Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh joined the PRE staff in May of 2006.  A New Bern native, he's currently a full time reporter and producer for Down East Journal.  His news spots and feature stories can also be heard during Morning Edition.  Jared was the recipient of five Associated Press Awards in 2010 for "Best Feature," "General News," "Best Health Report," "Best Weather Report," and "Best Consumer Report." When not at the station, he enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and paddleboarding. 

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The Down East Journal
12:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

The Down East Journal 907/31/15)

  How safe is your beach?  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to the State Recreational Water Quality Program Manager about testing the water at more than 200 locations, from Corolla to Sunset Beach.  And why sometimes, they have to issue a swimming advisory.  Plus, we take an audio tour of a new exhibit in New Bern detailing the history of the Tuscarora Nation with 15 rare maps.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

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ENC Features
3:14 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Gallants Channel Bridge Construction Ahead Of Schedule

A rendering of the completed Gallants Channel bridge
Credit http://www.beaufortbridgefacts.org/

We hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.  

Communing between the coastal communities of Beaufort and Morehead City will be a lot less stressful once a new high rise bridge is operational over Gallants Channel.   The project, which has been in the works for 20 years, is well on its way to completion.

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ENC Regional News
8:53 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Public Meeting On Target Shooting In Croatan National Forest

There’s a public meeting on Wednesday (07/29/15) to discuss the temporary ban on target shooting in the Croatan National Forest, in portions of Jones, Craven, and Carteret counties.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

After receiving hundreds of complaints from locals, the U.S. Forest Service banned target shooting in the Croatan for 120 days.  The closure took effect July 13th.  District Ranger Jim Gumm says concerns about public safety prompted the ban.

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ENC Features
11:35 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Greenville Shelter Opens Its Doors

Over 60 residents have a new place to call home. A 2.2 million dollar facility recently opened its doors in Greenville. The high-tech shelter is called Community Crossroads Place. Sarah Finch speaks with the Executive Director Bob Williams about how the new space will help them better serve the homeless in Pitt County. 

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The Down East Journal
2:49 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

The Down East Journal (07/24/15)

A new community shelter recently opened in Greenville, providing safe housing for more than 60 residents.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Executive Director Bob Williams about the high-tech 2.2 million dollar facility and their mission to help the less fortunate in Pitt County.  Also, we hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.  And, a native of Lenoir County whose efforts in multiple American wars, including as a major figure in the state during the Civil War, have been lost to history has his story told by a fellow nativ

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ENC Features
10:26 am
Mon July 20, 2015

ConnectNC Seeks To Enhance State Parks and Museums

"Breaking the Waves" at Hammocks Beach State Park
Credit R. Evans, North Carolina State Parks

Parks and museums across the state have begun preparing for Governor McCrory’s Connect NC investment program and the funding it would provide them.  Lee Jenkins spoke with the directors for Hammocks Beach Park and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum about what the program would mean for their facilities.

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ENC Features
11:12 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Red Algae A Problem Along Southeastern North Carolina Coast

Gracilaria vermiculophylla growing on mudflats in the Zeke’s Basin Reserve
Credit Byron Toothman, North Carolina Coastal Reserve

Large floating mats of red algae continue to wash up on some parts of the coast choking out native plants and animal species. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with North Carolina Coastal Reserve Research Biologist Byron Toothman about the impacts of this quickly-growing, invasive seaweed and how it’s altering our coastal ecosystem.  

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The Down East Journal
3:00 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

The Down East Journal (07/17/15)

It’s a “growing” problem.  Large floating mats of red algae continue to wash up on some parts of the coast choking out native plants and animal species. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with North Carolina Coastal Reserve Research Biologist Byron Toothman about the impacts of this quickly-growing, invasive seaweed and how it’s altering our coastal ecosystem.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

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ENC Regional News
2:39 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Several Pine Knoll Shores Beaches Ban Shorefishing

Following eight shark attacks this summer, another seaside town is enacting fishing restrictions. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Effective today, Pine Knoll Shores is banning all fishing at ten heavily used beach access location. Town Manager Brian Kramer says the plan designates a 200 yard area at each site for swimming only. He says anglers will have to move to the right or left of these restricted areas in order to fish.

"Most fishermen we think do that already out of courtesy, but we don't want to have bait in the water while folks are swimming."

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ENC Features
1:08 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

ENC Groups Partner To Protect Pollinators

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

It's summer-time, the flowers are in bloom and butterflies and bees are doing what they’ve always done.  But there’s been a decline in their numbers here in North Carolina and around the United States.  A new federal plan aims to reverse trend with an “all hands on deck” approach. Sarah Finch has more.

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ENC Features
1:03 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Local Researcher Aims To Bolster Black Sea Bass Fishery

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Black sea bass are making a comeback in North Carolina after the species was overfished a decade ago.  We visit the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City where they’re using ear bones from hundreds of black sea bass to learn which habitats along our coast best support the fishery. 

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ENC Regional News
11:37 am
Tue July 7, 2015

State Officials Advise Boaters to Wear Their Life Jackets

State officials advise residents to wear their life jackets when boating. Lee Jenkins has more.

Boating Safety Coordinator Major Chris Huebner says the most important safety measure any boater can take is to wear their life jacket. The primary cause of death in boating accidents is drowning, which life jackets go a long way towards preventing. Huebner says that even with a drunken operator or in bad weather, a life jacket would likely save lives.

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ENC Regional News
11:33 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Schools Suspend Driver's Ed Programs

School districts across the state have suspended their Driver’s Ed programs. Lee Jenkins has more.

Budget disagreements between the House and Senate have left financing for the programs up in the air. The Senate seeks to cut funding to high schools and have the community college system provide the classes, while the House seeks to maintain the program as it is.

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ENC Features
9:18 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Hoax Calls To US Coast Guard A Serious Offense

Credit U.S. Coast Guard

When the U.S. Coast Guard responds to an emergency off the North Carolina coast, they don’t expect the call for help to be a hoax.  Unfortunately, these events occur more than you think.  Responding to false distress calls is not only expensive, it can put rescue personnel in dangerous situations. A local man was recently sentenced to prison for making hoax calls to the U.S. Coast Guard in October 2013.  Sarah Finch has more.

It’s the familiar fable of the boy who cried wolf, but in this case, with very costly consequences.

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ENC Features
9:11 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Veterans Book Club Meets In Havelock

The North Carolina Humanities Council is hosting a five week book group offering local veterans a place to share experiences  and connect with veterans in discussion of literature related to war and homecoming.  Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Paula Watkins about the bi-monthly program at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

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ENC Features
11:48 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Emergency Services Summer Camp In Jacksonville

We visit a summer camp where teens learn “hands-on” how emergency responders are trained to handle crisis situations.

“I want to be a pediatrics orthopedic surgeon.  So I’m here for like the feel of the field.”

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ENC Regional News
12:02 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Search Continues for Downed Drone Near Cherry Point

The unmanned drone plummeted in the Neuse river yesterday afternoon during a routine training exercise. Cherry Point officials do not yet know what caused the drone to crash. First Lieutenant Maida Kalic says the Cherry Point Fire Department has been conducting searches alongside the Township Nine Fire Department.

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The Down East Journal
3:26 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

The Down East Journal (06/26/15)

Here at the coast, false distress calls have landed a Beaufort man prison time and a hefty fine.  This week on the Down East Journal, how the Coast Guard handles fake mayday calls and the costly impact it has on their operations.   Plus, we visit a summer camp where teens learn “hands-on” how emergency responders are trained to handle crisis situations. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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ENC Features
11:54 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Final Application Approved For Seismic Surveys Off NC Coast

Seismic survey vessel towing an air source array and acoustic receivers called hydrophones.
Credit International Association of Geophysical Contractors

The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management has approved the last of four applications from companies interested in conducting seismic surveys off the coast. Sarah Finch has more.

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ENC Regional News
11:45 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Oak Island Officals Consider Shark Fishing Ban

After three swimmers were attacked by sharks along the southeastern coast of North Carolina, the Town of Oak Island is considering a ban on shark fishing at their pier. Town officials have discussed a temporary ban that would prevent fishermen from luring sharks close to the pier until at least after Independence Day. Other piers across the coast, like Emerald Isle’s Bogue Inlet Pier, already restrict shark fishing for a variety of reasons. Assistant Manager Rhonda Wagner says it disrupts other kinds of fishing.

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