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Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 Final

October 2016

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Community News Feds: Red wolf recovery area will be limited to Dare mainland The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a plan Monday to eventually allow endangered red wolves to roam freely only on federal land in Dare County by the end of 2017. The agency said in a news release it will begin implementing a series of actions based on scientific information gathered over the past 21 months. How they plan to reduce the area that the estimated 45 red wolves in the wild currently roam in Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington and Beaufort Counties was not made clear in the announcement. Plans are to limit the population in the wild to the Dare County Bombing Range and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, where the agency said stable packs exist on federal land. They also plan to find other locations in North Carolina or the southeastern U.S. where red wolves historically roamed until they were listed as extinct in the wild in 1980. Red wolves bred in captivity were released into Alligator National Wildlife Refuge starting in 1987. “This proposed action will change the scope of and goals for the experimental population and is expected to be completed by December 2017,” the agency said, and it will undergo an environmental review and a public comment period. The agency said it will next determine where potential new sites exist for additional experimental wild populations by October 2017, and ensure they will comply with environmental rules and include public engagement. A full evaluation of the program was undertaken two years ago after evidence surfaced that dozens of captive-bred wolves were released mistakenly on private lands in parts of the five By Sam Walker Follow OBX News as it happens counties and interbreeding with coyotes became rampant. Some 200 red wolves are currently held in captive breeding facilities across the United States, including one at the refuge. While listed as an endangered species, the wolves that have been released are classified as a “non-essential, experimental population” by the USFWS. State wildlife regulators called on the Fish and Wildlife Service last year to end the reintroduction of the red wolf in the region and to remove all wolves that were released on private lands. The release program was suspended in June 2015, while existing wolves were allowed to continue roaming over an area covering 1.7 million acres of Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington and Beaufort counties. Coyote hunting was restricted in that area after a lawsuit by environmental groups in reaction to at least eight incidents in which red wolves were shot and not reported, which violated state and federal regulations. Monday’s announcement comes after a two-year, two-step evaluation of the entire red wolf recovery program, according to the federal agency. An initial report by the Wildlife Management Institute in June 2015 heavily criticized how the Fish and Wildlife Service interacted with residents and property owners surrounding the refuge in the five-county area after the program got under way. The same findings praised USFWS for the science behind the program and noted that it proved to some degree that the red wolf could survive in coastal eastern North Carolina. Earlier this month, the final results of the study were submitted to the agency. “The service commissioned these numerous studies, and the updated research and information coming from a diverse group of experts was invaluable to us in making the management decisions we’re announcing today,” said Cindy Dohner, the service’s Southeast Regional Director. USFWS said it will move quickly to secure the captive population of about 200 red wolves because it is not sustainable in its current configuration, with just 29 breeding pairs in captivity. A five-year status review for the red wolf will also be completed by October 2017, examine whether the red wolf is a valid, listable entity and whether it is appropriately classified as an endangered species. Beach driving with permits opens in Nags Head and KDH The beach driving season starts October 1 in Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. Seasonal permits are $25 and temporary permits are $10, which are good for 14 days. Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head have a reciprocal program that allows permits from either town to be used on both beaches. The season runs from Oct. 1 to April 30 each year. Permits are available at the second floor Cashier’s Window in Kill Devil Hills Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive and at Nags Head Town Hall, 5401 South Croatan Highway during business hours Monday through Friday. They can also be obtained at tackle shops and Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head Try a little TENDERNESS® The Family Gourmet Buffet 2 (5 oz.) Filet Mignons 2 (5 oz.) Top Sirloins 2 (4 oz.) 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Petzing named Outer Banks Citizen of the Year Dr. Christine Petzing, hospitalist with The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, has been named the 2016 Outer Banks Citizen of the Year by The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and PNC Bank. Petzing was hired by the hospital in 2011, when the hospital was looking for a full-time hospitalist to care for patients during their inpatient stay. Community News Petzing is also involved in the county’s hospice and palliative care services. After becoming board certified in hospice and palliative care, Petzing has served as the medical director for Dare Home Health and Hospice, and was recognized as the Physician of the Year by the North Carolina Association for Home & Hospice Care. By Outer Banks Voice “Dr. Petzing is a deeply spiritual person and really understands the relationship dynamics in counseling patients and their families,” Sloan said. “She is a rare and exceptional human being with the ability to combine her intellect and medical expertise with her intuitive and accurate ‘read’ on patient and family care situations.” Follow OBX News as it happens Petzing received her medical training at The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. She has earned numerous awards, including the Merck Award for Excellence in Family and Community Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists’ Award and the Gloria Arndt Award. She is a member of the American Medical Association and several other professional organizations. “We were looking for a physician who would become part of the fabric of our community, really engage with patients and their families and help extend the reach of hospitalbased care through community outreach,” said Ronnie Sloan, Outer Banks Hospital president. “Our community was blessed that Dr. Petzing chose to join us in 2011, and the impact she has made in this community in just five years is truly amazing,” Sloan added. In addition to her responsibilities at the hospital, Petzing is involved in the community’s efforts to tackle prescription drug abuse. Soon after her arrival, three “Moms on a Mission” — Tess Judge, Betty Blanchard, and Cathy Overstreet — visited the hospital, asking local physicians to become involved in finding solutions to the problem. In response, Petzing formed the Physicians’ Council on Prescription Drug Abuse, and more than 60 local physicians signed a pledge to become part of the solution. She is chair of the Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse and also a member of the county’s substance abuse and prevention and education task force. More recently, Petzing has collaborated with the Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks Dementia Task Force. Petzing, along with her hospital colleagues, have been instrumental in helping The Outer Banks Hospital become a “Dementia Friendly Hospital” where patients and their families receive specialized care. In addition, she developed a new service for cancer patients known as the Symptom Management Clinic. Now available two Fridays per month, cancer patients can see Petzing, a nurse navigator, social worker or dietician for help in managing symptoms like nausea, dehydration, pain, wounds and distress. “The days of the family doctor that came to your home and knew everyone in town are long gone; however the need for a compassionate and engaged medical community remains,” Sloan said. “Every community needs a Dr. Petzing and we are so fortunate to have her. “ Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Brent Tomlinson congratulated Petzing and added that he is impressed by the impact that Dr. Petzing has had on the community’s health. “Substance abuse, dementia, hospice care, cancer care… she has found a way to make a difference with issues that impact the strength of our economy and families,” Tomlinson said. Petzing will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Ramada Plaza, Kill Devil Hills. Admission is $35 per person, which includes a buffet dinner and music by the Accoustaholics. For more information about the event, visit Outer Banks Chamber. Since 1982, The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and PNC Bank have recognized 35 individuals with the Outer Banks Citizen of the Year Award. First recipient was Aycock Brown and the 2015 winner was Edward Greene of The Christmas Shop. A list of all winners can be found at Outer Banks Chamber awards. V RY LIVE GAME. E 2016 NFL SUNDAY TICKET INCLUDED WHEN YOU SWITCH TO DIRECTV. 2-Year all-included pricing CHOICE All-Included Package $ 60 00 MO. Plus taxes. For 24 months W/ 24-mo. TV agmt. & other qual. AT&T service.* Regional Sports fee applies in certain markets. Renews at full price. Offer ends 10/22/16. New approved customers only, lease required. Hardware and Programming available separately. Other conditions apply. 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