Pikeville, Kentucky, Asks Coal Companies To Blow Up 2 Mountains


Pikeville, Kentucky, is asking coal companies to remove two mountain tops to make room for more development for the town.
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13,000 Foot Peak 8 Ski Lift At Breckenridge — Highest in North America — Approved


The Denver Post reports federal approval for a 13,000 foot ski lift to Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado — the highest in North America.
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Early Ozone Warning as Bush Plans Smokies Earth Day Visit


The AP reports one of the earliest ozone warnings in history has been issue for the higher elevations for the Smokies — just in time for President Bush’s Earth Day visit on Friday to Cades Cove. Ozone season is traditionally May to September. This is not the earliest Ozone warning date.
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Scientists Predict 25% of Northwest Glaciers Will Be Gone By 2030

Cascadia Scorecard quoting a Denver Post article on Global Warming notes that Northwest Scientist issued the “The Scientific Consensus Statement of the Likely Impacts of Climate Change on the Pacific Northwest” noting that a quarter of Northwest Glaciers will be gone by 2030.


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Group Seeks Black Mountain Trail as Huge ATV Park Opens

The New York Times devoted nearly a page its Automobile section in its Dec. 17, 2004, issue for photos, maps, and reports that a group of ATV riders is pushing for a trail from Evarts to the Black Mountain summit.

Preston McLain, president of the Harlan County Ridgerunners is quoted as saying, “You’ll be able to ride from Evarts to the highest point in the state. That’s the goal. And the ride is free. That’s the way the county wants it. Say it’s to promote tourism.”
The article notes that Harlan County has become a destination for ATV riders. Harlan County is in the process of establishing a huge ATV Park. The off-road park won’t officially open until June, timed to the annual Poke Salad Festival, but local groups are already working to prepare the land. The Ridge Runners share the property with the Kentucky Mountain Crawlers, a local rock-crawling club, and both groups spend weekends clearing brush, christening trails and excavating the ancient mining and logging roads that hug the narrow ridges. In the spring the county leased a 7,000-acre parcel of land from a mining company and it plans to turn it into an off-road park. By next year the county hopes to secure another 30,000 acres, giving it the potential for a 280-mile trail


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Po'ouli Bird Feared Extinct on Haleakala

The New York Times reports a bird, a po’ouli, the last known member of its genus and species, died in its cage on Maui on Nov. 26. The bird is a shy, nearly silent brown bird with a black face that lived on the upper slopes of the Haleakala volcano, climbing tree trunks and eating insects and snails. The species was not discovered until 1973, when it was already in a death spiral. In 30 years its numbers fell from a few dozen to three. The other two are feared dead.


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Controversy Over Fifty 413 Foot Tall Wind Farms Near Spruce Knob

Many thanks to spookymike who points there is a controversy over a wind farm near Spruce Knob.

The matter is being discussed by a Yahoo group Spruceknob (aimed at astronomers seeking dark skies)

There’s a great deal of VERY CURRENT information on the background at johnrsweet.com.

According to a Charlestown Gazette newsstory the opposition is headed by the newly formed Friends of Beautiful Pendleton County.

Liberty Gap Wind Force hopes to build up to 50 wind turbines, each up to 413 feet tall, along a ridgetop just east of the South Branch of the Potomac River. The total generating capacity is between 70 and 100 megawatts.


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