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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 20:01

Cullowhee race brings back crowd for a second year

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The Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5K will race through the Western Carolina University campus and greater Cullowhee…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:59

The reporter that could

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Ahhhh. That is what was my first thought when the rock slipped from under my foot.
Paddlers are salivating over the first-ever whitewater releases offered on the west fork of the Tuckasegee from 10 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:01

Walk, run, get out, get active

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Sarge’s dog walk and run at Lake Junaluska The friends of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation are putting on a one-mile…
Several organizations have won a $214,195 state grant that will allow Macon County landowners improve water quality in the Little…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:58

Local river outfitters sponsors elite paddler

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The Nantahala Outdoor Center has launched its own elite paddling team and signed whitewater slalom paddler Michal Smolen as its…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:22

I once was lost, but now I’m found

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The directions said turn left, so naturally I turned right. I was still an hour drive from Sugarland Visitors Center…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:14

Cubs on the Run 5K kicks off spring

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The family-friendly Cubs on the Run 5K will be held on Saturday, March 23, at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Canton,…
Lake Junaluska will host the Friends of the Lake 5K, Family Walk, and Children’s Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:11

Smokies backcountry fee taken to court

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A lawsuit has been filed over a new backcountry camping fee imposed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Southern Forest…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:10

A.T. hiking season kicks off in Franklin

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Franklin will celebrate its love for Appalachian Trail hikers with the annual April Fools Trail Days festival on Saturday, March…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:09

Graveyard Fields overlook to get makeover

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will provide $740,000 for projects and programs on the Parkway this year, including children’s education,…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:45

Booth display class for the farmers market

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Farmers market vendors can get tips on how to set up their booths at a free seminar called “Booth Display…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:35

News from the AT

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Teachers invited to bring the AT into their classroom Teachers and educators interested in incorporating the Appalachian Trail into their…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:31

U.S. 441 through park should reopen by May 15

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Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is expected to be repaired and open by…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:30

Mountain scramble to Black Rock

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The third annual Assault on Black Rock will test the strength and stamina of trail runners as they try to…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:28

Hikes of the Smokies series kicks off

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A guided hike in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held on Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:21

Follow me, into the wild

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The last time I went camping I was 10 or 11. I was in my grandparents’ backyard, snug in my…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:02

Climbing event at Chimney Rock

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An event called “Climbin’ the Chimney” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2 is an opportunity to for…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:02

Duke grants to aid education, environment

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Duke Energy is helping to fund new educational and environmental projects as part of its hydropower relicensing agreement in the…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:54

Taking the polar plunge

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Around 30 daring souls splashed and jumped into Lake Junaluska last Saturday for the first annual “Polar Plunge” to raise…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:51

WCU trail system now open to the public

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Western Carolina University’s new trail system is open and ready for bikers, hikers and runners. About 100 people turned out…
Shock waves rippled through the mountain hunting community last week as word spread of a sweeping undercover investigation targeting dozens…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently helped the town of Andrews protect and conserve its 930-acre watershed in…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:09

Smokies Association pushes for membership

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association is launching a membership drive in honor of its 60th anniversary this year.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:07

Last call for Polar Plunge

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Wade, dash, splash or take the full plunge into Lake Junaluska from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:07

Bear Creek Lake on upper Tuck gets boat ramp, dock and pier

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A boat ramp on Bear Creek Lake in the Tuckasegee area of Jackson County has been renovated by the N.C.…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:04

Wild game on the grill at wildlife club dinner

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The Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College is hosting a wild game dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:02

Parkway chief to retire

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Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis has announced that he will retire on April 1 after 41 years in the National Park…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:01

Cataloochee road closed due to wash out

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The gravel road leading into Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was washed out by recent heavy…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:00

Vandals hit park with paint and profanity

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Vandals hit an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park known as “the Sinks” — a popular roadside waterfall…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:56

More trail talk…

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A regional trails map showing hiking trails, greenways, public lands, rivers and other outdoor recreation landmarks in the seven western…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:36

Local fisherman lands silver at championships

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Angler and Sylva native Josh Stephens recently earned a silver medal in team competition during the National Fly Fishing Championship…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:34

Donation will go to Smokies priorities

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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park was recently awarded $2,000 from Sustainability for Generations to Come, a Western North…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:30

Farmers get a helping hand with diversification grants

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28 Western North Carolina farmers received nearly $150,000 total in grants to help diversify their farm businesses. The money was…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:30

Fees proposed for forest service recreation sites

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The U.S. Forest Service may increase, or begin charging, fees at seven recreation sites within the national forests in North…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:27

Hops finds a home in WNC soil and economy

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A free program on “The Business of Growing Hops” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:47

Hiking club rolls out two new trail challenges

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To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the Carolina Mountain Club Challenge committee has added two new hiking challenges this year to…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:46

Sign-up for behind-the-scenes look at the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is beginning a new program that allows nearby residents, business people, teachers and community…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:39

Conservancy adds on to protected Roan Mountain lands

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A 601-acre tract in Avery County near Roan Mountain has been purchased and conserved by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.…
A large Appalachian Trail gathering is coming to Western Carolina University this summer, and local trail clubs hosting the week-long…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

Outdoors news briefs

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Rains cause wastewater spills in Haywood Beginning Jan. 14, and due to the heavy rains, Waynesville had several wastewater overflows.…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:48

Big investment made in local bio-fuels

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A consortium of Western North Carolina public agencies and private organizations will receive a grant of $766,000 from the N.C.…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:46

Working farmland protection plan being crafted in Swain

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Swain County farmers, landowners, and other interested individuals are invited to share their thoughts and idea on a new farmland…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Global warming series aims to inspire change

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A six-week discussion course on climate change called “Global Warming: Changing Course” is being put on by the Western North…
Proposed logging below Devil’s Courthouse in the Pisgah National Forest is being widely decried among outdoor recreation groups and environmental…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Freeze your icicle off at winter bike race

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Riders are invited to compete and spectators are invited to watch at the Icycle Mountain Bike Race at Fontana Village…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Deputy superintendent retires from GSMNP

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Kevin FitzGerald, deputy superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 2006, retired this month after 34 years with…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Haywood Waterways to launch endowment fundraising campaign

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The Haywood Waterways Association has named their endowment fund the “Joetta Rinehart Endowment Fund” in honor of one of the…