Natural Resources en Fighting the Backyard Pipeline <p>Fracking has produced a glut of oil and gas in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.&nbsp; Energy companies are desperate to get those products to market, and utilities are anxious to make the switch from coal to clean-burning gas.&nbsp;</p><p>There is, however, something standing in the way – people who want nothing to do with pipelines in their communities.&nbsp; In Nelson County, three groups have already formed to fight a pipeline that would also pass through Buckingham, Dinwiddie and Brunswick counties en route to North Carolina.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:33:55 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24679 at Fighting the Backyard Pipeline Weather Woes <p>For some parts of the state, this week brought a respite from the heat, but temperatures have still reached into the 80’s, and people aren’t the only ones suffering.&nbsp; The city of Richmond has issued a call for help.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Richmond’s Department of Public Works says young trees are in jeopardy because of hot, dry weather.&nbsp; Occasional thunderstorms have not done enough to keep roots watered, so the city is asking residents to help out by refilling gator bags.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:55:34 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24463 at Weather Woes Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers <p></p><p>When people hear about the “Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine” in Floyd County, they sometimes look surprised and ask, “What’s that doing here? Not only is it serving a local clientele, it’s also working to create a network of farmers raising certified traditional Chinese herbs to supply a growing sector in health care.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:40:30 +0000 Robbie Harris 24122 at Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers Chinese Herbs Growing in Virginia <p>More Americans than ever before are turning to Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture to heal and prevent disease.&nbsp; Many states, including Virginia now license practitioners and regulate the industry.</p><p>As the sector grows, there is more demand for Chinese Medicinal herbs, an important aspect of the practice. A new project underway to grow Chinese medicinal herbs here is taking root in Floyd Virginia. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:07:56 +0000 Robbie Harris 24045 at Chinese Herbs Growing in Virginia Using Local Culture to Nurture a Depressed Economy <p></p><p>The mountains of Southwest Virginia were once known for coal mining, manufacturing and agriculture --- and the boom and bust cycles that go with them.&nbsp; Now the region is looking toward more lasting routes to prosperity.&nbsp; They’re using nature and the local creative culture to nurture their economy.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:09:58 +0000 Robbie Harris 23332 at Using Local Culture to Nurture a Depressed Economy