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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…
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,…