Air quality forecast for Asheville, Tuesday, Nov. 26: Moderate (YELLOW)

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 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. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 828-250-6777 Air Quality Forecast for Tuesday, 11/26/2019

Maxwell Street access question prompts police confrontation

Reid Thompson, owner of two properties on Maxwell Street across from the Whole Foods loading dock, published a video of himself being handcuffed today while blocking the access of a delivery truck to the loading dock. He has racked up large fines for an unsanctioned short-term rental, and he has petitioned the city to allow […]

Checking in on staffing, strategy shifts at local nonprofits

When the time comes for a new leader or a new strategic direction, nonprofits recognize that sound decisions can mean the difference between a sustainable future and irrelevance. That’s why Mountain Xpress took a look at a spectrum of local nonprofits that have recently experienced significant change s or are now in the midst of transformative shifts in management or focus.

Finding the region’s next elected leaders

Politicos of all stripes have begun gearing up for a 2020 election that looks to be a broad moment of opportunity. In Asheville, ballots will include offices from president on down to City Council. Experienced campaign runners and elected officials are teaming up to try to recruit new candidates or train and encourage those already considering a run.

Air quality forecast for Asheville, Monday, Feb. 11: Moderate (YELLOW)

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, 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. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 828-250-6777 Air Quality Forecast for Monday, […]

Bear attack in Swannanoa leaves woman injured, bear dead

Toni Rhegness was walking her dog in her own yard last Tuesday, Sept. 18, when she had a dangerous encounter with bears attracted to her neighbor’s trash can. According to a press release from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Rhegness shouted at three black bear cubs to scare them away from the neighbor’s trash and […]

Asheville hairstylin­g brings people together and sets them apart

When it comes to hair, Asheville is “anything goes,” says Jami Redlinger, Best of WNC Hall of Famer for Hairstylist and co-owner of The Middy. But beneath that diversity, she explains, is a unifying theme: self-expression. “I feel like there’s a lot of really creative people here, so people want to get really creative with their hair, too.”

Asheville Art Museum builds for the past, present and future

As the city gets ready to meet the latest incarnation of the Asheville Art Museum on Pack Square, Xpress looks at the museum’s history and its plans for the future, along with cost of the building project and its effects on other Pack Place institutions to feel out what the new space will mean to Asheville and the region.

Air quality forecast for Asheville, Saturday, May 12: Moderate (YELLOW)

Saturday, May 12, 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 ozone levels and particulate matter. The extended air quality forecast for Sunday and Monday is yellow for the valleys and ridge tops. Click on […]

Five Democrats vie to advance to general election for Buncombe sheriff

Buncombe County Democrats are picking their choice for a new sheriff in the primary election on May 8. The five Democratic candidates have differing takes on how to shape the next iteration of the office. And though they find common ground on topics from drugs to community engagement, competition is fierce as they vie for […]

Williams and Scales replay fight for Buncombe DA title

If this year’s primary race for Buncombe County district attorney seems a bit familiar, that could be because it’s happened before. After then-defense attorney Todd Williams upset six-term officeholder Ron Moore in the 2014 Democratic primary (with no Republicans or Libertarians competing), Ben Scales collected nearly 8,000 signatures to get on the general election ballot […]