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10 years after the "Move of the Century"

Tuesday 21 July 2009 at 2:29 pm Ten years ago this month, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ended its historic journey.

That journey took the lighthouse about a half mile to the southwest of its original location, where it stood guard over the treacherous Diamond Shoals for almost 130 years, to move it away from the encroaching Atlantic Ocean.

The move was opposed by many Hatteras islanders, who were worried that the old lighthouse wouldn’t make it to its new site in one piece or who just thought it should stay in its historic location by the sea.

However, the National Park Service forged ahead with its plans to move the iconic beacon. Read More

Does the Weather Channel hype or help during storms?

Friday 17 July 2009 at 3:05 pm When Tropical Storm Hanna headed toward Hatteras and Ocracoke during the first week of September last year, it was closely followed by Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel.

Cantore showed up in Hatteras to broadcast on the island on Thursday morning, Sept. 4.  That night he broadcast live from Hatteras village.  By the next morning, he was at Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe. And by Saturday, Sept. 6, the day the storm came ashore near the border of North and South Carolina, he was down south at Atlantic Beach.

No matter. Many local business owners thought that Cantore’s appearance here on the island two days before the storm caused visitors to pack up and leave, even though there was no evacuation order for Dare or Hyde counties.

Hanna was basically a non-event on the islands.  There was minimal rain for a tropical system.  Winds gusted to 60 mph or so after the storm came ashore south of us and traveled north through the state, well west of the Outer Banks.

There was soundside flooding from Avon north, and Highway 12 was closed for several hours. Read More

The problem with our national parks is that they are no longer for the people

Tuesday 14 July 2009 at 2:44 pm In an interesting blog posted on the New York Times Web site last week and republished as an op-ed piece in some newspapers, Timothy Egan, Seattle bureau chief for the newspaper, bemoans the state of the national park system.

He cites the declining visits to the parks and that all visitors look the same – “generally white, fairly prosperous, sensible-shoe-wearing adults.”

He links this decline of interest in the parks to today’s youngsters – too overweight, too devoted to electronic media, and lacking an interest in nature and the outdoors.

It’s a good blog, and Egan makes many good points about the state of our parks and the need for “a new generation of stewardship.”

His solution is an interesting one – get first lady Michelle Obama to make the parks her next mission – sort of do for the national parks what she did for growing lettuce.

Egan says we need a “superstar” and a “style shaper” to help the parks, and he says Obama is just the right person. Read More