The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia


New tool tracks reforestation on old surface mines

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Join us on Wednesday, May 26 at 11 a.m. for our release of a new tool that monitors the growth of trees and other vegetation on old surface coal mines in Central Appalachia. [ Read More ]

Coal miners visit D.C. to urge Congress to act on Black Lung legislation

Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | Posted by The Appalachian Voice | No Comments

More than 150 coal miners or their widows and loved ones traveled to D.C. in July to call for action on black lung legislation. [ Read More ]

Monopoly power play: The latest on Duke Energy’s bad rate bill

Friday, May 24th, 2019 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Folks from across North Carolina have banded together to oppose a bill that would allow Duke Energy to more easily raise rates AND foist their cost for doing business onto N.C. ratepayers. [ Read More ]

FloydFest for the WIN!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Become a member of Appalachian Voices before May 31, and be entered to win two 4-day tickets to FloydFest. It's Membership for the Win! [ Read More ]

USFS to hold open houses on North Carolina Forest Plan revisions

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

This summer, the U.S. Forest Service will host a series of open houses in western North Carolina as part of its 15-year planning process for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. [ Read More ]

Zach Galifianakis’ “Democracy for Sale” screens in North Carolina

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

A new documentary by Zach Galifianakis digs into how North Carolina has been transformed by the growing tidal wave of political spending. Screenings of "Democracy for Sale" will take place in numerous North Carolina towns throughout January and February. [ Read More ]

Boone team moves to new office

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Our headquarters located in Boone, N.C., has a new home! The staff office is now located at 589 West King Street, right in the heart of the downtown district. [ Read More ]

New faces, fresh perspectives

Friday, November 20th, 2015 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

We're excited to welcome two new members to the Appalachian Voices team. Maya Viknius, born and raised in the Ukraine, brings a unique cultural perspective and nearly 20 years experience in accounting, while Leigh Kirchner, a first-generation college graduate with centuries-old roots in Appalachia, adds her regional know-how to our development team. [ Read More ]

Welcome to new staff and 2015-16 AmeriCorps members

Saturday, September 19th, 2015 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | 1 Comment

We would like to welcome three new faces to Appalachian Voices, our new Central Appalachian Campaign Coordinator Willie Dodson, and two new AmeriCorps Project Conserve members for the 2015-16 service term, Ridge Graham and Lee Payne. [ Read More ]

Arch Coal, ICG to address water pollution violations at coal mines

Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Yesterday afternoon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Arch Coal and International Coal Group Inc. to resolve hundreds of illegal pollution discharge violations made by the conglomerate at its coal mines throughout Appalachia, including a fine of $2 million and required upgrades to their operations to protect "communities overburdened by pollution." [ Read More ]

U.S. coal giant Alpha Natural Resources files for bankruptcy

Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Alpha Natural Resources, one of the largest coal mining companies in the United States and a big player in the Appalachian coal market, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday of this week, blaming "an unprecedented period of distress with increased competition from natural gas, an oversupply in the global coal market, historically low prices due to weaker international and domestic economies, and increasing government regulation that has pushed electric utilities to transition away from coal-fired power plants. [ Read More ]

Obama Administration releases final version of the Clean Power Plan

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national rule limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants to safeguard public health and help address climate disruption. [ Read More ]



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