U.S. Forest Service reminds WNC to practice safety this winter

Press Release Frm the U.S. Forest Service: ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 25, 2014 — With winter fast approaching, the U.S. Forest Service urges outdoor enthusiasts to ‘Know Before You Go” and follow simple tips to stay safe when visiting the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie and Croatan national forests during the colder months. “The forests can provide stunning […]

RiverLink seeks volunteers interested in watershed stewardship and conservation

Press Release From RiverLink: Asheville, NC — RiverLink invites those interesting in becoming volunteers to attend our monthly volunteer information sessions on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The sessions are held in the conference room of the RiverLink office at 170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District (map). Volunteers can […]

AC-T: Asheville demonstration planned in response to Ferguson decision

Asheville Citizen-Times By Carol Motsinger: A group has announced an Asheville response to the grand jury decision Monday evening in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. A grand jury has decided not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks […]

WLOS: Erwin students suspended following LGBT disruption

From WLOS: BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — Some Erwin High School students are in hot water after an incident involving a gay pride flag got out of hand. Three students were suspended for what administrators call inappropriate behavior. Administration says it wasn’t the waving of the flag that lead to the discipline, but rather the disruption […]

Olympic Medalists come to Enka High School for RunJumpThrow Experience

WHO: USA Track & Field’s Olympic silver medalist and N.C. native Manteo Mitchell; and 2005 world champion and St. Augustine College alumnus Bershawn Jackson. WHAT: RunJumpThrow Experience, a hands-on learning program that gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to the basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field. Team USA […]

UNCA: Residents in area/students on campus may hear emergency siren test Thursday

From UNCA: UNC Asheville will conduct a routine test of its emergency siren system between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The campus community as well as neighborhoods adjacent to campus may hear intermittent warning tones and spoken announcements. The outdoor sirens are part of UNC Asheville’s BulldogAlert comprehensive emergency notification system. […]

Three Asheville restaurants were featured in The Washington Post's travel section.

Washington Post: Asheville’s ‘more than just the foothills’ of Southern cuisine

Asheville was recently visited by The Washington Post, spawning a post in the Post’s travel section titled “Postcard From Tom: Asheville’s more than just the foothills of Southern cuisine.” The writer, Tom Sietsema, raved about three Asheville dining locations, Ben’s Tune-Up, Rhubarb and Table. In Asheville, which the writer originally claimed was “the Jan Brady” of the Southern restaurant […]

Hendersonville lights its holiday trees at Nov. 28 event

Press Release From the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority: HENDERSONVILLE, NC – As the day’s get shorter and the temperatures drop we begin to think about one of our favorite times of year here in downtown. Fancying ourselves as your hometown we look forward to the holidays each year because it engenders such a wonderful […]

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Warrriors of AniKituwha dance at Smoky Mountain Elementary

Press Release From The Museum of the Cherokee Indian: The Warriors of AniKituhwa danced at Smoky Mountain Elementary School on Friday, November 14, as part of Native American Heritage Month celebrations. The whole school observed and some students and teachers participated in dancing. The Warriors are cultural ambassadors for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, […]

Asheville joins nationwide campaign to end veteran homelessness

Press Release From The City of Asheville ASHEVILLE – Mayor Esther Manheimer has signed on to the Mayors’ Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015, a program initiated earlier in the year by First Lady Michelle Obama. Ending veteran homelessness means reaching the point where there are no veterans sleeping on our […]

AC-T: Man drops off corpse at Mission Hospital in Asheville, takes off

Asheville Citizen-Times By Sabian Warren: ASHEVILLE – City police are looking for answers after they say a man dropped off a corpse at Mission Hospital, then fled. Police have identified the dead man as Logan Michael Pitman, 26, of Bakersville, according to a search warrant at the Buncombe County magistrate’s office. But investigators are still […]

UNC Asheville’s new observatory hosts first public viewing of stars and deep-sky objects, Nov. 14

From UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville’s new Lookout Observatory will host its first free public viewing session of stars and other deep sky objects at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. Weather conditions permitting, the observatory’s low-pitched roof will slide back to reveal star clusters, nebulae, double stars and galaxies, viewed through 14-inch optical telescopes under […]

The Asheville History Center presents special lecture on the importance of storytelling in Appalachian society, Nov. 22

Press Release From The Asheville History Center at the Smith McDowell House: ASHEVILLE, NC – Nov. 7, 2014 – The Asheville History Center-Smith McDowell House will present a special lecture and program on the significance of oral and written story telling in Appalachian culture. The presentation will be held in the Manheimer Room of the […]

State directs Duke Energy to resubmit groundwater plans for coal ash facilities

Press Release From NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources: RALEIGH – State officials this week directed Duke Energy to resubmit its plans for assessing groundwater at North Carolina’s 14 coal ash facilities because the plans the company submitted to the state in September are inadequate. The N.C. Division of Water Resources requested in August […]

Wild for Life, a rehabilitation center for birds of prey, houses animals like Rufous the screech owl, who was brought to the facility after being struck by a car in October 2003. He now lives at the center as an "animal ambassador," traveling to schools and presentations discussing how humans can help prevent animal injury. Photo by Hayley Benton

Taming the Wild: Urbanization pits humans against animals

“We got a call from a lady in Horse Shoe; it was a Sunday morning,” remembers Mary Beth Bryman. “There was a Canada goose in her bedroom.”

She told them her husband had gone to church early that morning. After making herself a cup of coffee, she’d returned to her bedroom to open the blinds — and realized she wasn’t the only one there.