Somewhere beyond the rain and clouds, in the wee hours yesterday morning (April 15), there was a striking blood moon…
Western North Carolina is covered with more than 1,500 square miles of national forest, and residents often measure their assets…
Despite last week’s chill and blustery snow, we are in the throes of spring migration. Actually, migration never stops. There…
Warmer weather is on its way, but along with the sunny afternoons comes the return of ozone season. A bad…
It’s been nearly eight years since Amy “Willow” Allen passed through Western North Carolina as a tired-and-hungry AT through-hiker. But…
No, I’m not late. I’m not talking about puking green beer or waking up with Leprechauns — I’m talking about…
It’s a chilly day on the Tuckasegee River. Air temperature is in the mid-40s, and the water isn’t much warmer. …
By Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent About a year ago, Patrick O’Neal bought an old, chrome-rimmed Schwinn bicycle. He was just…
People say the corporate world has no soul. Corporations don’t give a rat’s behind about their employees, especially after they’re…
Heidi Dunkelberg is determined to make hops synonymous with Western North Carolina. “I’ve got to figure it out,” she said.…
Not just anybody can keep up with Jim Pader. Last year alone, he hiked 534 miles and has logged 738.4…
Take an evening walk through the woods this time of year, and odds are you’ll hear the grumpy quacking of…
A river of burnt umber flows every year from southern Canada through the U.S. to the oyamel fir forests in…
For every degree of cold or inconvenience, wintry weather adds two of beauty. Members of Waynesville’s Lens Luggers photography club…
No better way to celebrate a big thaw than an impromptu field trip. We rounded up kids, friends and friends’…
There’s nothing abnormal about the pair of armchairs in Jim and Baraba Mills’ living room, or about the television —…
In my youth, never did a B-western movie make it to the end without the bad guy being cornered and…
The silence seeped from the mountain ridges and hung heavily over the forest, silence like a deep well, so deep…
Looking for something fun for the kids on a cold and/or rainy winter’s day. The Discovery Place in Charlotte has…
From the oil fields of North Dakota to the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, the U.S. oil and gas industry is…
I mentioned the fact a couple of weeks ago that N.C. House Bill 74— the Regulatory Reform Act of 2013…
Evergreen Packaging’s Canton paper mill will be writing some big checks over the coming years as it moves to comply…
The annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) took place Saturday, Jan. 4. In the weeks prior to the count many…
By Colby Dunn • SMN correspondent Perched atop the crest of a mountain, with two slim pieces of fiberglass strapped to…
Survey your supermarket and you’ll see pretty much the same stuff anywhere in the country: oranges from Florida, onions from…
This appears especially true in the Old Home State where the (first in over 100 years) Republican triad used the…
Jacob Flannick • SMN Correspondent Jonathan and Abby Landry don’t limit the spirit of giving to the holiday season. For this…
We touched on this winter’s irruption of snowy owls a couple of weeks ago, but these birds continue to pop…
I believe Lake Junaluska has spoiled local birders like me. I spent about an hour and a half poking around…
By Lindsay Wertz • Correspondent After hours of work and preparation, six terrain elements sparkled imposingly under the lights on Cataloochee…
This snowfall is measured in feathers or bodies, not inches. This year is turning out to be a major irruption…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent  Though winter may have you couped up inside, you can dream of sunnier days in…
Orion the Hunter has taken to the late autumn skies. One of the loveliest and most easily recognized constellations will…
Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library will produce a new digital collection of 2,000 items focused on the history of Great…
By Paul Clark • Correspondent Mary McNeil carried her shopping bag around Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market like a kid on Halloween.…
I believe it was in 2010 when the Town of Waynesville signed off on a plan to thin the stands…
Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent Michael Wagenseil is settling into his element, arranging displays of ski equipment and clothing as he…
It will likely take awhile for the smoke to clear after the Table Rock Fire near Linville Gorge in the…
I can be standing five feet from my girls and say something simple like, “wash your hands,” “brush your teeth”…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent  Each year, an estimated 50,000 people visit Cherokee looking to hit it big, but instead of…
Traveling from east to west, the Mississippi River Bridge is a time portal for me.  I drive for hours squarely…
A crisp wind blows through Haywood County. Gazing upward, dark clouds slowly take over the sky while a few ominous…
I believe the annual treks into the Town of Waynesville’s watershed began back in 2007. They have provided a unique…
Flips, spins, big jumps and high speeds — these things challenge the average human being, but, for big-air snowboarder Zeb…
Last week we talked a little about how mountains can influence climate. Lenticular clouds are often created when warm air…
By Colby Dunn • SMN Correspondent What makes the stem of one pumpkin better than another for chunkin’? Why is one…
Millions of years ago America and Africa rubbed shoulders and the Appalachian Mountains were created. The ancient Appalachians, at one…
A longer season, a higher quota, shooting over bait piles — these are just a few aspects of the state…
I was at the Allens Creek soccer fields Saturday morning watching Maddie play when my eyes were drawn to the…
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