Winter 2020-2021

An Experiment in Revitalizing Old Mine Sites

A federal grant program aims to bring economic opportunity to long-abandoned mine lands. But as some sites are seeing progress, others are finding more obstacles.

Other Top Stories From Winter 2020-2021

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Counting Hawks

“Any day you see a hawk is a good day,” says longtime hawk watcher Bill Haley. During peak migration season, lucky hawk watchers in Appalachia may see thousands of hawks in a single day.

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

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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Virginia Resident Finally Finds Relief From Coal Truck Dust

After a resident unsuccessfully sought aid from Virginia officials for two years to address constant dust from passing coal trucks, one reporter’s questions motivated the company to take action.

Bankruptcy Proposal Would Dodge Mine Cleanup Laws

As the Blackjewel bankruptcy continues, the responsibility to reclaim mine sites and workers’ compensation for past medical bills are still major issues.

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Southeast Ski Resorts Reckon with Sustainability and Climate Change

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.

Winter 2020-2021 - Columns

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Ready for the Wild: Rescue Rehabilitates and Releases Young Bears

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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Russ Moxley

Russ Moxley

River Enthusiast Joins the Appalachian Voices Board By…

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