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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…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:20

The trail from spring to winter

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Bright sunshine? Sixty-degree weather? In February?
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:47

Classic Hikes of the Smokies kicks off

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Exploration of the remote Little Cataloochee area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will kick off this year’s Classic…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:47

Poster contest winners announced in Jackson

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Students in Jackson County got a chance to show the artistic side of what it means to live in a…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:44

Agreement signed to protect rare fish

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The sicklefin redhorse is a rare fish found nowhere else in the world other than six Southern Appalachian counties, but…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:43

Boats banned from new Lake Glenville swimming area

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Starting in August, no boating vessels will be allowed at the new swimming area at the Pines Recreation Area on…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:41

Community leaders recognized in Haywood

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Before a roomful of dedicated citizens, Haywood’s Commission for a Clean County doled out its annual awards last week to…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:26

Taste — and hear — the wild

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Get a taste of the wild with students in the Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College as they host the…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:24

Franklin-area forest road closed for logging

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A 6-mile stretch of Rainbow Springs Road near Franklin will stay closed through mid-May for logging going on nearby.
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:22

Help Franklin become more bikable and walkable

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Share ideas for making Franklin more pedestrian and cyclist friendly during a public input meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:19

Celebrate winter Smoky-style

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WinterFest Smoky Style will return for its second year Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, injecting the…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:14

Nearly 50 acres conserved along national forest boundary

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A purchase of 48 acres adjacent to the Pisgah National Forest and the Highlands of Roan by the Southern Appalachian…
Mark Rogers sticks his hand through the cold air outside Bethel Grocery into the even more frigid interior of the…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:20

Waynesville lumber company recognized for exports

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Waynesville lumber company Oaks Unlimited Inc. got recognition in Raleigh last week, named 2016 Exporter of the Year by the…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:09

Polar Plunge attracts record number

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The water of Lake Junaluska was a balmy 41 degrees as a parade of 158 people — sanity questionable —…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:06

Drawdown starts at Lake J for silt removal

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Water levels at Lake Junaluska are falling following the start of a drawdown to dredge silt and litter — and…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:04

Beekeeping school offered

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Newbie beekeepers will get a leg up with an all-day class in beginning beekeeping Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Haywood…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:27

Algal invader found in Jackson County

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A nuisance algae capable of harming stream habitats has come to Jackson County, and water users will have to help…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:26

Happy ending for man stranded at Mount Pisgah

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Deep snow in the mountains last week stranded a transmission tower repairman near the summit of Mount Pisgah Jan. 25,…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:24

Cullowhee students get creekside dose of science and math

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A section of Cullowhee Creek in Jackson County will turn into a laboratory — with elementary school students as its…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:55

Rewards offered for poaching tips

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A new program rewarding people who turn in poachers aims to crack down on illegal wildlife harvest.  “Despite our constant…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:54

Gallery: A winter wonderland

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When I transplanted myself from Wyoming to North Carolina, I assumed that part of the deal would be relinquishing access…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:52

Falcons, wolves and bears, oh my!

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An exhibition highlighting the return of North America’s wolves and peregrine falcons from the brink of extinction will be on…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:51

Reflections on walking the Camino Primitivo

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An avid local hiker will share the story of her pilgrimage along the 208-mile Camino Primitivo in Spain at 7…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:14

Power plant plans to be discussed at public hearing

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A public hearing on Duke Energy’s plan to build two new power plants to replace its soon-to-retire Asheville coal plant…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:13

Date set for Smokies Half Marathon

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The Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon will send runners all around Waynesville on Saturday, May 14 — and for…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:11

Hike 100 miles of Smokies trail in 2016

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Smokies Superintendent Cassius Cash has issued a challenge to all hardy souls wishing to join him in celebrating the National…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:47

Ban on poultry shows and sales lifted

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A state ban on poultry sales and shows in place since August was lifted a week earlier than anticipated, as…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:47

Dairy farmers to vote on mandatory sales contribution

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Haywood County dairy farmers may soon be required to give a portion of their proceeds for dairy-related education, research and…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:46

LTLT name change becomes official

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee started off the new year with a new name, officially launching its new…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:35

Work beginning on access trails along the Chattooga

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Work has started on new trails and signs along the Chattooga River aimed at improving access for paddlers.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:33

Learn to use a stand up paddleboard

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People wanting to get in on the stand up paddleboard craze will have a chance to learn the basics at…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:55

New Mountains-to-Sea guide available

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A new trail guide covering the Balsams section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is out, meaning that the trail’s route through…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:54

Program to prepare preschoolers for sports leagues

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A sports development league aiming to teach preschoolers the skills they’ll need to succeed in the world of athletics is…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:53

Emissions from new vehicles decreasing, report says

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Vehicles are getting greener, according to a pair of reports recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  In model…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:51

Plateau land trust conserves record number of acres

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With more than 400 acres of land conserved through purchase and conservation easements in 2015, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust is…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:15

New maps out for DuPont Forest

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People wanting to explore DuPont State Forest now have three new tools at their disposal to navigate through the forest’s…