A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Turning a Win-Win into a Lose-Lose: Virginia Senate Kills Renewable Energy Bill

Last fall, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli latched on to the idea that Dominion Virginia Power and Appalachian Power did not deserve huge bonuses for buying cheap renewable energy credits without actually building wind and solar projects in Virginia, and

Invasive Species Recipes

Remember: you can eat invasives, too! One of our readers, Amy, was gracious enough to provide a stirfry recipe for Japanese knotweed. She writes, “I first foraged for this invasive in its native country of Japan, where it was growing

Duking It Out: CEO Retires, Rates Increase and other shorts

By Matt Grimley Under a proposed settlement with the N.C. Utilities Commission and the N.C. Public Staff, Duke Energy President and CEO Jim Rogers will retire from his positions at the end of 2013. The agreement, announced late November, would

January Is Radon Awareness Month

By Matt Grimley 2013 is beginning with an invisible, odorless bang. January is National Radon Awareness Month, designed to draw attention to radon as a serious public health issue and, more importantly, to motivate Americans to take action and protect

Push to the Pinnacle

By Molly Moore Pinnacle Park lies less than three miles from North Carolina’s oft-traveled Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. Unannounced by roadside signs, its network of trails explores the lookouts, ridges and valleys surrounding bubbly Fisher Creek. The creek’s headwaters, formerly

Global Connections

Goods we take for granted today, such as spices, sugar, silk and coffee, were once signs of the early global trade system. This collage of accounts from Valle Crucis, N.C.’s Taylor and Moore Store ledger (1861 to 1874) also includes

Happy Birthday, Clean Water Act!

The Clean Water Act celebrated 40 years of protecting America’s waterways on Oct. 18. Appalachian Voices’ Red, White and Water campaign celebrated the success of this landmark legislation with the report, “The Clean Water Act at 40: Real People, Real

They’re Here: Alien Species in Appalachia

By Matt Grimley Anything that costs $120 billion every year to control can’t be good. That’s just one estimate of the costs of invasive species in the United States, courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Research Station. In Appalachia, the everyday

Finding a Common Language

Appalachian Latinos Strive for Integration By Matt Grimley Lucy Hoffman hears her cell phone buzzing at all hours. At Avery Amigos, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gap for the Latino community in northwest North Carolina, she assists Hispanic women

Showing Off Your Mussels: Powell River Restocks Declining Populations and other shorts

This fall, more than 7,000 juvenile mussels were released into the Powell River, the largest number of endangered mussels planted in the history of the river’s restoration project. The release was coordinated through a partnership between Virginia Tech, Lincoln Memorial