The need for speed: Waynesville elite cyclist Nancy Lux competes nationally with BMW-Bianchi women’s cycling team
 

The need for speed: Waynesville elite cyclist Nancy Lux competes nationally with BMW-Bianchi women’s cycling team

By Michael Beadle By day, Nancy Lux crunches numbers as a certified public accountant in Waynesville. After work, you may…
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Spring is on the wing
 

Spring is on the wing

Step out on the deck with your morning coffee or pause in the yard for a moment after you strap…
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Conservation groups file lawsuit to protect endangered warbler
 

Conservation groups file lawsuit to protect endangered warbler

Concerned by continuing decline of the cerulean warbler, five conservation groups, including some based in Western North Carolina, filed a…
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Burroughs Fund adds $138,600 for WNC science education
 

Burroughs Fund adds $138,600 for WNC science education

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has announced a three-year, $138,600 grant to renew its support for science education programs for middle…
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A daffodil by any other name
 

A daffodil by any other name

Around 8 a.m. last Sunday (Feb. 26), my wife and I backed out of the driveway and headed to Clyde’s…
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Land for sale — yours
 

Land for sale — yours

When Dick Morgan, a fisherman from Maggie Valley, heard that two acres on Hurricane Mountain was on the chopping block…
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Just the dregs
 

Just the dregs

Those pitching the plan to sell off pieces of the national forest claim the parcels on the list are inconsequential.…
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Handouts by the numbers
 

Handouts by the numbers

Counties with national forest or park land in their borders get two types of money from the federal government: payment…
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A double crested whammy
 

A double crested whammy

We were leaving Monroe, La., just after dawn last Sunday, Feb. 19. We crossed over a small levee and dam…
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Logging plan for Kirby Knob forest upheld
 

Logging plan for Kirby Knob forest upheld

A coalition of environmental groups and local residents lost their appeal against a logging operation in the Nantahala National Forest…
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A pickle of a Prong
 

A pickle of a Prong

I felt like I should have had crampons on my boots, like the spikes mountain climbers use on ice. The…
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The guns of winter
 

The guns of winter

There was a blast from Vice President Dick Cheney’s 28-gauge shotgun — a gun, by the way, that one Web…
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Land trusts launch national vetting process
 

Land trusts launch national vetting process

Land conservation trusts cropping up across Western North Carolina and the rest of the country will soon be able to…
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We’ll weather the weather, whatever it is
 

We’ll weather the weather, whatever it is

One of my daughter Izzy’s favorite videos is “Little Bear’s Winter Tales.” She likes the episode with the blizzard. The…
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The Bigfoot crew
 

The Bigfoot crew

The team of Bigfoot researchers who came to Cherokee last week to investigate reports of a mysterious creature encounter run…
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The hunt for Bigfoot comes to town
 

The hunt for Bigfoot comes to town

Stealth is not the preferred modus operandi of the Bigfoot team when they roll into town. Their black suburban, bound…
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Bigfoot: personal encounter?
 

Bigfoot: personal encounter?

For 12 years, Wanda Childers has brushed off encounters with a mysterious creature lurking around her trailer in the Whittier…
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TVA lawsuit Q&A
 

TVA lawsuit Q&A

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper issued the following question and answer column on the state’s air pollution law suit…
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State sues TVA for polluting mountains’ air
 

State sues TVA for polluting mountains’ air

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority last week seeking to significantly reduce pollution…
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Cornell – it’s more than just ivory-billeds
 

Cornell – it’s more than just ivory-billeds

Cornell University and the ivory-billed woodpecker have been inextricably linked since the announcement in 2005 of the rediscovery of the…
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Elk negotiations continue
 

Elk negotiations continue

Dick Hamilton, director of the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Biologists with…
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A lone cry of reason from the wilderness
 

A lone cry of reason from the wilderness

The January 2006 edition of “The Auk,” the journal of the American Ornithologists’ Union, includes a 15-page article by Jerome…
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Local BMX teen aims high
 

Local BMX teen aims high

A 15-year-old from Waynesville hopes to be part of the women’s USA BMX bike team at the 2008 Olympics after…
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Congress debates longevity of the Endangered Species Act
 

Congress debates longevity of the Endangered Species Act

A move to rewrite the Endangered Species Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is expected to come…
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Time spent outdoors always validates itself
 

Time spent outdoors always validates itself

By Ed Kelley When I think of the mountains of Western North Carolina, I like to believe I know a…
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Winter Fishing is more than it gets credit for
 

Winter Fishing is more than it gets credit for

By Eugene Shuler Winter is a great time to go fishing. Don’t believe me? Just look at what you don’t…
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Seeking a new chill
 

Seeking a new chill

By Michael Beadle Freezing temperatures may keep some people bundled up indoors, but not Adam Fox. When the temperatures dip…
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Trees up close and personal
 

Trees up close and personal

Winter is a great time for studying tree identification. The mountains look steel-gray from a distance. The forest, up close,…
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Two-wheel motion: Long-time mechanic opens bikeshop
 

Two-wheel motion: Long-time mechanic opens bikeshop

A new cycling shop opened in Waynesville just in the nick of time for Bob Gatis. The notion recently struck…
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Bird nerds unite
 

Bird nerds unite

I learned, when I worked full-time for the Smoky Mountain News, that it helps if newspaper writers are thick-skinned. It…
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Cherokee reels in North Carolina Casting Championships
 

Cherokee reels in North Carolina Casting Championships

Top fly and bass fishermen will be coming to Cherokee to show off their skills at the North Carolina Casting…
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Smokies: Road to Nowhere won’t impair park
 

Smokies: Road to Nowhere won’t impair park

Controversy over proposed changes to the mission of the National Park Service has landed at the doorstep of the Great…
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Holiday Bird Nerd Diary: Yellow-headed blackbird highlights Balsam bird count
 

Holiday Bird Nerd Diary: Yellow-headed blackbird highlights Balsam bird count

The Carolina Field birders, friends and volunteers conducted their fourth annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Thursday, Dec. 29.
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Striking at the heart of Parks
 

Striking at the heart of Parks

An attempt by the National Park Service to rewrite the guidelines governing protection of parks has prompted conservation groups to…
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Debate erupts over wording of new Park Service guidelines
 

Debate erupts over wording of new Park Service guidelines

The National Park Service says the management guidelines governing national parks need to be clarified in the face of a…
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Bear, skunk, coyote targeted in hunting regulations
 

Bear, skunk, coyote targeted in hunting regulations

Citing increased problems for humans, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has proposed new regulations that will step up hunting of…
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A wintry mix
 

A wintry mix

Christmas Day brought showers interrupted by buckets full of sleet. Sometime late Christmas night or before dawn the next morning,…
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Ladies first: Cataloochee Ranch hosts skiing and snowboarding classes tailored to women
 

Ladies first: Cataloochee Ranch hosts skiing and snowboarding classes tailored to women

By Michael Beadle Once again Cataloochee Ski Area will be hosting a series of once-a-week skiing and snowboarding classes this…
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Eureka! Dilemma dissolved
 

Eureka! Dilemma dissolved

I can’t understand how imminent ornithologists, in particular, and biologists, scientists and researchers in general have overlooked the obvious truth…
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Outdoor rec
 

Outdoor rec

The world of outdoor recreation had several milestones this year, especially in the whitewater arena.
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Parks in 2005
 

Parks in 2005

Nature’s lessons A $105,000 grant from North Carolina’s GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to Friends of the Smokies will connect several hundred teachers…
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Environment in 2005
 

Environment in 2005

Outdoor recreation and the environment go hand in hand. Paddlers like clean rivers, hikers prefer old-growth forests over those that…
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It’s hornets vs. swans in OLF controversy
 

It’s hornets vs. swans in OLF controversy

One would think swans would probably be a sure bet in such a scenario. After all, they are bigger and…
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Get your birding on a trail near you
 

Get your birding on a trail near you

A North Carolina Birding Trail is under way and could one day could link popular birding sites across the state…
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Birdigo
 

Birdigo

Brock Hutchins slid out of the front seat of his four-wheel drive and walked a few yards down a snow-crusted…
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Tobacco settlement money to help farmers
 

Tobacco settlement money to help farmers

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee was recently awarded a portion of a $200,000 grant from the North Carolina…
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Tags raising money for Friends of the Smokies
 

Tags raising money for Friends of the Smokies

Those sporting the trendy turquoise and pink Great Smoky Mountains National Park license plates on their bumpers raised $181,800 this…
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Park considers more elk
 

Park considers more elk

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission is still weighing whether to allow the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to bring more…
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One step at a time
 

One step at a time

When Lisa Ashe signed up for the newly formed Jeff Galloway running group in Jackson County last year, her dream…
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Bamboo by any other name
 

Bamboo by any other name

Bamboo is the common name applied to a wide and varied group of woody grasses from all around the world.…
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