Author Archives: MHepler

SAMS Election 2016

Its that time of year again! Reminder. The annual election for the SAMS board of directors will be March 15th. Nominations for the SAMS board are now open, and will close at the SAMS February membership meeting (Feb 16). If … Continue reading

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Wise County Board of Supervisors join growing list of localities supporting POWER+ Plan

The Wise County Virginia Board of Supervisors joined a growing number of Appalachian communities voicing support for the White House‚Äôs POWER+ Plan at its regular August meeting this evening. The Board unanimously approved a resolution supporting the federal budget proposal, … Continue reading

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Its Over- Ison Rock Ridge permit denied with no more appeals

On April 20th 2105, The Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards learned all of their hard work and efforts had finally paid off. Ison Rock Ridge is safe from being mined, for now. Monday was the deadline for A & G to … Continue reading

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Activist groups claims TMDL’s don’t work well in Va Coalfields

Big Stone Gap, VA – US District Court Judge Jones last week sided with Red River Coal Company regarding enforcement of the Clean Water Act. The decision allows the Virginia Division of Mined Land Reclamation (DMLR) to decide if and … Continue reading

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