Kirk Ross with Carolina Public Press breaks down the new state budget: State employees would see a $1,000 raise and teachers who are willing to give up their due process rights would get an 11 percent bump in salary as part of a $21.1 billion budget plan passed by the Senate just after midnight on […]
One year ago, the city of Asheville filed suit to block a state bill that mandates the transfer of the water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County. On May 23, a Wake County judge heard both sides plead their case. And both say that no matter the judge’s decision, an appeal is […]
US Airways Magazine features the WNC Cheese Trail, founded in 2013: With more than 40 producers scattered across [North Carolina, the state] is a leader in the South in terms of farmstead cheese. Inspired by the Vermont Cheese Trail, a group of ten cheese makers formed the Western North Carolina Cheese Trail in 2013. “It’s […]
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 […]
Asheville Voice for Animals has called for a protest and boycott of the Ringling Bros. Circus, which will be in Asheville this coming week. Planned to take place at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville starting Thursday, May 8, the protest is one in a series planned as the circus visits various towns. From an […]
The Asheville Citizen-Times’ John Boyle explores the effects of increased development on South Asheville Roads already prone to traffic jams: Hendersonville Road, Sweeten Creek Road and Mills Gap Road.
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 […]
Hi-Fi Café owners Aaron Gibbs and Katie Baird have launched a crowdfunding campaign at GoFundMe.
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 […]
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. […]
Hint: One of the free things to do in “artsy” Asheville is visit Max Patch. From the AP, via the Fayetteville Observer ASHEVILLE – This gem of a city tucked in the Blue Ridge foothills of western North Carolina attracts artists, musicians, foodies, outdoor enthusiasts and a fair share of modern-day hippies, all lured by […]
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 […]
From the Associated Press, as printed by the NewsDaily “Virginia City Downriver from Coal Ash Spill Suffers,” March 22 … At the Schoolfield Dam on the Dan [at Danville, Va.], the Environmental Protection Agency has found a 300-by-50-yard blanket of sludge up to 1 foot deep in some sections. The deposit is where the river […]
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 […]
From the Asheville Citizen-Times “Asheville Examines Graffiti Policies” by Romando Dixson Since July 2012, city crews have cleaned or covered graffiti on public property in more than 14,000 cases at a cost of more than $91,000, but the city has yet to craft a policy for dealing with the issue on private property. Change may […]
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 […]
If you thought kids were only interested in playing video games and texting, then think again.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
WLOS reported receiving phone calls about a mild earthquake tonight, Feb. 14. According to the U.S. Geological Service, a 4.4 magnitude quake struck near Edgefield, S.C., about 10:23 p.m. Light shaking was reported near the incident.