The bill-laden month of April

April is a busy time in Raleigh. State legislators have introduced more than 1,000 bills this session, only 18 of which had been ratified at this writing. Meanwhile, the General Assembly is checking off bill-filing deadlines and jamming committee schedules with hearings on this session’s crop of proposed legislation. Here are a few pending bills […]

Green Scene: Testing the waters

On Sept. 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it’s considering proposing the former CTS electroplating plant in south Asheville and a related Mills Gap Road site for possible inclusion in the National Priorities (Superfund) List. Area residents have reported numerous health problems, and Xpress spoke recently with one of them, Gabe Dunsmith, who’s […]

The Beat

Taking the plunge In a death-defying leap of adrenaline-fueled faith, Asheville pro-kayaker Pat Keller recently survived a purposeful plunge over 90-foot-high Linville Falls in Avery County. In "Asheville Kayaker Makes Illegal Trip Down Linville Falls," The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that the ride was likely the first-ever descent of the triple-tiered falls in a kayak. Keller, […]

City to Conservanc­y: Work out debt if you want to manage the park ***UPDATED Wednesday 12:30 p.m.***

A letter from City Attorney Bob Oast to the Pack Square Conservancy reveals that the city of Asheville wants the Conservancy to repay over the next year approximately $2 million that the city is owed. Until then, the city “cannot agree to allow the Conservancy to operate or manage the park to any substantial degree.” The city also wants an independent financial audit of the Conservancy.

Asheville City Council

Council OKs Pack Square Park changes, budget Zoning approved for affordable apartments in West Asheville A-B Tech students to build Oakley Resource Center Council member Carl Mumpower has never been one to hold back. As one of two Republicans on Council—and the self-proclaimed lone conservative at the table—Mumpower is often the most vocal City Council […]

The Buncombe Commission­ers brief: March 17 meeting

For their St. Patrick’s Day meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners may have wished they had the luck o’ the Irish (or at least a stout beer), as the Pack Square Conservancy laid out their plans to raise the additional millions needed to complete the ambitious park renovations — and the state of the economy forced the county to delay consolidating their offices.

Pack Square Park pavilion constructi­on delayed but still on tap

A $2.46 million pavilion planned for Pack Square Park will be built, the group overseeing the park’s construction decided Jan. 7, but construction won’t start until later this year. Postponed but not scrapped: A $2.46 million pavilion planned for Asheville’s new Pack Square Park will be built, but construction won’t start until next fall at […]