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Day at the Docks 2014 will be Sept. 20 at the Hatteras waterfront

The annual Day at the Docks, a celebration of Hatteras Island watermen, will start with a roundtable discussion on Thursday evening, Sept. 18, and conclude with events from early morning into the evening on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Hatteras village.
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It's now official: Alternate Hatteras ferry channel is permanent

The U.S. Coast Guard hosted a "symbolic" ribbon-cutting yesterday afternoon to establish Barney Slough as the permanent alternate channel to carry ferries and other boat traffic between Hatteras and Ocracoke.

The event at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum was billed as a "media availability," and about six reporters attended, along with a large contingent of Coast Guardsmen, several officials from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, three Dare County commissioners, assistants from the offices of North Carolina U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, and 30 or so members of the public from Ocracoke and Hatteras.
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Rough shorebreak and rip currents forecast as Cristobal passes offshore

Beachgoers on all of the Outer Banks this week are being warned to expect rough breaking waves and rip currents as Tropical Storm Cristobal passes well offshore Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The rip current risk is high on Hatteras and Ocracoke beaches today, and that is expected to continue into mid-week, said Laura Patano, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Newport, N.C.

Today's elevated risk is being caused by gusty northeast winds.  The winds, Patano said, will be diminishing gradually into Wednesday.  
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Disturbance in the Caribbean may become Cristobal

Forecasters are taking a careful look tonight at  Invest 96L, a disturbance that is moving through the Caribbean Sea and could well become a tropical depression or named storm over the weekend. If it does, the storm would be named Cristobal, and its path is anything but certain tonight.  
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Museum will present underwater heritage symposium on Sept 5-6

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum hosting an Underwater Heritage Symposium, bringing together state, local and regional professionals in the diving and underwater archaeology fields.  The symposium takes place at the museum in Hatteras village on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The two-day symposium provides the opportunity to connect with leading experts who bring knowledge from the Graveyard of the Atlantic to the surface. It is free and open to the public.
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Disputed resolution on immigration splits Dare County board

Much of the agenda at Monday night’s Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting was routine, but one item evoked some strong emotions during public comments.

At the end of the Aug. 4 board meeting, Commissioner Wally Overman introduced a resolution concerning the “resettling of illegal immigrants” and its impacts on Dare County. The board agreed to consider it at the Aug. 18 meeting.

Overman’s resolution cited the failure of the federal government to control illegal immigration, describing the recent wave from Central American countries as “unprecedented.”

Read about it in The Outer Banks Voice.


Residents not happy about two years for Buxton beach restoration

About 25 community members came to Cape Hatteras Secondary School last night to hear Dare County and its consultants explain the planned beach restoration project for Buxton and to ask questions.

When the meeting ended, it was clear that many residents are still not happy that the completion date is at least two years away.  And county officials made it clear that they  could not put sand on the beach more quickly and still meet regulatory requirements.  
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UPDATE: Beach nourishment project is one-third complete at S-curves....WITH SLIDE SHOW

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to nourish the beach at the S-curves along Highway 12 and in north Rodanthe is now about one-third complete, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. About 500,000 cubic yards of sand has been pumped. 
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UPDATE: Nourishment project gets underway as beachgoers watch

Visitors on the beach in northern Rodanthe -- even those who are used to seeing vehicles on the sand -- were probably startled to see this vehicle working in the surf on Monday, July 14.

However, no need to worry.  It was just another CRAB on the beach.  Read more


State Budget Update: Now you see it... now you don't

Like all state budget bills, what’s not in the final deal is often just as important as what is. In the case of the 2014 legislative session, the budget passed last week has some significant no-shows.
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Sheriff's Office needs help identifying suspects in school break-in

The Dare County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in identifying suspects in a breaking and entering incident at Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Buxton on the night of Wednesday, Aug. 6.
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UPDATE: Man's death in Frisco ruled accidental drowning

The death of Ronald Jessen, 57, of Gloucester, Va., has been ruled an accidental drowning by the medical examiner pending the results of toxicology reports, according to Sgt. Doug Oberbeck of the Dare County Sheriff's Office.

Jessen was reported missing from the Frisco Woods Campground by a friend on Saturday night, Aug. 9. His body was found by passersby on Monday morning, Aug. 11, in the water near the soundside campground.

"Based on the circumstances, there's nothing to lead anyone to believe that was play was involved," Oberbeck said.

Body of man reported missing is found in Frisco

The body of a man who was reported missing from the Frisco Woods Campground on Saturday, Aug. 9, was found this morning in the water near the soundside campground.

The man was identified by the Dare County Sheriff's Office as Ronald Jessen, 57, of Gloucester, Va.  
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NCDOT Ferry Division embarks on late summer photo contest

Shutterbugs unite! NCDOT's Ferry Division is inviting photographers of all skill levels to take part in a late summer photography contest highlighting the vital connection between life in Eastern North Carolina and the North Carolina Ferry System.  The contest began Aug. 5 and will continue through Oct. 10.  
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Visitor dies after ocean rescue in Frisco

A 44-year-old visitor to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore died on Thursday, Aug. 7, a day after he was rescued from the ocean near Ramp 49 in Frisco.

The National Park Service confirmed the man's identity as Stuart Hooper, 44, of Cincinnati, Ohio.  
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NOAA increases the odds that we'll have a below-normal hurricane season

Forecasters with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center raised the likelihood for a below-normal season in today’s update to the Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook.

The update predicts a 70 percent chance of a below-normal season, a 25 percent chance of a near-normal season and only a five percent chance of an above-normal season. The probabilities in the initial outlook issued on May 22 were 50 percent, 40 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
 
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Appeals Court affirms in part and reverses in part lower court ruling on Bonner Bridge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., today affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court's decision on the North Carolina Department of Transportation's plan to replace the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet.  
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Ferry tolling issue still unresolved as legislature nears adjournment

The skirmishes over tolling free ferries and raising tolls on the others are likely to be with us into next year. The North Carolina General Assembly is expected to conclude its lengthy budget negotiations this week without making changes to legislation passed last year that opens the door for the changes to tolls.
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Canadian visitor drowns off Salvo

A 51-year old French Canadian drowned off Salvo Monday, July 28, around 1:30 p.m. Cape Hatteras National Seashore acting chief ranger Ben McKay reported that the man was snorkeling 30 yards offshore. He waved for help but was next seen face-down.  
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DOT's new plan for funding projects makes it hard for rural areas to compete

Citizens who want to understand what projects the state Department of Transportation is proposing to fund or not fund under its new Strategic Mobility Formula might need to first hone their mastery of puzzles and mazes.   

What residents of northeastern North Carolina may miss in NCDOT’s unfathomable document posted online for review is that most – if not all - of the proposed transportation projects in Highway Division One that includes Dare, Hyde, and Currituck counties,  rank low in priority – including the Mid-Currituck Bridge, the Alligator River bridge and widening US. 64 - and that the division’s guaranteed dollars are a sliver of its prior funding.  
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Citizens invited to comment on next step in new transportation law implementation

Citizens are encouraged to help North Carolina take the next step forward to implement the Strategic Transportation Investments law. STI overhauls the way the state funds transportation improvements, allowing the North Carolina Department of Transportation to make more efficient use of its existing revenues to fund more investments that improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, create jobs and help boost the economy.

Two public meetings are planned as part of a 30-day public comment period for Division One, which includes Dare and Hyde counties.
 
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