NASA launches study of Appalachian precipitation patterns

Residents of Western North Carolina know that our weather is hard to predict. So does NASA, which has launched a campaign aimed at better understanding precipitation patterns in the Appalachian Mountains: From NASA: Rain, ice, hail, severe winds, thunderstorms, and heavy fog — the Appalachian Mountains in the southeast United States have it all. On […]


Early voting starts Thursday, April 24, for Buncombe primaries

Early voting starts across in Buncombe County on Thursday, April 24. Some key local races are for Buncombe County commissioners (see below), the district attorney (Ron Moore vs. challenger Todd Williams) and district judge. In the races for commissioners, District 3 incumbent David King faces challenger Miranda Debruhl; District 2 incumbent Ellen Frost faces former […]

CPP: Stanley Furniture closing in Graham County, where unemployment is one of highest in N.C.

excerpt from Carolina Public Press “In One WNC county, a Jobs Implosion,” by Gwen Albers … The closing will mean the elimination of 400 jobs in the rural Western North Carolina county that, in a string of recent months, has had one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. N.C. Department of Commerce data […]

League of Women Voters questions legitimacy, intent of voter challenges

Press release from the League of Women Voters League of Women Voters’ concerns over voter caging and challenged voters Asheville, North Carolina, Thursday, March 27, 2014 The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County has raised serious concerns regarding the legitimacy and intent of the 182 voter challenges brought by the Raleigh-based Voter Integrity Project. […]

Spring fishing: N.C.‘s hatchery-supported trout waters open Friday, April 5

Press release Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters Open April 5 RALEIGH, N.C. (March 21, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 5. The season will run through Feb. 28, 2015. While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest […]

WLOS: Judge denies Duke Energy request to stay decision on coal ash

Previously reported by the Associated Press North Carolina regulators said Friday they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up its pollution. From the Associated Press, as reported on […]

N.C. agency partners with EPA on joint approach to coal-ash cleanup

Press release from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources State environmental agency, EPA to pursue joint approach to coal ash clean-up RALEIGH – The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state intend to pursue a joint approach to an enforceable resolution of […]

C-T: Duke Energy letter proposes options for coal-ash removal

A letter from Duke Energy to state environmental officials, obtained by the Asheville Citizen-Times, outlines various proposals for dealing with coal ash stored at various plants in North Carolina, including one near Asheville. The letter, says the Citizen-Times, includes shuttering the plant as one possibility. Other proposals include switching to dry ash instead of wet […]

After Dan River spill, Carolina Public Press takes a closer look at Asheville’s coal-ash ponds

On Feb. 3, a busted pipe spilled thousands of gallons of coal-ash slurry into the Dan River near Eden, N.C. Asheville-based Carolina Public Press takes a closer look at the potential problems for Duke Energy’s local power plant, where about 91 acres of coal ash is held back by 90-feet-tall dams. The coal-ash ponds, built […]

N.C. DENR orders Duke Energy to stop discharges from second pipe

Press release from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources DENR orders Duke Energy to halt discharges from second pipe under coal ash basin RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources ordered Duke Energy late Tuesday afternoon to immediately halt discharges of material from a leaking 36-inch stormwater pipe beneath the […]