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Feature item #7 for the Voice front page (2020)

Blackjewel’s Catastrophic Bankruptcy and the Collapse of the Mine Cleanup System

Revelation Surface Mine

Blackjewel’s bankruptcy demonstrates how the mine cleanup system is coming undone — and how nearby residents bear the burden when coal companies fail to repair their damage.

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Jewish Communities Persist in Charleston, West Virginia

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Charleston, West Virginia, is home to two Jewish congregations, and the city’s Jewish history stretches back to the early 1800s.

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Relay Runners Followed Path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Three women ran the 415-mile route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline over the course of 10 days to protest the project and connect with residents along the pipeline’s path.

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Last Tree-sitters Removed from Path of Mountain Valley Pipeline

people hold signs supporting the tree-sitters

For 932 days, tree-sitters at the Yellow Finch site blocked the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The two remaining tree-sitters were extracted by Virginia State Police on March 23 and March 24.

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Ready for the Wild: Rescue Rehabilitates and Releases Young Bears

Bear cub

The Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, Tenn., has saved more than 300 bears from eight different states over the last 25 years.

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Despite Decline of Coal, Mining Remains Aggressive on Coal River Mountain

dust rising from surface mine

Despite a national coal downturn, mining has not slowed much in Raleigh County, West Virginia, where companies have proposed two new mountaintop removal coal mines.

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New Preserve on Pine Mountain Connects Protected Areas

Warbler Ridge Preserve

The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust established the Warbler Ridge Preserve in December, forming a nearly 2,500-acre protected area on Pine Mountain.

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Cooperative Connectivity: Some Electric Co-ops Aim to Meet the Broadband Challenge

power lines

Nearly a quarter of rural Americans don’t have access to reliable high-speed internet. Powell Valley Electric Cooperative and others are working to change this.

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Southeast Ski Resorts Reckon with Sustainability and Climate Change

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As Southeast ski resorts upgrade their snowmaking equipment, many are finding that the investment isn’t just good for business  — it’s helped to slash energy consumption and water use.

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Yurts and the Significance of a Circle

Yurts offer an affordable, cozy housing option with a light environmental footprint.

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