Open (partially) Monday, Dec. 22: Asheville Regional Airport’s new entrance

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE:  Asheville Regional Airport’s new main entrance will partially open Monday, December 22     Asheville Regional Airport’s new main entrance will partially open Monday, December 22.  The relocation of the airport’s entrance is part of a North Carolina Department of Transportation project to change the traffic interchange across the I-26 bridge at Airport […]

SACE: EPA’s new coal ash rules leave ‘critical gaps’

PRESS RELEASE from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Six Years After Kingston, EPA Finally Issues Rules to Regulate Coal Ash Advocates Concerned the Rules Are Too Weak, Leaving Ash Threats in Place  Knoxville, Tenn. – Today, just days before the 6th anniversary of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s tragic coal ash disaster on Dec. 22, 2008 […]

EPA announces ‘common sense’ rules for coal ash

PRESS RELEASE from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Common sense, pragmatic rules to protect against structural failure, water and air pollution WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants. The final rule establishes safeguards to […]

Coal ash, energy opportunities top DENR’s list of top 2014 news, accomplishments

  PRESS RELEASE Expanding energy opportunities and cleaning up coal ash are among top 2014 news items for state agency RALEIGH – To help journalists with year-in-review stories, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has put together its list of the agency’s biggest news items and accomplishments for 2014. Expanding energy opportunities The N.C. Mining […]


SAHC protects 241 acres at Little Sandy Mush Bald

FROM the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy The view of Little Sandy Mush Bald, an iconic high elevation bald situated above rolling farms and coves, is prominent throughout the Sandy Mush community. Now, more of it has been permanently preserved for future generations. SAHC recently purchased 241 acres containing the northern slopes of Little Sandy Mush […]

C-T sues APD for protests videos

The Asheville Citizen-Times has sued the Asheville Police Department:   From the A C-T: “Lawsuit: Police must release protest videos,” by Jon Ostendorff: The Citizen-Times is asking a judge to order police to make public dozens of video recordings of political gatherings and demonstrations, according to a lawsuit filed Monday [Dec. 15]. The newspaper, in […]

First Day Hikes to be offered at every N.C. state park Jan. 1

PRESS RELEASE First Day Hikes to be offered at every North Carolina state park Jan. 1 RALEIGH – A North Carolina tradition continues on New Year’s Day with opportunities to exercise and reconnect with nature on First Day Hikes at every state park and recreation area, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. In […]

Mumpower, Nesbit cancel ‘public safety support’ rally

PRESS RELEASE Public Safety Support Rally Canceled A public rally in support of police and public safety officers scheduled for Thursday, December 11 has been canceled. Organizers noted concerns conflicting with the original intent of the event. Former Buncombe Republican Party Chairman Chad Nesbitt and former Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower have voiced concerns for […]

Asheville 'Die In," Dec. 5. Photos by John Penley

In photos: Asheville ‘Die In’ keeps focus on Garner, Brown cases

Photographer John Penley covered the Asheville “Die In” held at Vance Monument today, Dec. 6. Protesters marched from the Buncombe County Courthouse, holding signs and chanting. “Die Ins” and various protests have been held across the country this month in the wake of the Dec. 3 grand jury decision not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo […]

Forest Service recognizes regional employees

PRESS RELEASE Forest Service Employees Honored by Regional Forester ASHEVILLE, N.C., Dec. 3, 2014 – A number of employees with the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina recently received special awards for their service and dedication in fiscal year (FY) 2014. Last month, more than 20 employees were recognized by the U.S. Forest Service’s Regional Forester during […]

Southeast’s largest fly-fishing event returns to WNC Ag Center

PRESS RELEASE Southeast’s largest fly-fishing event returns to Ag Center 2014 WNC Fly Fishing Expo set for December 5-6 The 6th Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo is set for Friday-Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, at the WNC Agricultural Center. This two-day fly-fishing extravaganza will provide anglers with a forum to sharpen their skills and learn […]

Town & Mountain Realty hosts Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser Dec. 5

PRESS RELEASE FROM TOWN & MOUNTAIN REALTY: Asheville, North Carolina – November 25, 2014 – Town and Mountain Realty Having 3rd Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser Town and Mountain Realty believes everyone deserves a place to call home. The goal of this year’s 3rd Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser continues to concentrate on the homeless population in Asheville. […]

NC Policy Watch: One in 5 NC households face food insecurity

From NC Policy Watch’s “Progressive Voices” blog: As Thanksgiving approaches, it is important to remember the one in five North Carolina households that face food insecurity and struggle to put wholesome meals on their dinner tables. Due to a lack of resources, on any given day, these families face difficult tradeoffs between food and other essential needs […]

UNCA/NEMAC: Asheville makes it mark on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

PRESS RELEASE FROM UNCA/NEMAC Asheville Makes its Mark on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit Link to this news release: For Immediate Release: November 24, 2014 Media Contact: Steve Plever, UNC Asheville News & PR, 8282.251.6526 or Asheville Makes its Mark on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit When Vice President Joe Biden met with a […]


Despite funding challenges, WNC nonprofits find ways to serve

Western North Carolina is blessed with a tremendous variety of charitable nonprofit organizations, each of which contributes to the overall health of our community in various ways. These organizations help find homes for animals, protect the environment, feed and clothe the needy, advocate for vulnerable populations, encourage healthy living and help grow independent businesses. Without […]

NC Board of Elections reports results of voter audit

PRESS RELEASE From THE NC BOARD OF ELECTIONS RALEIGH, N.C. — The State Board of Elections today completed an audit of more than 10,000 registered voters with questionable citizenship status. The Agency analyzed data provided by the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to flag 1,425 currently registered voters […]

(photo by John Coutlakis)

The ‘power of 3′ joins Moral March to the polls

Local residents heralded the start of North Carolina’s early-voting period with a rally in downtown Asheville today, Oct. 23. The event combined the “Power of 3” initiative with the spirit of the Moral Monday rallies, complete with signs calling on people to vote. See below for the full press release from organizers, who are also […]

Congressional candidates McHenry and MacQueen spar at forum

FROM THE DAILY COURIER (RUTHERFORDTON) “McHenry, MacQueen spar at forum” by Matthew Clark Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry and Democrat challenger Tate MacQueen fielded questions ranging from immigration to gun rights during a candidate forum Tuesday afternoon in Rutherfordton. The forum was sponsored by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. McHenry came out swinging […]