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Outdoors

  • Two park trails close after bear encounter

    WHITETOP — The trail systems at Grayson Highlands State Park were closed June 16 after an encounter between a black bear and an untethered dog resulted in non life-threatening injuries to the dog’s owner.

    According to Jim Meisner, public relations specialist for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the incident occurred at 8 a.m. that day. He said a woman was walking along Cabin Creek Trail and the Horse Trail Connector to Massie Gap with her dog.

  • Trailblazing

    By SARA BLANKENSHIP
    Staff

    Matt Hall’s personal and spiritual journeys have brought him to the start of his next great adventure: a 2,190-mile journey as the latest Appalachian Trail Chaplain for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.
    The chaplaincy is an ongoing ministry in which a new chaplain has been placed on the trail each year for the past four years. Hall, a 27-year-old Carroll County resident, will be the fifth to attempt the journey.

  • Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally to be held May 6-8

    The 42nd annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally, hosted by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), will be held May 6-8 (Friday through Sunday) this year.
    This annual event is a tradition that dates back to 1975, bringing together like-minded nature lovers throughout the region. The 42nd Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • County seeks donors to help fund coyote bounties

    INDEPENDENCE -- With funds exhausted for a bounty on coyotes in Grayson County, one supervisor took it upon himself to donate additional funds in hopes that other citizens will follow-suit.

    Supervisors were notified by a March 6 memo from County Administrator Jonathan Sweet that only $480 of the total budgeted $10,000 remained.

    Needing at least $500 to pay in prize money to the citizen that turned in the most coyote carcasses, Sweet said the board would need to decide if it appropriated additional funds for the contest that was scheduled to run through May 15.

  • Baywood nature lover shares joys of winter stay in Florida
  • Grayson supervisors double funding for coyote killing program
  • Petition decrying Grayson County's coyote killing contest gets 700-plus signees

    INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County’s coyote killing contest launched last month is apparently attracting its share of attention – not so much from participants, at least not yet -- but more from folks opposed to it. The contest is a follow-up to the county’s coyote bounty program that started in March. While county officials say that, as of last week, 28 individual hunters had killed 45 coyotes total since the bounty program started, a petition calling for an end to coyote killing contest had reportedly received more than 700 signatures.

  • Wildlife Center of Virginia president shares views on Grayson County's coyote eradication programs

    By Ed Clark

    Guest Columnist

  • Coyote contest opens Wednesday

    INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County is announcing an official contest exclusively for Grayson County citizens as an added incentive to hunt and kill nuisance coyotes.  The contest will begin this Wednesday, Oct. 15 and continue through May 15, 2015. According to a county news release, the winner will be judged by only one measure -- how many dead coyotes he or she turns into the county.

  • Grayson looks at expanding trail network

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County will use federal funding to make significant enhancements to its recreational park after supervisors unanimously approved a resolution authorizing application for grant money last week.

    At the July 10 meeting, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet presented the board with a resolution authorizing the county to seek assistance from the Recreational Trails Programs of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for the construction of recreational trails and trail related facilities.