June 2008

Alum Cave Bluff

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 08
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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, TENN. Alum Cave Bluff is a monstrous ledge of black slate that gives the impression of a cave. The name comes from the deposits of alum crystals found along the walls. Reach the popular bluff with a five-mile hike on the Alum Cave Bluff Trail. It parallels Alum Creek and…

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Grandfather National Scenic Area

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 08
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Grandfather National Scenic Area Proposed

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BPA-free Water Bottles

By Stephen Regenold | 01 Jun 08
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Water Bottles BPA has been in the news again.

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Where the Wild Things Are

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 08
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Three Wilderness bills passed the House of Representatives on June 9th, bringing 320,000 acres of forest closer to permanent protection. Two of the Wilderness bills will protect over 300,000 acres of sensitive ecosystems in California, while the third bill will designate 15,000 acres in New Mexico as Wilderness. During the same week, another Wilderness bill…

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VIDEO: Whitewater Zombies

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 08
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Night of the Living Donkey

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Concrete Boats

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 08
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For twenty years, the student members of the American Society of Civil Engineers have been designing, building, and racing concrete canoes in an epic battle to see who can build the swiftest concrete canoe. This year, the Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition will be held in Montreal, from June 19th to the 21st and students…

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Profile: Tim O Brien

By Dave Stallard | 01 Jun 08
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A 30-year career has seen Tim O’Brien do many things.

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Seven-Year Hiker Daren Wendell

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Jun 08
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by Jedd Ferris This past spring, Daren Wendell walked away from North Georgia College with everything he owns on his back. His plan—non-stop walking for seven years. Wendell embarked of what he’s calling the Earth Expedition, a foot journey around the world with the purpose of raising awareness for the water crisis and AIDS epidemic…

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Moonshine in the Mountains

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Jun 08
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by Jedd Ferris The New Face of an Appalachian Tradition I recently went to a wedding in North Carolina. I was milling around the reception room nursing a piece of cake when a guy approached me, shook my hand with a bear paw grip, and said, “ I’m Uncle Jim. How ‘bout some peach moonshine?”…

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State College, PA

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Jun 08
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On separate occasions State College has been called one of the least stressful and safest places to live in America.

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Has coal helped Appalachia?

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 08
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Coal provided jobs and income for several generations when little else would. While it would be great to phase out its use, the money it still provides to thousands of families will be hard to replace anytime soon.

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Playlist: Jim Waive

By Dave Stallard | 01 Jun 08
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Strike a Match

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From Blue Ridge to Beijing

By Graham Averill | 01 Jun 08
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OLYMPIC HOPEFULS FROM THE SOUTHEAST Whether you’re a track and field superstar or just a casual ping pong player, you’ve probably dreamed of going to the Olympics. Who hasn’t? Wearing the U.S.A. jumpsuit during the opening ceremonies is the American collective dream. For the vast majority of us, the Olympics will remain nothing more than…

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Playlist: Keller Williams

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Jun 08
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Keller Williams has never been shy about his love of the Grateful Dead.

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Whitewater Zombies

By Graham Averill | 01 Jun 08
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A massive toxic waste spill has flooded the creeks and rivers of Transylvania County in North Carolina. Anyone coming into contact with the polluted water exhibits “zombie-like” behavior (pale skin, excessive moaning, eating of human flesh), so authorities are urging people to stay indoors. But the water levels are up, so naturally, kayakers go boating.…

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