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2008-07-27 09:00:24

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot nags head First to go will likely be the beat-up, uncovered sandbags that block public access on the beach. Next could be the ugly bald bags piled willy-nilly in front of oceanfront houses. Now that the state has inventoried all the exposed sandbags protecting properties in coastal counties, a priority list for removal is being made in preparation for sending notices to property owners. Ted Tyndall, assistant director...

2008-07-25 09:01:18

ONGOING Bird Walks. Take a stroll along the North Pond Wildlife Trail and look for approximately 225 species of birds that live or pass through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Pea Island Visitor Center at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. 2 1/2 miles south of Oregon Inlet. Free. 987-2394. Exhibit. "The Outer Banks Now and Then: Where We Are, Where We've Been" presents images and artifacts of the past and present, showing change along the coastal region....

2008-07-20 09:00:24

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot The Nags Head Board of Commissioners decided Friday not to pursue a potential project with the Army Corps of Engineers that would have put sand dredged from Oregon Inlet on town beaches. "The decision was already made by the Corps of Engineers that the sand would go to Pea Island," Commissioner Doug Remaley said. The board was going to consider sending a letter to the corps expressing interest in the possible project, which...

2008-07-18 09:00:41

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot Nags Head Efforts to widen Nags Head beaches have failed over the years at the federal, county and local levels, but another idea goes on the table today. The Board of Commissioners will meet to decide whether the town should send a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers expressing interest in a project that might provide sand through a nearby dredging initiative. "The sand would be pumped up from Oregon Inlet and onto Nags Head...

2008-07-13 09:00:00

By W MEADE STITH III By W. Meade Stith III Environmentalists have sued to stop driving on beaches in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to push for more critical habitat designations in the Seashore. The stated reason for these actions is to protect the piping plover, a shorebird considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. In 2008, a consent decree closed the most popular beaches in the Seashore. You'd think the piping...

2008-07-11 06:00:24

By CATHERINE KOZAK Beaches at Oregon Inlet, Cape Point and Ocracoke Island, N.C., are expected to be quieter than usual this July Fourth weekend - the first time they've been closed to off-road vehicles through the night. Access on foot or vehicle also is limited or nearly nonexistent at other times in those areas. But off-road vehicle access to some areas - in particular on the Pole Road at Hatteras Inlet - has recently improved. "That's great," said Dan Willard, manager at Red Drum...

2008-07-03 09:01:19

CURRITUCK COUNTY | The North Carolina School of the Arts and local musicians will perform at 7 p.m. each Thursday on the south lawn of the Whalehead Club. Today, the school will bring Dixieland Beat with blues, jazz, rags and brass. A dmission is free. Concessions will be available, and leashed pets are welcome. Dare County arts school presents 'piper' The North Carolina School of the Arts will present "Take One Step - the New Pied Piper" at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and July...

2008-06-26 09:02:36

The Virginian-Pilot Three areas closed off to protect shorebirds near Oregon Inlet have been expanded after someone in an off-road vehicle ran down fencing and carved "doughnuts" in the sand over the weekend. The damage was found Sunday in protected areas south of Ramp 4 on Bodie Island Spit, a National Park Service statement said. A sign was destroyed and an investigating ranger found "obvious evidence of tire spin-out tracks in the sand, including zigzagging across the beach,...

2008-06-21 09:00:24

A COMMITTEE OF 30 people - 60, if you count their alternates - is helping the National Park Service hash out a plan to manage off- road vehicle use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Park officials are under a federal judge's order to produce a document by Dec. 31, 2010, with the final regulation set for completion by April 1, 2011. By some standards, that's a relatively tight deadline - given the number of people involved, the range of views they represent, the heaps of data they must...

2007-07-26 12:24:32

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot From 1944 to 1965, Navy aircraft swooped low over the Currituck Sound with a mission to blast targets on the Currituck Outer Banks. Now the Army Corps of Engineers plans to clean up leftover unexploded ordnance lying where wild horses roam and near beaches where people swim and fish . Rockets, bombs and machine-gun ammunition lie within 182 acres in the Monkey Island Tract , part of the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge , about a...


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Banker Horse
2014-04-02 11:37:32

The banker horse is a breed of feral horse that can be found in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. This breed is a descendant of the Spanish horse and the foundation stock is thought to have been brought to the America’s during the 16th century. It is thought that these horses may have become feral after surviving shipwrecks or after being abandoned during exploration or settlement expeditions. Although these horses roam free, they are not true wild horses because they are descended...

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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