March 25, 2017

News
Many Across North Carolina Without Electricity

After a storm ripped through the Western North Carolina Tuesday night, power outages have been reported across the state. In Jackson County around 1,514 residents of Sylva are without power and about 555 in the Qualla Boundary. Bryson City also reportedly has around 1500 residents without electricity ac...
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DuPont State Recreational Forest planning timber harvest

DuPont State Recreational Forest will conduct a seed tree harvest on 15 acres of white pine plantation along Tarklin Branch Road. The harvest is planned to begin this week, though the time period for the work is dependent on the weather. Visitors to the forest need to be aware that there will be some pe...
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Every day, 1,400 AmeriCorps service members assist in environmental cleanup, preservation, health education and other community needs in North Carolina. But that assistance would end if President Trump’s budget is passed as is. The administration wants to eliminate funding for dozens of agencies...
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White Creek Fire Now 10% Contained at 585 Acres

The White Creek Fire burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest is now 10 percent contained at an estimated 585 acres. Firefighters continued improving firelines on the south end of the fire area to protect private prope...
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Bridge Improvements Coming to I-40

The N.C. Department of Transportation is accelerating the timetable of a project to improve 11 bridges on Interstate 40 in Haywood County. A contactor will be closing the right lane of eastbound traffic at various locations between mile marker 20 and 27 on Monday, March 20, in order to begin the work. C...
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Woody named President of Jackson County Arts Council

Gayle Woody has been named President of the Jackson County Arts Council. Woody, a retired art teacher from Smoky Mountain High School and a studio artist has a long history of involvement in the arts in Jackson County. She follows Claire Collins and Sylvia Smythe as the most recent presidents of the 40...
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Citizen scientists needed to measure rain, hail, snow

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, is looking for new volunteers across North Carolina. The grassroots effort is part of a growing national network of home-based and amateur rain spotters with a goal of providing a high-density precipitation network that will supplemen...
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