When a weather event hits Western North Carolina, WCQS calls on Grant Goodge for historic context. Grant has worked for or with the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville for nearly forty years . He spoke with David Hurand about our most recent winter storm....
A recent released report concludes that the National Park System is underfunded and at risk. David Hurand spoke with the former Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Phil Francis and retired political science professor and member of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Hugh Stephens about the status of the Parkway and the future of the nation's National Parks.
WCQS listeners may know Alison Arnold from her bi-monthly gardening segments every other Thursday on WCQS. She'll tell you about everything from how to recycle your Christmas tree to how to tell the gender of your plants.
And now, she's got a new full-time position with the Cooperative Extension as the agriculture extension agent. What does the new job entail? We'll let her tell you.
A neighbor versus neighbor political race is taking shape in North Carolina House District 115. Democrat John Ager has announced he will seek his party's nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Nathan Ramsey. Ager spoke with David Hurand.
Ramsey is expected to officially file for reelection Wednesday. In a statement issued Sunday, Ramsey said he will continue to focus his attention on solutions rather than partisan politics. He added that he will continue to vote against his party when it's in the best interest of the people of Western North Carolina.
According to the Brewers Association, an organization that promotes and advocates for small, independent American brewers, there are now more than 26-hundred breweries in the U.S. and many more are in the planning stages. In a recently published article in the Asheville Citizen Times, The Beer Guy, Tony Kiss took a look at the Western North Carolina's growing craft beer industry. He spoke with David Hurand.
Tony Kiss says there's lots of live theater happening in the area. Among the offerings, Cabaret hits the stage at ACT and Rounding Third continues at North Carolina Stage Company. The very talented trio of Sutton, Holt, and Coleman honor the late great Doc Watson at Diana Wortham Theater. Tony nominee Norm Lewis takes the stage in a benefit performance for Diana Wortham Theater. There are also a couple of interesting film offerings, The Monuments Men has opened and Academy Award nominated short films are on the big screen.
The City of Asheville is threatening to terminate its lease agreement with Pack Place.
A letter from city manager Gary Jackson claims “repairs and maintenance have been neglected for years” and there is “no indication of any hope to satisfy the necessary requirements.” The letter included an attached list of necessary building maintenance, saying if Pack Place fails to come up with $419,800, the lease may be terminated. The ten-year lease is set to expire at the end of May.
Pete Seeger, iconic folksinger, political activist and national sing-along leader, passed away on Monday, January 27th 2014. Join us tonight at 7 for a special 3-hour audio journey through his life, hosted by Seeger’s biographer David Dunnaway .