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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:45

Honeybee disappearance baffles experts

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Beekeepers in Western North Carolina were hit especially hard this winter by a mysterious rash of bee disappearances.  Amateur Haywood…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:37

Earth Day rant

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Earth Day 2013 is Monday, April 22. The first official “Earth Day” occurred in 1970 and environmentalists celebrated. Environmental lawyer…
Dana Dowdy raised a razor-sharp axe above her head, let it hover a moment and then slammed into her competition…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:27

Love was in the air

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Love may be a little anthropogenic for toads, but the eons old “urge to merge” was quite prevalent last Sunday…
Do you consider yourself an environmentalist or an environmental activist? Do you feel frustrated with the way issues dear to…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:58

Coming soon to a flyway near you

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This recent bumpy weather across the Eastern U.S. has resulted in some flight delays and changed itineraries for a bunch…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:56

Jackson towns tout new ‘trout city’ status

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More than a third of the tourists who come knocking at the Jackson County visitor center these days have trout…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:56

Green Oscars V

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Wild South held its fifth annual Green Gala celebrating the 2012 Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s Conservation Award winners last Friday, March 22.…
The painstaking process of outlining a clear mission for the U.S. Forest Service and how it will manage its expansive…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:07

I have seen the light

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I have seen the light, and I don’t like it. I have seen the light emanating from strip malls; from…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:04

Paddling springs eternal

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Whitewater fanatics wait in line for their chance to do tricks, flips, spins and somersaults with their play boats on…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:20

Lorca, Neruda and the beautiful game

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By Ted Olson • Contributing writer New Native Press, a small independent book publisher based in Tuckasegee in Jackson County, recently…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:38

And now for something completely different

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So what’s in the news nowadays? Any bad news for the environment? Let’s see. Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in the…
Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:26

Louisiana lagniappe

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I know, I know, we’ve been in Louisiana for two weeks now, but when I look back at some of…
During the next several weeks, thousands of people will leave from Springer Mountain in Georgia and begin the 2,184-mile trek…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:52

Loosiana part deaux

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What better place to start part deaux than Breaux Bridge along Bayou Teche? Firmin Breaux originally purchased the area that…
Last week, state and federal wildlife officers began rounding up dozens of suspected poachers in Western North Carolina, bringing to…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:08

GBBC at BBLNWR

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Translation — Great Backyard Bird Count at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; the tradition continues. Since a spur-of-the-moment GBBC…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:04

Float, boat or fish the Tuck

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This spring, rolling down the Tuckasegee River will be, for the most part, as it has been in years past…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:57

Great count in your backyard

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Of course, you’re no longer confined to your backyard like you were back in 1997 when the Great Backyard Bird…
For the past year, the National Forest Service has been taking inventory, collecting public input and meeting with outdoor interest…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:26

The Rainbow to Nowhere?

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What happens when you finally get to the end of the rainbow and there’s no gold in the pot? Perusing…
Although the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a protected expanse of land, all types of contamination — from air…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:37

Arrrggghh – a wintry mix

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Limeade, tequila and cointreau is not a wintry mix — that is a margarita; something you may resort to when…
By Jill Ingram • Guest writer, WCU public affairs office Covering long distances in and around Cataloochee Valley, a Western…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:37

I feel the earth move…

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It may not have shaken the Richter scale like the stampede of Republican lawmakers and their realtor and developer lobbyists…
Have you ever been told by the evening news to expect three inches of snow overnight, but after stocking up…
Its bolts are rusting, floor planks are rotting, and its windowpanes shattered. The roof is pocked with holes that let…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Up in flames?

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I sit this morning being bathed in luxurious rain. The kind of life-affirming, life-giving rain the Smokies are noted for.…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Carrying the torch through history

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It’s all started with a phone call. A lifelong thirst for adventure led Ronald R. Cooper to a love of…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

A closer look

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Only you can apply the brakes to slow down the Courthouse Timber Sale and get everyone to take a closer…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 04:01

Friends, feathers and fellowship

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Friday, Dec. 28, was the date of the eleventh annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) — 11 dates but 10…
Nestled deep in the mountains between Sylva and Cashiers, the scenic U.S. Forest Service Balsam Lodge is celebrating its 30th…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:46

When it’s good to be threatened

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I wrote about wood storks, Mycteria americana, back in August of this year after a trip to Isle of Palms…
You’ve been training for months. You’ve skipped the kids’ piano recitals and parent teacher conferences; you’ve bailed on dinner with…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

WNC lakes join list with mercury warning for fish

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Two more lakes in the region are now under a fish consumption advisory due to mercury contamination. Unsafe levels of…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great wilderness of about a half-million square acres. It has been the…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:59

The day the sun stood still

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Ladies and gentlemen, return to your seats and fasten your seatbelts. Spaceship Earth will be screeching to a stop at…
For outdoors enthusiasts, Christmas brings but fleeting respite from the cold, dark days of winter — with the promise of…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:51

Over the fiscal cliff – and into the abyss

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First Mate McConnell: “Cap’n the ship is headed straight for that iceberg and there’s no way we kin stop her…
The mountains rising above the valleys have long been the main attraction for tourists planning a trip to Western North…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:01

Power birding at Tessentee (again)

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Don’t know why, but the last two birding trips to Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in Macon County — one last Sunday…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:56

Sweet single-track coming to WCU

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Outdoors enthusiasts and diehard mountain bikers are waiting in anticipation the winter opening of a seven-mile mountain biking and hiking…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:45

Build it and they will come

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Back in spring of 2011 I wrote about a wetlands restoration project at Lake Junaluska - www.smokymountain news.com/archives/item/3686-a-perfect-fit. Candace Stimson,…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:42

Snow guns get ski season off with a bang

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As superstorm Sandy hurled itself toward the Northeast, soon to leave a wreckage of flooded streets, sunken boardwalks and dangling…
They stood in a line, trigger fingers poised, eyes fixated on the target.  It was early morning, and the predawn…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Venus and moon dance in front of the sun

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Early mornings kind of go with the territory around here. With work, kids and the never-ending list of chores, every…
In Cherokee, a dead coyote is worth more than a live one — about $25 more. In the coming weeks,…