Issue 3: Fall 2010



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Annual Photo Competition Celebrates Appalachia

By Jillian Randel Three men pushing a Christmas tree bailer, a single set of footprints on a snowy highway, morning shadows over the Blue Ridge Mountains… how can one capture the essence of Appalachian life in a frame? That’s the challenge of the 8th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, which is accepting submissions now through […]

A Glance at the Political Landscape of Appalachia

By Derek Speranza What is in store for the future of Appalachia? With midterm elections approaching in November, it might be more appropriate to ask: who is in store for the future of Appalachia? Inextricably tied to its deep-seated history of coal, yet looking toward the future of sustainable energy, the Appalachian region is in […]

Natural Gas, Is it Right for Appalachia?

By Derek Speranza It’s the middle of July in West Trenton, N.J. More than 600 protesters have gathered outside a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission, speaking out to protect the region’s drinking water and water reserves from contamination. The issue? Natural gas drilling – a controversial practice that has been by some labeled […]

Biofuels: Local Gives Way to Large Scale

By Bill Kovarik ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Melita Kyriakou watches as a big blue fuel truck with a green biodiesel logo grinds past the fuel tanks, under the bridge and up the hill – off on another delivery to one of the four biodiesel retailers in the mountain city. The good news, for Blue Ridge Biodiesel, […]

Stewards of the Rock

Story and Photos by Megan Naylor Bouldering is a sport of strength, power and dynamics focusing on pure contact with the rock, free from harnesses, ropes and racks of gear. It brings both climber and rock together in a rhythmic balance of fluid grace and technical moves. What began as a niche sport is now […]

Keeping On the Sunny Side

Carter Family Fold Survives In Spite of Tragedy Written by Joe Tennis Like the traditional tunes collected by her grandfather, Rita Forrester carries on, always trying to “Keep On the Sunny Side.” Even in the face of tragedy. In December 2009, Forrester awoke to find her home in flames, barely escaping in her nightgown. Forrester, […]

Turning Trash Into Glass

Former Landfill Fuels The Pursuit of Art By Maureen Halsema Nestled in the Black Mountains of western North Carolina, lies a unique twist on a trash heap. In 1994, creative minds from Yancey and Mitchell counties came together to discuss the closure of their 21-year-old landfill in Burnsville, N.C. From that mountain of trash sprouted […]