Sunday, November 29, 2015
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MANNS HARBOR, N.C. — Workers grinding and chipping old paint and rust away from the hull, decks and inner compartments of the passenger ferry Carteret added to the layer of dust that had settled over the 26-year-old ship the week before Thanksgiving. The 771-gross-ton vessel is right at the age when Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin would like to start looking for a replacement. Propped up on blocks inside the massive paint building at North Carolina's state shipyard, the ferry is midway through an overhaul that the U.S. Coast Guard requires of ferries every two-and-a-half years. After thinning steel has been replaced, engines rebuilt, dust washed away and fresh coats of paint applied inside and out, some six months and more than 10,000 hours of labor will have gone into the refit. When the process is finished sometime in the spring, the Carteret will begin moving cars and passengers between the mainland and the Outer Banks again.
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 5:26 AM
Monday, November 23, 2015
NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative has started the preliminary utility work necessary to begin construction of the new Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet next spring. “After decades of delays and court challenges, the people of Dare County and North Carolina will finally begin to see construction on the replacement for the Bonner Bridge,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a press release Friday, announcing the start of the power line work. The transmission cable south of Oregon Inlet will have to be moved to allow crews the needed space to begin construction of the new 3.5 mile long span. In order to complete the relocation, the co-op said crews will have to cut the existing cable, resulting in a transmission outage that will last several days.
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 4:07 AM
ARLINGTON, VA. -- Before you dive into that Thanksgiving feast, you could get your sweet tooth fix with an Outer Banks favorite that's officially open in Arlington. ARLnow.com reports that Duck Donuts has officially opened its Arlington locatio n in the Lee-Harrison Shopping Center, replacing the former Baskin-Robbins. It's the third Duck Donuts location in our area, following Herndon and Fairfax. The company is looking to expand throughout the East Coast, with areas including Newark, Delaware; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Bristow and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 4:04 AM
NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- After five hours of motions, amendments and haggling over details, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission approved an emergency measure Thursday that will close down most fishing for southern flounder in the state’s sounds after Oct. 16. The restrictions, which are aimed at allowing larger numbers of fish to migrate into the ocean to reach spawning age, were deemed necessary by the Division of Marine Fisheries even though the validity of a 2014 stock assessment was called into questions by a peer review. While the closings will also apply to recreational anglers, commercial fishermen will take a big financial hit because the fall months are generally the most productive for catching flounder with gill and pound nets. The measure, approved as the commission met at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, comes in the form of a supplement to the Fisheries Management Plan. A supplement allows the MFC to act on its own in an emergency without the usual vetting by special committees and public comment that an amendment would require. In this case, however, public comment was invited.
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 3:40 AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
THE OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- What would you do if you got a second chance at life? “There is no way somebody should have survived that,” says pilot Jenny Hawk. It's a question that unfurls in Hawk's mind like the advertising banners she lifted into the Manteo breeze. Jenny earns a living in the Outer Banks sky, tugging airborne ads, giving thrill rides, even teaching people like NewsChannel 3's Mike Mather to fly. She grew her business from a single Cessna into a high-flying fleet of airplanes criss-crossing the barrier islands. And then one day she hurtled out of control, she conceded it was all over. And she prepared to die. She never thought she would survive it.
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Monday, May 11, 2015
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