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Hi, and welcome to my "Editor's Blog"! In this space I'll be attempting to keep our readers informed on fast-breaking news and issues affecting our islands. Visit often. There's a lot going on!

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Celebrating two years of Island Free Press – the island’s only online newspaper with real news

Friday 04 September 2009 at 07:17 am Tomorrow, Sept. 5, is the second anniversary of the debut of The Island Free Press.

The Island Free Press was the first online newspaper to cover the news on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

And it is still the only publication with up-to-date news, coverage of issues that affect our lives, and wonderful photos and slide shows of the islands on which we live and their weather, wildlife, and wonder.

The newspaper is available online only, which is a bit unusual in the publishing business.  We have no print edition and don’t intend to have one, even though our readers sometimes request “copies” of our articles.

I spent 40 years as a journalist with printed newspapers, and I would never return to that medium.  Online publishing is so much more vital and informative, so much fun, so interactive, and it forges a much more personal relationship with readers.

The Island Free Press second anniversary is a time for us to pause and thank all of you --readers and advertisers -- who have supported our work. Read More

Ban on plastic bags is effective today – get your reusable cloth bags ready

Tuesday 01 September 2009 at 2:22 pm Several decades ago when plastic bags for groceries and other purchases started gaining popularity, store clerks would ask, “Paper or plastic?”

For a long time, I held out for paper, but eventually we all came to accept plastic.

But that ends on the Outer Banks today when a new law prohibiting the use of plastic bags in the largest stores and chain stores becomes effective.

Beginning today, it’s “Paper or reusable cloth bags?” Read More

Guess we won't see Jim Cantore again this weekend

Thursday 27 August 2009 at 4:27 pm I’ve been listening to The Weather Channel but haven’t heard yet where the meteorologists are being dispatched to anticipate the arrival of Tropical Storm Danny, which is forecast to become a hurricane by Saturday.

The good news for Hatteras and Ocracoke is that it looks as if Cantore and crew will not be hanging out here.

Last month, Cantore spent a couple days on Hatteras to video a Weather Channel feature on “Why I Love Summer.”

Although some folks were understandably panicked to see the Weather Stud on Hatteras during hurricane season, his work here was all fluffy stuff about kiteboarding and shelling and the like – and he attracted big crowds when he was being videotaped on the beach. Read More