Highly infectious virus spreads among wild birds on coast

Coastal North Carolina’s wild birds and commercial poultry have not been immune to the outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The virus, often called bird flu, can be fatal for poultry, especially backyard or commercial flocks, but doesn’t appear to be a threat to humans or other animals. While there are no reported positive […]

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Dare County encourages residents, property owners, and businesses to obtain 2022 Reentry Permits

Dare County Emergency Management encourages all Dare County residents, non-resident property owners and business owners to obtain their permit ahead of hurricane season, which officially begins on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. To enter Dare County following a mandatory evacuation, individuals must present a current and valid reentry permit—expired reentry permits from previous years will not […]

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“Portsmouth Rises” at 2022 Homecoming…With Slide Show

Every two years, deserted Portsmouth Island comes alive with hundreds of descendants, friends, and visitors during a springtime event that honors the once-thriving village’s roots, and rekindles the island’s sense of community This event is the Portsmouth Island Homecoming, and photographer Don Bowers was at this year’s celebration to capture the action throughout the day. […]

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Division of Marine Fisheries to resume onboard observations of estuarine gill net fisheries May 1

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will resume onboard observations of estuarine gill net fisheries beginning May 1. Onboard observations will be the primary method with limited use of alternative platform observations primarily conducted by Marine Patrol officers. Division staff have been conducting alternate platform observations of estuarine gill net fisheries using division-owned boats since […]

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John Simpson: A keeper of the island carving tradition

Even though he says his first attempt at decoy carving yielded “the ugliest bird you ever saw,” the folk-art form grabbed John Simpson back in 1975. Simpson, who is the featured carver at this year’s Ocracoke Waterfowl Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Berkley Barn, is also the president of the […]

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Dare Board approves zoning measure for more accessory dwelling units

In an effort to address critical housing needs in Dare County, the Dare County Board of Commissioners on April 20 unanimously approved a zoning amendment to extend the areas where accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can be located in the county’s unincorporated areas. An ADU is a secondary, smaller dwelling either attached or detached from a […]

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