• What’s Happening with the Mountaineer Express Pipeline

    By Cynthia D. Ellis Our editor prompted me to write about what is new with the MXP…the Mountaineer XPress Pipeline…that mega pipeline that slashed through 14 counties in western West Virginia.  He knew that I live about ½ mile from a portion of the 167-mile-long line and maintain a special interest in it.   The answer […]

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  • Some Welcome (but far away) Relief for Birds

    The Bird-Safe Buildings Act has been re-introduced in Congress.  It would require that new or substantially modified federal buildings be constructed to make them less of a hazard to migratory birds.               Each year between three hundred million and a billion birds die in collisions with buildings.  The idea of the Act is to reduce this by requiring […]

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  • Thoughts from our president

    April has passed with over a full year of dealing with the restrictions associated with COVID-19, even though many have now received the vaccine. Although the coronavirus has many of us still hunkered down, Mother Nature is on the move. Spring has arrived in our mountains. In the valleys, trees are greening with this year’s leaves while […]

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  • On Climate Change and the Arc of History

    By John McFerrin Even if we are past February–the month of predictions, the month that opens with Groundhog Day when we all at least pretend to listen to the weather forecast of a rodent—it is still a good time to look at a previous prediction or, more precisely, an analysis of a trend noted by […]

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  • Editorial Faux Pas

    Last month we had a review of Lenore McComas Coberly’s new book, From the West Virginia Hills.  Unfortunately, the address to order the book was wrong.  The correct address is: Lenore McComas Coberly 4114 N. Sunset Ct. Madison, WI 53705 I am sorry for the mistake.        If more convenient, you may order directly from the printer:                                Inkwell Printers […]

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  • Mining Matters

    By Cindy Rank As portions of the world – including the U.S. – begin to seriously look beyond coal, regions once dominated by coal and coal mining are now facing clean-up of the inevitable detritus left behind by this once imposing presence. And yet, even the remnants and hangers-on scream for attention.  The West Virginia Highlands […]

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  • What’s Up with the Legislature?

    By John McFerrin             As this issue of The Highlands Voice goes to print the West Virginia Legislature is entering its last, frenetic days.  Pending bills compete for attention, a spot on the agenda, the support of the big dogs, etc. while everybody watches the clock in hopes of some bill passing or failing to pass before the time […]

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  • Plenty of Problems for Proposed Experimental Mine

    By Jeanne Bell The final Environmental Impact Statement is scheduled for release mid-summer 2021 for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (a part of the Center for Disease Control) project to replace the abandoned Lake Lynn Experimental Mine with a new underground facility to be built in Mace WV on a 461-acre property […]

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  • West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Seeks Program Director

    WVHC, now in its 54th year, currently serves approximately 1,500 members and supporters with a strong history of promoting, encouraging, and working for the conservation and an appreciation of the natural resources of West Virginia focusing primarily on the Highlands Region. Protecting clean air, clean water, forests, streams, mountains, and the health and welfare of the people that […]

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  • West Virginia Deciding How to Measure Clean Water

    By John McFerrin             West Virginia is considering how it will determine whether the water in streams and rivers is clean.  The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition are trying to make sure it uses the most accurate measure possible. Background             Everybody wants clean water.  As a matter of law, esthetics, public health, or […]

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