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Wilderness Society director: Don’t let Congress gut protections for public lands

Brent Martin works in Sylva and is Southern Appalachian Regional Director for The Wilderness Society. He has an opinion piece in the Smoky Mountain News this week expressing his dismay at Congress’ proposed rules that he says will gut many of the protections for local national forests. …when Congress adjourned in December, it left in […]

Health officials: Norovirus infections spreading across North Carolina

The N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services reports: RALEIGH—Throughout January, several local health departments across North Carolina have reported multiple outbreaks of norovirus, prompting state public health officials to issue advice on steps everyone can take to avoid this common and unpleasant gastrointestinal illness. “The most important message we have right now is that […]

APD seeks help locating suspect in local business break-ins

Full announcement from the Asheville Police Department: APD Seeks Assistance in locating Break-in Suspect Asheville Police are asking for the publics assistance in locating Julian McKinnley Rector, Rector is wanted for questioning in downtown break-ins involving rocks being thrown through front doors to gain access to a business in order to steal the cash register. […]

Mission announces new mobile medical lab for training medical professionals, students

From the press release: The vehicle houses a human patient simulation laboratory where health professionals can practice various skills. Computerized mannequins are substituted for real humans – and therefore provide a safe practice environment. Yet, the mannequins are capable of talking and producing vital statistics and heart sounds. Two lifelike hospital rooms allow physicians, EMS […]

Asheville School senior named a finalist for Morehead-Cain scholarship

From the press release: ASHEVILLE, NC (January 30, 2012) Asheville School Senior Lawrence Waller was recently named a finalist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Morehead-Cain Scholarship – one of the oldest and most prestigious four-year merit scholarships in the United States. Waller, one of only 7 percent of nominees named as […]

RBC Bank honors three local teachers with cash award for teaching excellence

From the press release: Asheville, N.C. – January 31, 2012 – RBC Bank recently honored three teachers in the Asheville area, each with a $500 award as part of its eighth annual Tribute to Teachers program, which recognizes deserving educators who demonstrate exceptional community leadership. Cynthia Norman, a teacher at Fletcher Elementary School in Fletcher, […]

Forest Service announces final decision on managing upper Chattooga Corridor

The US Forest Service announces: Final decisions allow boating in winter, early spring and protect highly valued fishing area (Columbia, S.C.) Jan. 31, 2012 –U.S. Forest Service officials today announced final decisions on managing recreation in the upper segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River (WSR) Corridor. The decisions include new opportunities for boating […]

Occupy Asheville doesn’t take Council’s camp deal, but “will pursue further dialogue”

Following a meeting of its coordinating council last night, Occupy Asheville issued a letter asserting that its encampment in front of City Hall is “a representation of the people’s natural rights.” In the letter, Occupy Asheville doesn’t take the deal proposed by Council to voluntarily decamp, but says it “will pursue further dialogue” with the […]

Pulitzer prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey read at UNCA

Acclaimed poet Natasha Tretheway, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection, Native Guard, gives a reading and talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. According to a press release, “Native Guard, Trethewey’s third published collection, also contains poems examining feelings in Mississippi about Tretheway’s biracial […]

Fly fishing clinic helps emerging outdoor women build skills

From the Caswell Messenger: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special fly-fishing weekend for women through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program on March 9-11 in the mountains. Activities will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground, south of Asheville, near Brevard in Transylvania County. The registration fee […]