Carol Koury, owner of Asheville’s Sow True Seed, joined some 82 organic farmers, advocacy groups, and seed companies as part of a class-action lawsuit brought in federal court today, Jan. 31, in New York against the agricultural giant, Monsanto.
Department of Transportation crews are on the scene of a rock slide on I-40 near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. Both westbound lanes are closed near mile marker 7. See within for an alternate route.
A coalition of local and national environmental groups announced plans Jan. 19 to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force the release of long-awaited rules regulating coal ash as hazardous waste. Despite evidence of leaking ponds and poisoned ground water, the EPA has delayed issuing new rules for nearly two years. Meanwhile, local environmentalists […]
Asheville native and UNC freshman Daniel Pinelli got a great start to his undergrad career, securing a chair with the UNC Symphony Orchestra. Check out the impressive performance of this group of young people as they dig in and deliver all the drama of the third movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, in a concert recorded Dec. 8, 2011.
Ever thought of helping when there’s a disaster, like the tornadoes that struck Rutherford County recently? The local branch of the Red Cross regularly offers training for volunteers. Here’s a report from the latest session.
A Statehouse committee chaired by Buncombe Rep. Tim Moffitt convened in Raleigh Jan. 17 to question DENR officials and hear from residents near the former CTS electroplating facility on Mills Gap Road south of Asheville. Here, Moffitt embraces CTS neighbor Dot Rice, whose family’s spring was contaminated by hazardous chemicals used at the plant; numerous Rice family members have become gravely ill.
Pamela McCown from AB-Tech’s Institute for Climate Education sent us this cool graphic, using NASA satellite data to show forest cover in green over Western North Carolina. Learn more about what’s on tap for discovery at the Institute within.
The EPA has rejected a plan submitted by CTS to investigate the current extent of contamination at its former plant site on Mills Gap Road. The site is presently awaiting final approval to EPA’s National Priorities List, a move expected to place it alongside the other “Superfund” sites, the most contaminated sites on EPA’s national docket. Photo by Katie Damien.
The state’s handling of environmental contamination surrounding the former CTS of Asheville plant on Mills Gap Road is about to get some concerted attention in Raleigh, thanks to a special committee chaired by Rep. Tim Moffitt. See a detailed timeline of the long-standing CTS case after the jump. Photo by Katie Damien.
If you’ve been disturbed by someone else’s light shining where it’s supposed to be dark—a neighbor whose dawn-to-dusk flood light is aimed at your bedroom window, for instance—now’s a good time to weigh in on the process by which such lights are regulated in Buncombe County. The County Board of Commissioners will take up the issue on January 17.
Join Moira Bradford’s eighth-grade class from Asheville Middle School this evening at Malaprop’s, as they provide readings from their own stories on character transformation. Details within.
In the wake of a raid at the Shogun Buffet on Brevard Road that sent 12 immigrant workers to jail last month, a Raleigh-based nonprofit is sponsoring a series of billboards across the state that aim to put a human face on immigration.
Rep. Patsy Keever of Asheville circulates an e-newsletter, “A Page from Patsy,” to report on developments in the statehouse. The latest edition reveals a decidedly frustrated lawmaker. Read Keever’s assessment of our state legislature (then ask yourself: Would I want this job?).
They wear out; they pile up in scrap yards and landfills, turning up in the French Broad River and along its banks. And of all the things Buncombe County residents throw away, few are more persistent than old tires, which don’t readily biodegrade. Someone’s been dumping them in Asheville's River Arts District lately, each one […]
Do the holidays leave you feeling knocked out? Deflated? Overwhelmed? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Find some tips for coping within. Photo by Calvin Allen.
Among the junk that Buncombians throw away, perhaps nothing is more persistent than old tires. And lately, someone has been dumping them, each cut neatly across the tread with a saw or similar tool, in secluded spots such as Asheville’s River District. Photos by Bill Rhodes.
In the wake of a raid at the Shogun Buffet on Brevard Road that sent 12 immigrant workers to jail earlier this month, a Raleigh-based nonprofit is sponsoring a series of billboards across the state that aim to put a human face on immigration.
With asbestos abatement completed, a Buncombe County contractor began demolishing the former CTS of Asheville plant in south Asheville earlier this month. But while neighbors of the derelict structure have applauded the move as a long-overdue first step in cleaning up the contaminated site, resident Tate MacQueen, who’s played a key role in efforts to […]
After a final inspection, project leaders anticipate that the new, six-acre “solar farm” at the Biltmore Estate will begin delivering power to Antler Hill Village next week.
Photos by Bill Rhodes.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Western North Carolina mountains today, Dec. 7, beginning at 4 p.m. Last night, NOAA meteorologist Tom Ross presented a look at the long-range winter forecast for WNC: Ashevillians may enjoy (or complain about) plenty of snow again this winter.
While area residents applaud the CTS building demolition as a positive step, resident Tate MacQueen argues that Buncombe taxpayers will be picking up a tab that should rightfully be paid by the company responsible for contaminating the site and nearby ground water.