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In Honor of Irene

Sunday 05 March 2017 at 11:52 am

This is the hardest thing I have ever had to write. And please bear with me because it won’t be enough.

On Friday, March 3, our beloved editor, mentor, and friend Irene Nolan passed away after a brief stay at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

I know that everyone reading this is sharing the heartbreak that all of us at Island Free Press – contributors, advertisers, and her 20-year collaborator, friend, and IFP co-founder Donna Barnett - are feeling right now.

And I wish I was a better writer and had the ability to convey how important Irene was to everyone on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

But honestly, I can’t think of anyone who is talented enough to accurately emphasize what Irene meant to all of us, except maybe Irene herself – and she was always far too modest (and too busy) to toot her own horn.

So instead, we need to start the way Irene would want, which is by emphasizing that the Island Free Press will continue.

Irene was passionate about maintaining the IFP, continually providing the best news source possible for our islands, and ensuring that the tradition of creating an exceptional paper lived on.

She often talked about how important the Island Free Press was for Hatteras and Ocracoke – to me, and I think to everyone else, too.

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The Shrimping Petition and the Local Response

Saturday 25 February 2017 at 1:16 pm

On Thursday, February 16, the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted to pursue a petition that would limit how, where and when shrimpers could operate. If adopted, the ensuing rules will limit shrimp trawling in most North Carolina waters, per a press release from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF).

The shrimping petition is an issue that’s been incredibly contentious for fishermen from all across coastal North Carolina since first coming to the surface in November, and this latest development has the potential to have severe state-wide impacts according to the many opponents of the regulations.

Here’s a break-down of what the petition entails, what comes next, and the strong concerns that local and state-wide fishermen have about the new regulations, as well as the process that led to the February 16 approval in the first place.

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Starry Nights is Returning to Hatteras Village – Here’s Why you Should Go

Friday 17 February 2017 at 5:53 pm

The Starry Nights event is returning to Hatteras Village for a full February weekend, and if you didn’t have a chance to go to last year’s event, you are in for a treat.

The two-day star gazing session which is presented by the Hatteras Civic Association and orchestrated by the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill – the largest planetarium in the state – is not just for the astronomically inclined.

Instead, it’s for anyone who appreciates a clear night, a star-filled sky, and pausing for a few minutes to look up and enjoy a natural show on full display. And on Hatteras Island, that encompasses pretty much all of us.

So if you haven’t made plans for February 24-25 yet, and are looking for a new wintertime adventure, here are a few reasons why a weekend of stargazing may be right up your alley.

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