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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:51

Hot Springs fire contained

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The verdict is in on a fire that had been blazing for two weeks near Hot Springs — after burning…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:51

Hanging Dog Campground reopens on trial basis

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After two years of closure, Hanging Dog Campground in Cherokee County has reopened through a collaborative effort between the county…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:49

Get the cheat sheet to buy local

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Growing season has arrived in Western North Carolina, and the new Local Food Guide from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:48

Trail mapping project earns award for tribal member

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A Cherokee woman received recognition from the environmental organization Wild South for her tireless work with a project to map…
Closure of some trails will soon take effect in DuPont State Recreational Forest to protect the blue ghost firefly, a…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:38

Top 100 in Smokies history named

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Throughout its journey from concept to reality to regional treasure, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has drawn the support…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:34

Tour the best of Haywood’s gardens this summer

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The best blooms and greenery in Haywood County will be on display with this year’s Haywood County Garden Tour Saturday,…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:33

New maps ‘unlock’ Tsali’s epic trail system

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Newbies to Tsali Recreation Area in Graham County will have an easier time navigating the 37-mile trail network thanks to…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:34

Whitewater club gets a boost from grants

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The Nantahala Racing Club has landed nearly $45,000 in grants for the 2016 season, encouraging the Swain County nonprofit in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:33

Bear baiting rules loosened

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Bear hunters can now use unprocessed food as bait for a larger part of the hunting season, according to temporary…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:29

Firefly lottery opens

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A lottery to see the synchronous fireflies light up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open at noon Friday,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:28

Fire danger high

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Fire danger is high in North Carolina, with low humidity and lack of rain over the past few weeks resulting…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:26

Elkmont building in Smokies burns

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Nature knocked an item off the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s to-do list when a fire sparked a structure in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:25

Ozone season is here

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It’s ozone season in North Carolina again, that time of year when warm weather and pollution can combine to result…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:16

Watershed moments

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Elizabeth Vickery, a senior at Western Carolina University, peers into a dip net along with Cullowhee Valley Elementary School student…
A Swain County fishing guide has left his rod behind to embark on an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, aiming to raise…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:12

Waynesville men come out on top in Alaska motor adventure

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A pair of Waynesville men are home after a third-place finish in the harrowing Alcan 5000 motor vehicle race across…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:36

Sylva commissioners launch cleanup initiative

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A slate of monthly litter cleanups in Sylva will kick off at noon Saturday, April 30, at Bryson Park on…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:35

State looks to combat aquatic invasives

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With nuisance species steadily invading North Carolina waters, state officials have approved a plan designed to curb their onward march. 
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:25

Clean the Tuck

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Western Carolina University students show off the bags that they will soon fill with trash from the Tuckaseigee River during…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:24

The Eagle Lady says goodbye to N.C.

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After more than 20 years in the Carolina mountains, The Eagle Lady — also known as Doris Mager — is…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:21

Overnight on the Appalachian Trail

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To get a taste of trail life on the A.T., I set out on Friday afternoon with a pack, a…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:56

Hike week returns to Fontana Village

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A week of guided hikes and educational programs will celebrate all that’s great about hiking with Spring Hike Week April…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:55

Shoot the Smokies

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A crash course in outdoor photography will give shutterbugs an excuse to explore the Smokies’ beauty in a four-week program…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:52

Synchronous firefly viewing goes to lottery system

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Those wanting to get a peek at the famous synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:56

A day in the life of a mountain bike guidebook author

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By Jim Parham • Contributing writer People have all kinds of preconceived notions of what it’s like to write a trail…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:53

Long live the hard copy trail guide

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Google the name of almost any trailhead in Western North Carolina, and you’re likely to come up with pages of…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:35

Buggy photography to be illuminated

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Bug-loving photographers will get the inside scoop on photographing insects through a presentation from Kefyn Catley, a biology professor at…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:34

WNC land trusts surpass conservation goal

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In the past five years, the 10 land trusts of Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Forever coalition have collectively completed…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:06

Celebrate the A.T. season

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Every year, trail towns and businesses in Western North Carolina anticipate the influx of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers that stream through…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:33

Spring openings in the Smokies

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Spring is here, and facilities closed for the winter are opening up accordingly in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. …
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:28

Commission wants to lift bear baiting restriction

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A proposed rule change allowing hunters to bait black bears with unprocessed food throughout the entire hunting season will be…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:27

Snowmaking crew makes the top cut

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Cataloochee Ski Area is a finalist for the I AM a Snowmaker Award, given annually by SAM Magazine and HKD…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:23

Take your pick of ranger programs

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Spring ranger programs have begun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, giving visitors a chance to explore the Smokies…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:21

Lace it up

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A slate of challenging long-distance races will be coming to the Smokies this spring, meaning it’s time to get back…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:19

Stocked trout waters to open

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Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters throughout Western North Carolina will open at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 2.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:16

Easter on the trail

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This Easter marked an important milestone for Jerry Parker, an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker who completed the 2,160-mile trail before it…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:16

Stomach illness reported on the A.T.

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Stomach bugs, possibly norovirus, have been reported among Appalachian Trail thru-hikers in Georgia and the Great Smoky Mountains this season.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:11

Assault on BlackRock crosses the finish line

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Saturday dawned chilly and foggy at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, but that didn’t stop 73 people from completing the strenuous…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:10

Friends of the Smokies gets new director

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Friends of the Smokies has a new North Carolina director after Anna Lee Zanetti took the reins this week.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:01

Fake it till you make it

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“So, are you here as a reporter or as a biker?” asked one of the 100-plus shorts-wearing, bike-bearing people converged…
Complaints about overcrowding on the Nantahala River have led the U.S. Forest Service to consider limiting fishing permits for outfitters…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:45

Scaled-down plans for Duke’s Asheville plant approved

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Duke Energy Progress’s plan to replace its coal-fired power plant in Asheville with natural gas has garnered partial approval from…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:44

Volunteers needed in the Smokies

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As the green season inches closer and visitation ramps up, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is looking for volunteers…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 16:51

Get schooled on wildflowers

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The forest floor surrounding Jackson County comes alive as wildflower season dawns — and a six-week course on spring wildflowers…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 16:48

Wildlife group resigns from red wolf recovery team

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Defenders of Wildlife has walked off the Red Wolf Recovery Team, claiming it’s headed for a “dead end,” meeting only…
Franklin has sidewalks, bike trails and a beautiful greenway to encourage residents and visitors to walk or bike around town,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:28

Butterfly highway coming to N.C.

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A network of pollinator pit stops will begin spreading across the state with the launch of the Butterfly Highway Campaign,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:24

Report delivers bad news for drought prognosis

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Drought has gotten bad in the United States over the past 15 years, and the combination of the dry weather…