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While most national parks serve as conduits for science, the Smokies is a window on history as well. Churches, schools,…

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Harry “Junior” Ward, Jr. recently retired from the North Carolina Forest Service as the Haywood County Ranger. Ward was a…

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As if the death of hemlock trees across the Southern Appalachians wasn’t bad enough already, forest researchers believe the loss…

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A decrepit dam is being torn down along the North Toe River near Spruce Pine this week, clearing the way…

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By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Whitewater releases from the Nantahala Lake dam will be suspended in October, forcing rafting…

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You say to-mah-to, I say to-ma-to At least Avram and I are talking. Want to join us? If we could…

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Regular readers of this column probably already know that I’ve run afoul of many regional environmental groups by questioning the…

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Ask any fisherman what their favorite stretch of stream is and you may as well be asking for directions to…

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Alex Bell can’t resist striking up a conversation with fellow fishermen he encounters on the Tuckasegee. But lately, he’s had…

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A workshop on how to build a simple greenhouse will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, as part…

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By Jim Janke Every summer one or two people bring samples of ugly little insects into the plant clinic and…

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As the inventory of every living species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trudges into its tenth year, it…

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When Jim Lowe strikes out on his twice-monthly foray to check insect traps in the Smokies, he never knows just…

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts more volunteers than nearly any other park. Last year, 2,780 volunteers logged a…

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Up in the air Western North Carolina senators Joe Sam Queen, Martin Nesbitt and John Snow might be wishing they…

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PETA - Cherokee bears part deaux I have been watching the story in Smoky Mountain News regarding PETA and the…

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Only the most farsighted and intuitive of those who labored for the creation of the Smokies could have foreseen the…

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As 10-year-old Dayini Lossie stood on the shore eyeing the wide shallow waters of the Tuckasegee River last week listening…

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A note of interest The US Fish & Wildlife Service has extended the public comment period on its John H.…

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What is a fish weir? Fish weirs are long, low rock walls built in the riverbed, extending from opposite shores…

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Lamar Marshall had been canoeing the Little Tennessee for years before he knew what a fish weir was. In retrospect,…

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While today’s fishermen are partial to the big fillets like brook trout and small-mouth bass, Cherokee used even the tiniest…

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Local residents and tourists have a new resource to help them support the farms and farmers of Haywood County. A…

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The Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour will debut this month with a half-mile series of forest-enveloped ziplines, where people hang from…

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Farmers and gardeners in Jackson County are inviting the public to traipse through their garden rows during the third annual…

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New neighbors I have always had a good number of neotropical migrants nest every season in the woods around my…

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A public hearing over a sewer discharge permit into the Little Tennessee River will be held on Tuesday, July 7,…

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WNS impacts western Carolina caving The USDA Forest Service issued an order on May 21 closing all caves and abandoned…

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The line-up of hikes in the Lookout Tower Challenge spans Western North Carolina. Seven are located in the Nantahala National…

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By Peter Barr • Guest writer The Carolina Mountain Club is challenging hikers to seek out some of Western North…

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Maggie Valley will celebrate the trout heritage of the Smoky Mountain region with its annual Trout Festival, held from 9…

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has donated $10,000 to Friends of the Smokies in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Great…

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By Jim Webb Don’t you wish you kept good records? I sure do. Those Elvis Presley 45’s, purchased the first…

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Birds of a feather Yep, they’ll be flocking June 25 at 10 a.m. at the North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick…

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A ceremonial groundbreaking was held this week for a new visitor center at the main North Carolina entrance to the…

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Goodbye to a native son A light has dimmed in the universe. It was a light that shone with gracious…

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While it’s hard to imagine as one gazes at the vast wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, more…

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By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A year ago, a group of more than 40 rafting outfitters gathered to discuss…

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By Jim Janke When our house was being built it became obvious that we needed to hide two 40 feet…

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The Nantahala Gorge contributes $85 million to the local economy each year, and is the primary reason many tourists make…

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Stop and smell the flowers Sure, we all hear it and we all think, “I’m gonna do just that as…

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There are few places where scientists probing the mysteries of the natural world would rather be. The sweeping vistas of…

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A new hiking book on Western North Carolina puts the regions trails in a new perspective. It weaves together the…

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Crepuscular by nature The sun knows the secret. Beginning and end Are the beautiful times. The soft warm And sensual…

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Jesse Webster consulted his GPS and eyed the tangle of rhododendrons stretching out of sight up the mountainside. Somewhere beyond…

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When Steve Woody and Barney Coulter got a mysterious call from Smokies Superintendent Randall Pope in the early 1990s asking…

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By Jim Janke The purpose of Master Gardener programs is to increase the knowledge of horticulture among home gardeners. Master…

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What’s that buzzin? “Daddy, daddy, there’s a yellowjacket in the bedroom!” cried Izzy. And somehow, the dusty old synapses fired…

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Innovative techniques for dispersing runoff and protecting neighboring streams will be highlighted during a program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May…

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