A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Hannah McAlister


Making Music, One Instrument at a Time

Jayne Henderson

Meet three artisans who hand-craft stringed instruments.

Luthiery school opens manufacturing facility to provide economic opportunity

The Appalachian School of Luthiery in Hindman, Ky., recently opened the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company to train people for high-paying and highly skilled jobs in poverty-stricken areas.

Hip Hop in Appalachia

DJ Monstalung

Several rap artists share their experiences with making music in the mountains.

The Intelligence of Slime Mold

slime mold

This brainless, single-celled organism is able to solve surprisingly complex puzzles and is even able to memorize and anticipate changes in its environment.

Audit Finds Mine Safety Penalties Ineffective

An August 2019 federal audit of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration found that mine safety penalties did not contribute to the overall safety of mining operations.

Study Shows Wood Pellet Electricity Harmful to Climate

An analysis of three Southeast wood pellet mills and the European biomass energy plants they supply found that burning trees for electricity contributes heavily to carbon pollution.

Member Spotlight: Vesta Jean Lenhart

Appalachian Voices member Vesta Jean Lenhart’s desire to preserve mountains goes back to her childhood in Eastern Kentucky.

Trump Administration Charged with Weakening Endangered Species Protections to Favor Coal

Environmental groups plan to sue federal and state agencies for allegedly conspiring to weaken endangered species protections in West Virginia.

W.V. Landowners Win Case Against Fracking Company

West Virginia’s highest court unanimously ruled that mineral companies may not use surface owners’ land to reach gas reserves under adjacent properties without obtaining their express permission.

Dragonflies and Damselflies

dragonfly

Meet the marvelous world of Odonata.