Making Progress: News for a Change


Every week we'll have segments focusing on issues that affect us here in western North Carolina. We might feature a look at recent legislation moving through the General Assembly in Raleigh, an interview with a local activist working on an issue that you care about, and a report on how a national story impacts us here, and how you can get involved. We're all about getting you the information so that you can help make some progress right here at home.

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Making Progress: News for a Change's Blog

Jan. 11 2015

David and I have made the tough decision to put our show Making Progress: News for a Change on an indefinite hiatus. We hope we have the opportunity to come back to the awesome AshevilleFM community of shows sometime in the near future. Thanks to everyone who listened and supported us.

Barry Summers, Producer & co-host

Dec. 8 2014

Listen to this episode here.

We're joined by Joe Minicozzi, an urban planner and member of Asheville's Planning and Zoning Commission. David will lead a discussion of a proposed new development on Fairview Rd. in Asheville's Oakley neighborhood. We'll talk about the potential impact on the neighboring community. We're also joined by David Ankeney, one of the neighbors opposed to the project, which comes up for a vote at Asheville's City Council on Tuesday the 9th.

David and David on WLOS coverage of the issue.

What's next in the Frack Free NC movement? Katie Hicks of Clean Water for North Carolina will update us on the final Oil and Gas rules released in November following the enormous turnouts and public comment on these rules that will govern the hydraulic fracturing industry. Very little of the public's input made it into the final rules. Even the requests by the NC Department of Transportation were ignored by this rulemaking body, so they are seeking other authority to require surety bonds and otherwise hold the gas industry accountable for road repairs made necessary by its heavy trucks.

She'll also share a new resource for NC residents wanting to work with their local governments to protect their communities from impacts of fracking, and talk about towns and counties that are taking action nearby!

Approaching Local Governments to Take a Stand on Fracking

Dec. 1 2014

Listen to this episode here.

David is going to talk to Warren Wilson College's Laura Lengnick about sustainable agriculture in the face of climate change, and that the possibilities are more hopeful than most people realize.

Her book:

Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell joins us to talk about today's Council/Legislative Delegation Breakfast, and the City's wish list for the upcoming legislative session.

Rep. Chuck McGrady's comments re: Asheville relationship with the NCGA.

Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Joel Burgess article on the breakfast,

AshevilleFM's Russell Johnson under arrest in Ferguson MO.



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