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According to Steve Ford, in a piece for NC Policy Watch called “Policies, power, pride divide the NC House and…

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Thanks to some fortunate happenstance and a lot of hard work from the staff at the Land Trust for the…

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From habitat destruction to competition with non-native trout, Southern Appalachian brook trout have met their share of challenges over the…

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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…

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Out of Ed Norris’ 68 years of life, Vietnam accounts for just one. Those months he spent deployed with the…

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park marked a milestone last week with the unveiling of 10 new pieces of equipment…

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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…

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There’s excitement in the air as the class, its members scattered across the Pigeon River under cloudy skies in Canton,…

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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…

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All the lunar-phobes out there, as well as many of the astronomically challenged – like me, will be praying for…

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A half-hour into the morning, Carol Larson has the gleaning operation smoothly underway at Skipper Russell’s farm in Bethel. A…

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Bill Bryson and Steven Katz didn’t really know what they were getting into when they began their Appalachian Trail journey,…

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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…

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I’ve never been a huge fan of any sport that hinges on an ability to run swiftly or handle a…

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If Garrett Fisher had his way, he’d live on the side of a mountain with a glacier as his next-door…

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Doris Mager returned from her most recent doctor appointment with some grim marching orders. Her instructions didn’t have anything to…

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perseids fallingperseids burning white hotperseids flame out I made sure to keep an eye out for falling stars last week…

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Summer’s not quite over, but emergency responders in Haywood County are already practicing their skills in preparation for rescue season,…

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It’s been more than 10 years since Alen Baker decided, while recuperating from surgery, to pass the time by writing…

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Due to the generosity of great friends Bill and Elaine Cave of Asheville, my family has enjoyed a summer respite…

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North Carolina has a bear problem, and wildlife officials hope hunters can help. The population of black bears has been…

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My family and I made a quick run up to Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway around dusk last…

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“Hey buddy, you about ready to come out?” Michael Skinner asks the juvenile broadwing hawk standing in the back of…

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For veterinarian Brian Birthright, what would become a lifelong passion for biking began in the most fitting of ways —…

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Well, it wasn’t really a voice — it was an email. I received an email from Bruce Lampright back in…

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It’s day four of the Family Nature Summit, and the troops are working hard on a wooded piece of land…

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Ben Kniceley’s pretty sure his dad had a good laugh after the Haywood Community College graduate came away with a…

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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…

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Asked what a typical day for the head guy at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park looks like, new Smokies…

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There was no doubt about how the Smoky Mountains got their name as day dawned on the Friends of the…

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Breathing easy in the Smokies is a better bet than it’s been in decades. Ozone pollution is down 36 percent,…

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The other day, while chasing birdies for the Forest Service, I encountered a pretty wildflower along an abandoned logging road.…

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In a woodsy neighborhood up a winding mountain road from Franklin, late May is pretty quiet — at least from…

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Neotropical migrants can be flashy things — think scarlet tanager, Baltimore oriole, rose-breasted grosbeak or those tiny butterflies of the…

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By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Demand for locally grown food is soaring in Western North Carolina, but recruiting — and…

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Scientific work by professors and students at Western Carolina University is earning recognition and winning research money. The Cullowhee campus,…

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What better way to spring into the season than chasing migrants across Western North Carolina? I was with the Franklin…

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When Michael Bradley first picked up a fly rod in 2011, he wasn’t looking for anything more than a relaxing…

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The Haywood Historic Farmers Market hopes to open its selection to an even larger portion of the population by exercising…

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Cumberland Island, which is composed of Great Cumberland Island (the national seashore) and Little Cumberland Island (private), is one of…

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Four years ago, Jennie Wyderko — then finishing up her undergrad at Virginia Tech — had barely even touched a…

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From paved 5K routes to epic trail runs and triathlons, Western North Carolina is rife with outdoor races of all…

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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…

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Solar power is on the rise across the U.S., and a campaign recently launched in Western North Carolina is urging…

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Sarah Davis loves bats. They’ve been the wintertime residents of Linville Caverns for as long as she can remember, a…

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I was commiserating with a friend who works for the Forest Service just after it was announced that they were…

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A pair of hikers camped near the Lower Falls in Graveyard Fields got a rude awakening March 16 when a…

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If the stack of boxes piling up on the counter of the outfitter store at Nantahala Outdoor Center is any…

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

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