This recent bumpy weather across the Eastern U.S. has resulted in some flight delays and changed itineraries for a bunch…
More than a third of the tourists who come knocking at the Jackson County visitor center these days have trout…
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…
I have seen the light, and I don’t like it. I have seen the light emanating from strip malls; from…
Whitewater fanatics wait in line for their chance to do tricks, flips, spins and somersaults with their play boats on…
By Ted Olson • Contributing writer New Native Press, a small independent book publisher based in Tuckasegee in Jackson County, recently…
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…
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…
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…
Translation — Great Backyard Bird Count at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; the tradition continues. Since a spur-of-the-moment GBBC…
This spring, rolling down the Tuckasegee River will be, for the most part, as it has been in years past…
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…
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…
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…
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…
I sit this morning being bathed in luxurious rain. The kind of life-affirming, life-giving rain the Smokies are noted for.…
It’s all started with a phone call. A lifelong thirst for adventure led Ronald R. Cooper to a love of…
Only you can apply the brakes to slow down the Courthouse Timber Sale and get everyone to take a closer…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Don’t know why, but the last two birding trips to Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in Macon County — one last Sunday…
Outdoors enthusiasts and diehard mountain bikers are waiting in anticipation the winter opening of a seven-mile mountain biking and hiking…
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,…
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…
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,…
Last Saturday (Nov. 3) was this year’s annual fall hike in the Waynesville watershed. The hikes started back in 2007,…
Finch irruptions are not that uncommon. They generally occur in some numbers, in some locations almost every year. But in…
This year, Bill Holbrook will start drawing on the “old man pension” — as this local tobacco farmer likes to…
This morning when I had coffee on my deck, I did not hear the hooded warbler that nests in the…
A series of close bear encounters in the Pisgah National Forest have prompted a temporary ban on overnight camping in…
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