The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

January 23, 2016


Our Hope for the Year Ahead

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.

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Coal Ash Crisis Unifies N.C. Citizens

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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Best-Selling Fiction from the Mining Industry

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.

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Naturalist’s Notebook: Sumac

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.

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Attention APCo Customers

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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Developing Perspective

The latest issue of
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.

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Speak Up for the Cumberland Mountains!
Jan. 25: Final day to submit comments on the federal government’s draft proposal to deem 67,000 acres of land in East Tennessee as unsuitable for mining.
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Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference
Jan. 27-30: The 25th annual conference offers informative courses and field trips, practical sessions, networking, and more. Lexington, Ky.
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Cast Iron Cook-off
Feb. 5-6: Amateur cooks pair up with top chefs to compete and create new dishes using native ingredients and cast iron cookware. Appalachian dinner and dancing to follow Saturday’s awards ceremony. Charleston, W.Va.
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Winter Bird Hike
Feb. 14: A 2.25-mile hike on the Fox Den Loop Trail with ranger Jamie Cameron leading and identifying species of birds that call Lake James home in the winter. Nebo, N.C.
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12th Annual Woods and Wildlife Conference
Feb. 20: Fostering a better understanding of woods, wildlife, natural resources and the current issues woodland owners and forest and wildlife management face. Culpeper, Va.
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ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference
Feb. 20: Over 200 regional farmers and wholesale buyers gather to network and attend workshops on business planning, marketing, community resources, food safety and more. Asheville, N.C.
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Appalachian Studies Conference
Mar. 18-20: Save the date for this annual conference to encourage dialogue, research, scholarship and creative expression in the Appalachian region. Shepherdstown, W.Va.
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