When the Green Line, Asheville’s monthly environmental newspaper, decided to go weekly, all of us who worked on it got together to talk about what that would entail. How would production be affected? Would there be enough to fill a weekly? And what toll would a new ramped-up schedule take on all of us? I […]
remember being relieved and deeply pleased in the late 1980s, when Jeff Fobes and the WNC Greens formed and initiated Mountain Xpress’ predecessor publication, the Green Line. Asheville and Western North Carolina had lacked intensive, in-depth coverage of controversial environmental and social-justice issues.
Twenty years ago, law enforcement in Asheville and Buncombe County was unaccountable, environmental regulations were a joke and local government was a perpetual backroom deal. Mountain Xpress’ investigative reporting and commitment to community involvement helped changed all that in ways that I might not believe possible if I hadn’t seen them myself — from the […]
Mountain Xpress added to the vibrancy of an already out-of-control energy level around Asheville in the ’90s. Events and causes finally had a voice, and everyone pitched in to get the word out. We knew it was a successful publication because you would go through downtown on a Wednesday and everyone was reading it. It’s […]
Dear Jeff… It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since you began publishing the Mountain Xpress. During that period of time, Asheville has changed a great deal and the Mountain Xpress has been a big part of that process. It is really hard to comprehend the changes that have taken place […]
In 1994, the renaissance of downtown Asheville was still in startup mode. Jeff Fobes and his family were recent arrivals to the mountains. Vacant storefronts were plentiful, and no one had to circle the block to find a place to park their vehicle.
People ask me how the Asheville of the ’90s compares to Asheville now. The easiest way for me to explain it is to tell them that, back then, if you were semi-employed (maybe a student or part-time bartender) you lived in a big Victorian house in Montford. Those who were unemployed or in a punk […]
The Associated Press reports that North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources has cited Duke Energy for ongoing contamination at its L.V. Sutton Electric Plant near Wilmington: North Carolina environmental officials moved Tuesday to fine Duke Energy over pollution that has been seeping into the groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash […]
In a nutshell, the political climate in Asheville/Buncombe County in the early ’90s was quite polarized. We had the good ol’ boy network in place and a growing progressive arts-and-political community wanting to assert itself. I served as the director of advertising for the Green Line newspaper in its last year before it morphed into […]
People ask me how the Asheville of the ’90s compares to Asheville now. The easiest way for me to explain it is to tell them that back then, if you were semi-employed, maybe a student or part-time bartender, you lived in a big Victorian house in Montford. Those who were unemployed or in a punk […]
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NC DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES DENR requires Duke Energy to address coal ash issues RALEIGH – As part of implementing Governor Pat McCrory’s recent executive order on coal ash, state officials are requiring that Duke Energy provide plans for excavating inactive coal ash storage ponds at four of its facilities. Four letters […]
PRESS RELEASE Asheville Regional Airport breaks ground on $64 million runway project titled “Project SOAR” On August 8, 2014 Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) broke ground on the biggest construction project since the airport was originally built, titled Project SOAR: Significant Opportunity for Aviation and the Region. The 5-year, 4-phase project, slated for completion some time […]
PRESS RELEASE Growing momentum in Enka-Candler Business Association Less than a year after installing a new welcome sign from Asheville into the Enka-Candler community, the Enka-Candler Business Association (ECBA) is eyeing its next big project. The group of approximately 20 active businesses is planning a Business Community Gathering. The event will be Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 5:30 – […]
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM the U.S. Forest Service: Reminder: Don’t Move Firewood ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 8, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service urges visitors to only use local wood in campfires when staying in a national forest. The agency encourages campers to obtain firewood from the forest itself (with a permit), from sources provided on the […]
The Mountain Xpress website crashed this afternoon during what should have been routine maintenance. Imagine our chagrin. We apologize for the inconvenience. We had to reset the site using a back-up generated at 3 a.m. this morning. As a result, we lost all of today’s entries made to our online, including Calendar, Classifieds, Clubland and comment sections. […]
As the sun rose above St. Basilica of Lawrence, a crew bustled to raise small shelters in the hot parking lot across the street. The largest building was about 10 feet wide and 13 1/2 feet long, its arched walls and ceiling giving plenty of headroom to passersby who stopped to check it out. Nearby, several […]
PRESS RELEASE Angel Medical Center, FHS Athletic Program present football & spirit clinic (Franklin, NC) Angel Medical Center and the FHS Athletic Department will offer a football and spirit clinic on Saturday, August 9th at Franklin High School. The clinic is open to all rising K through 6th grade students only. The event will be held from 9:30am to 11:30am […]
What to do about coal ash, the toxic byproduct of burning coal to produce electricity? The North Carolina Senate and House have dueling views on what should be done, and environmentalists say neither approach does enough to clean up existing coal-ash impoundments and prevent spills like the one that released tens of thousands of gallons into the Dan River this February.
The Friends of Connect Buncombe have raised nearly half the $20,000 needed to help study the proposal to build a new greenway, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported on July 5. According to the group’s fundraising website, the new route would connect “the French Broad River Greenway to the Farmer’s Market, [N.C.] Arboretum and Bent Creek trails and Biltmore Park” — Imagine being […]
On Tuesday, June 24, Asheville City Council will vote on the annual budget, which holds the property tax rate steady and pumps millions into capital improvements such as sidewalks on Hendersonville Road, greenways at Town Branch and Clingman and a roundabout at Five Points. According to the agenda, Council will also review a rezoning request that […]
No leaks have been discovered at Duke Energy’s Asheville plant, which runs on coal — like the one on the Dan River where a broken pipe released thousands of gallons of coal ash. But the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has ordered the company to provide its engineer’s assessment, saying that “portions of […]