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It’s one of those summer days that’s so hot and humid it’s impossible to walk even two steps without sweating, and inside the butterfly house the air is even heavier, thick as a tropical rainforest. But, for the butterflies, it’s perfect.
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:08

Fair deadlines approaching

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Deadlines are approaching to enter exhibits in the N.C. Mountain State Fair, which will take place Sept. 8-17 at the Western N.C. Agricultural Center in Fletcher.
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:59

Repairs underway on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Repairs on the Blue Ridge Parkway will continue through August between mileposts 383 and 389 near Asheville, part of a project to repair several dangerous ruts.
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:58

Whitewater Olympics coming to WNC

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The 2017 Whitewater Junior Olympics will come to the Nantahala River July 28-30, featuring a variety of competitions for the country’s top young paddlers as well as a variety of just-for-fun water events.
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:57

Fly fishing hall of famers

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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians Hall of Fame will have six new members when its second-ever class of inductees is recognized Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Southwestern Community College Swain Center in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:52

Travel historic train route

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A train ride following the route of the Southern Railway Murphy Branch Line, established in 1891, will travel from Johnson City, Tennessee, to Bryson City and back during the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum’s Summer 2017 excursion.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:37

Hike the Smokies with a ranger

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Ranger-led programs are back for the summer, with opportunities throughout the week to hike the trails in the company of a ranger equipped to tell the stories behind those places.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:20

Meet a wild bird

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An ongoing volunteer opportunity offers the chance to get an up-close look at the songbirds of Western North Carolina, with volunteers needed to help scientists collect data throughout the summer. 
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:17

Earn a junior ranger badge

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Kids wanting to earn their badge will have plenty of chances with a full slate of junior ranger programs offered this summer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:17

Hold a wild bird

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A series of bird banding days will offer a chance to see the Smokies’ winged residents up close this summer at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.