PLACE TO CALL HOME: Jimmy Yamin of Workforce Homestead described plans for a 70-unit affordable apartment complex in Candler off Smokey Park Highway on April 10. Asheville City Council approved Yamin's zoning request unanimously and also approved a $600,000 loan from the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund in support of the project. Photo by Virginia Daffron

City sustainabi­lity efforts fall short of annual goal in 2017

After years of progress toward waste and carbon emission reduction goals, the city hit a wall in 2017, according to a report presented to Asheville City Council on April 10. Asked for bright ideas about how sustainability efforts can get back on track to achieve long-term goals, city staffers said that, without significant additional investment, progress is likely to be limited to incremental gains.

LITTLE STINKERS: The brown marmorated stink bug is one of an increasing number of non-native insects that have invaded Western North Carolina. Lacking natural predators, the slow-moving, malodorous bugs present problems for homeowners and farmers. In Living Web Farms’ March 31 workshop, organic farmers will learn how to deploy purchased beneficial insects and biological agents to address infestations that aren’t readily controlled by other strategies.

Beneficial insects fight recalcitra­nt garden pests

The fight to protect food crops against destructive insect pests has become more challenging in recent years, Mills River farming expert Patryk Battle reports. Battle and Boone-based insect scientist Richard McDonald will present a March 31 workshop on when and how organic growers should take drastic measures to deal with damaging insect and disease infestations.

THE WOODS ARE LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP: Landscape architect Sieglinde Anderson has created an extensive woodland garden at her Fairview property. She and photographer Ruthie Rosauer will invite attendees at a March 20 talk in Hendersonville to consider the possibilities and beauty of trees and the shaded areas they create. Photo courtesy of Sieglinde Anderson

Talk to celebrate options for gardening beneath the tree canopy

On March 20, landscape architect Sieglinde Anderson and photographer Ruthie Rosauer will share advice for gardening beneath and appreciating this region’s diverse and abundant tree canopy. Sponsored by the Hendersonville Tree Board, the talk will take place at 6 p.m. at the Henderson County Library Auditorium in downtown Hendersonville.

GATHERING STEAM: With giant puppets looking on, North Asheville residents learned more about a proposed project to widen a section of Merrimon Avenue. Photo by Virginia Daffron

UPDATED Residents to DOT: Let us participat­e in Merrimon planning

Is it possible that some engineers from the NCDOT’s Division 13 office noticed their ears were burning on the evening of Jan. 23? While neighbors met in North Asheville to plan a push opposing what they see as rushed and inappropriate plans for widening a portion of Merrimon Avenue, City Council members decried the NCDOT’s lack of engagement and directed staff to develop a statement outlining the city’s concerns.

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Sneak peek at Nov. 22 issue, plus stories you might have missed

Let’s talk turkey: This week’s issue of Mountain Xpress is perfect for your post-meal perusal. Check out stories on Thanksgiving, fun things to do, an innovative program aimed at helping inmates re-enter society, an update on air quality and a whole lot more. Until then, check out some of our top stories from last week.

Warren Wilson College’s 1,130-acre campus includes a 625-acre forest. The College Forest is sustainably managed through the environmental studies department and the Forestry Crew. The environmental studies majors working and studying in this forest have the chance to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years through the new Advantage Program partnership with Duke University.

Warren Wilson and Duke recommit to dual enrollment program

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Environmental studies, forestry majors can graduate with bachelor’s, master’s in five years Asheville, NC – Nov. 6, 2017 – Warren Wilson College and Duke University have re-signed a decades-old commitment to expand graduate school access to undergraduate students. Part of the Warren Wilson College Advantage Program (WWCAP), the dual […]

Sierra Club presents ‘Methane, pipelines and climate change’ on Nov. 1

From Western North Carolina Sierra Club newsletter: Sierra Club presents “Methane, Pipelines, and Climate Change” Wed, Nov 1, 7pm Sierra Club’s efforts to curb methane pollution by keeping fossil fuels in the ground, to stop fracked gas pipelines, and to enact public health safeguards will be discussed by Kelly Martin, Director of Sierra Club’s national Beyond Dirty Fuels. […]

Asheville to hold workshops, launch surveys on Transit Master Plan update

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville invites everyone to participate in two community workshops as part of its recently announced Transit Master Plan update. A survey will also be available for residents who can’t make it to the workshops. Future public engagement activities will include discussion group workshops with various […]

Eblen Charities announces start of heating assistance program

Press release from Eblen Charities: Asheville, NC: The Eblen Heating Assistance Program of the Eblen Energy Project will make the first strike against the early cold weather to help families in need of heating assistance this Monday, October 29  as Eblen Charities will once again partner with the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human […]

The Isaac Coleman community investment grant program is named for community leader Coleman, who died in 2016. Dee Williams, right, is project manager for one of seven projects funded through the grant program. Photos courtesy of Coleman and Williams

County letter prompts scrutiny of Southside training program

A group that’s receiving funding from Buncombe County’s Isaac Coleman Community Investment Grants has been instructed to take corrective action after discontinuing one component of its programming, a masonry skills job training course. County staff says it is working with United Community Development to find a solution.

WestSound will headline the Asheville Sister Cities event. Photo courtesy of Asheville Sister Cities

Asheville Sister Cities to hold fundraiser for study abroad scholarships

Press release from Asheville Sister Cities: Asheville Sister Cities, Inc. (ASCI) is holding its biggest annual event, the Global Glitz, on Saturday, November 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Century Room at Pack’s Tavern in downtown Asheville. This event raises money to benefit the organization’s scholarship program, which provides area students the opportunity […]