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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:56

The Naturalist's Corner: Will eagles dare?

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A pair of mature bald eagles has been hanging out at Lake Junaluska for a few months now. I have heard two separate reports of these birds carrying nesting material. In the dark musty cobweb covered labyrinth that serves as my memory, I seem to remember reading about bald eagles nesting on Waterville (Walters) Lake, along the Pigeon River in northwest Haywood County near the Tennessee border back in the late 1970s. However, I recently did a Google search and could find no reference, so? Maybe some reader(s) could clear that up for me?

Waynesville is in the midst of a makeover on three of its streams, and it’s a renovation that fish, crayfish and tadpoles alike are likely to find satisfactory.

One of the three projects is already complete, a rehabilitation of Shelton Branch at the Waynesville Recreation Park that wrapped up in October, with stream restorations at East Street Park and Chestnut Park poised to start soon.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:46

Draft coyote management plan released

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A draft coyote management plan has been released and will be open for public comment through Feb. 9.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:41

Help clean up litter in Sylva

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Volunteers are wanted for a litter pickup along the Dark Ridge portion of Scotts Creek in Sylva, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:33

Weekday programs offered at Cataloochee

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Tuesdays and Wednesdays offer special opportunities at Cataloochee Ski Area, with programs now available for homeschoolers and families.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:31

Public input sought on Waterrock Knob planning

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Ideas for the future of the land surrounding Waterrock Knob and Plott Balsam are welcome during a public hearing slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:49

Race leagues return to Cataloochee

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Winter is here, and skiers and snowboarders with a need for speed will have a chance to show their stuff with a pair of recreational racing programs offered at Cataloochee Ski Area.

When people praise the Smokies, it’s often the area’s status as a four-season bonanza of beauty that spurs the discussion. From snow-blanketed winters to vibrant-leafed autumns, these mountains dress to impress year-round.