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US Forest Service

The Disaster Recovery Act passed by North Carolina Lawmakers in the special session will help with wildfire relief efforts here in Western North Carolina.

Just over 25 million dollars will go to the North Carolina Forest Service for wildfire response expenses and timber restoration.  Arson is suspected in most of the fires.

NPR

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WCQS and NPR are proud to present Michel Martin Going There: When Your Hometown Gets Hot February 7th at Diana Wortham Theatre. 

Now more than ever, independent journalism and public radio programming is essential to our democracy! Everything you hear on WCQS is made possible by listener support. Our year-end goal of $100,000 by December 31st will keep WCQS on track to continue to bring you insightful news, well reasoned voices and amazing music when you need it most. 

A steady buzz of conversation fills the concourse at UNCA’s Sherrill Center. 

The scene is the standard long line of students in front of poster presentations during the Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium.  The conversation, however, is anything but standard.

Matt Bush WQCS

Efforts to speed up wireless internet service throughout western North Carolina are speeding up themselves, thanks to a six-city partnership.

Wifi has rapidly speed up throughout the region in the last decade, but Bill Sederburg says it’s time for the next step.  The coordinator of the West Next Generation Network says that is “gigabit” internet service.

“It means much faster downloads for video.  It means the ability for hospitals to have branch campuses (that can) access to MRI and X-ray images and stuff like that”, according to Sederburg.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have charged two juveniles with starting an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, local District Attorney General James Dunn and Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced charges at a news conference Wednesday.

NPR

The 2016 election season's popular fact-checker embed is back once again, covering president-elect Donald Trump's victory tour speech in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The speech has been fully transcribed and annotated by the NPR Politics team, including the addition of context and live links around specific policy points. 

 

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North Carolina Forest Service

Fire has been on the minds of many in western North Carolina over the past several weeks as wildfires swept across the region.  In her commentary this week, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold has some tips on how to protect the home against fires.  

Jeremy Loeb: Although the rain in recent days may ease the risk of wildfire potential across the western part of the state we aren’t out of the clear yet. It seems like a good time though to become more “fire aware”  - not only about prevention and protection but also the benefits of fire.

More Rain This Week Could Return Air Quality To Normal

Dec 7, 2016
U.S. Forest Service

More rain expected late Monday and early Tuesday could return air quality conditions in western North Carolina to normal for the first time since a rash of wildfires broke out at the beginning of November.  

Asheville Ballet brings everyone's favorite holiday tradition to the Diana Wortham Theatre this weekend with shows Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday afternoon.  Director Ann Dunn talked with Dick Kowal about this family friendly classic.

UNCA Produces Final Daily Weather Calendar

Dec 6, 2016
University of North Carolina-Asheville

The weather never ends. 

But the University of North Carolina Asheville’s ‘Daily Weather Calendar’ is, thanks to never ending advancements in technology.  The calendar has been produced for the past 30 years, and provides daily and monthly high and low temperature averages, sunrise and sunset times, and nightly phases of the moon.  But the 2017 version will be the last in print form.  Dr. Alex Huang of UNCA produces the calendar, and says he’s not really sad because his philosophy is everything must come to an end sometime.

The Blue Ridge Orchestra performs two concerts this weekend, 3pm Saturday at Lipinsky Auditorium on the UNC-A campus, and 3pm Sunday at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Both concerts feature violinist/celtic fiddler Jamie Laval.  Jamie and Milton Crotts, director of the Blue Ridge Orchestra spoke with Dick Kowal about the concerts.

Macon County Arson Suspect In Court

Dec 5, 2016

Macon County arson suspect Keith Eugene Mann appeared in federal court in Asheville Monday and waived his right for an initial detention hearing. Mann is being held without bond, and stands accused of setting a number of small wildfires this fall throughout Macon County. He currently faces one felony count of destroying United States property by means of fire—a charge that carries up to twenty years in prison.

NC Stage: All is Calm

Dec 5, 2016
Scott Treadway

Asheville's NC Stage Company  will stage All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, opening Wednesday, December 7th and running through December 23rd. Director Charlie Flynn-McIver, cast member Michael MacCauley, and chorus member David Berkey spoke with Dick Kowal about the play.

McCrory Concedes Election To Cooper

Dec 5, 2016
NC.GOV

North Carolina governor Pat McCrory released a video statement today, where conceded the gubernatorial election to Democrat Roy Cooper.

More details to come...

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