& Guest Columns
|Local officials frustrated by new state rep
number of local officials are not only perplexed by some legislative
initiatives from newly elected District 6 State Rep. Beverly Boswell,
they say their new representative in Raleigh has been inaccessible and
failed to consult with them.
bills that Boswell has sponsored – H271, that proposes repealing a ban
on plastic bags in local businesses, and H265, that would make certain
school board elections partisan, including Dare – have been met with a
flurry of opposition locally, prompting several boards to pass
resolutions and send letters in opposition to the measures. Read
Column: Shrimping is another fishery being taken hostage
woman who has been the daughter of a commercial fisherman,
granddaughter of a fish dealer, wife to a fisherman, employee in the
Marine Fisheries Commission office and commercial fisheries advocate
writes that she can understand why folks on all sides of fishing
issues are frustrated. The Fisheries Reform Act was intended to make
fisheries management effective, predictable and fair. Instead, it
got bogged down in bureaucracy and politics. That’s when
stakeholders began looking for shortcuts. Read
|Commentary: McCrory set stage for latest threat to shrimping
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission appears poised to pass a new
regulation that many critics say will drastically impact, perhaps even
shut down, North Carolina’s shrimping industry.
Jan. 17, the Marine Fisheries Commission will be holding a hearing in
New Bern on the rule, which would essentially make all inland waterways
a “secondary nursery” for fin fish, significantly curtailing the use of
trawl nets to harvest shrimp.
a huge turnout at a public hearing in 2013, the MFC denied a petition
from an individual angler to implement similar rules.
with anti-shrimping forces possessing what appears to be a
super-majority on the MFC, the petition and hearings are back, this
time proposed by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, a group
closely allied with the Coastal Conservation Association — a special
interest group that has long sought to ban shrimp trawls and finfish
netting from the state’s inland waters.
Read the commentary by Russ Lay in The Outer Banks Voice.
|Guest Column: The lucky little kitten
name is Ramps, and I was born on the Outer Banks in Avon in late August
of 2016. This is my sad true story about the beginning of my life.
a kitten with a home now and very happy. I learned today something is
going to happen next month I might not like but has to be done. Read
|Guest Column: In defense of repurposing hurricane debris
native Hatteras islander whose home was flooded by Hurricane Matthew
has a different view of those who would like to take home other
people's belongings from their debris piles. There is a place,
she says, in this world and in this island for repurposing. Read
|An Essay on Change and Progress
Parr of Buxton, who owned the Old Gray House with his wife, Mary,
reflects on change and progress on Hatteras Island in this essay that
was first published in 1996. Read
A Postscript to the Essay on Change and Progress
Dewey Parr of
Buxton owned The Old Gray House in Buxton with his wife Mary for 25
years before they closed the store on Sept. 30. In this article, he
updates the essay he first wrote on change and progress on Hatteras
Island 20 years ago and reflects on the changes he has seen in the past
two decades. Read