UPDATE: Firefighters make progress against Dare mainland wildfire; smoky conditions should improve on Hatteras and Ocracoke

Firefighters got a break today in combating the Pains Bay wildfire in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on the Dare County mainland that has been burning since last Thursday. Bill Sweet, public information officer for the Southern Area Incident Command Team that took control of firefighting efforts this week, said a planned burnout on […] Local News |  Full Article

Killing animals to save animals

Last year, the National Park Service predator management team removed a total of 594 animals. They were ?targeted? species and were removed to protect threatened or endangered shorebirds and sea turtles. The numbers are detailed in the seashore?s Predator Management Annual Report for 2010. The list of ?removed? predators includes: 130 raccoons 111 opossums and […] Editor’s Blog |  Full Article

Ocracoke’s Charles Temple will compete in first ‘Jeopardy!’ Teachers Tournament

By CONNIE LEINBACH By CONNIE LEINBACH Ocracoke Island was ecstatic Thursday night, May 5, as local high school English teacher Charles Temple won in the first round of “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament. The capacity crowd at Gaffer’s Sports Pub, where Temple, many of his students, colleagues and local residents, watched the game erupted in cheers. Temple, […] Local News |  Full Article