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March 15, 2015, No comments

A Sunshine Week probe of boards of commissioners’ closed meetings finds widely varying practices and limited disclosures.

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Closed session minutes from WNC’s boards of commissioners

March 15, 2015, No comments

Carolina Public Press's ongoing investigation of closed sessions in 2014 will keep gathering and posting the unsealed records of those meetings here.

Performance grades by all North Carolina schools. Graphic via the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

UPDATE: Report Cards: 10 of WNC’s 235 public schools earn As

February 6, 2015, No comments

Carolina Public Press analyzed the grades for all of Western North Carolina's public schools (which include charter schools). How did your school and ...

Unusual shapes and forms are typical in old-growth forests. Trees shaped like this one, found in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, in Graham County, often started life growing on a large, downed log, or "nurse log," which has since decayed. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its dedication this year. Photo by Mike Belleme

50 years after the Wilderness Act, what’s the future of WNC’s wild places?

February 4, 2015, No comments

Western North Carolina communities are debating the role of wilderness as the U.S. Forest Service continues working on its remanagement plan of the Pi ...

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    Economic tier designations change for 3 WNC counties
    January 13, 2015, No comments

    Every year since 2007, the N.C. Department of Commerce reviews the overall economic conditions for all of North Carolina's 100 counties. The department recently completed and released its new designations, which impact state funding resourc ...