By the nose: The aptly named white-nose syndrome endangers local bat populations, say state biologists. Two cases have been confirmed in Buncombe County. photo courtesy of the USFWS

On alert

In a mere two years, the bat population in a Haywood County mine has dropped from 4,000 to 250, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission biologists report. White nose syndrome appears to be the culprit. The deadly disease has spread to 20 states. Last year, infected bats were discovered in the Great Smoky Mountains Park, and […]

Home economics

Treva Williams, a local single mother with three children, never thought she would be able to own a home. Now she is looking forward to moving into one, thanks to the Mountain Housing Opportunities Self-Help Homeownership program, whose participants grab hammers and nails to help build their own homes. “I’m just glad I was able […]

Air freshener: Federal program funds clean-air initiatives for diesel vehicles

It’s 7 a.m. and you’re stuck behind a school bus sputtering enough diesel exhaust to make you cough. These fumes are wrought with microscopic soot known as particulate matter (PM), as well as toxins like nitrous oxide (NOx). A component of smog, PM can line the lungs and contribute to serious respiratory and heart problems, […]