Interest in cycling has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but funding for bike-friendly roads faces an uphill battle, both in Asheville and across the state.
“We must ask ourselves, ‘What are we sowing in our community and in our world for generations to come?’ Will we build our economy on poison?”
Health departments across the state have been relying on community colleges’ facilities, faculty, and students to run vaccination clinics.
Increasing heat and stronger storms threaten trout populations dependent on clean, cold, oxygen-rich water. A decline in trout production could hurt farmers and recreational fishermen.
In Transylvania County, the public school district is realigning reading instruction with the science of reading, a body of decades-old research on such subjects as how kids learn to read and best instructional practices. But teacher knowledge in that science is widely varied.
“What’s not funny, however, is the suggestion that anyone has a right to sex, tangential to a partner who desires to have it with them, particularly during a pandemic.”
Even with health insurance and ample provider availability, fat discrimination by providers can be a barrier to care for overweight people.
Six months ago, as part of a reckoning on racial injustice, the city of Asheville and Buncombe County both passed resolutions to consider reparations to the Black community as a way to begin making amends for slavery and generations of systemic discrimination. Since then, local officials concede, little has been done.
“We cannot avoid the hidden phantom side effects of the desecration of the monument, held so dear by so many.”
by Irene Olds
“Hospitality and culinary professionals are being mandated and regulated out of business for the sake of optics and at the senseless sacrifice of hardworking people and their families.”
The Mortimer Trails project expands access for mountain bikers and hikers to meet increased demand despite limited federal funding for recreation in National Forests.
“Our plane is intended to ‘rule the skies until 2070.’”
“Dating is hard in general. Dating during pandemic? Even harder. Dating during a pandemic in Asheville? Wut?”
Seven North Carolina counties now offer paid days off to care for a new child or an ailing family member.
North Carolina food assistance programs struggle under economic stress of continuing pandemic.
By Irene Olds
Jeff “Puff” Irvin, chair of A-B Tech’s department of brewing, distillation and fermentation, looks back on his career.
Swannanoa inmate: ‘I probably have the COVID, but they don’t want to test me because they gave it to me.’
Organizations providing food assistance to North Carolinians experience higher demand as unemployment increases.
Some NC hospitals have clear plans while others still working out details. Some not responding to questions about COVID-19 vaccine distribution.