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  • NPS Weekly Resource Management and Weekly Table of Miles Open/Closed Reports. On Beach Access and Park Issues Page at top of page.
  • Briefing planned on results of 2013 survey of Dare residents on the economy and environment. On Community News and Commentary Page under Event Planner.
  • EDITOR'S BLOG: Where we are on beach nourishment for Hatteras. On Shooting the Breeze above.
  • Park Service begins construction of Ramp 25 on Hatteras. On Beach Access and Park Issues Page.
  • Blustery weather is further hampering dredging and boat traffic in Hatteras and Oregon inlets. On Local News Page.
  • Litter sweep on Ocracoke scheduled. On Community News and Commentary Page under Event Planner.
  • Ocracoke Health Center addresses islanders’ concerns about after-hours care. On Local News Page.
  • UPDATE: Frisco man charged in gravestone case. On Local News Page.
  • Hatteras groups plan Highway 12 cleanup. On Community News and Commentary Page under Event Planner.
  • Dumpster Diving on Ocracoke:  Reusing and Recycling. On Island Features Page under Nature and Environment.
  • Prescribed burn could reroute Bodie Island traffic this week. On Beach Access and Park Issues Page.
  • UPDATE: Corps of Engineers says Oregon Inlet too shallow for dredging. On Local News Page.
  • Hatteras Island Real Estate: National Flood Insurance Program update. On Real Estate and Business Page.
  • New monument on Bodie Island honors the amazing work of early surveyors and mappers. On Features Page under Island History.
  • As sand rushes into Oregon Inlet, a deadline looms. On Local News Page.

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NEW....04.19.2014 11:25 pm NPS Weekly Resource Management and Weekly Table of Miles Open/Closed Reports
04.18.2014 6:30 pm Park Service begins construction of Ramp 25 on Hatteras
04.14.2014 5:00 pm Prescribed burn could reroute Bodie Island traffic this week
Circle of stones at old lighthouse site are being uncovered and prepared for a move 04.11.2014 2:15 pm
Park Service issues occupy Hyde commissioners at recent meeting 04.09.2014 2:55 pm
A letter to NCBBA from the seashore superintendent 04.03.2014 3:45 pm
Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras lighthouses to open on April 18 04.02.2014 3:40 pm
Cape Point closes to ORV access 04.02.2014 2:30 pm
Park offers five days of lifeguards, but wants $10,000 from locals for seven days  -- at each of three beaches 03.27.2014 6:50 pm
Judge Boyle hears oral arguments in CHAPA lawsuit to scrap the Park Service ORV plan  03.27.2014 5:00 pm
Ocracoke protests Park Service elimination of lifeguarded beaches 03.17.2014 3:50 pm
Seashore establishes pre-nesting areas for 2014 season 03.11.2014 3:50 pm
New Park Service report shows economic benefit of parks to Outer Banks 03.04.2014 10:10 am
Park Service releases annual resource management reports for 2013 02.19.2014 1235 pm
Park Service campgrounds will begin opening on April 18 02.12.2014 3:20 pm
UPDATE: U.S. House passes Jones bill to overturn ORV plan 02.06.2014 2:15 pm
Repairs begin on Ocracoke soundside boat ramp 01.15.2014 12:10 pm
Park Service announces reductions in visitor services 11.26.2013 6:45 pm
2014 ORV permits go on sale Dec. 1 and will be offered online 11.22.2013 3:30 pm
Seashore finalizes addition of new public access facilities 11.22.2013 3:00 pm


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NEW....04.18.2014 6:00 pm Blustery weather is further hampering dredging and boat traffic in Hatteras and Oregon inlets
04.17.2014 5:00 pm Ocracoke Health Center addresses islanders’ concerns about after-hours care
04.15.2014 3:45 pm  UPDATE: Frisco man charged in gravestone case
Progress made in case of gravestones found in Frisco dumpster 04.01.2014 2:20 pm
Sheriff’s Office seeks information on century-old discarded gravestones 03.26.2014 5:05 pm
NEW....04.14.2014 4:40 pm UPDATE: Corps of Engineers says Oregon Inlet too shallow for dredging
04.11.2014 6:35 pm As sand rushes into Oregon Inlet, a deadline looms
Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry switches to modified spring schedule on April 15 04.10.2014 3:15 pm
No easy answers yet for maintaining inlets 04.09.2014 11:50 am
Dancing, dining, and gaming to benefit Hatteras cancer patients….WITH SLIDE SHOW 04.08.2014 1:30 pm
Voter registration deadline is Friday, April 11, for May 6 primary election 04.07.2014 5:15 pm
Former Chowan County Commissioner named Ferry Division director 04.07.2014 4:45 pm
Hatteras village welcomes a new medical provider 04.03.2014 2:10 pm
Changes coming to health care facilities on Hatteras and Ocracoke 03.24.2014 4:50 pm
USFWS amended compatibility determination for emergency beach nourishment is now  available 03.27.2014 10:50 am
Pea Island bridge construction will close New Inlet boat ramp and day-use area parking
Shavees at St. Baldrick’s event raise almost $2,000 for childhood cancer research…WITH SLIDE SHOW
03.17.2014 4:30 pm
Ocracoke wins another round in ferry toll fight 03.17.2014 3:30 pm
Honoring Wayne Teeter, a true Ocracoke icon 03.13.2014 11:15 am
Citizen Science Program needs your help observing the weather 03.10.2014 11:40 am
Dare voters will have many choices in this year’s elections 03.03.2014 3:10 pm
Highway 12 in Frisco reopens to through traffic 03.01.2014 9:20 pm
Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry free after a day stuck on sand 02.28.2014 5:45 pm
Residents and officials speak against ferry tolls at Ocracoke and Hatteras 02.25.2014 4:10 pm
Ferry tolls back on the table; could it be as much as $7 for Hatteras to Ocracoke? 01.21.2014 5:30 pm
Popular Hatteras Storytelling Festival returns May 2-4 02.24.2014 4:40 pm
Sand woes:  Emergency nourishment delayed again; ferry channel still being dredged 02.21.2014 5:30 pm 
Court of Appeals grants oral arguments in Bonner Bridge case 02.19.2014 5:10 pm
It’s snowing on Hatteras and Ocracoke!  WITH SLIDE SHOWS 02.11.2014 7:15 pm
Commissioner says slot machines on ferries would raise more money than tolls 02.05.2014 2:50 pm
Hatteras and Ocracoke get little snow, only misery from winter storm…WITH SLIDE SHOW 01.29.2014 6:40 pm

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Community News
The Event Planner...UPDATED 04.17.2014
News and Business Briefs
...UPDATED 04.02.2014
Letters To The Editor ...UPDATED 12.03.2013
Crime Reports from Dare Sheriff’s Office ...UPDATED 03.14.2014
Free Classified Ads ...UPDATED 04.19.2014
Obituaries ...UPDATED 04.19.2014

Commentary & Guest Columns
Guest Column:  Protecting what remains of separation of powers 03.13.2014 4:15 pm
Guest Column: Humans are part of nature, too! 02.12.2014 4:40 pm
Guest Column:  Stop obstructing the Bonner Bridge replacement  01.02.2014 5:00 pm
Guest Column: Correcting some errors in statements by SELC on Bonner Bridge 12.10.2013 4:30 pm
Guest Column:  Remembering Black Beard the Pirate, a benefactor then and now 11.12.2013 12:30 pm
Guest Column: There’s still much work to be done on domestic violence 09.05.2013 11:30 am
Guest Column: The best path to a safe bridge and reliable highway 11.21.2012 5:30 pm

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Featured Articles

Island Living: A ‘locust’ homecoming -- or how a former local wound up being a real jerk of a tourist 02.27.2014 10:45 am
Hatteras native turns her childhood memories into a series of books for young and old 02.05.2014 2:15 pm
Cape Hatteras graduate Paxton Gwin is winding down her college basketball career with accolades 01.13.2014 3:20 pm
Tragic fire spurs tremendous show of community support 01.09.2014 1:10 pm
2013: The year in photos…WITH SLIDE SHOW 12.26.2013 2:20 pm
Youngsters sharpen their target shooting skills for competition…WITH SLIDE SHOW  12.17.2013 4:40 pm
Ocracoke woman with metal legs aims to spread her message about life with disabilities
11.26.2013 11:30 am
Stemming the stampede of people who want to see Currituck’s wild horses 11.06.2013 12:15 pm

Food & Dining
We all scream…for oyster ice cream? 04.03.2014 3:15 pm
Our Coast's Food: The Seafood Bible 01.07.2014 11:50 am  
New Feature:  The Island Free Press Recipe Box 10.15.2013 1:10 pm

Our Coast: Kayaking Ocracoke in Winter 03.04.2014 4:30 pm
Cape Lookout: Visiting another of the state’s famous capes and lighthouses 08.15.2013 3:45 pm
A guide to beachcombing on the Outer Banks 07.12.2013 2:20 pm

Nature & Environment
NEW....04.15.2014 11:00 am Dumpster Diving on Ocracoke:  Reusing and Recycling
Brown algae is closing in on N.C. waters from the south and the north
03.31.2014 11:00 am
The coming of spring to our coast 03.20.2014 11:40 am
Tourists flock to Ocracoke to see snowy owls, bringing mini-tourist boom.…WITH SLIDE SHOW 02.17.2014 4:25 pm
What's wrong with Lake Mattamuskeet? 02.12.2014 3:50 pm
Rare snowy owl spotted on Hatteras Island.…WITH SLIDE SHOW 12.16.2013 5:00 pm
Volunteers fan out on Hatteras and Ocracoke to rescue cold-stunned sea turtles 12.13.2013 3:30 pm
Saving the soul of Ocracoke  11.14.2013 10:15 am  

Island History
NEW....04.11.2014 7:00 pm New monument on Bodie Island honors the amazing work of early surveyors and mappers
Has Hatteras islander found a significant Civil War-era fort in Waves?
12.26.20131 3:15 pm
North Carolina, Ohio team up to dispute Connecticut’s first flight claim 10.25.2013 5:35 pm
Connecticut reigniting the controversy over who was first in flight 06.12.2013 4:45 pm
New book details a horrific chapter in World War II history that unfolded off the North Carolina coast 05.09.2012 4:25 pm

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Outer Banks Angling: Spring into action 04.07.2014 4:30 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Monsters 03.12.2014 4:50 pm
Marine Fisheries Commission tackles observer program funding, spotted seatrout, shrimp issues 02.25.2014 5:05 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Puppy love 02.17.2014 10:50 am
Outer Banks Angling: Stunned 02.07.2014 10:50 am
Waters close to commercial and recreational spotted seatrout harvest 02.04.2014 12:05 pm
Outer Banks Angling: It's called winter 01.29.2014 4:55 pm
Commercial fishing license fees to go up; for-hire, ocean pier license structures to change 01.24.2014 3:00 pm
Jones leads effort to halt free trade agreement impact on U.S. fisheries 01.17.2014 3:40 pm
Outer Banks Angling:  It's about to get Wicked 01.17.2014 3:20 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Reflecting on 2013 01.03.2014 1:30 pm
Coast Guard to intensify efforts to stop offshore poaching of Atlantic Striped Bass 12.03.2013 11:10 am
Outer Banks Angling: The blitz 11.21.2013 3:00 pm
Plenty of fish were caught in annual Anglers Club tournament …WITH SLIDE SHOWS 11.11.2013 4:15 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Outstanding… WITH VIDEO 11.01.2013 12:45 pm
Frisco man has state record golden tilefish 10.29.2013 5:15 pm
85 drum are caught and released during NCBBA Red Drum Tournament  10.29.2013 11:10 am
The very best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW 04.21.2011 12:10 pm

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NEW....04.14.2014 4:30 pm  Hatteras Island Real Estate: National Flood Insurance Program update
Ocracoke Observer is under new ownership
03.27.2014 11:50 am
Bill awaiting President’s signature will help with onerous increases in flood insurance 03.20.2014 5:15 pm
Outer Banks Chamber unveils new magazine 03.12.2014 5:10 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate:  A profile of buyer preferences 03.10.2014 11:15 am
Koru Village purchases Avon Pier property 02.26.2014 5:50 pm
Insurance Department orders hearing on homeowners’ rate hike request 02.20.2014 5:00 pm
Companies seek another rate hike on homeowners’ insurance 01.06.2014 11:30 am
Hatteras Island Real Estate:  Questions owners are asking 01.30.2014 11:20 am
Changes in building code could add to higher flood insurance concerns 01.07.2014 12:25 pm
Hatteras Realty is sold to worldwide company, Wyndham Vacation Rentals 01.03.2014 4:50 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate: Perspectives on national flood insurance changes 12.04.2013 10:30 am
Jones co-sponsors bill to delay flood insurance rate increases 10.29.2013 4:30 pm
Flood insurance rates will spike for some, but not all, property owners 10.23.2013 11:20 am
Griggs Lumber takes over Dare Building Supply 10.10.20131 11:10 am
Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy chosen as Outer Banks Citizen of the Year 09.18.2013 11:00 am
Hatteras Island Real Estate: What is a property worth?  09.17.2013 11:15 am
Ocracoke Real Estate:  A struggle to sustain the fishing village atmosphere 09.04.2013 11:20 am

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Island Wedding Stories: New Jersey couple are wed on Hatteras beach
Something old, something new, something green 

Island Living: Getting married Hatteras-style 
Island Wedding Stories: Danielle Smith and Jonathan Burruss are wed in Avon…WITH SLIDE SHOW
Dare County officials have been busy issuing marriage licenses  

A classic Hatteras wedding with a surprise guest...WITH SLIDE SHOW  
Wedding planners advise Island brides to have a weather plan

Tying the knot for Hatteras bridal couples is a labor of love for local minister
Destination wedding basics: 12 must-read destination wedding tips 
Island Weddings:  Planning a ceremony at the beach
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