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Winter 2020-2021 - Features

An Experiment in Revitalizing Old Mine Sites

Kevin Ridder - February 26, 2021

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.

Counting Hawks

Contributing Writers - February 26, 2021

“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.

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

Kevin Ridder - December 23, 2020

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.

Virginia Resident Finally Finds Relief From Coal Truck Dust

Kevin Ridder - December 17, 2020

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

Molly Moore - December 15, 2020

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

Southeast Ski Resorts Reckon with Sustainability and Climate Change

Contributing Writers - December 15, 2020

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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