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Waitin' On A Woman

Friday 03 April 2009 at 3:58 pm The Academy of Country Music this week announced that its Video of the Year award has gone to country music superstar Brad Paisley for “Waitin’ on a Woman,” featuring the iconic actor Andy Griffith, 82, who is a superstar on the Outer Banks.

That news came just before the 44th annual Academy of Country Music awards, which will be broadcast on Sunday, April 5, at 8 p.m. on CBS.

The music video not only features Griffith, who lives on Roanoke Island, but was filmed on the Outer Banks – at the Tanger Outlet Center in Nags Head and on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Read More

The Final Word On Reg-Neg?

Thursday 02 April 2009 at 3:19 pm The National Park Service has released the final report of the Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Off-Road Vehicle Management for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The committee disbanded in late February without reaching its goal of consensus.

The report was compiled and prepared by the Reg-Neg committee facilitators – Patrick Field and Ona Ferguson of the Consensus Building Institute in Boston, Mass., and Robert Fisher of Fisher Collaborative Services in Alexandria, Va. – for the National Park Service. The report provides diverse stakeholder input on a full spectrum of ORV management issues for the seashore, according to the Park Service media release.

The bad news is that the report is 1,654 pages long. Read More

Crime And Punishment

Wednesday 01 April 2009 at 1:05 pm It’s fair to say that the consent decree is despised by almost everyone on Hatteras and Ocracoke, almost everyone on the Outer Banks, and most of the park’s regular visitors.

And nothing in the consent decree is more despised than the part that requires punitive action when resource closure areas are intentionally vandalized.

For anyone who has been under a rock for the past year, the consent decree was approved by a U.S. District Court Judge last April and was agreed to by parties to a lawsuit over ORV access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Read More