Asheville workers join April 15 coast-to-coast ‘Fight for $15′ workers protest

Coast-to-coast protests and rallies will launch in the United States on April 15, starting with Boston, including Asheville, and stretching from “Pittsburgh to Pasadena,” say organizers. It’s the Fight for $15 movement, which launched in New York City in November 2012, when 200 cooks and cashiers walked off their jobs demanding $15 an hour and union rights. The […]

Conservancy nonprofit hosts state-forest presentation April 15 in Brevard

How did the 8,000-acre conservation project at the East Fork Headwaters near Brevard get its start? What’s the history of the property, and how how does it benefit residents and visitors of Transylvania County? The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy will hold a presentation and panel discussion about North Carolina’s newest state forest on Wednesday, April 15, […]

Smokies Life Magazine hosts April 23 reception for 900-milers

Have you hiked 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Lacing up your boots and getting started on the path to join the 900-Miler Club? Then Smokies Life Magazine invites you to a Thursday, April 23, reception in Gatlinburg during the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. Here’s the details: 900 Miler Club to […]

Timber harvest planned for 85-acre white-pine section of DuPont Forest

The North Carolina Forest Service plans to thin 85 acres of white pine in DuPont State Recreational Forest near Thomas Cemetery trail to create “a more appropriate hardwood and pine stand. …  The Thomas Cemetery natural area contains rare natural communities, rare species populations, and high quality examples of typical natural communities. Thinning of the plantation will […]

UNCA’s April 10 solar-observing event highlights NC Science Festival

Look to the sun — safely, and with expert assistance and the right devices at UNC Asheville’ main quad on Friday, April 10. Here’s the scoop: Solar observing event to highlight N.C. Science Festival at UNC Asheville UNC Asheville’s main quad will host a solar observing event, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. […]

ASAP’s 2015 Local Food Guide is here

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s annual Local Food Guide has arrived. Readers “can find nearly 700 local farms, 100 farmers tailgate markets, hundreds of restaurants, grocers and other outlets for food and farm products” in the guide. There’s new info, too — which Appalachian Grown tailgate farmers market can accept credit, debit and SNAP/EBT; and what’s happening […]

From left, Tom White spoke with Rep. John Ager while his brother, Randy White, spoke with Asheville Council Member Gwen Wisler in front of the W11-C thermal solar system at the Whitestar Energy ribbon cutting held April 7 in Asheville. The brothers are co-owners of Whitestar Energy, a company that manufactures the W11-C in Asheville.

New Asheville solar-system manufacturing facility cuts the ribbon

A new solar company’s in town: Whitestar Energy cut the ribbon on its new Asheville facility, showcasing the W11-C, which “uses solar concentrators for a highly efficient and cost-effective way of generating quantities of hot water large enough for commercial applications such as breweries, hotels, medical facilities, food processing facilities, restaurants, schools or laundries.” Here’s […]

Canary Coalition reports good turnout at SolarizeWNC forum in Franklin

A collaboration between Clean Energy for WNC and The Canary Coalition, the SolarizeWNC campaign aims to bring together solar and energy-efficiency contractors, homeowners, business owners, industries, and local government officials. The second in a series of planned forums was recently held in Franklin. Here’s the update from The Canary Coalition: Fifty-two people packed into the meeting room […]

A-B Tech establishes Entrepreneur in Residence program with grant funding

  With a $50,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a match from Buncombe County, A-B Tech Community College has established an Entrepreneur in Residence program that “supports develop, implement and manage the process of identifying local, early stage companies with high growth potential. The EIR — Tom Ryan — will “coach, mentor and advise […]

Wildlife-hazard training at Asheville Regional Airport June 25

On Thursday, June 25, Asheville Regional Airport personnel will receive training for handling wildlife hazards to aviation. The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation is leading daylong workshops across the state. While the sessions are free for airport personnel, “any aviation users” are encouraged to attend. Here’s more information: Division of Aviation to […]

Lenoir-Rhyne University hosts Asheville Wordfest 2015 in May

How would you tell Asheville’s story? What’s the city’s narrative? Wordfest 2015, sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University, will celebrate “the many voices that make up a place” and “create spaces for people [to] tell their part” of the story. Here’s the university’s information about the event, while occurs Friday-Saturday, May 1-2: LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY PRESENTS ASHEVILLE WORDFEST […]

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Jackson County wins award for its Water Recharge Ordinance

The North Carolina Source Water Collaborative recognizes programs and agencies that support local drinking-water protection and highlights successful initiatives that can be duplicated statewide. On March 18, Jackson County earned an award for its Water Recharge Ordinance. Adopted in 2013, the ordinance establishes “standards to help assure ground water that is withdrawn by wells and […]

David Jacklin joins Homeward Bound of WNC as Henderson County director

Here’s the news from the Asheville-based Homeward Bound of WNC, which works to end the cycle of homelessness in the region: Asheville, NC (April 6, 2015): Homeward Bound of WNC, a nonprofit based in Buncombe and Henderson counties, is proud to announce that David Jacklin has joined the team as its new Henderson County Director. […]

JET SET: Some Enka-Candler residents would like to restore the historic jet on display at Enka Middle School.

Expect a big turnout at CleanUp Candler April 9 community meeting

Can a community initiative rise from the ground up, with no leaders and no set agenda? The answer is yes, and it’s apparent in newly affixed “Ole Town Candler” bumper stickers and a CleanUp Candler campaign that’s taking off via a Facebook page. And on Thursday, April 9, the initiative takes another step forward with a community meeting at Enka Middle School.

Public hearing April 8 in Lincolnton on water permits for Duke Energy plants

The North Carolina Division of Water Resources is accepting public comment on proposed Clean Water Act permits for three Duke Energy coal plants, including one in Marshall. The permits, say state officials are “aimed at better protecting water quality at several of Duke Energy’s largest coal ash storage facilities.” Environmental groups, such as Clean Water for NC, […]


The 40 nuns return April 7 to celebrate Sister Bad Habit Amber Ale

The 40 nuns return to downtown Asheville on Tuesday, April 7, to celebrate Thirsty Monk’s release of Sister Bad Habit Amber Ale. Here’s the info from event ringleaders LaZoom Bus Tours and Thirsty Monk: A Party Like Nun Other! — Sister Bad Habit Amber Ale, Tuesday, April 7, Release If you’re in downtown Asheville on [Tuesday], […]

Air quality improved, DENR recommends changes to auto-emissions testing

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 […]

Dada Vedaprajinananda will launch new memoir April 10 at Malaprops

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 […]

Update on the Weed Lane fire near Ridgecrest

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 […]


Swannanoa Valley Museum opens Easter weekend

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 […]

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation puts $600,000 to improvements, programs for the scenic route

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 […]