Dr. Marshall Shepherd

Shepherd addresses Asheville’s American Meteorolog­ical Society

Given the title of the talk — Zombies, Sports, and Cola: What does it mean for Communicating Weather and Climate? — Shepherd had quite a bit of explaining to do. Remarkably, however, the former NASA scientist managed to demonstrate, with these seemingly disparate subjects, how a significant portion of the public (mis)understands meteorology — and how the problem may be solved.

Swannanoa Valley Museum's Rim Hike Series takes hikers from the floor of the valley to the top of the Blue Ridge.

Thru-hiking history: Swannanoa Valley Museum launches 2015 Rim Hike series

Beginning in March, the Swannanoa Valley Museum will launch the sixth year of its Rim Hike Series, which features 11 hikes across the ridges and peaks surrounding the Swannanoa River valley. The series sprang from museum founder Harriet Styles‘ popular wildflower hikes along many of these same paths. After Styles passed away, the museum decided to continue the tradition […]

Set sail: Planes will tow motorless gliders toward Mount Mitchell, where they’ll be released into powerful wind waves in the hopes of soaring to great heights. Local Wave Camp organizer Sarah Arnold is pictured here being towed in a glider. Photo courtesy of Arnold.

Surfing the skies: Gliders fly high above Mount Mitchell

More than just birds are soaring the winds above Mount Mitchell. Dozens of pilots from around the country will soon attempt to fly motorless gliders over 20,000 feet above the area’s highest peak. They hope to be propelled upward by a natural phenomenon known as wind waves, which crest when air currents blow against the mountain ridge from the northwest.

Teaching advocacy- Kristine Oblock of Asheville on Bikes explained how proper education, including how to navigate traffic, is key to bike safety.

Asheville on Bikes shows some Bike Love, pushes advocacy, education

Asheville on Bikes wants more people to ride their bike to work, and they have a plan to achieve it. “We need to fulfill the mission of changing commuters from ‘interested but concerned,’ to ‘enthused and confident,’” said Mike Sule, director of Asheville on Bikes. Sule presented information at the group’s annual Bike Love fundraiser […]

Whitewater fun: an in-stream design, similar to the one proposed for Asheville, was created by S20 Design and Engineering on the San Marcos River in Texas. Photo from S20 Design and Engineering.

Feasibilit­y study encouragin­g for River Arts District whitewater park

A feasibility study report delivered this week indicates that a whitewater park could conceivably be built in Asheville’s River Arts District within four years time. Colorado based Scott Shipley’s firm, S20 Design and Engineering, delivered plans for the park on the French Broad River, which is an “in-stream” concept, having multiple channels for enthusiasts of […]

View across lake of Duke Energy's Lake Julian plant

Duke Energy charged with criminal violations of Clean Water Act in Asheville, 4 other plants

Update: On Friday, Feb. 20, the Associated Press reported that Duke Energy, the nation’s largest power company, has been charged with criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at five North Carolina power plants, including the plant in Asheville. The AP reports that the charges are felony violations, while the News & Observer in Raleigh reports the power company […]

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 […]

The numbers are in: from left to right, A-B Tech President Dennis King, UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant, and WCU Chancellor David Belcher.

WNC colleges return $2 billion to economy, most staying in region

Local area colleges are touting just how much they pump back into the economy: $2 billion in the 2012-2013 fiscal year through the combined impact of payroll, operational, construction and research expenditures by the universities and community colleges, and the spending habits of their students, visitors, and alumni. The data comes from a new comprehensive […]

A caller impersonating a member of county government or law enforcement has been threatening arrest to victims if he or she does not pay a made-up amount of "owed" money. Photo by Flickr user Philippe Put

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam affecting the area

“There is absolutely no validity to this whatsoever,” the sheriff states. “If somebody calls you and tries to collect money, [saying they’re] from any government entity at the threat of arrest — [know] that [neither] the IRS nor the Sheriff’s Office call and give you an opportunity to pay … any kind of fee or fine that would result in you being arrested.”

View across lake of Duke Energy's Lake Julian plant

New study cites increased sulphur dioxide emissions at Duke’s Asheville plant

Beyond Coal and the Sierra Club released a study today, Feb. 19, indicating that Duke Energy’s Asheville plant may be exceeding federally regulated levels of sulphur dioxide, a toxin that aggravates asthma and causes other health problems. “Somewhere in the Asheville area, that [federal] standard is being exceeded about once every three to four days,” said Howard Gebhart of Air […]

Intensive Care: Dr. William Shillinglaw, the medical director of trauma services at Mission Hospital, gives a tour of the intensive care unit at Mission Hospital.

Trauma in Ukraine: Doctors exchange ideas with Mission Hospital surgeons during visit

Asheville is very far from Eastern Ukraine in terms of geographics, culture and stability, but the worldwide fraternity of trauma surgeons crosses cultural boundaries, sharing the same mission of saving lives. Mission Hospital sought to educate four doctors from Ukraine Feb. 18 as they toured the level-two trauma center and gathered knowledge to bring back home. “Trauma […]