Category Archives: Clyde’s Columns

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’ll see if I can find a story without a 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

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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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Now Snowing Convincingly, EMS Asks People Not to Drive

At 7:30 it started snowing, and the forecast is for 1 to 3 inches. It seems entirely possible, given that the ground is a lot colder than it was yesterday, Temperature now is about 25, as reported by the weather … Continue reading

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Stan Helton, County Chairman, Responds to Whitepath Move, Republican Event

In my column of a few days ago (2/5), I mentioned that there has been criticism in both newspapers of the county’s plan to renovate the old Whitepath factory. The plan is to move some county offices there, and possibly … Continue reading

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Snow

As of 7:00 AM, we’ve had a little snow, and the temperature is just below the freeze. The moisture from the rain has frozen on the deck, and it’s very slick. I doubt the snow will cause travel difficulties because … Continue reading

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Flooding

We’ve been getting flash flood warnings this morning. Cutcane Creek is not out of it’s banks, at least down in the meadow we can see, but I don’t think it will be long. I haven’t seen it, but the part … Continue reading

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