Air quality forecast for Asheville: Saturday, Jan. 20: Moderate (YELLOW)

Saturday, Jan. 20, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Tuesday, Jan. 16: Moderate (YELLOW)

Tuesday, Jan. 16, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Thursday, Jan. 11: Moderate (YELLOW)

Thursday, Jan. 11, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Wednesday, Jan. 10: Moderate (YELLOW)

Wednesday, Jan. 10, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Monday, Jan. 8: Moderate (YELLOW)

Monday, Jan. 8, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality […]

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Kwanzaa brings light to the season

This time of year, religion almost seems to corner the market on celebrations of peace and unity, but Kwanzaa offers the opportunity to attune the spirit through a cultural holiday. Many think of Kwanzaa as entirely motivated by a particular religion, but it’s a modern concept honoring seven traditional principles of the Swahili-speaking regions of Africa, and […]

POLITICAL CLIMATE CHANGE: Although total voter registration in Asheville grew by almost 19,000 individuals in the past decade
and a half, the number of registered Republicans decreased by nearly 3,000. While there was a spike in Democratic registration
around the time of Barack Obama’s first election, the recent growth in registration has been mostly from unaffiliated voters. Meanwhile,
for City Council elections, Democrats are showing up in disproportionately high numbers. Graphics by Able Allen with data
from the Buncombe County Board of Elections

How local organizers shifted Asheville politics to the left

Movers and shakers on progressive issues have had increasing success in Buncombe County politics since the turn of the century. Activists and organizers on the left have carved out a stronghold in Asheville where they keep power by setting the agenda for conversation according to some. Meanwhile a rise in disaffiliation with the traditional two parties leaves openings for candidates that don’t fit traditional molds in Asheville politics.

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Wednesday, Nov. 29: Moderate (YELLOW)

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South […]

Buncombe County Health and Human Services confirms rabies case near Brevard Road

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services: Health Officials with Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) announced today that a raccoon found in the vicinity of the Asheville Humane Society, Forever Friend Lane, off of Brevard Rd has been confirmed to have rabies. The raccoon was taken to Buncombe County Animal Control on […]

Hendersonville Sister Cities to celebrate tenth anniversary with gala, student travel scholarship

Press release from Hendersonville Sister Cities: Hendersonville, N.C. – Celebrating Hendersonville Sister Cities’ 10th anniversary and officially launching the organization’s student travel scholarship program, HSC is hosting “Italian Inspirations,” an evening of Italian opera and cuisine, at the Champion Hills Club on Saturday, Nov. 18. The ticketed event will include Italian fare and opera by […]

Asheville School AP art students learn from professional Asheville artists

Press release from Asheville School: Asheville, N.C. — Students taking Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art at Asheville School recently had the opportunity to visit local studios, galleries and architecture firms to connect with professional artists in Asheville — thanks to the school’s new community arts initiative. “The opportunity to go out in the community and meet […]

Heavy rains caused a retaining wall to collapse at Chimney Rock State Park's upper parking lot. Photo courtesy of Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park to partially reopen after retaining wall collapse

Press release from Chimney Rock Management: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will partially reopen starting Friday, Nov. 10. Only the lower portion of the Park, which includes the Four Seasons trail, a portion of the Hickory Nut Falls trail, the Great Woodland Adventure trail and the Animal Discovery Den will be accessible. At 11 […]

Sanctuary Brewing to host presentation on impacts of livestock operations on water quality

Press release from MountainTrue: Hendersonville, N.C. — Sanctuary Brewing Company in Hendersonville will host a presentation by MountainTrue’s French Broad and Green Riverkeepers, Hartwell Carson and Gray Jernigan, concerning the impact that raising animals for food has on our regional waterways. The presentation, which will be held Monday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m., will focus […]

Pisgah Legal Services offers ACA open enrollment events around WNC, Nov. 11

Press release from Pisgah Legal Services: Asheville, N.C. – Folks who need help signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act can meet with trained, in-person assisters at free events this Saturday, Nov. 11. Pisgah Legal Services and other ACA Partners of WNC will educate people about their options and help them enroll at events happening […]

The degree programs offered through the new Advantage Program partnership with Vermont Law School will benefit students and alumni who have taken classes in the Hamill Science Center at Warren Wilson College. Photo courtesy of WWC

Warren Wilson College, Vermont Law School partnership expands access to graduate school

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Asheville, N.C. – Entering an undergraduate program at Warren Wilson College now means certain students can simultaneously work toward graduate degrees. A new partnership with Vermont Law School opens pathways to earn a bachelor’s and a juris doctor (JD) in six years or a bachelor’s and a master’s degree […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Tuesday, Nov 7: Moderate (YELLOW)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Monday, Nov 6: Moderate (YELLOW)

Monday, November 6, 2017, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air […]

Left to right: TPDF Committee Chair Robert Foster, Mayor Esther Manheimer, BCTDA Chair Jim Muth, and Explore Asheville President & CEO Stephanie Brown. Photo courtesy of the BCTDA

BCTDA pledges $4.6 Million to make up RADTIP shortfall, funds two community projects in 2017 grant cycle

Press release from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) announced today that it will provide $4.6 million to the City of Asheville to complete the southern section of the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP). BCTDA determined that available dollars in the Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF) at […]