January 23, 2016
Appalachian Voices is beginning 2016 stronger than ever and positioned to advance a positive future for the region we all love. Standing with citizens from across Appalachia and from all walks of life, we are hard at work and have high hopes for the year ahead.
Hundreds of North Carolinians impacted by the coal ash catastrophe issued a set of “Unifying Principles” this month demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators compensate them for damage to their homes and health. The residents also asked for a transparent and inclusive process for cleaning up the coal ash and moving the state to cleaner energy sources.
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So riddled with holes, lies and innuendo is the National Mining Association’s recent “analysis” of the impact of the Stream Protection Rule on coal mining jobs that it’s almost laughable. Almost. The problem is that too many policy-makers latch onto the NMA’s erroneous information and peddle it without scrutiny.
The bright-red “spikes” of the sumac plant give winter landscapes a pop of color and provide a vital cold-season food source for critters. But did you know that sumac is also a spice? The uses of sumac are as varied as its long, multicultural history.
Appalachian Power Co., which serves much of western Virginia, is offering its first-ever energy efficiency audit program for homeowners. It’s a positive step toward saving families money, making their homes healthier and safer, and helping reduce carbon pollution.
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The Appalachian Voice explores past and present images of the region. Residents of the mountains have long contended with the weight of stereotypes, but today's photographers and documentary filmmakers are portraying Appalachia's stories with greater depth.