Legislative Wrap: Rep. Joe Sam Queen

Oct 16, 2015
Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

WCQS is conducting a series of interviews with area lawmakers about the recently-completed legislative session.  Our series continues today with Rep. Joe Sam Queen, a Democrat representing Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties.  Queen is in his sixth term at the General Assembly.  He said this session lacked leadership and vision.  Our full conversation is above.  And you can hear some of the highlights in the segments below.

Legislative Wrap: Sen. Terry Van Duyn

Oct 14, 2015
Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

WCQS is speaking with mountain area lawmakers about the recently completed General Assembly session.  Our series continues today with Terry Van Duyn, a Democratic state senator from Buncombe County.  Van Duyn emerged throughout the session as one of the most outspoken members of the Democratic caucus, rising to the position of minority whip.  You can hear the full conversation above.  Some highlights from the interview are featured below.


Oct 13, 2015

  Join us Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony’s September 19 concert, the opening night of its 2015-2016 season. The soloist is violinist Chee-Yun, who stepped in at the last minute for an ailing Angela Brown. She performs a number of virtuoso showpieces with the Symphony, including Pablo de Sarasate’s  “Zigeunerweisen.”

On the second half of the concert, the Symphony plays music from American composers Leonard Bernstein (On The Town) and Howard Hanson (Symphony No. 2, “The Romantic.”)

The Hop Ice Cream Cafe on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville will host a family friendly fundraiser for WCQS tonight from 6 to 9. 50% of proceeds from the sale of ice cream will benefit the programs you love on WCQS. The evening will also feature a concert with renowned master dulcimer player and host of Close to Home, Don Pedi.

Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a Dutch family living in what was then the Dutch East Indies was imprisoned by the Japanese.  Wim Andrau was an officer in the Dutch Air Force but was working for the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.  His wife Klara and three daughters were living in what is now Indonesia.   The youngest of the three sisters, Robine has pieced together the family's story of separation and survival in the new book, Bowing to The Emperor: We Were Captives in World War II.  Shes was in Western North Carolina to visit her sister and dropped by WCQS

Legislative Wrap: Rep. Chuck McGrady

Oct 12, 2015
Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

Now that state lawmakers are home from Raleigh, WCQS is conducting a series of interviews with mountain area legislators.  We start off our series with Representative Chuck McGrady, Republican of Henderson County.  McGrady played a key role in budget negotiations towards the end of the session.  And as the former national president of the environmental group Sierra Club, he also was a major player in various pieces of legis

Alison Arnold is Agriculture Agent with the Buncombe County Agriculture Extension Service and a frequent contributor of advice for WCQS gardeners.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The last RiverLink River Music concert of the season is set for Friday night (10/9).  The music begins at 5:30 and the headliner is Miami based funk and gospel band The Lee Boys. It all takes place at RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza along Riverside Drive. There's also music happening as Diana Wortham Theater's Intersections Series Presents Sing Together:  Celebrating the Kingston Trio tonight (10/9) in the Forum. The music begins at 6:30.

Katie Bailey, Asheville Citizen-Times

Duke Energy has announced it has extended its review process for the Foothills Transmission Line project.  Officials with the utility say the company needs more time to consider the nine-thousand comments it has received.  More than half of the proposed 45 mile transmission line runs through Henderson County.  In September Hendersonville City Council and Henderson County Commissioners passed resolutions questioning  the path and need for the new lines.  Jason Walls is District Manager with Duke Energy.  He spoke with David Hurand.

NC Moves Closer to Industrial Hemp Farming

Oct 5, 2015 (via Vote Hemp)

Before lawmakers left Raleigh last week, they sent to the governor a bill that would move the state closer to industrial hemp farming.  The bill would establish the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission, a 5-member commission, whose members will be appointed by legislators, state Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler and Governor Pat McCrory.  The commission would have to raise $200,ooo privately before establishing a pilot program.  They would also coordinate research with NC State Universi