Monthly Archives: February 2020

Snowing Now

It started snowing at 10:00, just when the threat of snow was forecast to be over. Temperature right on the freeze. I’d call it somewhere between a flurry and heavy snow, right in the middle. It remains to be seen … Continue reading

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Proposed Changes to NEPA: A Disaster for Environmental Groups

Georgia ForestWatch has issued an action alert about the proposed changes to the NEPA process. And well they might. These changes would essentially put the environmental outfits out of business, which is probably the intent. According to ForestWatch, this is … Continue reading

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Organic Produce in Blue Ridge

Several people have asked me lately if you can buy organic produce in Blue Ridge, so I thought others might be interested. Walmart has some organic produce, but it is usually not in a separate section. They also have a … Continue reading

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Dusting of Snow, May be Ice

There was a dusting of snow overnight and the temperature was 27 at 7:30 AM. The EMA warns people to watch for ice on the bridges and overpasses. The courthouse will open at the usual time, but the health department … Continue reading

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Gas Pipeline vs. Appalachian Trail Goes to Supreme Court

From the Washington Post (pay wall, but you may be able to see a few stories a month). I’ve posted what the SELC has to say on their website below (no pay wall). https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/us-supreme-court-to-decide-winner-in-case-of-gas-pipeline-vs-appalachian-trail/2020/02/23/d3ead098-5334-11ea-929a-64efa7482a77_story.html The SELC is litigating the issue: … Continue reading

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Teaching the Trees, by Joan Maloof

This neat little book was recommended to me by Mark West, who taught a tree class I took at Young Harris College’s Institute for Continued Learning (ICL). It focuses on various trees and their relationships, particularly with insects. The author … Continue reading

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Rain/Snow

For the past hour or so, it’s been switching back between rain and snow, sometimes about half rain and half snow. So far, it’s way to wet to stick, but I wouldn’t bet against it tonight when the temperatures are … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice and Craft Beer Festival

Saturday is the Fire & Ice Festival in the downtown Blue Ridge park from noon til 5:00. That’s a chili cookoff and ice sculpture event, with a newly added craft beer component. The forecast is for a sunny day in … Continue reading

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Bumblebee’s Decline Points To Mass Extinction, Public Land Threat

From the Guardian (no pay wall): https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/06/bumblebees-decline-points-to-mass-extinction-study?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0dyZWVuTGlnaHQtMjAwMjEx&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=greenlight_email&utm_campaign=GreenLight Public land threat: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/06/trump-utah-national-parks-energy-development-drilling?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0dyZWVuTGlnaHQtMjAwMjEx&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=greenlight_email&utm_campaign=GreenLight

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Flooding Possible, Chairman Stan Helton Adds Information on Courthouse Move

It rained or drizzled yesterday and last night, but not as much as was feared. Yesterday, the EMA warned people in flood prone areas to be vigilant overnight. According to the weather station at Merciers, we’ve had .89″ rain in … Continue reading

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