The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964to protect water resources + natural areas, as well as to provide opportunities for recreation for all Americans. National parks — like our beloved Great Smoky Mountains + the Blue Ridge Parkway— as well as community parks, national forests, rivers and lakes, and trails in each state benefit from LWCF’s federal funds.
The LWCF would be funded by royalties from offshore oil + gas drilling, and can be used for three purposes: general federal purposes, federal land acquisitions, and state-level matching grants for outdoor recreation projects (like swimming pools + greenways). This means cities across the country, like Asheville, can apply for LWCF support for things like creating a new city park. The LWCF has not been fully funded since 1978.
In addition to protecting + conserving natural resources, the LWCF will affect NC public lands acquisition + maintenance. It is critical to securing protection for lands adjacent to national parks, and works with The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) locally to protect national parks. It will also help drive job creation + economic recovery efforts in WNC and beyond. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation activities, including hiking, paddling, camping + more contribute a total of $887 billion annually to the economy and supports 7.6 million jobs — 260,000+ of which are in NC alone.
So what’s next? The bill is now headed to the White House, where President Trump has promised to sign it into law.
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NC’s Department of Health and Human Services reported atotal of 116,087 cases of coronavirus in North Carolina as of Monday afternoon. 1,505 cases and 42 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. Check stats for other counties, total tests, and more in NChere.
○ Gov. Roy Cooper announced yesterday that NC establishments may no longer sell alcohol after 11 p.m.The executive order follows the lead of several cities, including Charlotte + Raleigh, that have pointed to late-night drinkers, typically younger, who are not wearing masks or abiding by social distancing guidelines. The order goes into effect Friday. (News & Observer)
○ Yesterday, the Buncombe County School Board announced Plan B and Beyond. Students will continue to learn virtually for the first six weeks of the school year, with some reporting to class in-person for the first one to two weeks to meet their teachers. The plan is only in effect for families choosing to follow the Plan B option. Any family that has already chosen fully virtual learning will not be affected.(WLOS)
○ Transylvania County Schoolsvoted for the Plan B option to return to school. Students will be split into two groups, with one attending class on Mon. + Wed. and the other group attending Tues. + Thurs. Fridays are reserved for office hours + professional development.Students can choose to attend the district’s virtual learning academy + schools can switch to virtual learning at any point. (WLOS)
○ A COVID-19 cluster has been identified at a revival held at the Cashiers Church of God (405 NC-107, Cashiers) on July 12-14. Eight people who attended the revival tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals are all isolating + contact tracing is ongoing.(WLOS)
○ Vice President Mike Pence is visiting schools in Raleigh today to discuss their reopening measures. Pence is visiting Thales Academy, which reopened on July 20. He will also tour a biotech company conducting COVID-19 vaccine trials.(WLOS)
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Hungry for breaking food news? 🍜 Award-winning Thai + fusion food truckBun Intended has announced they are the first + only food vendor (so far) to join S&W Market — a.k.a. Asheville’s first food hall. 👏
The food is being curated by James Beard-nominated Chef Meherwan Irani (of Chai Panifame), and Highland Brewing will have a full beer program. There’s no official opening date yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Are you as excited as we are? 🥟
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Open ○ Asheville Proper will open its doors Thurs., Aug. 6 at the historic Grove Arcade. Helmed by Chef Owen McGlynn(formerly of Storm Rhum Bar), the live-fire steakhouse will operate at 50% capacity and offer outdoor seating. 🔥
Civic ○ City Council will continue a hearing on the annual budget until this Thurs. after Tuesday’s meeting went long into the night. Funding for the Asheville Police Department continues to be a main point of debate and several funding options, including limiting the APD budget for three months, have been proposed. Council voted six to one to continue the hearing, with Keith Young dissenting. (Asheville Blade) ○ There will be no special election to fill council member Vijay Kapoor’s seat after he leaves on Aug. 8. Kapoor’s date of resignation falls within 90 days of the election, which means the City must appoint someone to the seat. The selected person will finish out the remainder of Kapoor’s term, which ends in 2022. Kapoor has advised Council to select someone from SouthAsheville. (WLOS)
Regional ○ A $3 million grantwill help bring high speed internet to Madison County. Four thousand people, 189 farms, 64 businesses + two fire stations will receive high speed internet. The goal is to have all of Madison County connected within two years. 🖥 (WLOS)
Arts ○ Meet artist Ellen Catlinin today’s interview with JAWBREAKING’s Jefferson Ellison, in partnership with AVLtoday. The painter, sculptor + designer talks about the gift + challenge of empathy, her thoughts on “fine art,” her advice for other artists + more. Plus, the color she would pick to paint with if she only had one choice. 🎨 ○ Heart of Brevard has announced the newArtist Spotlight series – a compilation of interviews, stories + videos showcasing downtown artists. The first featured artist is printmaker Kristen Necessary, owner of Starfangled Press(36 West Jordan St., Brevard). 🖼️
ForParents ○ Are you committed to raising anti-racist white kids? Children’s mental health counselor Kyria Lendzion has created an online resource for parents that includes educational videos, podcasts + books on racial equity + justice for kids ranging in ages from PreK to older teens. Check it out here. 📚
TheBuy ○ What if we told you that jeans could be as comfy as the leggings you’ve been living in? Three former Under Armour execs founded Revtown Jeans using a proprietary fabric of Italian-milled denim infused with the same stuff used in yoga pants + football uniforms.Shop here. Ⓟ