Asheville and environs have seen considerable change in the 77 years since Wolfe’s death, yet many of the aspects he wrote (and sometimes fumed) about seem uncannily familiar. And as current residents ponder the challenges the city faces today, a look at several of the celebrated author’s key themes might prove instructive.
The U.S. Forest Service sought further information on Monday, Nov. 16 in the early stages of its forest plan, which aims to classify select rivers and lands in the Nantahala and Pisgah forests as further protected under stricter levels of conservation.
Don’t expect to be cruising the troposphere, “Jetsons” style, any time soon, but transportation technology is gradually moving closer to what science fiction predicted long ago — and Asheville is part of that futuristic wave.
When the fight began, no one knew whether public opposition could kill Duke Energy’s proposed 40-mile transmission line from a new substation in Campobello, South Carolina to a massive new gas-fired power generation plant at Lake Julian in Skyland. Now that Duke has changed course, energy activists celebrate and refocus.
For nearly 100 years, the dream of a high-elevation park offering close-range panoramic views over downtown has entranced yet eluded Asheville visionaries. With a new funding commitment from the Tourism Development Authority, can the planned greenway and park projects finally move forward?
Responding to a major public outcry against all of the routes proposed for the transmission lines, Duke has reconfigured its plans for upgrading the coal-fired power plan in Skyland. The revised plans eliminate the need for a Campobello, S.C. substation and a high-voltage transmission line connecting that plant with the Asheville facility.
Give!Local raised nearly $1,000 in its opening day and many of the nonprofits raised additional money at the kickoff event. Thirty nonprofits, their boards, two food vendors, three bands, a dinosaur and a ghost pepper all convened along with about 200 people from the public.
An upcoming conference gives Asheville a lead role in efforts to integrate the latest climate science into the hands-on practices of architects, builders and others. “Climate Resilient Design in the Southeast,” happening Friday, Nov. 6, at the U.S. Cellular Center, brings together an impressive array of acclaimed scientists and other professionals. They’ll discuss climate-resilient building […]
Brevard College has teamed up with Tesla Motors to provide the Brevard community with a Tesla Destination Charging facility. One of the facility’s two charging stations will be officially unveiled Monday, Oct. 26, at 11:30 a.m. Brevard College is the first college or university in the country with a facility offering free public-access to both […]
Last week’s heavy rainfall pushed E. coli levels in Asheville’s portion of the French Broad River past the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety threshold, posing a health threat to swimmers and tubers.
Looking at video footage and photos from the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, one doesn’t immediately see the effect on animals, especially baby animals. But, just like people, many are uprooted from their homes and separated from their families. In recent days, some 300 orphaned baby squirrels have been found along the coast of the Carolinas, and […]
Duke Energy has agreed to pay an estimated $20 million settlement for groundwater contamination at all 14 of its North Carolina coal-fired plants, reads a release from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
Despite the gray skies and blustery mountain winds that cloaked the day on Saturday, Sept. 26, the city’s first Venture Local Fair put the vibrant colors of Asheville’s local business community on display.
Despite being one of the fastest growing industries in the country, solar isn’t a very diverse field: In fact, only 19 percent of solar jobs are held by women. But with the technology becoming increasingly affordable and the number of jobs in the industry increasing, professionals working in the field say solar is taking off — and providing women with a lot of new opportunities.
A locally produced documentary about the introduction of forestry in America is scheduled to hit the silver screen this weekend at Biltmore Estate. The one-hour film, First in Forestry, tells the story of Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, the first forestry school in the country. “It’s the story of how American forestry started, and […]
UPDATED with video coverage. Asheville is known for many things, but high-powered morning business events don’t usually top the list. Even restaurant owners and other night-owl local entrepreneurs can turn out early, however, when a not-to-be-missed business luminary comes to town.
“Asheville on Bikes has always been about people,” says director Mike Sule, calling the organization’s events friendly and festive. Upcoming fundraiser Beers for Gears will fund more advocacy efforts at city and state levels.
Power giant Duke Energy’s proposal for a 45-mile transmission line through Western North Carolina, part of the company’s multifaceted Western Carolinas Modernization project to upgrade and integrate the mountains with a larger regional power grid, is meeting staunch opposition from residents since the company announced its intentions in mid-July.
Amid a hostile legislative climate in Raleigh, innovative, sustainable design and construction are flourishing in Western North Carolina. The WNC Green Building Council was founded in 2001. Since then — and despite an unstable housing market — local interest has grown steadily, says Maggie Leslie.
Xpress challenged local artist Lorraine Plaxico to depict and describe a handful of the Western North Carolina’s most intriguing and inspiring green homes.
As the new executive director of Green Opportunities, the green jobs training program that works with low-income Asheville residents, George C. Jones plans to continue the environmental consciousness that was practiced by previous leadership, but his tenure will be guided by his business background.