Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters hosts ‘Leaders Panel’ March 26

Please join the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters on March 26 for its Women Leaders Panel. The event will take place Skyland/South Buncombe Library at 260 Overlook Road. The event will begin at 6pm. The Women Leaders panel is to learn from the challenges and experiences of local women community leaders. The Panel will include: […]

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Elaine Ingham’s manifesto: Let your garden’s wisdom guide your gardening and your life

“We need to educate people to understand that plants can, indeed, take care of themselves without people getting in the way,” asserts Elaine Ingham, an iconic figure in organic farming and a world-renowned soil microbiologist who is returning to Western North Carolina for two upcoming engagements later this week.

Commentary­: Highest and best use? Or absolutely the worst use?

Editor’s note: The issues of density, zoning, Smart Growth and quality of life in the city of Asheville continue to generate interest and concern among Mountain Xpress readers. Recent letters to the editor on the topics have generated multiple comments and new letters, along with a lively thread on the Facebook group Asheville Politics, which […]

Local EDC responds to report, criticism of JDIG incentives program

The following response is from Ben Teague, executive director of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, who has completed more than $1 billion in economic development projects in Western North Carolina over the past six years, and Andrew Tate, President & CEO of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development. They’re responding to the NC Justice […]

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NC Policy Watch: Tough rules, engaged public needed to clean up coal ash

OPINION by Sarah Kellogg: This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will finally release the first-ever rule regulating the storage and disposal of coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal. For years, communities and environmental groups across the country have pushed the EPA to finalize the regulations, and now, due to a court ordered mandate, the […]

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WNCA, ECO, J-MCA to become ‘MountainTrue’

PRESS RELEASE Merging environmental organizations announce new name, logo ASHEVILLE—The boards and members of WNCA, ECO and the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance on Thursday night enthusiastically approved the new bylaws, board of directors, and new name and logo for their merging nonprofits. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2015, these three environmental organizations will legally […]