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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 […]

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey to read at UNCA

UNCA’s website announces: Natasha Tretheway, one of America’s most acclaimed poets and a compelling speaker, will offer a reading and talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Tretheway won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Native Guard” (2006, Houghton Mifflin). […]

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 […]

National Black AIDS Awareness Day is Tuesday, Feb. 7

According to a newsletter from the Western North Carolina AIDS Project, “National Black AIDS Awareness Day (NBAAD) is a community mobilization initiative designed to encourage Blacks across the US to get educated, get tested, get involved and get treated for HIV/AIDS.” On the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 7, Mayor Bellamy and representatives from WNCCHS will […]

Federal money for new police may be harder to get this year

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville interim police Chief Wade Wood says his department will see a “huge benefit” from the $711,255 federal grant it won last year. The money, awarded through the Community Oriented Policing Services grant program, will allow the department to hire five new police officers — something it hasn’t been able […]

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 […]

Blue Ridge Community College helps develop phone app for first responders

Hendersonville Times-News reports: FLAT ROCK — You’re a first responder, and you’re not sure how to safely approach the hybrid vehicle at your wreck scene to rescue the driver who is trapped inside. … The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium Quick Reference Guide app is available to anyone with an iPhone or Android device. It […]