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Drought causes recreational opportunities to dry up on area lakes

As dry conditions continue, the lack of rain has some missing out on recreational fun on Melrose area lakes as water levels dip extremely low. WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Peck traveled to the area today where she found getting to spend time on the water is a “cherished” opportunity. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BackyardLaketroublewrapKP.mp3] Melrose resident and artist David Beede’s has lived …

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Ca$hmob farmers market looks to sprout the economy of Alachua County

CashMobs have sprouted up throughout the United States and are modeled after Flash Mobs, events where large groups of people gather to celebrate artistic expression. Cash mobs add the element of supporting local businesses by encouraging people to spend money. Floridas’ 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Dina Lewis explains how the Florida Organic Growers …

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Incoming cold front could mean more severe smoke conditions

Wildfires in North Central Florida continue to burn with the County Line fire causing most area smoke.  Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Michael Cadigan says the haze is causing problems along area roadways. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/CountyLineFireSmokeWrap.mp3] Osceola National Forest Firefighter Byron Hart captured this night scene on the County Line Fire on Saturday night. …

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Thousands of acres burning in North Central Florida

Heavy smoke this morning throughout North Central Florida has reduced visibility on roadways and made for hazardous driving conditions.  While the fire in Levy Prairie just over the Alachua-Putnam county line may bring in some smoke, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says the main source of the smoke is from …

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The smell of smoke is in the air

With heavy smoke hanging in the air around North Central Florida, county health officials are urging people to stay indoors. Alachua County Health Department Medical Executive Director John Colon says even the healthiest person can expect to see some side effects from the smoke. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/COLON1.mp3] He says those with allergy …

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Co-existing with Florida’s black bear

With human and black bear populations on the rise in Florida, people in rural North Central Florida have had an increased number of encounters with this native species.  The Umatilla bear festival occurred this past Saturday to give humans a bear’s eye-view of life in the forest. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s …

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National mortgage plan may not resonate in Gainesville

Nationwide, struggling owners are expecting relief following a mortgage deal struck by the federal government and many large banks, but Gainesville/Alachua County Association of Realtors President Craig Wilburn says it may not be the long term solution North Central Florida really needs. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/WILBURN2.mp3] The plan outlines two possible paths for …

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Reviewing the events of the “Boardwalk Fire”

Traffic is running again in both the north and southbound lanes on I-75 and U.S. 441 in Alachua County following yesterday’s deadly pileup. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman reports, officials from all of North Central Florida have provided assistance. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BoardwalkFireMWwrap.mp3] In the wake of the most devastating interstate pileup …

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Homeless project grants provide more than just shelter

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has handed down $72 million in grants for homeless housing projects around Florida. While many North Central Florida programs will benefit, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown says one group bringing home a slice of that money has truly changed lives. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/HOMELESSGRANTWRAP.mp3]

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