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    News Briefs

    • Ocracoke Health Center Up and Running

      Ocracoke Health Center on Back Road, which sustained damage from Hurricane Dorian in September, recently reopened, a significant step in the village’s recovery.

    • Southern Shores Considers Beach Project

      Southern Shores is considering a town-wide beach nourishment effort in 2022 and the town council is looking into how to fund the about $15 million project.

    • Narrower Rule Replaces Waters of the US

      Trump administration officials announced Thursday the Waters of the United States replacement rule that opponents say will significantly roll back federal water quality protection.

    • Patsy Pond Trail Roadside Cleanup Set

      Join Carteret Big Sweep, Crystal Coast Waterkeeper and Coastal Carolina Riverwatch the morning of Feb. 8 to clean up N.C. 24 at the trailhead of Patsy Pond Nature Trail in Carteret County.

    • NC to Move Forward with Recovery Program

      HUD has released details of the federal register notice that will allow the state Office of Recovery and Resiliency to develop a draft action plan for more than $542 million funding for Hurricane Florence.

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    News Waves

    • News & Features

      • Group Rolls Out Marine Debris Action Plan

        The first of its kind for the state, the North Carolina Marine Debris Action Plan released earlier this month is a coordinated effort to prevent and remove marine debris along the state’s coast.

      • NC 12, Channel Shoaling Concerns Escalate

        Discussions during a recent meeting of the Dare County Waterways Commission indicate that persistent threats to the Ocracoke highway and north-end ferry dock have become more urgent.

    • Science

      • Currituck Marsh Focus for Resilience Project

        A recently announced project at Pine Island aims to study, protect and restore Currituck Sound marshes, a globally significant habitat that has been degraded by pollution and effects of climate change.

    • Our Coast

      • Birders Count Portsmouth’s Avian Population

        Ocracoke Observer’s Peter Vankevich, birders and National Park Service staff made their way to Portsmouth village to identify and count birds for Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count.

      • Heritage Center Would Boost Pride: Mayor

        Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis says the state’s first Gullah Geechee cultural heritage center planned for the former Kerr-McGee site in town would be a welcome source of community pride.

    • Commentary

      • Birds Tell Us That It’s Time to Act

        Guest columnist Robbie Fearn, director of Audubon’s Donal C. O’Brien Jr. Sanctuary at Pine Island, writes that birds along the N.C. coast serve as harbingers of the effects of climate change.

    • Featured Photo

      • Tree-mendous Effort On To Build Dunes

        Volunteers with Better Beaches OBX, an environmental conservation group on the Outer Banks, place Christmas trees Saturday on the beach near Jeannette’s Pier. Donny King, owner and chef of Ocean Boulevard Bistro in Kitty Hawk, worked with Matt Potter, a restaurant owner in Virginia Beach, to coordinate the effort. More than two dozen trucks and trailers were used to haul 2,100 trees from Virginia and volunteers placed the trees to help rebuild dunes. Photo: Kip Tabb

    • Featured Video

      • ‘What Will You Tell Your Children?’

        “I wonder: What will you tell your children was the reason to fail and leave them facing a climate chaos that you knowingly brought upon them? That it seemed so bad for the economy that we decided to resign the idea of securing future living conditions without even trying?” Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg posed these questions this week to world leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.