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Ski season 2019-'20 opens at Snowshoe Mountain

Skiers celebrate the beginning of ski season 2019-2020 at Snowshoe Mountain.
Ski season in West Virginia launched Friday morning at Snowshoe Mountain, where more than 12 slopes have opened to skiers and far more snow...

Buck, bear hunting seasons in W.Va. to run concurrently

A black bear inspects a beech forest in West Virginia.
Deer hunters in West Virginia are being reminded that a concurrent bear season (without dogs) will run from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7, 2019,...

First phase of nature trail at Glenville State College complete

Trailhead at Pioneer Nature Trail at Glenville. (Photo: Glenville State College)
The first section of a walkable nature trail at Glenville State College has been completed, though there's more to come, according to the interim...

Canaan Valley skiing opens Dec. 14 with new capacity

Hikers on Bald Knob survey they ski area at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
Opening on December 14, 2019, Canaan Valley Resort has invested in upgrades that will see more trails open earlier in the season and help...

Randolph County farm wins national medal for mead

Goldenrod at Healthberry Farm helps produce excellent honey.
Healthberry Farm has been awarded a silver medal in the sweet varietal mead category for its Honey River Basswood Mead, made with raw honey...

Now making snow, Snowshoe posts 2019-2020 events

Snow-making commenced on schedule Nov. 1 at Snowshoe Mountain.
Snowmaking has commenced on Snowshoe Mountain in the mountains of eastern West Virginia, and officials at the resort complex have announced its 2019-2020 calendar...

Tubing park at Snowshoe goes green (and red, blue...)

New energy-saving lights at the snow-tubing park at Snowshoe Mountain are expected to bedazzle guests.
Snowshoe Mountain is installing lights that are expected to trim energy use by 80 to 85 percent at its Coca-Cola Tubing Park. But the...

Reedsville man catches state record chain pickerel

Matt Born displays the state record chain pickerel taken in 2019 at Upper Deckers Creek Lake.
A West Virginia man caught a 27.87-inch, four-pound chain pickerel on Oct. 13 at Upper Deckers Lake near Reedsville, West Virginia, in Preston County—a...

Wild boar season opens in southern West Virginia

West Virginia's 2019 wild boar firearms season opens Oct. 26, runs through Nov. 2, and is open to West Virginia residents only. A second...

Bethany's Parkinson Forest added to old-growth network

Students at Bethany College stroll the Parkinson Forest.
The Parkinson Forest at Bethany College has been added to the national Old-Growth Forest Network—the eleventh site in West Virginia to be included and...

Snowshoe, Alleghenies received first snowfall overnight

A dusting of snow fell in the Allegheny Mountains, and officials at Snowshoe Mountain are excited.
The Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia saw their first snowfall last night, and officials at the ski resort on Snowshoe Mountain say that's a...

Nutritional wild game benefits the hungry in W.Va.

White-tailed deer venison is a favorite traditional meat in West Virginia.
West Virginia's abundant wildlife and hunting seasons provide opportunities for many families to fill their freezers with highly nutritious wild game. A low-fat, high-protein alternative,...

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