Karen Cragnolin, executive director of RiverLink, has been honored by national nonprofit Rock the Earth as a Planet Defender. Oh yeah, the Dave Matthews Band won too.
A small gathering to commemorate May Day that began at Pack Square around 1:15 this afternoon erupted into a chaotic parade that wound through downtown Asheville.
To hear UNCA Distinguished University Professor John Stevens tell it, the green-economy surge headed our way will be no less than a “paradigm shift.” ‘Lotta data: The basement archives of the National Climatic Data Center, where observations of weather patterns date back to the 1800s. NCDC will be a key element of the “intellectual core” […]
Asheville will hold a series of public meetings to familiarize people with the Downtown Master Plan, starting with a kick-off event on Thursday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at the Asheville Civic Center Banquet Hall. Attendees can expect to hear about the Downtown Master Plan process, meet the consultant team and break up into groups […]
Just like a real pirate, the lifespan of the Joli Rouge proved relatively short.
Paddling along the section of the Swannanoa that runs alongside Swannanoa River Road, which winds underneath the bridges that connect to Circuit City and Wal-Mart, we saw a lot of junk.
The Mountain Voices Alliance is gearing up for a May 3 rally in downtown Asheville calling for a temporary moratorium on large-scale construction projects in Western North Carolina. “It’s simply a pause to plan—a temporary legal tool to get a grip on unbridled growth,” explains Elaine Lite, the group’s chairperson. “Buncombe County’s not alone in […]
“Water is a living thing; it is life itself. In it life began. And everything that lives in water requires oxygen. It is also a moving thing. A burden bearer, water can carry off great loads of humanity’s leavings—but … as the oxygen in water is used up by waste … the living creatures in […]
Today is Earth Day. For starters, don’t throw your cigarette butt on the ground after you’re done smoking it.
A series of public meetings has been announced to get people acquainted with Asheville’s new Downtown Master Plan.
In a region brimming with edgy eco-conscious types such as cyclists, locavores, organic growers and even straight-up tree huggers, some folks still wait until Earth Day to give the environment even a passing thought. But in ardently green Western North Carolina, Earth Day is typically an action-packed affair, so we’ve devoted extra ink to spotlighting […]
“Either you love us or you hate us,” joked Lauren Bradley, “But nonetheless, you’re here because you care.” Bradley, assistant to Asheville’s city manager, was addressing a group of some 30 Asheville residents who had turned out for the first session of Citizen’s Academy, a workshop series that’s meant to give residents an up-close look […]
Drop into the Orange Peel today to meet new members of the Asheville Downtown Association.
At 5 p.m. today, North Carolina for Hillary will open an office in Asheville.
A brightly colored art project of sorts, reminiscent of the Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, towered in the lot next to the McDonald’s on Merrimon Avenue. Tethered to the ground, the tall, wiry figure was adorned with every flavor of fast-food trash. Its belly was the lid of a Pizza Hut box; […]
As the sky grew light on the morning of April 1, a half-dozen activists locked themselves to the heavy earth-moving equipment parked at the Cliffside power plant construction site in Rutherford County. At least three Asheville residents joined others from across the state to protest Duke Energy’s recently permitted, 800-megawatt coal-fired facility. The 20 or […]
Certain photographic images are circulated so widely that, over time, they achieve iconic status. At the local level, Skip Metheney‘s photos of the deluge of muddy water tearing through his neighborhood during heavy rainfalls have become so well-known that they’re often reprinted in grass-roots propaganda highlighting problems associated with steep-slope development. Backyard blunder: This still […]
On a sunny afternoon last month, French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson of RiverLink took a detour during a canoe trip down the Swannanoa River. With this reporter and a photographer in tow, Carson stopped the boat where Sweeten Creek flows into the Swannanoa, near Biltmore Village. Pulling on waders, we slogged down Sweeten Creek to […]
As the sky grew light this morning out at the Cliffside power-plant construction site in Rutherford County, half a dozen activists chained themselves to the heavy earth-moving equipment that was parked there.
Barb Verni-Lau, recently named as the new low-income-community organizer for Asheville Parks and Recreation in tandem with the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods, says her goal is to assist residents in making positive changes in their neighborhoods of their own volition. Making connections: Community Organizer Barb Verni-Lau, at left, with West Asheville resident Pearlie May Dixon. […]