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A blue snail makes its way through the moss that covers the trunk of a long-dead tree log in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, in Graham County. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its dedication this year. Photo by Mike Belleme
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February 11, 2016, No comments

Issues surrounding Western North Carolina’s public lands will be the focus of the next Newsmakers forum by Carolina Public Press. The event is free and open to the public, though RSVPs are required.

Panelists addressed a variety of moderator and audience questions about water ownership in Western North Carolina. Matt Rose/Carolina Public Press

Newsmakers video: Who owns WNC’s water

October 28, 2015, No comments

From charges that one city uses 'water as a weapon' to a discussion of whether private or public entities are suited -- and adequately funded -- to ma ...

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Swain, Avery clerks of court adjust after state audits

October 12, 2015, No comments

Recent audits by the Office of the State Auditor identified similar problems in Avery and Swain counties, including insufficient safeguards for handli ...

Asheville Meter Services worker Shane Moore tests the accuracy of a meter at a hotel in Woodfin last Wednesday. According to the city of Asheville, the Capital Improvement Fee generates about $6.5 million every year. The fee is dedicated to maintaining the region's largest water system. Mike Belleme/Carolina Public Press

Court of Appeals rules against Asheville in water law challenge

October 7, 2015, No comments

The battle over who controls Asheville’s water system will move up the legal ladder again as city officials say they’ll ask the North Carolina Sup ...