Emissions tests for vehicles are “no longer necessary to protect air quality” in several North Carolina counties, including Buncombe, say North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “We studied the air quality improvements for this report and concluded that we could eliminate emissions testing for motor vehicles in numerous counties without harming air quality or violating […]
FROM BROOKLYN TO BENARES AND BACK: DADA VEDA Mesmerizing Memoir Launch at Malaprops Asheville, NC: At 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Malaprops Bookstore, Dada Vedaprajinananda will launch his new memoir, From Brooklyn to Benares and Back. In a clear, accessible style, Dada demystifies Eastern spirituality, painting it with the earthy brush of […]
The U.S. Forest Service says the Weed Lane fire — which burned 752 acres near Black Mountain and Ridgecrest Conference Center — has “calmed down considerably.” Firefighters attribute overcast skies, cooler temperatures and higher humidity with the change. The Forest Service notes, however, that Ridgecrest trails are closed for the holiday weekend, and that fire […]
From the Swannanoa Valley Museum: Free Admission for everyone! We will be open Friday and Saturday of Easter Weekend, bring your friends and family. This year’s special exhibits include artifacts from the Roaring Twenties English Tudor estate In the Oaks and an examination of the North Fork Valley, a historic community displaced by the City of Asheville […]
With part of the $600,000 committed by the nonprofit Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, a youth conservation crew from the Conservation Trust for North Carolina will repair trails and campgrounds in the Highlands District, and a partnership with Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail will help build a bridge over the Boone Fork near Blowing Rock, N.C. The Parkway Foundation announced […]
The inaugural gathering of Asheville NOW’s “Power Hour” will be held Wednesday, April 8, at Avenue M on Merrimon Avenue and includes a screening of an hour-long documentary about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire in which 123 women died.
When will cleanup begin at the contaminated CTS site on Mills Gap Road? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s project manager for the Superfund site— 2016.
From the U.S. Forest Service: Temporary Trail Closures Announced Due to Wildfire in McDowell County Nebo, N.C., March 31, 2015 – An estimated 40 acre wildfire burning near the Ridgecrest Conference Center in McDowell County will require temporary closure of the Point Lookout, Kitsuma (#205) and Young’s Ridge (#206) trail systems. The N. C. State […]
From the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission: Bat-Killing Fungus Continues in North Carolina ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 31, 2015) — White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States, continues to affect bat populations in western North Carolina, although the declines associated with the deadly disease appear to be leveling off […]
The EPA, which noted trichloroethylene’s link to cancer several years ago, asks for comment on proposed rules to reduce the risks associated with using the commercial degreaser. TCE contamination was a key factor in getting the CTS of Asheville site on Mills Gap Road placed on the federal Superfund list.
The 74 homes in Southside Village are not part of the CTS of Asheville Superfund site next door, say several residents of the gated community off Mills Gap Road. In two recent letters, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backs up that assessment, saying it “does not believe contamination associated with the CTS of Asheville Superfund Site poses unacceptable risk to residents of SSV.”
Hiking guide/author Danny Bernstein will lead a Tuesday, April 14, spring hike in the Cataloochee Valley.
The U.S. Forest Service has closed the Graveyard Fields to overnight camping after “a bear entered a tent and removed a hiker’s backpack,” according to today’s March 20 release (see below). Bear sightings are common in the area, located at milepost 418.8 about an hour from Asheville: “In springtime bears are opportunistically looking for food […]
On March 17, before diving into a review of the 2015 budget, Buncombe commissioners went into an emergency closed session to discuss an unnamed economic-development issue. Two days later, John Boyle with the Asheville Citizen-Times reported what it was about: At a cost of nearly $7 million, the county plans to buy a 137-acre plot on the French […]
Several Western North Carolina cities earned North Carolina Main Street awards: Tryon for an economic restructuring project at St. Luke’s Plaza; Morganton for Best Public Relations Effort, Best Image-Building Campaign and Best Business Retention, Expansion or Recruitment Effort; Waynesville for Best Business Retention, Expansion or Recruitment Effort; and Hendersonville for Best Outdoor Space Improvement. Details are in […]
The nonprofit OpenDoors of Asheville announced in its newsletter that its annual fundraiser, Art Affair 2015: A Starry Night, set attendance records and raised nearly $145,000. The nonprofit “connects local children living in multi-generational poverty with an active, individualized network of support, enrichment and education opportunities.” More than 450 attended the event, which featured an […]
A host of local companies and organizations have banded together to sponsor the March 21 Get In Gear Fest, which spotlights local outdoor-gear manufacturers and businesses. Here are details from one of the sponsors, RiverLink.
Two local Applebee’s in Asheville and Hendersonville are hosting a Saturday, April 4, pancake breakfast that will benefit Youth OUTrightWNC, a not-for-profit organization, offers discussion groups and social activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, ages 14 through 23.
Twenty years ago, Sen. Martin Nesbitt spearheaded an initiative that aimed to make sure Western North Carolina wasn’t ignored when it came to bringing money, industry and jobs to the region. That initiative was the nonprofit agency Advantage West Economic Development Group, which covered a 23-county area, helped bring companies like Linamar and Sierra Nevada to […]
ASAP announces cost share & promotional support for area farmers ASHEVILLE, NC (March 16, 2015)— ASAP announces the launch of a farmer cost share program and the renewal of its popular wax produce box initiative, both designed to maximize economic opportunities for local farmers and identify “certified local food” in the marketplace in Western North Carolina. Both […]
The city of Hickory will work with the community and other stakeholders to develop an area-wide plan and implementation strategy for the Southside Area, which includes the Ridgeview, Kenworth, and Green Park neighborhoods. In the early 1960s, the City boasted 46 furniture plants, 89 hosiery mills, and 27 other manufacturers. Between 2001 and 2011, the Hickory metropolitan area lost 37,900 jobs due to the closing of mills and factories, resulting in an increase in the poverty rate from 11.3 to 20 percent (within the project area, the poverty rate is 35.7 percent).