Stories by Catherine Kozak

Long-overdue upgrades on tap for Nags Head Woods

It’s the first full-scale renovation of the functional-but-outdated wooden visitor center and conference room building tucked off a gravel parking lot at the end of Ocean Bay Boulevard.

Mar 21

Lunar cycles, water temps, bait fish signal return of sharks

Experts say the recent spate of shark bites off North Carolina all come down to warm water and plentiful bait -- and lots of people getting into the mix. An attack Wednesday on Ocracoke followed two last week on Hatteras Island.

Jul 1

Tine urges unity in quest for more inlet dredging dollars

State Rep. Paul Tine told a roomful of Dare County movers and shakers concerned about long-term solutions to Oregon Inlet Monday that they’d better rally the troops if they want to be heard in Raleigh.

Jun 23

As inlet is cleared, Corps OKs plan for regular maintenance

As good weather and dredging opens the federal channel in Oregon Inlet that had been clogged for weeks, a proposed maintenance dredging agreement has gotten the go-ahead from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Apr 26

School board, commissioners achieve rare unity on funding

A special meeting between Dare County’s Board of Education and Board of Commissioners on Wednesday found more comity than clashing, as members united over a new formula to fund schools.

Mar 12

Occupancy tax for dredging triggers furious debate

A Commissioners meeting that started out weighing the pros and cons of using occupancy taxes for dredging quickly devolved Monday into a fishing versus business debate pitting the value of Oregon Inlet against beach nourishment.

Mar 2

Bluefin quota up this year, but catching them is another story

Outer Banks fishermen will have a higher bluefin tuna quota than ever to work with this winter. That is, if the lucrative big fish show up here, and the fishermen can get out of the shoaled inlets to catch them.

Feb 12

Remains of Tyrrell County ‘Bear Lady’ found on logging road

On Monday, Kay Grayson’s body was found on a logging road several hundred yards from her trailer. She was 67. She was known for her passion to protect the bears on her land.

Jan 27

In guilty plea, Summerfield claims sleep drug led to slaying

Nathan Summerfield, 29, apologized to Lynn Jackenheimer’s family in Dare County Superior Court, as well as to his parents and son, before being taken away to prison. He was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years.

Dec 15

Summerfield pleads guilty, will serve at least 30 years in prison

Nathan Summerfield will serve a minimum of 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to one count of second-degree murder and two kidnapping charges in the 2012 killing of Lynn Jackenheimer.

Dec 15

Dispute leaves Oregon Inlet Fishing Center lease up in the air

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center will be operated under an extended contract for another year while the National Park Service re-evaluates terms that were rejected in October by the center’s board.

Nov 25

Trial date set for Nathan Summerfield in 2012 Hatteras slaying

Nathan Summerfield, 29, of Ashland, is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing and strangling death of Lynn Jackenheimer, whose body was found in the grass off a Frisco cul-de-sac on July 10, 2012.

Sep 15