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Hidden Treasures: Fishing and Swimming Spots

Boy snorkeling in Conasauga River

Scattered throughout the lush Appalachian Mountains are beautiful pools of water that perfect for fishing or swimming or both! Read our latest “Hidden Treasures” feature to learn about a few of them.

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Fishin’ n’ Pickin’

Keel with brown trout

Renowned musician Larry Keel has found a way to combine his love of bluegrass music and freshwater bass and trout fishing.

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Duke Energy Wants to Raise Rates to Pay for Coal Ash Cleanup

Pipe running into Dan River

Energy giant Duke Energy has signaled to the North Carolina Utilities Commission that it will seek to raise its rates, in part to pay for the nearly $5 billion needed to clean up its coal ash impoundments.

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20 Years of Action: A Letter from Our Board Chair

Cloudy mountain horizon

Editor’s Note: This story was part of a special section dedicated to Appalachian Voices’ 20th anniversary. For more about the organization’s history and vision for the future, along with a timeline of the past 20 years, click here. When I

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Remembering Carol Judy

Carol Judy carries branches of flowers in Bell County, Ky. Photo by Joanne Golden Hill.

Carol Judy of Roses Creek, Tenn., was an activist, an agitator, an educator and an organizer. She was also a root digger, mother and grandmother, and dear friend to many.

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Could Concrete Help Get Coal Ash Out of Neighborhoods?

Coal ash stored at Duke Energy’s power plant in Asheville, N.C., was used as structural fill at the city’s airport. Photo © Copyright 2011 Roy Tennant, FreeLargePhotos.com

More than 150 million tons of coal ash are stored in impoundment ponds across North Carolina. Recycling the ash for use in concrete may provide a way to remove this toxic material from neighborhoods.

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State Politics Across the Region

With state legislative sessions underway across the region, here’s a preview of some of the environmental bills to look out for.

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Using Art to Combat Environmental Destruction

Inside Looking Out: Power Line (Betsy Jaeger)

An exhibit of mixed-media art by West Virginia resident Betsy Jaeger shares the drastic changes in her community due to mining and fracking operations.

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Congress Blocks Stream Protection Rule

A valley fill beneath a mountaintop removal mine in eastern Kentucky. The Stream Protection Rule would have limited the practice.

The Congressional Review Act, a rarely invoked procedure, was used by the U.S. Congress to strike down the Stream Protection Rule.

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Appalachian Festivals

Festival-goers don creative costumes for Faschnact.  Photo courtesy HelvetiaWV.com

Festival season is about to get underway in Appalachia. Here is selection of the upcoming festivals and gatherings in the region.

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