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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:08

Campfire restrictions enacted in the Smokies

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Campfires in the backcountry of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are a no-go following the park’s decision to issue…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:06

Wildlife rides out the drought

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From his vantage point on the banks of the Tuckasegee River, it’s not that hard for fly fishing guide Alex…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:04

Low water levels cut the season short

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Fontana Lake looks more like a narrow river running through a canyon right now as drought conditions persist across the…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:25

Drought disaster declared in WNC

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 Jackson County has joined five other Western North Carolina counties in receiving designation as a primary natural disaster area due…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:23

Competition raises $220,000 to support military members

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A weekend of outdoor competition raised $220,000 in support of military members and their families at Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:22

Volunteers remove a ton of garbage from Haywood creeks

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More than a ton of trash vanished from Richland and Allens creeks following a volunteer cleanup effort this fall.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:14

New district ranger named for Pisgah

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The Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest has a new district ranger following the arrival of Dave Casey,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:10

Five fires burn the Nantahala

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Fire season is just beginning, but already five fires are lighting up the Nantahala National Forest. About 130 people are…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:02

Paddlesports club gets national recognition

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Nantahala Racing Club’s “superior performance and program development” earned it recognition as the American Canoe Association’s 2016 Stroke of Achievement…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:59

HCC lumberjacks take second at competition

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The Haywood Community College Woodsmen’s Team took second place at the 2016 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet this month,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:56

Drought becomes extreme in far western N.C.

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Even as Eastern North Carolina is reeling from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew, Western North Carolina is plunging deeper into…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:11

High fire danger prompts burning caution in Western N.C.

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Fire danger is increasing throughout the forests of Western North Carolina, necessitating caution for any kind of outdoor burning. 
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:10

Livestock producers prepare for hay shortage

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Drought is continuing and frost has ended the growing season in much of Western North Carolina, so hay could be…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:06

Locals make strong showing in grueling trail race

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Local athletes figured prominently in the top places for the Naturalist Epic 25K/50K race held Oct. 8, a grueling undertaking…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:04

Smokies celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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The Smokies came to the Latino communities of Knoxville this month in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, with more…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:04

Grab your waterfall calendar and support WNC

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Seasonal images of Western North Carolina’s most exquisite waterfalls adorn a newly published calendar set to raise money for the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:02

Map publisher donates to maintain Tsali trails

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A new map of Tsali Trails not only creates a better guide to the nationally known trail system on the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:01

Environmental, economic leaders converge at WCU

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More than 100 leaders from across Western North Carolina came together at Western Carolina University this month to talk about…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:46

New, free maps show the Smokies in greater detail

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New U.S. Topo maps are out, and the quadrangles covering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park now display trails, campgrounds,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:45

Take the 100-mile challenge

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A statewide challenge to knock out 100 miles of hiking, walking, running, paddling, skating, horseback riding or rolling a wheelchair…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:37

Elk Bugle Corps gets a boost

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A $3,500 grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will help enrich the elk viewing experience in the Cataloochee…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:36

Western Carolina recognized for energy savings

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Western Carolina University was among the 18 public colleges and universities recently honored by the state for leadership in reducing…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:14

Locals take top spots in Harvest Half

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Local runners came out high in the rankings with completion of the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon last weekend. 
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:10

Judge orders Fish and Wildlife Service to halt red wolf plan

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A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to halt its plan to transfer the reintroduced population…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:09

Burn project proposed for Jackson County

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A 956-acre prescribed burn is being proposed for the Nantahala National Forest in southeastern Jackson County, aiming to reduce wildfire…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:17

Grant dollars protect Haywood farmlands

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Local acres were among those covered by $3.8 million the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:49

Dreaming of Toyko: A conversation with Michal

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Since the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Michal Smolen has been hopping continents to finish out the post-Rio racing season,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:39

Protect your beehive

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Mosquito spraying for Zika virus in other states has led some North Carolina beekeepers to ask what they can do…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:31

Red wolf reintroduction to cease in southeast N.C.

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Red wolves will be removed from the majority of the five-county area of eastern North Carolina where they now exist…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:29

Woman dies following fall in the Smokies

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A woman perished following a fall at the Newfound Gap parking lot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:26

Sales strong for Smokies plates

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Sales of North Carolina Friends of the Smokies license plates brought in $118,240 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:06

Explore N.C. wildlife online

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A revamped website is allowing people to discover North Carolina’s natural heritage in new ways through the N.C. Natural Heritage…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:58

Grant supports Cherokee-infused environmental education

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Classroom lessons focusing on Cherokee culture and ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains will expand to schools in seven Western…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:15

Carbon offsets program starts

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A relaunched carbon offsets program will give business, organizations and individuals in Western North Carolina a way to turn their…
A meeting between leaders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians brought tribal…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:37

Fall color forecast a waiting game

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September temperatures will make or break fall color quality this year, according to Western Carolina University’s new fall foliage forecaster…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:36

Emerald ash borer found in the Pisgah

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An infestation of destructive emerald ash borers has been confirmed in the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:34

Telethon for the Smokies

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Friends of the Smokies raised $205,562 at its 22nd annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon last week, with the hundreds…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:54

Cherokee students become Smokies experts

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Students at Cherokee Middle School have spent the last two years digging deep into the ecology, culture and history of…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:51

New education chief comes to the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a new chief of resource education in Nigel Fields, who Superintendent Cassius Cash…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:12

Locals succeed in Lake Logan races

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Nearly 1,000 athletes converged on Lake Logan this month, pushing for a finish in challenging half-ironman and triathlon competitions at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:59

Species mapper unveiled in the Smokies

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Anyone with an internet connection can now pull up a map showing where they might encounter any of 1,800 Smokies…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:58

Wildlife education offered in schools

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Mountain Wildlife Days, a weekend of wildlife-oriented fun, raised $2,600 this summer to go toward wildlife education programs in Western…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:56

National Trails Day breaks records

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The numbers are in, and this year’s National Trails Day, organized at locations across the country by the American Hiking…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:55

Meteors galore are on the way

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A high-intensity meteor shower will light up the sky next week, and the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will host an…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:53

Get your gleaning on

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The harvest is coming in, and for a contingent of growers and volunteers in Haywood County, that means gleaning season.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:50

Kids get out for a day on the farm

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Kids spent a day learning about gardening and raising animals — while also enjoying swimming, fishing and hay rides — with a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:40

Local naturalist releases hiking guide

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Naturalist Ken Czarnomski — in partnership with the the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority — has released the third installment…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:37

High schoolers conquer the Rockies

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After biking more than 300 miles through the Rocky Mountains, the group of five high schoolers involved in Western Carolina…