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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 03:11

Somebody got some splainen to do

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People say the corporate world has no soul. Corporations don’t give a rat’s behind about their employees, especially after they’re…
Heidi Dunkelberg is determined to make hops synonymous with Western North Carolina. “I’ve got to figure it out,” she said.…
Not just anybody can keep up with Jim Pader. Last year alone, he hiked 534 miles and has logged 738.4…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:34

Study finds success in amphibian pond project

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Take an evening walk through the woods this time of year, and odds are you’ll hear the grumpy quacking of…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:42

Will we extinguish another beautiful light?

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A river of burnt umber flows every year from southern Canada through the U.S. to the oyamel fir forests in…
For every degree of cold or inconvenience, wintry weather adds two of beauty. Members of Waynesville’s Lens Luggers photography club…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:59

Dinosaurs, LEGOS and toads, oh dear

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No better way to celebrate a big thaw than an impromptu field trip. We rounded up kids, friends and friends’…
There’s nothing abnormal about the pair of armchairs in Jim and Baraba Mills’ living room, or about the television —…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:59

You yellow-bellied sapsucker

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In my youth, never did a B-western movie make it to the end without the bad guy being cornered and…
The silence seeped from the mountain ridges and hung heavily over the forest, silence like a deep well, so deep…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:34

Discovery Place

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Looking for something fun for the kids on a cold and/or rainy winter’s day. The Discovery Place in Charlotte has…
From the oil fields of North Dakota to the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, the U.S. oil and gas industry is…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:09

Rules rule and rulers rue it

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I mentioned the fact a couple of weeks ago that N.C. House Bill 74— the Regulatory Reform Act of 2013…
Evergreen Packaging’s Canton paper mill will be writing some big checks over the coming years as it moves to comply…
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:57

CBC gods smile on Lake Junaluska

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The annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) took place Saturday, Jan. 4. In the weeks prior to the count many…
By Colby Dunn • SMN correspondent Perched atop the crest of a mountain, with two slim pieces of fiberglass strapped to…
Survey your supermarket and you’ll see pretty much the same stuff anywhere in the country: oranges from Florida, onions from…
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

Time to rejoin the “battle outside”

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This appears especially true in the Old Home State where the (first in over 100 years) Republican triad used the…
Jacob Flannick • SMN Correspondent Jonathan and Abby Landry don’t limit the spirit of giving to the holiday season. For this…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

A white Christmas

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We touched on this winter’s irruption of snowy owls a couple of weeks ago, but these birds continue to pop…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:42

Slow day at Lake J

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I believe Lake Junaluska has spoiled local birders like me. I spent about an hour and a half poking around…
By Lindsay Wertz • Correspondent After hours of work and preparation, six terrain elements sparkled imposingly under the lights on Cataloochee…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:46

Record snowfall

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This snowfall is measured in feathers or bodies, not inches. This year is turning out to be a major irruption…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent  Though winter may have you couped up inside, you can dream of sunnier days in…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:33

Hunting season

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Orion the Hunter has taken to the late autumn skies. One of the loveliest and most easily recognized constellations will…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:31

WCU will digitize historic Smokies photos

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Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library will produce a new digital collection of 2,000 items focused on the history of Great…
By Paul Clark • Correspondent Mary McNeil carried her shopping bag around Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market like a kid on Halloween.…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:08

Town has begun thinning white pine

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I believe it was in 2010 when the Town of Waynesville signed off on a plan to thin the stands…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Cataloochee Ski Area opens with new shop, upgrades

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Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent Michael Wagenseil is settling into his element, arranging displays of ski equipment and clothing as he…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Fire in the landscape – still a burning question

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It will likely take awhile for the smoke to clear after the Table Rock Fire near Linville Gorge in the…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:38

Hermit in the house

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I can be standing five feet from my girls and say something simple like, “wash your hands,” “brush your teeth”…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:36

Plans unfold for fly fishing museum

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By Colby Dunn • Correspondent  Each year, an estimated 50,000 people visit Cherokee looking to hit it big, but instead of…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:53

Laissez les bons temp rouler

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Traveling from east to west, the Mississippi River Bridge is a time portal for me.  I drive for hours squarely…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:53

All in the family — Sunburst Trout Farm

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A crisp wind blows through Haywood County. Gazing upward, dark clouds slowly take over the sky while a few ominous…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:10

Changing of the guard

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I believe the annual treks into the Town of Waynesville’s watershed began back in 2007. They have provided a unique…
Flips, spins, big jumps and high speeds — these things challenge the average human being, but, for big-air snowboarder Zeb…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:43

A climate for change

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Last week we talked a little about how mountains can influence climate. Lenticular clouds are often created when warm air…
By Colby Dunn • SMN Correspondent What makes the stem of one pumpkin better than another for chunkin’? Why is one…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:49

Wrinkles in space and time

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Millions of years ago America and Africa rubbed shoulders and the Appalachian Mountains were created. The ancient Appalachians, at one…
A longer season, a higher quota, shooting over bait piles — these are just a few aspects of the state…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:49

Lighting up the mountains

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I was at the Allens Creek soccer fields Saturday morning watching Maddie play when my eyes were drawn to the…
From wedding planners to elk tour guides to non-profit organizations, the closing of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hasn’t…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:24

Repercussions of a government shutdown

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Freedom may not ring Tuesday. At least not from the Liberty Bell. I know, I know, the bell doesn’t ring…
Most people who call up Google Earth are hunting a hard-to-find address or scoping out satellite images of their next…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:26

Serendipitous hawk watch

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The rains came Saturday. It was a good day for a soaker, from my perspective. I had writing I needed…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:23

New forest coalition brings once-rival groups together

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As Brent Martin stared down the barrel of an impending tug-of-war over WNC’s national forests, he dreaded yet another round…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:28

Fall out for the fallout

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Thanks to an invitation from a friend — Blair Ogburn, senior naturalist at Balsam Mountain Trust — I was able…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:25

Cultivating dreams in Appalachia

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Sunshine spills into Jackson County. The warm late summer rays cascade down into the mountains, ultimately flowing into the fields…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:23

Get thee to an eatery

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Sorry, I couldn’t help it – I saw Hamlet at Montford Park this past weekend.  But to be more specific,…