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And ye elf and sprite lovers and lovers of the Bard whose words have seeped so deeply into the fabric…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:35

One-night trips into the Smokies

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For day hikers who want to take the next step or for a seasoned backpackers who can’t find the time…
You’ve got your chain well-oiled, air in your tires and water in your bottles. You are all set for a…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

That’s Suuthern flyin’ squerl, y’all

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I’ve written about these small nocturnal hang gliders before, but I posted a pic of a group from my home,…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:37

Like a good neighbor

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The folks in the mountains of Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee share more than a common boundary, they share…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:29

Bridging the gap between young, old

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With each passing day, the first-person accounts of what life was like in the Smokies before Google, iTunes or even…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:36

Serendipitous beach trip

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Conscientious, detailed vacation planning; anticipating the “what ifs” and having contingency plans; route planning and hashing out all the logistics…
A mountainside in Macon County once destined for a housing development is now destined to be a community forest area…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:26

A hangover of hoverers

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As we turn to bask in the full glow of the summer sun, mornings begin to heat up quickly. As…
The swim leg of a triathlon is notoriously daunting. Of the sport’s three heats — swimming, biking and running —…
In the early 1900s, Florence Cope Bush, author of Dorie: Woman of the Mountains, described native brook trout as being…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

A record-breaking weekend of birding

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Last week, we set the stage for the 29th annual Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE). The group starts at 9…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:17

A record-breaking weekend (part one)

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What could be more fun than a weekend of fellowship and great birding? Maybe setting a new record for total…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:15

Segway tours make debut in Waynesville

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The train was the first to arrive in Waynesville back in 1886; then, the rise of the automobile; but, this…
Hidden among the expanse of forestland in Western North Carolina are little-known pockets of trees that are several centuries old.…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Water cents

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What falls freely from the sky, rumbles, swooshes, rolls, trickles across the planet; seeps into the earth beneath our feet…
Haywood County is about to experience its newest festival: EcoFest, an ode to sustainability, agriculture and the environment. This year…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:49

Homecoming

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The blue-headed vireo sang to me of spring sometime around the first week of April. Blue-headeds are generally the last…
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…