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Trash Collection Thanksgiving Schedule

The Buxton Transfer Station, the C&D Landfill, and the Recycling Center located on Driftwood Dr, Manteo will be closed on Thursday Nov 23rd , and Friday Nov 24th , in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. 
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Buxton Beach Nourishment Update - November 16

The hopper dredge R.N. Weeks remained in safe harbor in Jacksonville, Florida over the past week. The repairs on the dredge have been completed, and the dredge was scheduled to be put back in the water and have the US Coast Guard inspection yesterday (November 15). 
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Buxton Beach Nourishment Project May be Extended to Mid-February Deadline

Rough weather has repeatedly delayed the Buxton beach nourishment project, and now the contractor is expected to ask Dare County for an extension of their contract. 

During a presentation at the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, Haiqing Kaczkowski with Coastal Science and Engineering, the firm overseeing the project for the county, told the board that numerous storms made ocean conditions off the project area too dangerous for the dredge to work for 50 days from late August into October.
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N.C. 12 Pea Island Interim Bridge Now Open to Traffic

Outer Banks motorists are now driving on a new bridge along N.C. 12 in Dare County. The Pea Island Interim Bridge opened for traffic on Nov. 14. Drivers have been using a temporary metal bridge put in place after Hurricane Irene in 2011. Although the new bridge is in place, more work is needed. That includes the smoothing and grading of road shoulders along N.C. 12.   
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Dare County Moves to Online System for Job Applications

Beginning Monday, November 13, Dare County will go live with a new online system to improve its application and hiring process. With this system, job seekers will be able to quickly apply online to numerous positions currently open via the County website, www.darenc.com.  Interested candidates can apply for current vacancies or sign up to be notified when new openings become available. 
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NOAA's winter forecast predicts a warmer and drier season on the Outer Banks

Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued the U.S. Winter Outlook in late October, reporting that La Niņa is expected to once again influence winter conditions this year.

As a result, the Outer Banks has a hefty 40-50% chance of experiencing a drier and warmer winter than usual.
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Hatteras Island Highlights of the October 16 BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a number of issues that affected Hatteras Islanders at their November 6 meeting in Manteo.
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Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferries Switch to Winter Schedules Nov. 7

As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, the time has come for the North Carolina Ferry Division’s popular Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route to switch to its winter schedules. 
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UPDATE:  Mysterious Aircraft Piece that Washed Ashore in October Tentatively Identified

The mysterious piece of aircraft that washed ashore in southern Hatteras village in early October may have finally been identified. 
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Aircraft Piece Washes Ashore in Hatteras Village...WITH SLIDE SHOW


On Sunday evening, NPS personnel responded to a report of a large piece of aircraft that had washed ashore in southern Hatteras village. 
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Coast Guard medevacs fisherman near Hatteras Inlet

The Coast Guard medevaced a fisherman approximately one mile south of Hatteras Inlet at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday. 
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Pea Island Bridge Nearing Completion

The new Pea Island Interim Bridge is close to completion, with paving and other final tasks scheduled for the next week or so, and an opening planned in November.


“We are trying to schedule and sequence all the events that need to take place,” said Pablo A. Hernandez, the resident engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the project manager for the ongoing island bridge projects. “Right now, it is looking like we could be in a position to shift traffic into the new structure by the first or middle of next week.”
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State Launches Tool to Track Disaster Work

North Carolina has added a new tool to help the state and citizens track disaster recovery efforts as communities across eastern North Carolina continue to recover from Hurricane Matthew, The North Carolina Department of Information Technology announced Tuesday. 
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Frisco Pier Removal Scheduled to Begin in December 2017

A project to remove Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier and its pier house will begin in December 2017. The removal project was awarded to DOT Construction (Beaufort, NC) and is expected to be completed by Spring 2018.  
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Stakeholders Meet to Tackle Plans for the 2018 Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry

The Ocracoke Express, the state’s first high-speed passenger ferry, could provide a different kind of tourism adventure for Outer Banks visitors by next summer. But first, it has to be figured out how to divert passengers from long lines of traffic to board the boat, and then readily get them around Ocracoke when they disembark.
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NCDOT Expands Ferry Schedule to Accommodate Pirate Jamboree Attendees

Avast ye mateys! The N.C. Department of Transportation will be adding extra trips on its Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry flotilla to assist all buccaneers and landlubbers finding their way to the Blackbeard Pirate Jamboree on Saturday, Oct. 28. 
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Lawsuits Against PCL Combined in Federal Court

Six class action lawsuits against PCL Construction were combined into just one lawsuit in federal court late last week.

Chief Judge James Dever III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the ruling, noting that the lawsuits were inherently similar in nature.
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Virginia Dare Bridge to Receive Deck Maintenance; Closures Start Monday

NCDOT contractors will begin major deck maintenance work on the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge (U.S. Highway 64 Bypass) across Croatan Sound beginning Monday, Oct. 23. The work, which will extend the life of the bridge, will include concrete deck repairs, concrete crack sealing, and new pavement markings. 
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New Bill Could Fast-Track Offshore Drilling

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order last April restarting the process of awarding offshore energy drilling leases in the Mid- and South-Atlantic, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that process — with its multiple reviews and public comment periods — would be a lengthy one.  
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Coast Guard assists fishing vessel taking on water near Ocracoke Island

The Coast Guard came to the aid of a boat taking on water off Ocracoke Island Tuesday.

Watchstanders in the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received notification that the 72-foot fishing vessel Capt. Jimmy was taking on water in Pamlico Sound near Bluff Shoal Light at about 3:30 a.m. 
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What’s Next After OBX Bag Ban Repeal?

Now that the controversial repeal of the plastic bag ban on the Outer Banks has officially become law, local officials and organizations are left to consider what, if anything, they can do to mitigate the effects of its reversal. 
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Plastic Bag Ban on the Outer Banks Repealed

The North Carolina General Assembly voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 56, which includes a repeal of the plastic bag ban on the Outer Banks. 
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A Little Optimism and Some Lingering Questions at Dare County Waterways Commission Meeting

The Dare County Waterways Commission met at the Fessenden Center on Tuesday, October 10, to review recent dredging at Hatteras Inlet, and to discuss upcoming goals and maintenance projects.

The commission also received some relatively good news.
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Hatteras Island Thinks Pink for Annual HICF Positively Pink 5K...WITH SLIDE SHOW

The Kinnakeet Shores neighborhood in Avon was a much more colorful community on Saturday morning, October 7, thanks to the 14th Annual HICF Positively Pink 5K. 
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Sentara to cease services at Kitty Hawk location

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center has announced that it will no longer provide services at its Kitty Hawk location as of Dec. 15 due to mechanical and structural problems with the nearly 30-year-old healthcare facility. 
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Body found in Pamlico Sound is that of Nags Head man

Authorities have confirmed the body that was recovered from the Pamlico Sound off Pea Island last week is that of a resident of Nags Head. 
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Coast Guard station conducts surf drills in Oregon Inlet

Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet crews conducted surf training near the Oregon Inlet bar in Nags Head this week. 
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Changes for Large Item Pick Up in Unincorporated Areas of Dare County

Dare County Public Works has announced that large item pick up in the unincorporated areas of the county, previously scheduled twice each year, will now take place annually. The next large item pick up will be conducted late January through April, 2018.
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Salvo Day Use Cemetery Receives Temporary Sandbag

The Salvo Day Use Cemetery received a much-needed boost over the weekend thanks to a new barrier of sandbags to protect the fragile gravesites.

The cemetery, which is located on National Park Service land within the popular Salvo Day Use Area just south of the tri-villages, has been battered by storms and erosion, and has rapidly deteriorated to the dismay of the descendants of the islanders who are buried there.
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Island Free Press Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with a Look Back at a Decade of News

On Tuesday, September 5, the Island Free Press officially marked its 10-year anniversary as the “up to date and down to earth” news source for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

Started by founders Irene Nolan and Donna Barnett in 2007, the online paper originated as an effort to post essential news stories as soon as they occurred. Before the formation of the Island Free Press, Irene was the editor of the now defunct Island Breeze – a monthly publication that was considered a valuable paper for residents and visitors alike, but which couldn’t have the up-to-the-minute updates that an online format could provide.
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