Yesterday’s rain helped reduce the size of the raging fire in the Linville Gorge Wilderness area from 2,700 acres to about 2,275 acres, but the blaze continues to blanket a popular site for hiking, climbing and camping. Officials are now worried that an upcoming week of warm, dry weather could challenge containment efforts.
On Nov. 19, Buncombe Commissioners will consider spending $69,000 on a conservation easement to protect 121 acres of land from development on Long Mountain in the Upper Hominey area.
The wild blueberries are ripe for the picking along the Blue Ridge.
With plans to eventually hire 150 local employees, New Belgium Brewing Co. was again ranked by Outside Magazine as one of the best places to work in the country.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is now closed from Milepost 375, a few miles north of Asheville, to Milepost 355 at N.C. 128/Mount Mitchell State Park, according to the National Park Service.
Longtime journalist DeWitt Robbeloth recently moved to Asheville from Phoenix, Ariz. He visited the Xpress office a few weeks ago, offering this baseball-themed musing. Seems fitting for a post-July 4 week — baseball, apple pie and all that. You can read more at his blog (see the link at the end.)
Tell me someone else has noticed that the groundhogs are plotting a takeover. In fact, it may already be underway. (Image via WikiCommons, author: D. Gordon E. Robertson)
As the weather heats up, soon there will be more options to cool down.
Just in time for the busy spring tourist season, the Blue Ridge Parkway will reopen a stretch of roadway connecting the popular Craggy Gardens and Mt. Mitchell State Park areas.
In our March 20 For Kids, By Kids issue, the youth speak for themselves. Here, The Learning Community students share what they did on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.a
In our March 20 For Kids, By Kids issue, the youth speak for themselves. Here are third and fourth graders writing about their outdoor adventures.
Months of debate, studies and discussion about where Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation should build 2.5 miles of power lines have come to a halt: In January, REMC filed a 25-page request for an easement that would let the utility build power lines through Box Creek Wilderness, a 5,100-acre forest tract that straddles the county line between Rutherford and McDowell. Local groups and the property owner have launched a campaign against it, including a petition, Facebook page and video. (Image courtesy of Unique Places to Save)
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of Western North Carolina, including Buncombe County, predicting snow Tuesday evening into Wednesday.
Discover new ways to attract birds to your yard with a bird feeding class at the N.C. Arboretum on Tuesday, March 12.
Nearly 7 miles of Western Carolina University trails are now open for bikers, hikers and runners. About 100 people celebrated on Feb. 23. (photo courtesy of WCU)
You may be familiar with the Appalachian Trail, which trots through North Carolina. But do you know about the state’s own Mountains-to-Sea Trail? Author and hiker Danny Bernstein will discuss the trail and her new book, Mountains to Sea Trail Across North Carolina, on Tuesday, March 5, at Diamond Brand.
The fifth annual Polar Bear Plunge is set for Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Asheville Racquet Club.
After planning for more than a year, Asheville natives E.J. Horrocks and Alex Manfred will make their Appalachian Trail dreams come true while raising money to help Lori Greenberg make Aurora Studio & Gallery a reality. (Flier image courtesy of Aurora Gallery & Studio)
Twitter is abuzz with reports of increasingly icy conditions across Asheville and Western North Carolina, causing hazardous driving conditions and other problems.
The National Weather Service has issued a “High Wind Warning” for much of Western North Carolina, including Buncombe County.
In yellows, reds and oranges, fall has arrived in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Here are a few of the Instagram photos that people have taken and shared throughout the week. (Featured image courtesy of @Jennifer Sadler on Instagram)