Air quality forecast for Saturday, April 28: Moderate (YELLOW)

Saturday, April 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. For forecast information over the weekend, visit https://xapps.ncdenr.org/aq/ForecastCenter.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 […]

Air quality forecast for Friday, April 28: Moderate (YELLOW)

Friday, April 28, 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.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Friday, 04/28/2017

Air quality forecast for Saturday, April 22: Moderate (YELLOW)

Saturday, April 22, 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. Sunday, April 23, 2017, is a code green air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. No health […]

QUALITY CONTROL: Two pollutants make up the bulk of the air quality monitoring oversight by the NC Department of Environmental Quality: ozone and fine particulates (PM2.5). From Bryson City to Lenoir, there are 11 ozone monitoring sites and five sites for PM2.5. The WNC Air Quality Agency conducts monitoring operations in Buncombe County, which also includes an urban air toxics monitor at A-B Tech. New this year is a sulfur dioxide monitor near the Duke Energy Progress plant in Skyland. Image from  Google, mapped by NCDEQ

Air apparent: monitoring air quality in the mountains

We all have to breathe to live, and the good news is that here in Western North Carolina, the quality of the air we all share is much better than it was just a few years ago. Across North Carolina, government employees are monitoring air quality and the associated health risks to make sure they stay within specified legal parameters. Meanwhile, citizen volunteers are also collecting data and working to make more information available to the public.

Air quality forecast for Friday, April 21: Moderate (YELLOW)

Friday, April 21, 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.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Friday, 04/21/2017  

Harvell IMT Transitioned to Asheville District this morning, Dobson Knob Fire almost out

Press release from National Forests in North Carolina: The N. C. Forest Service’s Harvell Type 2 Incident Management Team handed fire suppression over to Incident Commander Wicker’s Type 4 Team from the Asheville District. The Harvell team will travel home today. The Dobson Knob Fire remains at 1,760 acres and containment has increased to 96 percent. […]

Dobson Knob Fire operations ramping down through weekend, rain in forecast

Press release from National Forests in North Carolina: Fire Managers report that burning operations have been successfully completed and a black line has been established around the entire fire. Future growth is anticipated to be minimal and fire officials do not expect the fire to grow much beyond its present 1,760-acre footprint. Fire containment has […]

Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center to hold professional craft artist summit “Crafting Your Success” April 26

Press release from Haywood Community College: Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center will hold a Professional Craft Artist Summit, “Crafting Your Success,” Wednesday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Creative Arts Building on the College campus. Experience a one-day conference specifically designed to address needs and challenges faced by current and prospective craft […]

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Comic Envy host Free Comic Book Day festivities

Press release from Comic Envy: Asheville Geeks and Nerds, it’s time to turn on the bat-signal and get ready for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Once again, COMIC ENVY will be celebrating in style with contests, special guests, prizes and as always, FREE COMICS! For the past 15 years, the first saturday in May has been the […]

Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair offers community building, networking, presentations, workshops, live music, and dance parties in May

Press release from event organizers: From May 5-7, 2017, community members will host Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair, a weekend of free events that will bring visitors from all over the South East & Appalachians to discuss, share, and celebrate anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist ideas. The name, among other things, is a nod to friends in Carrboro […]

Sylva Commissioners pass climate solutions resolution

Press release from the Canary Coalition: At their meeting on Thursday, April 13, the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Sylva became the latest local government in North Carolina to pass the resolution being circulated by the NC Climate Solutions Coalition that includes The Canary Coalition, a local environmental organization based in Jackson County. […]

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Monarchs visit Painters Greenhouse on their journey North from Mexico

Press release from Painters Greenhouse: A female monarch (the first seen by us this season) made her way to Painters Greenhouse Tuesday, April 11, to lay eggs on our native milkweed plants. Every spring millions of monarchs make their annual journey North from their overwintering grounds in the mountainous pine forests of Mexico across the […]

Junior League of Asheville hosts third annual Volunteer-a-Thon day of service and fundraiser

Press release from event organizers:  The Junior League of Asheville, Inc. is pleased to announce the upcoming 3rd Annual Volunteer-a-Thon on April 22nd at five locations throughout the greater Asheville area. The Volunteer-a-Thon will bring League members and community volunteers together through hours of service with area nonprofits. The League also uses the event as its […]

Supporters and volunteers gather around the future homeowners at the the kickoff event for the final three homes of theShiloh: Let’s Build! campaign.

Habitat nears completion of its Shiloh: Let’s Build! Campaign

Press release from Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity: Spring is here and the days are getting more beautiful, offering a perfect setting for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s final kickoff ceremony in its 10-house subdivision in the neighborhood of Shiloh. This past Wednesday, a crowd of Habitat supporters, donors, volunteers, future homeowners, and staff gathered together […]

Gains made on containment of Dobson Knob Fire

Press release from National Forests in North Carolina: The Dobson Knob Fire increased to 1,467 acres and containment is now 40%. Today’s operations include patrolling and extinguishing remaining hotspots near established containment lines on the western, northern and eastern sides of the fire. Burnout operations are planned to the south and will result in more […]

Target stores host temporary car seat recycling stations

According to TerraCycle USA, Target stores are participating in a car seat recycling program that offers coupons for clunkers April 17-30. Stores across the county, including the Asheville location at 115 River Hills Road, will have collection stations set up in front of the store where patrons can drop off used car seats for total recycling. […]

State air quality officials issue health notice for McDowell and Burke Counties in western North Carolina

Press release from NC Department of Environmental Quality: State air quality officials have issued an advisory for air pollution in western North Carolina on Thursday as smoke from the Dobson Knob wildfire in McDowell County continues to impact the surrounding area. The Dobson Knob wildfire started Sunday and has grown to about 1,405 acres by […]

Air quality forecast for Friday, April 14: Moderate (YELLOW)

Friday, April 14, 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 WNC Regional Air Quality Agency office will be closed until Monday. For conditions over the holiday weekend, please visit the NC Department […]

Air quality forecast for Wednesday, April 12: Moderate (YELLOW)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 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.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Wednesday, 04/12/2017

Breast thermography appointments available May 2 at Asheville Integrative Medicine

Press release from Asheville Integrative Medicine: Cindy Sullivan, CCT, Clinical travel Thermographer, will be offering screening breast thermograms at: ASHEVILLE INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE 832 HENDERSONVILLE RD ASHEVILLE NC 28803 TEL: 828-252-5545 On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, she will be performing screening breast thermograms and appointments are available. Breast Thermography is a noninvasive, inexpensive test that does not involve […]