More than 40 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Rescued on Friday Morning After Temperatures Drop

More than 40 cold-stunned sea turtles were found and transported to the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) Rehabilitation Center on Friday morning after Pamlico Sound temperatures throughout Hatteras Island significantly dropped overnight. The coordinated effort by local and northern Outer Banks volunteers is a regular endeavor during the winter months, when the occasional freeze […]

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Island Community Invited to Breakfast with Santa and Free Holiday Shopping Spree

Hatteras Island’s youngest community members are invited to a special breakfast with Santa Claus himself followed by a free holiday shopping spree this Saturday, December 21, at the Salvo Fire Station. The full-morning event kicks off with breakfast at 8 a.m., and Santa will arrive at 9 a.m. to hear last-minute Christmas wishes and to […]

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DMF Hears from the Public on Southern Flounder in Heated Scoping Meeting

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) collected public comments and feedback at a heated scoping meeting in Manteo on Tuesday night as part of their long-term process to create management strategies for the upcoming Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. On August 23, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) voted […]

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Editor’s Blog: 2019 in Review – The Year of Controversy and Overwash

2019 was a tough year for many islanders. Hurricane Dorian dominated the headlines in the fall, closing Ocracoke Island for nearly three months, and flooding and ocean overwash seemed to accompany every storm throughout the year, leading to multiple road closures and revived conversations about how to protect N.C. Highway 12. But it you look […]

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NCDOT Says Jug Handle Bridge is 24% Complete at Community Meeting

NCDOT representatives answered questions and provided an update on the Jug Handle Bridge at a well-attended community meeting in Rodanthe on Thursday night. The 2.4-mile Jug Handle Bridge will stretch from the southern portion of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to northern Rodanthe, and will bypass the S-Turns section of N.C. Highway 12, which […]

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EDITOR’S BLOG: Watch the Christmas Parade Live This Year, and Other News to be Merry About at the IFP

As the recent Christmas Tree Lighting in Hatteras village cemented, the holiday season has officially arrived on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, and the Island Free Press is brewing up some cool new ways to share our local holiday spirit with our off-island readers. For the first time ever, the Island Free Press will be covering […]

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