Rethinking the piles: As part of a long-term plan to encourage conservation, the city is shifting the way it charges for solid waste. Hauling trash to the landfill costs the city $1.1 million a year. photo by Max Cooper

Trash and treasure

Last week, Asheville City Council members approved fee changes that could pump more than $2 million into the city coffers. Today, April 3, Council dives deeper into the city’s budget challenges, hosting a budget worksession and town hall at 2 p.m. in the second-floor banquet room of the U.S. Cellular Center.

Photos from Occupy Asheville on Oct. 1-attachment0

Photos from Occupy Asheville on Oct. 1

About 90-100 people gathered in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville for Occupy Asheville.  The assembly covered a variety of issues, including capitalism, police, workers’ rights, food shortages, and environmentalism.  They had a water cooler and warm food for those in need.  Participants were encouraged to post their grievances on Facebook and YouTube, because Occupy Asheville […]

Photos from Sept. 28 presentation by Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro, at UNCA-attachment0

Photos from Sept. 28 presentati­on by Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro, at UNCA

On Sept. 28 at UNCA, Alina Fernandez, Fidel Castro’s daughter, shared a combination of her personal story and Cuba’s story to a room full of people standing and sitting anywhere they could fit.  She talked about Fidel as the leader of the “hairy men on TV” that shouted slogans about change and visited her at […]