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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:28

More than one way to skin environmental regulations

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According to Steve Ford, in a piece for NC Policy Watch called “Policies, power, pride divide the NC House and…
Thanks to some fortunate happenstance and a lot of hard work from the staff at the Land Trust for the…
From habitat destruction to competition with non-native trout, Southern Appalachian brook trout have met their share of challenges over the…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:39

Peak peeking

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The deluge we slogged through a couple of weeks ago certainly didn’t help this fall’s color palette. But not to…
Out of Ed Norris’ 68 years of life, Vietnam accounts for just one. Those months he spent deployed with the…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park marked a milestone last week with the unveiling of 10 new pieces of equipment…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:09

Horny hickory devil

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OK, OK, you can bring the kids back into the room, we’re not talking that kinda horny here. The hickory…
There’s excitement in the air as the class, its members scattered across the Pigeon River under cloudy skies in Canton,…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:20

Waynesville rolls out the red carpet for riders

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It’s all hands on deck this weekend as Waynesville prepares to welcome more than 1,100 cyclists and their families to…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:45

End of the bloody tetrad

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All the lunar-phobes out there, as well as many of the astronomically challenged – like me, will be praying for…
A half-hour into the morning, Carol Larson has the gleaning operation smoothly underway at Skipper Russell’s farm in Bethel. A…
Bill Bryson and Steven Katz didn’t really know what they were getting into when they began their Appalachian Trail journey,…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:46

Of bears and bees

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I am not nearly so frustrated with my black oil sunflower seed-addicted bruin neighbor as I was after his little…
I’ve never been a huge fan of any sport that hinges on an ability to run swiftly or handle a…
If Garrett Fisher had his way, he’d live on the side of a mountain with a glacier as his next-door…
Doris Mager returned from her most recent doctor appointment with some grim marching orders. Her instructions didn’t have anything to…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:06

We need to darken the way

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perseids fallingperseids burning white hotperseids flame out I made sure to keep an eye out for falling stars last week…
Summer’s not quite over, but emergency responders in Haywood County are already practicing their skills in preparation for rescue season,…
It’s been more than 10 years since Alen Baker decided, while recuperating from surgery, to pass the time by writing…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:47

Company for coffee

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Due to the generosity of great friends Bill and Elaine Cave of Asheville, my family has enjoyed a summer respite…
North Carolina has a bear problem, and wildlife officials hope hunters can help. The population of black bears has been…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:43

Summer skies

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My family and I made a quick run up to Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway around dusk last…
“Hey buddy, you about ready to come out?” Michael Skinner asks the juvenile broadwing hawk standing in the back of…
For veterinarian Brian Birthright, what would become a lifelong passion for biking began in the most fitting of ways —…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:35

A voice from the past leads to new adventure

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Well, it wasn’t really a voice — it was an email. I received an email from Bruce Lampright back in…
It’s day four of the Family Nature Summit, and the troops are working hard on a wooded piece of land…
Ben Kniceley’s pretty sure his dad had a good laugh after the Haywood Community College graduate came away with a…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:17

Color on high

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I occasionally see The Smoky Mountain News’ Garret K. Woodward’s Facebook posts about hitting the trails around WNC for a…
Asked what a typical day for the head guy at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park looks like, new Smokies…
There was no doubt about how the Smoky Mountains got their name as day dawned on the Friends of the…
Breathing easy in the Smokies is a better bet than it’s been in decades. Ozone pollution is down 36 percent,…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:39

Albinism in plants

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The other day, while chasing birdies for the Forest Service, I encountered a pretty wildflower along an abandoned logging road.…
In a woodsy neighborhood up a winding mountain road from Franklin, late May is pretty quiet — at least from…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:09

Beige – the new orange

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Neotropical migrants can be flashy things — think scarlet tanager, Baltimore oriole, rose-breasted grosbeak or those tiny butterflies of the…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:49

Giving new farmers a boost

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By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Demand for locally grown food is soaring in Western North Carolina, but recruiting — and…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:11

WCU researchers making their mark

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Scientific work by professors and students at Western Carolina University is earning recognition and winning research money. The Cullowhee campus,…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:31

Avian adventures

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What better way to spring into the season than chasing migrants across Western North Carolina? I was with the Franklin…
When Michael Bradley first picked up a fly rod in 2011, he wasn’t looking for anything more than a relaxing…
The Haywood Historic Farmers Market hopes to open its selection to an even larger portion of the population by exercising…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:55

Cumberland Island National Seashore

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Cumberland Island, which is composed of Great Cumberland Island (the national seashore) and Little Cumberland Island (private), is one of…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:35

Pedal like a girl: Women give mountain biking a try

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Four years ago, Jennie Wyderko — then finishing up her undergrad at Virginia Tech — had barely even touched a…
From paved 5K routes to epic trail runs and triathlons, Western North Carolina is rife with outdoor races of all…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:02

The swamp a ghost saved

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Yay! Spring break! That special time to be sequestered with adolescents and/or pre-adolescents in about 50 square feet while hurtling…
Solar power is on the rise across the U.S., and a campaign recently launched in Western North Carolina is urging…
Sarah Davis loves bats. They’ve been the wintertime residents of Linville Caverns for as long as she can remember, a…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:49

Put the forest first!

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I was commiserating with a friend who works for the Forest Service just after it was announced that they were…
A pair of hikers camped near the Lower Falls in Graveyard Fields got a rude awakening March 16 when a…
If the stack of boxes piling up on the counter of the outfitter store at Nantahala Outdoor Center is any…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:27

Hail, hail the gang’s still here

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I’ve recently been seeing lots of posts like these on Carolina Birders’ FaceBook page: “… My pine siskins have departed,…