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out frIt’s a feeling that Chris Bates can’t shake. “Being outside, in the winter, on the mountain — there’s nothing like it,” he said. “There’s a sense of exhilaration when you’re on a pair of skis. It’s a rush I’ve never gotten enough of.”

Bates, who has been the general manager at Cataloochee Ski Area for 17 years, is sitting inside the main lodge high above Maggie Valley this past Monday morning. Gazing out the windows onto the snowy slopes, the troves of eager skiers and snowboarders already cruising down the mountain, Bates can’t help to be excited that the 54th season at “Cat” got underway this week.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:19

Get outside for the holidays

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out givingviewsThe Blue Ridge Parkway is supporting fresh air over shopping malls to launch the Christmas season, offering two excuses to get outside and have fun rather than shop:

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:16

Grant protects Haywood farm with easement

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out glancecoveThe Glance Cove Farm in the Crabtree area of Haywood County will keep its agricultural character for a long, long time following placement of a conservation easement using a $317,000 grant from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:14

Rare salamander found in new area

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out salamanderThe rare green salamander had never been documented in the Highlands area before, but a September excursion to the Overflow Wilderness Study Area in the Nantahala National Forest resulted in an exciting discovery.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:45

N.C. Arboretum lights up for the holidays

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out arboretumMore than 200,000 LED lights will illuminate the gardens of the N.C. Arboretum starting Nov. 20 for the second annual Winter Lights showcase.