Wednesday, December 19, 2018


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Beyond Washington, D.C., lights, bobcats roam the West Virginia hills

A bobcat perches on a tree limb in the mountains of West Virginia. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
Less than an hour's drive from Washington, D.C., elusive bobcats roam the hills of West Virginia. Just how many, the state's Division of Natural...

Entrance fees at Harpers Ferry to increase January 1

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will increase its entrance fees in 2019 and 2020 as part of the National Park Service’s efforts to address...

W.Va. trappers and hunters must tag fur-bearing catch

An otter paddles in a pond in West Virginia.
Officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources are reminding trappers of beaver, bobcat, fishers, and otters that they are required to electronically register...

Abandoned mine shaft lore in Fallout 76 a real-world concern

A gated mine opening along a rail trail near Ansted, West Virginia, attracts an interested hiker.
In Fallout 76, abandoned mine shaft story-lines play an important role, yet beyond the video game, abandoned coal mine openings in West Virginia pose...

Frosty the Snowman — West Virginia’s most famous winter character?

Frosty the Snowman leads a group of children in the 1969 animated Christmas television special b Rankin/Bass Productions.
"Frosty the Snowman" might not have come to life in West Virginia, but the man who created Frosty did. Walter E. “Jack” Rollins, born...

Gas developer helps fund restoration in wildlife-management area

Greg Dotson, director of environmental health and safety for Eureka Midstream, presented the $75,000 to the Mid-Ohio Valley Branch of Quality Deer Management Association at the 2018 Mountaineer QDMA banquet in Morgantown, West Virginia.
A large-scale, cooperative wildlife-habitat enhancement project has been initiated in the Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area in southern Wetzel County with a $75,000 donation...

World-class trails at scout reserve now open to mountain bikers

A mountain biker explores trails at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve near the New River Gorge.
A 35-mile system of world-class mountain bike trails are now open to bikers off-season at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Beckley, West Virginia, thanks...

1869 wreck of steamer Rebecca occurred Dec. 7 on the Ohio

Artist's conception of wreck of steamboat Rebecca at Parkersburg in 1869.
Deep in the rugged interior of the Mountain State, where rivers arise as tumbling young streams, it can be easy to forget the broad...

Let’s explore winter in West Virginia with Rick Burgess: Part 2

Glade Creek wanders through a snowy hollow at Babcock State Park. Photo courtesy Rick Burgess.
Winter in West Virginia may be more varied than in any other eastern U.S. state: Its northern panhandle suffers the brunt of lake-effect snows, while its...

Three holiday light displays attract visitors to Point Pleasant area

Holiday light displays near Point Pleasant, West Virginia, are attracting visitors to this scenic section of the Ohio Valley.
Three holiday light displays near Point Pleasant, West Virginia, are attracting sightseers to one of the most scenic sections of the Ohio River valley. Exhibits...

WVExplorer releases Fallout 76 monster podcasts

The golden dome of the W.Va. Capitol overlooks a ruined landscape.
Many monsters featured in the Fallout 76 video game are based on real-world West Virginia legends, about which David Sibray, publisher of West Virginia...

New W.Va. state parks gift cards include eight bonus coupons

Restored pioneer farm at Twin Falls Resort State Park, Wyoming County, Hatfield & McCoy Region
The ultimate gift for a West Virginia state park fanatic, park system gift-cards for 2019 include eight bonus coupons for park amenities if purchased...

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