Lenny, trips south to visit Lenny’s family in Miami Beach are a regular feature…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:49

CBC double-dipping

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They say great minds think alike, and who am I to argue with “They?” The Franklin Bird Club and Carolina…
Fifteen years ago, a herd of 52 elk set foot in their new home — the Great Smoky Mountains National…
When the holidays wind down and schools go back in session, kids in some Western North Carolina classrooms will have…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:26

Things that go peent! in the dark

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I think Lewis Carroll could have just as easily warned of the Timberdoodle as the Jubjub bird in the “Jabberwocky,”…
Lynda Doucett and her staff at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were pretty excited to move into the new…
Just like Haywood County’s watershed, fed by springs that all have their start inside county borders, Cherokee mythology surrounding places…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:57

Wilderness — we don’t need no stinkin wilderness

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Flying around Facebook pages (after all this is the age of information) is, apparently, a poll or online survey declaring…
National forest trails around Fontana Village are in for an overhaul, thanks to a federal grant that’s putting the final…
It’s a feeling that Chris Bates can’t shake. “Being outside, in the winter, on the mountain — there’s nothing like it,”…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:07

Half a hunert

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There’s nothing I like better than mixing pleasure with pleasure.  Last weekend, I got to spend three wonderful nights in…
“I just don’t want to take any chances,” the hard-hatted contractor tells the officers as they get out of their…
Olga Pader will always remember the Naked Ground Trail in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness as “the hike from hell.”  It…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 17:01

Fight the good fight

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"It’s like déjà vu all over again." —Yogi Berra (RIP) Maybe some of you who, like me, are getting longer in…
For Tim Petrea, it was a truck and a red box that launched a lifetime affinity for the outdoors. Growing…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:28

More than one way to skin environmental regulations

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According to Steve Ford, in a piece for NC Policy Watch called “Policies, power, pride divide the NC House and…
Thanks to some fortunate happenstance and a lot of hard work from the staff at the Land Trust for the…
From habitat destruction to competition with non-native trout, Southern Appalachian brook trout have met their share of challenges over the…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:39

Peak peeking

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The deluge we slogged through a couple of weeks ago certainly didn’t help this fall’s color palette. But not to…
Out of Ed Norris’ 68 years of life, Vietnam accounts for just one. Those months he spent deployed with the…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park marked a milestone last week with the unveiling of 10 new pieces of equipment…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:09

Horny hickory devil

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OK, OK, you can bring the kids back into the room, we’re not talking that kinda horny here. The hickory…
There’s excitement in the air as the class, its members scattered across the Pigeon River under cloudy skies in Canton,…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:20

Waynesville rolls out the red carpet for riders

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It’s all hands on deck this weekend as Waynesville prepares to welcome more than 1,100 cyclists and their families to…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:45

End of the bloody tetrad

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All the lunar-phobes out there, as well as many of the astronomically challenged – like me, will be praying for…
A half-hour into the morning, Carol Larson has the gleaning operation smoothly underway at Skipper Russell’s farm in Bethel. A…
Bill Bryson and Steven Katz didn’t really know what they were getting into when they began their Appalachian Trail journey,…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:46

Of bears and bees

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I am not nearly so frustrated with my black oil sunflower seed-addicted bruin neighbor as I was after his little…
I’ve never been a huge fan of any sport that hinges on an ability to run swiftly or handle a…
If Garrett Fisher had his way, he’d live on the side of a mountain with a glacier as his next-door…
Doris Mager returned from her most recent doctor appointment with some grim marching orders. Her instructions didn’t have anything to…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:06

We need to darken the way

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perseids fallingperseids burning white hotperseids flame out I made sure to keep an eye out for falling stars last week…
Summer’s not quite over, but emergency responders in Haywood County are already practicing their skills in preparation for rescue season,…
It’s been more than 10 years since Alen Baker decided, while recuperating from surgery, to pass the time by writing…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:47

Company for coffee

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Due to the generosity of great friends Bill and Elaine Cave of Asheville, my family has enjoyed a summer respite…
North Carolina has a bear problem, and wildlife officials hope hunters can help. The population of black bears has been…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:43

Summer skies

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My family and I made a quick run up to Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway around dusk last…
“Hey buddy, you about ready to come out?” Michael Skinner asks the juvenile broadwing hawk standing in the back of…
For veterinarian Brian Birthright, what would become a lifelong passion for biking began in the most fitting of ways —…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:35

A voice from the past leads to new adventure

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Well, it wasn’t really a voice — it was an email. I received an email from Bruce Lampright back in…
It’s day four of the Family Nature Summit, and the troops are working hard on a wooded piece of land…
Ben Kniceley’s pretty sure his dad had a good laugh after the Haywood Community College graduate came away with a…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:17

Color on high

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I occasionally see The Smoky Mountain News’ Garret K. Woodward’s Facebook posts about hitting the trails around WNC for a…
Asked what a typical day for the head guy at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park looks like, new Smokies…
There was no doubt about how the Smoky Mountains got their name as day dawned on the Friends of the…
Breathing easy in the Smokies is a better bet than it’s been in decades. Ozone pollution is down 36 percent,…
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