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By Kathryn Sherrard • Contributing Writer Do you like to visit a state or national park? Why? For thousands of…

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For the more intrepid sojourner, the word “wilderness” may conjure up visions of Death Valley, the Alaska Peninsula or the…

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When Matt Rosenthal opened the doors of a new fly-fishing shop in Waynesville last week, word spread quickly among the…

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The National Park Service announced its long-awaited but much expected decision last week over the North Shore Road: don’t build…

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More than 400 acres on a mountain in Sandy Mush have been protected thanks to a special conservation fund created…

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By Kathleen Lamont There has been a lot of planning, talking and meeting lately regarding the buzzword of the decade:…

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Site nominations for the mountain region of the North Carolina Birding Trail kicked off Oct. 1. Sites for the coastal…

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A plan by Duke Energy to tear down the century-old Dillsboro dam drew a crowd of opponents to a public…

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Duke Energy must get a permit from the N.C. Division of Water Quality before it can tear down the Dillsboro…

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By Michael Beadle Several Western North Carolina running teams recently concluded the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay Race from Grayson Highlands…

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Bluebird skies are wonderful for lots of things. For example, along U.S. Hwy. 64 west of Franklin the other day…

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One of those paradoxes of getting older: it seems you have more occasions to gather with friends and family, but…

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It’s almost fall and the skies are beginning to fill with feathered vagabonds headed to their traditional southern winter habitats.…

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Recreation at a four-wheel drive and ATV playground in the Nantahala National Forest could be curtailed after environmental and outdoor…

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By Michael Beadle It’s 5:30 on a steamy Monday night at the Waynesville Recreation Park, and pairs of disc golfers…

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By Kathleen Lamont I have had laying hens on and off for the past 20 years. My first flock of…

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Balsam Mountain Preserve is, first and foremost, a real estate development. As such, it is subject to all the pressures,…

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Scott McLeod, my editor, tossed an Aug. 20, 2007, New Yorker on his desk and said there was a good…

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Decades ago, fresh water mussels littered the river bottoms of Western North Carolina. River otter and muskrats ate them, Cherokee…

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A.J. Rowell of Cullowhee is ticking off the miles on his transcontinental bike ride from the Arctic Ocean back home…

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“Gambling on a Ghost Bird” in the current issue of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/5840/888/F1 - there’s a $10 fee) regarding…

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An unplanned trip to Louisiana the first weekend in August sent us to the land of the heat-index factor. Of…

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By Michael Beadle Maggie Valley’s annual running event is only days away, and it looks to be regaining its reputation…

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Abattle over antiquated coal plants that started in North Carolina landed in the U.S. Supreme Court this year, setting precedent…

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Although my series on alternative fuels is done, I think I will stay in the alternative universe. Science, which is…

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By Michael Beadle Ron Davis is tracking a very special timber rattlesnake along a road at Balsam Mountain Preserve in…

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By Kathleen Lamont One doesn’t usually give their septic system a second thought — until the day that you walk…

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I don’t know the source but in my college days there was an aphorism — “If you can’t dazzle ‘em…

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The steep slopes of the Fisher Creek watershed provided drinking water to the town of Sylva for many decades, from…

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Cherokee Middle School students have been getting a dose of hands-on science in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this…

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There are two ways to hike to Pinnacle Peak, renowned for its 360-degree views from the Plott Balsams. Option one:…

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The town of Sylva has nearly completed its goal of eternal preservation of the 1,100-acre Pinnacle Park in the Plott…

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The diesel engine created by Rudolf Diesel was designed to run on biodiesel. The prototype demonstrated at the World Fair…

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This week’s alternative fuels column will discuss three fuels (methanol, p-series and hydrogen) that all have one thing in common…

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By Michael Beadle More acid rain and invasive insect pests. Fewer trout in mountain streams. More “code red” days with…

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By Michael Beadle Local cyclists can rest assured that one of the region’s longest-running bicycle shops will be around for…

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Editor’s note: This is another in a series of columns by Don Hendershot about alternative energy Ethanol Ethanol is grain…

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Editor’s note: Naturalist Don Hendershot is writing a series of articles exploring alternative fuels. Natural gas is the fossil alternative…

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An age-old question has emerged in the raging debate over the Chattooga River wilderness: how many people is too many…

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Like the Roach Motel of commercial fame, synthetic scents have crept into our homes and lives and are not going…

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Editor’s note: Naturalist Don Hendershot is writing a series of columns exploring the use of alternative energy and fuels.  …

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A recurring debate between camps in the Chattooga River controversy is how many paddlers would actually come to the river.…

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By Michael Beadle Fishing for something fun to do this weekend? Head downstream to the Maggie Valley Fairgrounds for the…

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Most people tend to think of electric (EVs) and hybrid (HEVs) vehicles in the same sphere, but the two are…

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust honored those that donated land and conservation agreements in 2006 at a recent celebration.

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Greenies, tree-huggers, granolas and old hippies are mothers, dads and grandmoms too. And there is a sincere desire to live…

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By Michael Beadle William Bartram only came through Western North Carolina for a handful of days in the spring of…

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By Kathleen Lamont Soy is found in all kinds of foods we eat today, but do you know what’s in…

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