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A long-awaited decision over paddling on the Upper Chattooga is expected within weeks by the National Forest Service.
By Michael Beadle Watch out Broadway. Get Carnegie Hall ready.
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Wings of winter

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Winter birding is often slow going. There is no chorus of rowdy and randy males singing lustily, and weather conditions…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Dr. Elisha Mitchell

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While scanning the shelves of a rare bookstore in Asheville several months ago, I happened upon a regional volume by…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Body found in Macon in missing hiker case

Skeletal remains found in Macon County’s Nantahala National Forest Feb. 2 are those of an 80-year-old hiker who disappeared in October 2007, authorities say.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Living “green” is a way of life for Mark and Darcia Bondurant. The Haywood County family of four works diligently everyday to reduce their carbon footprint by doing everything from buying locally produced food…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Garden questions

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By Jim Janke • Special to the Smoky Mountain News Editor’s note: This is the first of what will become…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Final countdown to the Chattooga decision

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There are nine scenarios on the table in the debate over whether paddling should be allowed on the Upper Chattooga.…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Driving a tractor-trailer in Haywood County or a motorcycle in Swain? Use caution. Both counties top the list of AAA Carolinas recently released report on the most dangerous places to drive in North Carolina.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on amendments to the county’s flood damage prevention and watershed ordinances at a public hearing on Feb. 11.
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

North Shore area won’t be designated a wilderness

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By Rep. Heath Shuler After more than 60 years of contentious debate that has divided our community, we are finally…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Letter writers take me to task twice in one week

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Fair’s fair, so I’ll print an anonymous letter I received over the weekend. We usually don’t print anonymous submissions, but…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Kindle In case you don’t know, the Kindle is Amazon’s answer to the paperless book. It’s a wireless, portable electronic…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Bluegrass’ contemporary class

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The term “contemporary bluegrass” is open to a ridiculous amount of interpretation. For some it signifies anything that strays even…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Life chronicles

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How To Make A Journal Of Your Life by D. Price. Ten Speed Press, $9.95. Ant Farm by Simon Rich.…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

This rodent won’t make it to the White House

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, Penn. — A year from the day he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, Punxsutawney Phil,…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Counties need full-time economic development director

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There’s not a one-size-fits-all model for how counties should promote economic development, but at the very least there should be…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Business owners and their trash

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Jackson County solid waste officials are cracking down on how businesses dispose of their trash, a move that has small business owners like Teresa Dowd up in arms.
By Jennifer Garlesky & Julia Merchant • Staff Writers Two Swain County employees will join representatives from the Department of Interior, the State of North Carolina and the Tennessee Valley Authority to negotiate a new contract that will replace the…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Forest Service should let boaters on the Chattooga

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The U.S. Forest Service is about to release its opinion on whether to allow boating on the Chattooga River. It’s…
By Victoria McDonald • Guest Columnist Reverend C. T. Vivian is a living legend of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County’s eight-month moratorium on the permitting of recreational vehicles in the floodplain will be lifted next month.
Unsafe levels of fecal coliform in the Tuckasegee River and two tributaries around Dillsboro have Jackson County public health officials…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Upper world guardians

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We are all fascinated by birds. In addition to being pretty (even buzzards are pretty in their own way), they…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Owners of Plott Hounds will say that the hound is unlike any other.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Sylva wants to diversify Pinnacle Park usage

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sylva Town Board members want to see hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers sharing the trails in Pinnacle Park, 1,100 acres of land located at the northern part of town.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

The greening of America

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“I suddenly think about my friends, you know, getting on their private jets. And I think, well, you know, maybe…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Gems from the used bin

By Chris Cooper Ah, the joy of finding good stuff in the “undeservedly discarded disc” section of any music store. Here a few recent scores: pop melodrama from Bleu and a superb album from the most underappreciated — and one…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer It’s a scenario that plays out every day: A bored 12-year-old girl named Crystal enters a Yahoo chatroom. Immediately, a screen pops up. “A/S/L/?” — age, sex, location? — another chat user inquires. Within…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Poems from Guantanamo They’re supposed to be the worst of the worst from al-Qaeda and the Taliban, evildoers locked up…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Development regs at issue in Jackson election

When Jackson County commissioners passed strict mountainside development regulations last year, opponents pledged to get even come election time.
Voters in Jackson County could have a rematch in the May primary between two candidates who ran against each other for county commissioner two years ago — Joe Cowan and Darrell Fox for the district that includes Webster and Cullowhee.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer A plan to distribute Macon County’s occupancy tax has been formulated, leaving the final approval up to the board of commissioners.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Franklin leaders mull downtown options

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sandi Dotherow loves the town of Franklin so much that she spends all her free time shopping and dining at downtown businesses.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Poetry dying for readers

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In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems, 1955 by X.J. Kennedy. — The Johns Hopkins University Press,…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

My bags are packed

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And I’m Loosiana bound — you do know it was named after Louis, not Louise?
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

A long time coming

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The public is two-and-a-half years late learning that a popular area for swimming, rafting and fishing in Jackson County isn’t…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Too close to call

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The most fascinating race for President of the United States in my lifetime could have become a good bit more…
The endangered Indiana bat saw a 9 percent population increase between 2005 and 2007, continuing a 12-year rise in bat…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

Painting over Bureaucracy

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By Michael Beadle Phyllis Jarvinen was tired of all the paperwork, the endless forms and bureaucratic red tape that clogged…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

Birdapalooza results

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My brother and I conducted our annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

Development rules will get test in commissioner race

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When the Democratic primary election rolls around in Jackson County on May 6, many will finally get the chance they’ve…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

A favorite plant

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By Jim Janke • Special to SMN Editor’s note: This is a regular feature on gardening by the Haywood County…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

The innate traits of the male species

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By Stephanie Wampler Step-by-cautious step, the man crosses the room, casting his eyes in all directions to make sure no…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

This one's for Rob

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By Chris Cooper Last summer I wrote an article titled “I Played In A Classic Rock Cover Band And Lived…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

Is feeding the hungry bad for business?

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer It’s lunchtime at the Open Door, a 12-year-old soup kitchen in the Frog Level community of Haywood County, and chatter and laughter fill the modest dining hall. Here, down-on-their-luck residents can get a free…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

Resisting the prospect of extinction

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By Brent Martin Almost 10 years ago, science writer David Quammen published an essay in Harper’s Magazine titled A Planet…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

DOT accused of convoluted planning

Opponents to the Southern Loop again urged the N.C. Department of Transportation to halt planning for the new highway last week during a meeting of the Jackson County Transportation Task Force.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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EcoBuilders This Asheville area green building company co-owned by former Haywood County Environmental Science teacher Rob Moody and organic farmer…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer As Macon County officials move forward with plans to build two new schools, community schools in Cowee, Iotla and Cullasaja could close their doors forever.