“The U.S. Forest Service is excited to partner with Foothills Conservancy on this newest acquisition,” said Nicholas Larson, North Carolina Forest Service district ranger. “Chestnut Mountain will be a great addition to the Forest, with easy access to Lenoir. We are working with both the Blue Ridge Horseman’s Association and Northwestern N.C. Mountain Bike Alliance to improve and add to the existing trail system.” The Find Your Virtual Park page on NPS.gov provides resources that feature the sights and sounds of parks, games, videos, webcams and kid-friendly activities. The National Park Foundation offers a series of virtual escapes as well as suggestions for home-based park experiences. Photo of Pisgah National Forest, Blue Ridge Mountains from Getty Images National Parks Week begins Saturday Earth logs its second-warmest March on record From April 18- April 26, the U.S. will celebrate National Park Week. Due to the disruption of COVID-19, this year’s celebrations are going digital. While holed up at home, you can still journey to national parks through a variety of online activities including virtual tours, scavenger hunts, trivia contests and junior ranger programs. On March 7, the U.S. Forest Service purchased a former inholding in Pisgah National Forest from Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, the organization said in a press release. The 96-acre property located off U.S Highway 321 in Caldwell County, between Lenoir and Blowing Rock, creates opportunity to extend trails in the Boone Fork recreation area near Mulberry Creek and Blowing Rock. Mother Earth may be taking a much-needed breather right now, but the globe continues to warm. Following the warmest January ever recorded and the second-warmest February, the planet has now logged its second-hottest March on record, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday. NOAA warns that models are already suggesting that 2020 could be the warmest year on record. “It does look like there’s a better-than-half probability that we will finish the year warmest on record,” Deke Arndt, chief of the monitoring branch at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, said in a news briefing.
The NFL draft is this weekend? I couldn’t care less.Nothing annoys me more in this world than hype. If it were up to me, the Super Bowl would be played the day after the AFC and NFC championship games. That would leave Sean Salisbury, Ron Jaworski and the gang only one night to over-hype one of the most consistent letdowns in American sports. Yet, they would still probably beat it into the ground.The discussion about the NFL draft begins as soon as the college football season ends, but it begins in earnest during the sports vacuum that is the month of February, when the cheese dip stains from Super Bowl parties have barely faded and Mel Kiper Jr. comes out of hiding to break down every possible draft-day scenario. Seriously. Every one of them. Twice.The hype the NFL draft receives every year is just another part of the invasiveness of the NFL into Americans’ daily lives. The NFL Network offers 24/7 coverage of the sport, while ESPN devotes large chunks of SportsCenter to NFL stories all year round — even at times when the players are thinking more about foosball then they are about football. NFL Live’s season is year-round, while the football season lasts only five months.Then comes draft day itself. This year, ESPN and ESPN2 will offer 11 hours of draft coverage on Saturday and seven hours on Sunday. That’s 18 hours of trying not to figure out the over-under on the number of tins of pomade in Kiper’s hair.To be fair, the draft offers sports fans ample material for debate. Online forums light up with talk of who teams should pick, who are the most overrated and underrated players in the draft, and who this year’s sleeper pick will be. The draft can affect a team for years to come. That could be a good thing (1986 49ers) or a bad thing (1998 Chargers). The draft debate can start as early as midseason in the year before, and it lasts until every player taken in the draft has either proven his worth or has left the league. It’s endless.But the NFL draft and its blanket coverage are for sports geeks. The kinds of guys who log 20,000 posts in twelve different NFL forums are the ones who catch every pick of the draft so they can be the first to comment. Casual fans may have the draft on in the background while they do their Saturday chores, but they will only do so to find out who their team picked in the first few rounds.But watching the NFL draft or any of the coverage is pointless. To most fans, it only matters who their teams pick, and they can find that out in the Sunday paper or by quickly checking online. Analyses be damned. The fans will see how the picks pan out in September.Besides being pointless, the NFL draft is also tremendously boring. Waiting to see if Matt Millen will draft another wide receiver in the first round is only slightly more exciting than waiting to see if your lunch date is going to go with the Italian sub again or shake it up and opt for roast beef and ham. In the end, it doesn’t really matter. You won’t even get to eat the sandwich.How many times have you flipped on ESPN Classic to see slow motion replays of Paul Tagliabue handing a Dolphins hat to a draftee with the NFL films voiceover guy talking in the background about Tagliabue’s mastery of his trade? None. That kind of DVD is only available at flea markets in Gary, Ind.With the NHL and NBA playoffs heating up, and baseball season in full swing, few things could really matter less right now than the NFL draft. Yes, a team’s future hangs in the balance. Yes, it could be the difference between watching your team in the Super Bowl and giving up on your team before Week 7. But if I have to hear someone talk about a player’s “upside” or about the Cleveland Browns’ “war room,” one more time, I will go Tonya Harding all over that person.Do you remember Ryan Leaf or Akili Smith? Of course you do, because sports commentators and columnists can’t wait to break out their Top 10 Draft Busts the week before the actual draft, saving them enough time and effort from doing a real news story to get in an extra round of golf that day. Their only hope is that they won’t have to change the list, making next year’s story that much easier to write.NFL draft coverage is the epitome of the National Football League’s delusion of self-importance. Pretending people actually care enough about the draft to mindlessly watch it for 18 hours assumes the worst about Americans. It also assumes NFL football is worthy of exhaustive year-round coverage.No sport is worth that. Not even football.So get outside this weekend. Get updates from your loser friend who is actually watching the draft at home. Fly a kite. Play football with friends.Or better yet, go fishing like Joe Thomas.Robert Panger is a senior majoring in journalism. If you would like to make plans to do anything other than watch the NFL draft with him for Saturday, he can be reached at [email protected]
“He has to embrace it,” Murphy told ESPN. “And I think he is. I hope he adapts well. I’m excited. I know he’s excited. I’ve had some discussions with him.”Rodgers, 35, had only played for Mike McCarthy since entering the NFL in 2005. But, McCarthy was fired after Green Bay got off to a 4-7-1 start in 2018. He was replaced on an interim basis by Joe Philbin before LaFleur was hired in early January. Related News Packers expected to bring back TE Jimmy Graham next season, report says “So, I will be in there as much as I can. I don’t foresee ever missing a quarterback meeting.” LaFleur, a former Titans offensive coordinator, appears ready to work with the star signal caller.”We’ve got three quarterback guys that are going to be hitting him from all angles,” LaFleur said last week. “I’m going to do (my) part. I know that I need to be in that room, especially as much as I possibly can because I am going to be the play-caller. I think that relationship between the play-caller and the quarterback is absolutely critical. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers avoids offseason knee surgery, says he feels ‘great’ Aaron Rodgers will be playing under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur in Green Bay, so he may have to make some adjustments next season.The Packers quarterback needs to “embrace” the change that comes with a new coach, team president Mark Murphy said Tuesday.
A young Muff man, who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death in July 2015 at the Circuit Court last week, will face more driving charges later this year. Seosamh McGonigle, 21, from Glackmore, Muff, faced a range of driving offences at Buncrana District Court, including no insurance, no NCT, bald tyres and driving without a licence. McGonigle was not present in court, but his solicitor Frank Dorrian said he was anxious to have the current charges against him dealt with after the Circuit Court case.McGonigle was charged with no insurance, no NCT, a smokey exhaust, driving without a licence, and failing to produce his documents at Ballyderowen, Burnfoot, in February 1, 2015.He was charged with having four bald tyres, no insurance, no NCT, driving without a licence and having no silencer fitted on his car at Main Street, Buncrana, on March 3, 2015.He is also accused of having no insurance and failing to produce his documents on June 13, 2015.“Mr. McGonigle was charged at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Tuesday and he will be sentenced in April,” said Mr. Dorrian explained.“It is a very serious charge in the Circuit Court and he has pleaded guilty to that. We are anxious to have these dealt with after the Circuit Court case rather than before. I don’t believe it will trouble the court.”Judge Paul Kelly adjourned all charges against McGonigle until May 10.Muff man faces further charges after death driving case concludes was last modified: February 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Buncrana District CourtBurnfootFRank DorrianmuffSeosamh McGonigle