Politics

Court rules against pipeline developers in a win for residents of Union Hill, VA

By Kim Dinan | 10 Jan 20
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Photo by Ellen Kanzinger Read more about the story of Union Hill, Va HERE On Tuesday, Virginia’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a case that called into question the legality of placing a compressor station in the Union Hill neighborhood, home…

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Outdoor Updates: Mountain Lions Killed After Eating Human Remains

By Kim Dinan | 07 Jan 20
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Mountain lions killed after eating human remains Three mountain lions in Arizona were euthanized after eating human remains close to a popular hiking trail. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department discovered the human remains last Tuesday during an investigation on the Pima Canyon Trail. Though the mountain lions are not suspected of killing the victim, they…

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Outdoor Updates: N.C. Governor urges action to protect red wolves

By Kim Dinan | 06 Dec 19
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N.C. Governor urges action to protect red wolves On November 22, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper sent a letter to David Bernhardt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, urging the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to act immediately to rebuild and sustain a wild wolf population. The letter comes amidst declining rates…

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Outdoor Updates: Supreme Court to Hear Cowpasture Case

By Kim Dinan | 21 Oct 19
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Supreme Court agrees to hear Cowpasture case on how energy infrastructure is sited across the Appalachian Trail  On October 4, 2019, the Supreme Court decided to hear the appeal from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ on the Cowpasture River Reservation Association, et al. v. United States Forest Service case. The case addresses whether the…

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The New Gender Rules in Sports

By Anna Katherine Clemmons | 15 Oct 19
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Are testosterone levels the best way to categorize male and female athletes? When an east coast-based cisgender ultrarunner—who asked to remain anonymous—saw the entrant’s pool for a recent competition, she was conflicted. The veteran saw that she would be racing against several familiar names, including Grace Fisher. Fisher had finished ahead of her in several…

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Outdoor Updates: Trump administration legalizes toxic cyanide bombs to kill wildlife

By Kim Dinan | 16 Aug 19
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Trump administration legalizes toxic cyanide bombs to kill wildlife In a nod of support to some ranchers and farmers, the Trump administration has reauthorized the use of cyanide bombs to kill wildlife. The bombs are spring-loaded traps containing sodium cyanide and are meant to kill nuisance animals that attack the livestock of private ranchers and…

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Outdoor Updates: Toxic algae is killing dogs in the southeast

By Kim Dinan | 13 Aug 19
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Toxic algae is killing dogs in the southeast Dog owners: beware. A toxic blue-green algae has killed four dogs in North Carolina and Georgia this week. The dogs died after swimming in, and most likely drinking, algae-contaminated water, leading to liver failure.  Toxic algae can bloom in freshwater and saltwater and may be hard to…

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Outdoor Updates: Escaped emu remains on the loose in North Carolina

By Kim Dinan | 22 Jul 19
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Escaped emu remains on the loose in North Carolina If you happen to find yourself in central North Carolina and an unidentifiable animal enters your field of vision, it could be an emu. For three weeks now, an elusive emu has been evading capture in a 12-mile area between Orange County and Chatham County, NC.…

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“Whatever you do to the land will come back to you.”

By Shannon McGowan | 16 Jul 19
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New mini-documentary highlights the indigenous fight to protect ANWR. “If they open the refuge, I’m gone,” said filmmaker Dr. Len Necefer, a Navajo, to his boss at the Department of Energy after hearing that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and Bears Ears National Monument were at risk of being opened for drilling. In late…

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Historic Land Controversies Re-emerge in Path of Pipeline

By Matt Dhillon | 10 Jul 19
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There’s a poem that keeps coming back to me. It’s one of those aphoristic poems that shows something so clearly it comes to embody a particular thought. That thought has been on my mind lately. The poem is Ozymandias by Percy Shelly and in it, the pharaoh’s wasted monument is discovered buried in the desert.…

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Instinct and Empathy: The Challenges Female Hikers Face on the A.T.

By Cappy Phalen | 24 May 19
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My instinct told me to run. It also told me not to run while the man could still see me. Feigning calm, I walked slowly away from him and out of his sight. The moment I felt sure he could no longer see or hear me, I ran. It was spring,  and I was hiking…

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Women Wednesdays: Nurse’s marathon world record denied for wearing pants

By Kim Dinan | 08 May 19
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Nurse’s marathon world record denied because she wore pants Runner Jessica Anderson wanted to set the world record as the fastest woman to run a marathon dressed as a nurse. Anderson is a nurse, and has worked at the Royal London Hospital for nearly seven years. When she crossed the finish line of the London…

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Outdoor Updates: Sandal Shaming

By Kim Dinan | 03 May 19
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Arizona sheriff’s office denies “sandal shaming” rescued hiker A hiker in Arizona had to be rescued after attempting a grueling 10-mile hike in Flagstaff’s Coconino National Forest while wearing a pair of flimsy, ankle-wrapped sandals. The hiker and seven others in her group were all rescued after hiking five miles down the fossil creek trail.…

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Massive Land Conservation Bill Passed + Scientists Discovered Why Zebras Have Stripes

By Kim Dinan | 28 Feb 19
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The House of Representatives passes massive land conservation bill On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the Natural Resources Management Act, the land conservation bill that protects more than 3 million acres of land, classifies hundreds of miles of U.S. rivers as scenic, wild or recreational, and creates three new national monuments. The bill previously…

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Quick Hits: Al Gore meets with VA residents trying to stop compressor station

By Kim Dinan | 21 Feb 19
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Former Vice President Al Gore meets with Union Hill, VA residents trying to stop compressor station Former Vice President Al Gore and social justice advocate the Rev. William Barber II met with residents of Union Hill, VA, a rural community about 70 miles west of Richmond that was founded by emancipated slaves after the Civil…

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