Duke Energy Progress' coal-fired power plant at Lake Julian is slated to be replaced with a pair of large natural gas generators.

State holds line at two natural gas units for Duke

Published by Carolina Public Press by Frank Taylor If Duke Energy-Progress is disappointed with the N.C. Utilities Commission’s decision Monday to approve only two of the three natural gas units the company had requested permission to build at its Lake Julian site, the company’s official response did a good job of hiding it. “We appreciate the […]

State Utilities Commissioners James Patterson (l) and Bryan Beatty question Duke Energy counsel Bo Somers during state Utilities Commission hearings Monday. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

Duke Energy threatens to stick with coal at Asheville plant if commission rejects plans

After a Monday, Feb. 22 hearing disrupted several times by protests, the chair of the state Utilities Commission said he expects to meet a legislative deadline for a decision on Duke Energy-Progress’ conversion of its Asheville facility. Duke warned that it may not phase out its coal-fired units at the site if its petition is denied.

Duke Energy power plant at Lake Julian. Photo provided by the Sierra Club

Carolina Public Press: Speakers question Duke’s Asheville plans

The following is a full reprinting of a Carolina Public Press article written by Frank Taylor on January 27, 2016. Frank Taylor is the managing editor of Carolina Public Press, ftaylor@carolinapublicpress.org. Duke Energy Progress’s petition to replace its coal plant on Lake Julian in Asheville with a complex of mostly natural gas plants received harsh criticism from customers Tuesday night […]

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Special Showing of Still Alice at Fine Arts Theatre: Community Awareness & Opening Up the Conversati­on: Dementia & Alzheimer’­s Disease

It’s time to wear purple, the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement Go Purple, and view the newly released film, Still Alice, based on the bestselling novel by Lisa Genova, starring Julianne Moore in the role of Alice, a 50-year-old Columbia linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Moore’s performance has earned rave reviews, including wins for a […]

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Photograph­y exhibit depicts child labor in NC during the early 1900s

Peering from across a century, many children look older than their years in photographs captured by Lewis Hines in the mill villages of Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Rowan and other North Carolina counties. The 40 images in the free exhibit, The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918, on loan from the N.C. Museum of History,will be shown at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Western Office June 23 to Oct. 3, during regular hours Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and in special evening and Saturday programs.

Todd Williams for district attorney

North Carolina native Todd Williams is running for Buncombe County district attorney and deserves our votes on May 6. Williams has nearly 15 years of experience as a defense attorney and has served as an assistant capital defender and assistant public defender for nine years in Buncombe County. Ron Moore has occupied this office for […]

CLASSIC WITH A TWIST: Silversmith Ali Reznikoff wears a pair of her handmade earrings at her work bench. Photo by Dave Gilbert

Fresh, local metalwork

Tailgate market season is back, and while many Ashevilleans are eager to fill their baskets with local, fresh kale and baguettes, other shoppers have their eyes on a different prize: fine jewelry. Starting on Saturday, April 5, tailgate markets will begin to crop up at 17 area locations. One local artist, Alexandria (Ali) Reznikoff, is […]

ON THE RISE: Pictured is City Bakery’s former head baker, Jesse Bardyn, at a previous Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers Festival. The festival, which started as a small event at Greenlife grocery, is now backed by the Breadbakers Guild of America. Photo by Suzannah Gebhart

Baked

What originally started as a married couple’s ploy to meet baking superstar Peter Reinhart has since turned into the Southeast’s largest baking and bread festival, drawing local and international world-class bakers and bread-lovers alike on Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13.

Trailblaze­r: UNCA professor Dee James still leads the way

When Deborah “Dee” James walked tentatively onto the UNC Asheville campus in 1969, it was as one of the first African-Americans to integrate the women’s dormitories. Nowadays, however, she downplays that pioneer status. “It was the times; it was happenstance. If it wasn’t me, then it would have been somebody. Also, because I was 17, […]

Bigger is better: A circuitous path took folk singer Jeff Thompson (far right) away from music to pursue a degree in transpersonal counseling psychology. But now he’s back to the stage with a full band and a beefed-up sound. Photo by Micah MacKenzie

Triumphant return

Singer-songwriter Jeff Thompson stands poised for big things in Asheville. In less than a year, he’s generated a sizable following through his weekly gigs at 5 Walnut and is preparing to introduce his BEEG Band at a much larger local venue, The Grey Eagle on Friday, March 28. The concert will not only showcase new […]

GET ON THE BUS: Tara Whitsitt, founder of Fermentation on Wheels, will bring her mobile cultured-food education project to Asheville in April. Photo courtesy of Tara Whitsitt

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Fermentation on Wheels Traveling food-preservation-education project Fermentation on Wheels will bring its mobile classroom and fermentation lab — a converted 1986 International Harvester school bus — to Asheville for a donation-based food starter-culture exchange, workshop and community potluck the weekend of April 5-6. The visit is one stop on a joint tour with the nonprofit […]