A publication of Appalachian Voices

A publication of Appalachian Voices

AV's Intern Team

Every year, Appalachian Voices is fortunate to assemble a phenomenal team of rockstar interns from numerous Appalachian and East Coast universities. Enjoy these posts from our interns.

Wildlife Center Continues Legal Fight for Raptor Rehab Facility

Neighbors of the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke are suing the facility for its plans to build a raptor rehabilitation cage, putting the center in financial jeopardy.

Camp Nelson Honored as a National Monument

The president ordered the creation of the Camp Nelson National Monument in October 2018 to honor black troops who fought in the Civil War.

Repercussions of Government Shutdown Visible in Region

The partial U.S. government shutdown affected Appalachian federal employees, national parks and forests, food stamp recipients, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and more.

Tennessee Wants You to Sniff Out Rare Skunks

Eastern Spotted Skunk

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is on the lookout for the rare Eastern spotted skunk after a trail camera caught one by chance last fall.

Thousands of West Virginia Acres to Become Public Land

The Conservation Fund purchased nearly 19,000 acres of West Virginia land in December and plans to transfer it to the state for hunting and habitat protection.

Rockwool Proposal Draws Criticism and West Virginia Constitutional Challenge

Some residents of Jefferson County, W.Va., are resisting the Danish stone wool insulation manufacturing company’s proposal to build a plant that would emit large amounts of volatile organic compounds.

Beckley Protects LGBTQ Residents

Beckley, W.Va., officials added “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to a list of official protected minorities in the city.

EPA Questions Benefits of Mercury Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is changing the way it calculates the benefits of reducing mercury and air pollution emissions from coal-fired power plants, which advocates fear could lead to looser pollution limits in the future.

Coal-friendly Wheeler Nominated to Lead EPA

President Trump nominated former coal lobbyist and current Acting U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to lead the agency in January.

Push to Halt Rising Energy Fees in Knoxville

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is calling on the Knoxville Utilities Board to stop raising fixed fees for ratepayers.