The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

August 24, 2016

Democracy 24/7/365

Our democratic responsibility should not be confined just to voting on Election Day. We have opportunities throughout the year to participate; whether it's meeting with our congressional representatives, writing a letter to the editor or signing an online petition, each action represents a voice or idea that would otherwise not be heard.

[ Read Tom's letter ]

Norton's walk along the river

In the Southwest Virginia city of Norton, Appalachian Voices is supporting a project that would enhance recreation along the Guest River and clean up an abandoned coal tipple that is both an eyesore and a source of pollution.

[ Read more ]

Public meetings on fracked-gas pipeline

The massive proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline would carry fracked natural gas some 300 miles through West Virginia and Virgina. Attend one of the several upcoming community forums to learn more, and get involved to stop this destructive project.

[ Fight the Mountain Valley Pipeline! ]

Blazing new trails and opportunities

It takes a network of motivated citizens and private and public partnerships to create new hiking trails. Here's a look at a few efforts to bring more trails — and dollars — to Appalachian communities.

[ Read the story in the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice ]
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N.C. coal ash crisis deepens

Two scientists employed by North Carolina say the state was wrong to rescind the "do not drink" advisories for families living near toxic, leaking coal ash ponds. Gov. McCrory's administration responded by denouncing and defaming them.
* Flag photo by Alisha Newton

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Making King Coal pay for reclamation

In a major announcement, the federal Office of Surface Mining will strengthen "self-bonding" requirements to ensure coal companies can't walk away from their financial obligations to reclaim closed mining sites. The agency cited 117,000 citizen comments as a factor in its decision.

[ Read OSM's press release ]

 

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Environmental Calendar of Events[ View full calendar ]

LOCKN' Music Festival
Aug. 25-28: Come listen to great music and visit our table. Arrington, Va.
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KFTC Annual Meeting
Aug. 26-28: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth celebrates 35 years of working for the community. Carrollton, Ky.
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Energy Savings Workshop
Aug. 30: Get tips to help lower your electric bill. Kingsport, Tenn.
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Mountain Music and Medicinals
September: Join us for these free events that combine live music and workshops in herbal healing. Various locations, Southwest Virginia.
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Fight the Mountain Valley Pipeline
September: Community meetings to learn more about the proposed pipeline through Virginia and West Virginia.
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Tour the Stars
Sept. 9: Enjoy a tour of the night sky at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. Union, Ky.
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Virginia Environmental Assembly
Sept. 9-10: Join conservation leaders from across the state for this two-day forum. Charlottesville, Va.
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Classic Hike of the Smokies
Sept. 13: Join Friends of the Smokies on this strenuous hike up Mt. Cammerer. Crosby, Tenn.
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Highlander Homecoming
Sept. 16-18: This year's theme is Collective Courage. New Market, Tenn.
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Country Roads Festival
Sept. 17-18: Forty-first annual event with arts & crafts, music and food. Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted, W.Va.
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Headwaters Community Day
Sept. 10: Enjoy games, music, hikes and more. Elk Knob State Park, Todd, N.C.
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Hands Across the Appalachian Trail
Sept. 17: Join us to protect the trail and local communities from proposed natural gas pipelines. Blue Ridge Parkway, near milepost 13, Va.


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