PHOTO CUTLINE: This small creek flows through the Alma Watson property on its way to the North Fork Catawba River.

Foothills Conservancy protects natural area near Linville Caverns

FROM FOOTHILLS CONSERVANCY MORGANTON, N.C. – Near Linville Caverns and the North Fork Catawba River lies a formation of dolomite rock very unusual for the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains. A recent Foothills Conservancy purchase of 54 acres helps protect and buffer this dolomite-influenced natural area within and adjoining U.S. Forest Service lands of Pisgah National […] Local, national gas prices still trending down

UPDATE FROM GASBUDDY.COM December 29- Average retail gasoline prices in Asheville have fallen 9.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.45/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 259 gas outlets in Asheville. This compares with the national average that has fallen 9.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.28/g, according […]

Mission Health restricts visitors as flu-like illnesses increase

PRESS RELEASE ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 30, 2014) – Mission Health is restricting visitors to its hospitals due to an increase in reported influenza-like illnesses throughout North Carolina. Only immediate family members over the age of 12 will be permitted in patient care areas. Mission Health is asking friends and family of patients to limit visitations based […]

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Contaminat­ed CTS site gets national attention with AP story

It’s a “nightmare scenario” for residents living near or on land associated with the former CTS site south of Asheville on Mills Gap Road, according to a Dec. 29 Associated Press story that ran in the Charlotte Observer (“An Old Plant, tainted Land, and Worried Homeowners”). The story takes particular aim at the developers who purchased the more […]


RiverLink thanks Lighthouse Learning Coop and its preschoolers

FROM RIVERLINK: RiverLink would like to thank the Lighthouse Learning Coop and its 12 preschoolers ages 3-5 for helping plant 20 Hazel Alder trees along the Hominy Creek Greenway.  It was a chilly December morning in Asheville, but the kids were not fazed by that, runny noses and all they were excited to be outside.  Each […]

Rhubarb raises money for local charity Rainbow in My Tummy

PRESS RELEASE ASHEVILLE, N.C. (December 22, 2014) – In November 2014, Rhubarb celebrated its first anniversary by sharing executive chef John Fleer’s new mountain cuisine at an anniversary Sunday Supper as well as offering a commemorative dessert from pastry chef Ashley Capps for the duration of the month. Furthering its dedication to the community, Rhubarb was able to donate more than […]

Democracy NC report: Number of unaffiliated voters growing in the state

New data released by the advocacy and research organization Democracy North Carolina found that Democrats, older Americans and African Americans all participated in greater numbers, compared to the 2010 midterm. The biggest share of new voters? Independents, explains Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina.

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 […]

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. […]