Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative is topic of radio show...WITH AUDIO

The Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, which has provided power to Hatteras Island since 1945, was the subject of the discussion on Sunday, Feb. 7, on the Radio Hatteras Interview show, "To the Point," hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene Nolan.

The guests for the interview were Susan Flythe, executive vice president and general manager of CHEC, and Laura Ertle, director of public relations and marketing. 
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The Night Sky:  Five planets now visible just before dawn

The five planets that are visible to the naked eye will be in the skies simultaneously for most of February.  Jupiter starts the month rising in the East at about 8:30 p.m.  Mars will follow at 1 a.m., Saturn at 3:06 a.m., Venus at 5:09 a.m., and Mercury at 5:30 a.m..  Astronomical dawn is at 5:34 AM, so all five planets are visible to the naked eye in the sky before daylight begins to make it difficult to view them.  
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Island Living: Snacks, underpants, and the other awesome things that wash up on the beach

The greatest day in Hatteras Island’s long and storied history is -- without question -- Nov. 30, 2006. Because, on this day, a genuine miracle happened.

It was a miracle that bettered the lives of so many residents, that renewed faith across the island in the rewards of beachcombing, and that still lives on in my mind as the “Single Greatest Find by Any Beachcomber in the History of the Universe. Ever.”

And that miracle was that hundreds of bags of Doritos washed up on the beach in Frisco. 
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Dare County Home Health is topic of radio show...WITH AUDIO

Dare County's Home Health program was the subject of discussion on Sunday, Jan. 17, on the Radio Hatteras Interview show, "To the Point," hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene Nolan.

The guest for the interview was Holly Meekins, unit director of Dare Home Health and Dare Hospice, which is a division of the county's Department of Public Health and under the umbrella of the county's Department of Health and Human Services. 
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Scientists say alligator hunt in North Carolina is premature

Steve Dinkelacker isn’t wild about the idea that the state’s main wildlife commission floated recently about allowing an alligator hunt in North Carolina. A certified wildlife biologist and an expert on alligators in North Carolina, Dinkelacker isn’t anti-hunting, or even against hunting alligators in North Carolina… someday.

“I can envision an alligator hunt in the state,” said Dinkelacker, who is a biology professor at Framingham State University in Massachusetts, but has conducted years of research on the animals here. “And I understand the appeal. It’s an apex predator, one of the ultimate prizes for any hunter. It’s like a bear.

“But I can’t support it in North Carolina yet,” he continued. 
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Frisco volunteer needs donated weddings gowns to continue project

Lynn Hartshorne, a Frisco resident, has found a unique way to utilize her creative talents into a project that does a lot of good, and fulfills a small but important niche for the volunteering community of the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Va.

She creates burial gowns for babies who have passed away out of wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses, and while the endeavor seems like a melancholy one on the surface, for Lynn, it provides her with a lot of satisfaction.
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The unexpectedly united voices that support the feral cat ordinance

It’s rare that an ordinance is passed in Dare County -- or anywhere for that matter -- that garners support from multiple sides of a potentially polarizing issue.

But the recent feral cat ordinance that was agreed upon on Monday, Jan. 4, at the Board of Commissioners meeting has a surprisingly decent number of fans.  
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Volunteers are saving scores of cold-stunned sea turtles on Hatteras....WITH VIDEO

Hatteras Island's climate went from balmy to Arctic almost overnight.  The weather went from a month of record warmth to temperatures plunging to freezing or below and snow showers falling on the northern shores -- all in just a few days.

And human inhabitants of Hatteras weren't the only ones stunned by the Mother Nature's  cruel about-face. A band of volunteers have been hard at work this week rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles along the island's frigid and windy Pamlico Sound shoreline.
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Festive 'beachmas' tree takes a beating in cold winds

Today marks the day that many Hatteras islanders in days gone by celebrated Old Christmas. We thought it would be a good day to share with you the 'beachmas' tree, created by Anna and Buddy Noland of Chester, Va., and their family.

We can still do that, although we are sad to report that Monday's high winds pretty well blew away all the ornaments.
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Memorial planned to honor the many lives lost to German U-boats in WWII

A slice of local history that’s often overlooked is now on track to get the attention it deserves, thanks to the talents of a writer, an artist, and an informal conversation that has trickled into a community and even nationwide effort.

It started with Kevin Duffus, author of the book, "War Zone: World War II off the North Carolina Coast," which chronicles in vivid detail the unrelenting assault of the German U-Boats, lurking off the East Coast of the United States on Allied vessels that carried not only supplies but also passengers and merchant mariners.

Duffus, a longtime advocate for a memorial for the victims of the German U-boats to put these events into perspective and in the public eye where he believes they belong, subsequently talked to Alvord, who was struck by the loss of innocent lives and the first inklings of the The Brave Never Die Memorial began to form.
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2015:  The Year on Hatteras and Ocracoke in Photos....WITH SLIDE SHOW

Island Free Press photographer Don Bowers of Buxton spent some time combing through his files of the hundreds of photographs that he took on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands during 2015. He chose 37 of them to share with our readers in this slide show. 
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Island Living:  A newcomer's guide to surviving Hatteras in the winter

The winter is actually a wonderful time to be on the islands and is filled with veritable months of fun, provided you embrace all the weird ways the islands are different. To this end, columnist Joy Crist is providing a list of all the reasons why life on Hatteras Island is truly fantastic in the winter months and how newcomers can get out and make a community connection.
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