Mtn. Talk Monday: Whitesburg Dowtown Revitalization and Reinvestment

In this episode, five University of Virginia students in the Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning program report on their assessment of the existing conditions within a roughly one-mile corridor within downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. The assessment lays out a foundation for Whitesburg to participate in the Environmental Law Institute’s BRIGHT program. The students inventory assets […]

MN&WR: Silver Buckshot

In this special edition episode, Mountain News & World Report takes a look at some of the pieces of the “silver buckshot” theory of economic diversification for coalfields Appalachia, trying all the ideas to see which ones work. Some of the most tangible ideas are farming, tourism, reclamation, and cultural arts. Join us for a […]

Mtn. Talk Monday: East KY Leadership Conference

This episode features highlights from the East Kentucky Leadership Conference with keynote speaker Earl Gohl who is the federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). You will also hear from Peter Hille the Executive Director of Mountain Association of Community Economic Development (MACED).  $92 million has been distributed throughout 250 counties in Appalachian states […]

Coal Report for May 10, 2017

Despite President Trump’s promises to put coal miners back to work, Kentucky’s coal industry still saw a loss in coal jobs for the first quarter at a 3.3% drop statewide. According to Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, eastern Kentucky coal jobs fell 4.6% in the first quarter. However, Kentucky Coal Association president Tyler White said […]

Coal Report for May 3, 2017

The water infrastructure bill which was passed last year through Congress allowed for states to set up their own systems for issuing coal ash disposal permits. However, critics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards have said that the regulations have made it more costly and difficult to handle waste from the burning of coal at […]

Coal Report for April 26, 2017

Justice Low Seam Mining Inc., a company owned by West Virginia governor Jim Justice, has been cited in relation to the February 27th death of Jason Kenneth Matthews at the JC “Jim” Justice II Prep Plant in McDowell County. The citations were issued by West Virginia’s Office of Miner’s Health, Safety, and Training. Matthews, age […]