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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:09

Polar Plunge attracts record number

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The water of Lake Junaluska was a balmy 41 degrees as a parade of 158 people — sanity questionable —…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:06

Drawdown starts at Lake J for silt removal

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Water levels at Lake Junaluska are falling following the start of a drawdown to dredge silt and litter — and…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:04

Beekeeping school offered

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Newbie beekeepers will get a leg up with an all-day class in beginning beekeeping Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Haywood…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:27

Algal invader found in Jackson County

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A nuisance algae capable of harming stream habitats has come to Jackson County, and water users will have to help…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:26

Happy ending for man stranded at Mount Pisgah

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Deep snow in the mountains last week stranded a transmission tower repairman near the summit of Mount Pisgah Jan. 25,…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:24

Cullowhee students get creekside dose of science and math

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A section of Cullowhee Creek in Jackson County will turn into a laboratory — with elementary school students as its…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:55

Rewards offered for poaching tips

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A new program rewarding people who turn in poachers aims to crack down on illegal wildlife harvest.  “Despite our constant…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:54

Gallery: A winter wonderland

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When I transplanted myself from Wyoming to North Carolina, I assumed that part of the deal would be relinquishing access…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:52

Falcons, wolves and bears, oh my!

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An exhibition highlighting the return of North America’s wolves and peregrine falcons from the brink of extinction will be on…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:51

Reflections on walking the Camino Primitivo

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An avid local hiker will share the story of her pilgrimage along the 208-mile Camino Primitivo in Spain at 7…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:14

Power plant plans to be discussed at public hearing

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A public hearing on Duke Energy’s plan to build two new power plants to replace its soon-to-retire Asheville coal plant…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:13

Date set for Smokies Half Marathon

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The Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon will send runners all around Waynesville on Saturday, May 14 — and for…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:11

Hike 100 miles of Smokies trail in 2016

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Smokies Superintendent Cassius Cash has issued a challenge to all hardy souls wishing to join him in celebrating the National…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:47

Ban on poultry shows and sales lifted

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A state ban on poultry sales and shows in place since August was lifted a week earlier than anticipated, as…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:47

Dairy farmers to vote on mandatory sales contribution

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Haywood County dairy farmers may soon be required to give a portion of their proceeds for dairy-related education, research and…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:46

LTLT name change becomes official

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee started off the new year with a new name, officially launching its new…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:35

Work beginning on access trails along the Chattooga

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Work has started on new trails and signs along the Chattooga River aimed at improving access for paddlers.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:33

Learn to use a stand up paddleboard

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People wanting to get in on the stand up paddleboard craze will have a chance to learn the basics at…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:55

New Mountains-to-Sea guide available

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A new trail guide covering the Balsams section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is out, meaning that the trail’s route through…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:54

Program to prepare preschoolers for sports leagues

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A sports development league aiming to teach preschoolers the skills they’ll need to succeed in the world of athletics is…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:53

Emissions from new vehicles decreasing, report says

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Vehicles are getting greener, according to a pair of reports recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  In model…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:51

Plateau land trust conserves record number of acres

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With more than 400 acres of land conserved through purchase and conservation easements in 2015, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust is…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:15

New maps out for DuPont Forest

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People wanting to explore DuPont State Forest now have three new tools at their disposal to navigate through the forest’s…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:44

DOT looking for N.C.’s best trails

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A new map to feature North Carolina’s most loved trails is now in the development stage, and the N.C. Department…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:33

Funds for open spaces cut by half

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A federal fund that supports parks and open spaces across the nation has been spared, but was reduced to half…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:30

N.C. national forests get new supervisor

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North Carolina has a new U.S. Forest Service forest supervisor in Allen Nicholas, who currently works as forest supervisor for…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:29

Smokies plates raise $800K in 2015

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Sales of license plates supporting the Friends of the Smokies were strong in 2015, with sales in North Carolina and…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:27

Appalachian Trail use breaks records in 2015

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The number of Appalachian Trail hikers passing through the trail’s “psychological midpoint” in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, hit an all-time…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 15:09

Farmland conservation preserves views, lifeways in Madison

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A new conservation agreement on a 318-acre farm in Madison County through the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy will help the…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:12

WNC health planning gets recognition

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A project aiming to help Western North Carolina communities consider health needs when doing long-term planning revealed that issues such…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:11

Wildlife officer connects kids and vets to the outdoors

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A Macon County man was presented the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee can receive,…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:10

New acreage added to Pisgah National Forest

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The Pisgah National Forest will see the addition of 178 acres in the Mills River area of Henderson County thanks…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:16

Tobacco growers OK required contribution for tobacco research

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A referendum vote asking whether tobacco growers wanted to keep giving a portion of their sales to tobacco research and…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:13

Step into the robot zoo

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An exhibit using mechanics to show how real animals work is open through Jan. 3 at the N.C. Arboretum in…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:12

Appalachian Farm School returns

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The Appalachian Farm School at Southwestern Community College will return for a second year starting Jan. 12, thanks to a…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:10

Groups agree on recommendation for forest plan

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A collection of environmental and recreation-oriented groups has come out with a recommendation for two new recreations areas to be…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:07

State emissions control plan out for comment

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A state plan to comply with federal rules for controlling carbon emissions is now out for public comment, but the…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:47

WCU shoreline study program lands grant

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A $483,000 National Park Service grant will allow Western Carolina University to map shoreline storm vulnerability in 12 costal parks…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:47

Possible timber thinning project takes comment

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The U.S. Forest Service is considering a timber project on 117 acres of the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:46

Fire ant quarantine expands to Macon and Graham counties

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A state quarantine to prevent the spread of the imported fire ant has expanded to include Macon and Graham counties,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:46

Restrictions in place for Staire Creek Trail

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Equestrians and bikers who enjoy the Staire Creek Trail in the Big Ivy Area of the Pisgah National Forest will…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:43

Haywood stream cleanup logs big numbers

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Nearly two tons of trash were removed from Haywood County waterways this year thanks to Haywood Waterways Association’s Adopt-A-Stream Program. 
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:42

Great Smoky Mountains Association names new director

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association, a nonprofit that provides millions for visitor programs, conservation and special projects in the Great…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:34

Solar farm comes to Bethel

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The agricultural community of Bethel now has a new type of farm in its midst — solar.  Visible from U.S.…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:53

NC leaders balk at federal carbon control plan

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North Carolina has issued a draft plan to comply with federal carbon-control rules, but the plan falls short of federal…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:51

Naturalist to give sneak peak at upcoming book

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Naturalist and historian George Ellison will preview his upcoming collection of essays, Literary Excursions, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9,…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:50

Lawsuit claims Wildlife Service not doing enough for wolves

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A lawsuit alleging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is falling down on its job to protect the world’s only…
A rockslide has kept the 14-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Maggie Valley and Cherokee closed for a…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:48

Meteors, stars and planets, oh my!

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Crisp wintry weather makes for perfect sky-watching weather, and the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman is planning a pair…