Breathe it in: Conservation groups like Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy have protected more than 100,000 acres of WNC land from development.

Conservati­on in WNC — where we’re going, where we’ve been

From the Get It! Guide: Long before the age of Internet lists and online travel magazines, people came to Asheville and Western North Carolina for the intrinsic natural beauty. In fact, the beauty of our environment is what many say makes this place so special. But are we protecting what we have? What initiatives are underway to help ensure that the region remains a respite and a haven for generations to come?

The county's industrial and pollution control financing board will consider the approval of issuing $4.2 million in industrial revenue bonds to pay for new machinery at Plasticard-Locktech International.

County’s industrial board to consider approval of industrial revenue bonds

The Buncombe County Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 31, to consider the approval of financing new machinery for the Plasticard-Locktech International facility at 605 Sweeten Creek Road. The meeting will be held at noon at 46 Valley Street in downtown Asheville.

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Update: Buncombe County Commission­ers meeting on budget requests canceled

UPDATE: The Buncombe County Board of Commissioner’s workshop for 9 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 17, has been canceled due to the potentially dangerous weather expected through the night. The workshop will be rescheduled. Check here for updates on the meeting’s status or follow the Board on Twitter at @BuncombeGov. Forty-five local nonprofits are scheduled to present budget […]

Clarifications needed: The crowd of 200 at the Feb. 5 Friends of Big Ivy meeting was very vocal about prohibiting logging in the Nantahala and Pisgah forests.

Message clear at Friends of Big Ivy meeting: no logging needed or planned

An informational meeting regarding the U.S. Forest Service’s long term plans for the Big Ivy section of the Pisgah National Forest drew about 200 people in Barnardsville Feb. 5, with another 100 waiting outside to get in. The crowd voiced strong anti-logging opinions to forest rangers, who are in the process of drafting a new long-term plan for the forest.

LET US SWIM, LET US SWIM: Goggled swimmers and their parents flowed into the Buncombe commissioners' chambers Feb. 3.  “We know because we swim [at the Zeugner Center] everyday. It needs to be shut down, but not before we have another place to swim,” said Camille Long, a sophomore at T.C. Roberson High School.

From goggles to land conservati­on, Buncombe commission­ers get an earful

The public-comment stretched nearly three hours at the Feb. 3 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, as a tsunami of local residents expressed their displeasure with two recent and highly controversial county decisions — the planned closure of the county’s only indoor aquatic center, Zeugner, and the equestrian revisions to the animal-control ordinance. Citizens — including goggled […]