Peabody’s Search for Buyer for Navajo Coal Plant Stalls

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A coal mining company looking to save the Arizona power plant it feeds from closure says it’s making progress in the search for new owners. But few details came with a deadline Sunday to identify potential buyers for the Navajo Generating Station near Page.Peabody Energy spokeswoman Beth Sutton said Monday that private equity firms and power plant operators are interested. She wouldn’t say who, how many or describe the level of interest, citing confidentiality agreements.Peabody hired investment firm Lazard Freres & Co. LLC, to aid in the search. The task now is to narrow the field and work toward definitive agreements with interested buyers by the end of March, Sutton said.It’s a tight timeframe. Contracts must be lined up for decommissioning well in advance. Lease negotiations with the Navajo Nation where the power plant is located and environmental reviews also could take years.Environmentalists say another buyer for the power plant will keep the Navajo Nation locked to coal at a time when utilities increasingly are switching to other sources of power.“We can’t assume this plant will support our economy for long, and it’s time we diversity our economy by building new clean energy projects that provide clean power, create jobs and bring new revenue to our community,” said Nicole Horseherder, of To Nizhoni Ani.The owners of the Navajo Generating Station, including the Salt River Project, voted earlier this year to shutter the 2,250-megawatt plant because energy produced by natural gas was cheaper. The lease signed with the Navajo Nation still needs approval from the federal government and a former plant owner.SRP spokesman Scott Harelson said Monday the utility received a letter from Navajo leaders acknowledging others’ interest in the plant and a commitment to move forward, but the information was little more than what the utility already knew.Both Harelson and a spokeswoman for the Navajo Nation, Meghan Cox, declined to release the letter.“It comes down to timing now,” Harelson said. “If they have serious proposals, they need to get those together and present them as soon as possible. The longer they wait, the more difficult it is.”Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said in a statement that the tribe is committed to engaging in negotiations with potential owners.Hundreds of Navajos work at the plant and the associated mine near Kayenta. The Navajo and neighboring Hopi tribes rely heavily on revenue from coal operations.Few details after deadline for coal plant ownership interest Peabody’s Search for Buyer for Navajo Coal Plant Stallslast_img read more

Deepwater moves ahead with three new offshore wind projects in Northeast

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:The developer of the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. is ramping up work on projects to supply energy to several states.Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski said Monday they’re beginning the next, larger phase of development for a wind farm to supply power to Rhode Island and Connecticut, another for Long Island, New York, and a third for Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Providence-based Deepwater Wind has leased areas near Massachusetts and Maryland.“We’re going into a very intensive phase now, where in order to submit permit applications and begin to do the engineering and design, we will be spending tens of millions of dollars over the coming year to collect data from the wind farm locations,” Grybowski said.They’ll measure wind characteristics with specialized offshore buoys, scan the sea floor and sample soil as they gather geological, biological and engineering information. The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association wants monitoring of lobster settlements to ensure they won’t be disturbed.Deepwater Wind opened the first U.S. offshore wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, in December 2016. Five turbines generate enough power for about 17,000 homes.He expects the new wind farms to open between 2022 and 2023. The turbines are expected to generate enough energy to power about 200,000 homes in Rhode Island, 100,000 in Connecticut, 50,000 on Long Island and 35,000 in Maryland.More: Offshore wind developer ramps up work on 3 more wind farms Deepwater moves ahead with three new offshore wind projects in Northeastlast_img read more

Former Massachusetts coal plant being redeveloped as offshore wind support site

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享North American Windpower:With the U.S.’ emerging offshore wind industry in mind, the Brayton Point Power Station site in Somerset, Mass., will be rebranded as Brayton Point Commerce Center.Once the largest coal-fired power plant in New England, the former Brayton Point Power Station will become a logistics port, manufacturing hub and support center for the offshore wind energy sector, says Commercial Development Co. Inc. (CDC), owner of the site.Brayton Point LLC, an affiliate of CDC, purchased the 308-acre property in January and is investing significant resources to transform the site.For 50 years, Brayton Point was home to a coal-fired power plant that generated 1,600 MW of electricity to homes and businesses. According to CDC, this redevelopment project will return Brayton Point to a state of productivity and growth by using many of the same attributes that made the site successful in the past – 300 acres of waterfront property, a deep-water port capable of berthing large trans-Atlantic vessels and access to a strong local talent pool. Additionally, Brayton Point is now located in close proximity to designated offshore wind areas in the Atlantic Ocean.“We believe the outstanding logistical attributes of Brayton Point, combined with public support for energy diversification, has created a historic opportunity to help advance the offshore wind energy sector with this development,” says Stephen Collins, executive vice president of CDC. “The acreage available will also give the Brayton Point Commerce Center the capacity to accommodate other industries, as well.”More: Former Massachusetts coal plant transitioning to offshore wind support center Former Massachusetts coal plant being redeveloped as offshore wind support sitelast_img read more

World Bank: Technical potential for offshore wind worldwide tops 15TW

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OffshoreWind.biz:The World Bank has published maps and analysis of the offshore wind technical potential for 40 more emerging markets around the world, following its report from October 2019, when eight countries’ potential was estimated to be at 3.1 TW.According to the latest report, the potential for floating wind is double the potential estimated for bottom-fixed offshore wind technology. Namely, the analysis for the 48 emerging markets presented in the maps identifies a total technical potential of 15.6 TW, including 5.5 TW of potential for fixed-bottom wind turbines and 10.1 TW for floating wind.The analysis only considers regions where an annual average of 100-metre hub-height wind speeds are greater than 7 m/s, for which the World Bank used the wind resource data by ESMAP’s & DTU’s Global Wind Atlas.Regions suitable for fixed-bottom offshore wind technology are those with water depths of less than 50 metres, whereas floating wind potential is determined for water depths from 50 to 1,000 metres. Only regions less than 200 kilometres from shore have been included, and all depths have been derived from General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) data, according to the World Bank.“To date, relatively little research has been undertaken on the potential for offshore wind in emerging markets. Any assessment of this kind must start with an estimate of technical potential, that is, the maximum possible installed capacity with current technology, as determined by wind speed and water depth. Subsequent steps in analyzing a country or region’s offshore wind potential will add further detail to the assessment, including environmental, social, technical and economic constraints,” the World Bank states.[Adrijana Buljan]More: World Bank: 48 countries hold 15.6 TW of offshore wind technical potential World Bank: Technical potential for offshore wind worldwide tops 15TWlast_img read more

Squeal with delight on the Chattooga

first_imgWet exit: Whitewater rafters take an unexpected swim on section IV of the Chattoga RiverThe first river in the South to be designated Wild and Scenic by Congress, the free-flowing Chattooga begins in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina as rivulets and rainwater. Flowing southwesterly, the river follows the Georgia and South Carolina border before it joins the Tallulah River and spills into Lake Tugaloo. The Chattooga flows through three national forests: Sumter, Nantahala, and Chattahoochee.Although it is commercially rafted, the Chattooga is primitive and protected. Motorized vehicles and developments are prohibited for a quarter mile on either side of the river. You can find peace there: paddle downstream in section II and listen to the canoe softly parting the water. Tackle the class V rapids at Five Falls. Hike in the footsteps of William Bartram along the banks. Although the river lures some 100,000 visitors a year, the size of its protected corridor ensures ample solitude.Here are three ways to fall in love with the Chattooga.canoe section IIBring a canoe or rent a kayak or duckie and spend a serene day paddling the calmer section of the Chattooga.“Section II is absolutely gorgeous. It has flat, moving water with some small Class II rapids,” says Barbara Westbrook, retail manager at Chattooga Whitewater Outfitters. Look for otters, mink, and an abundance of seasonal wildflowers, including bird’s foot violet and trillium.There are several primitive campsites on the Chattooga, first come first serve. Pick up a map at one of the local outfitters, drive down one of the dirt roads that all dead-end a quarter mile shy of the river, park your car and hike your camping gear down the trails that continue to the river. Most of the outfitters also offer a shuttle service.paddle section IVImmortalized by the film Deliverance, Section IV of the Chattooga boasts Class IV and V rapids. On this run, you’ll drop more than 75 feet through Five Falls:  Entrance, Corkscrew, Crack-In-the-Rock, Jawbone, and Sock-Em Dog. One minute a glassy expanse, shaded by cliffs and rhododendron, and the next a rock-strewn maze. The river twists and rushes, and in a blink, she stills for you to ponder.“You’ll see a lot of birdlife,” says Carolyn Allison, assistant marketing director for Wildwater Rafting, one of the three outfitters on the river. “Great blue herons travel up and down the river, and sometimes a pair of Canada geese will follow a trip downstream. Of course, you’ll also see mountain laurel and rhododendron, and what natives call swamp azalea.”Actually, you’ll smell it first.“They’re a pretty bright pink bloom,” says Allison, “and in the spring, the swamp azalea is incredibly fragrant.  You can smell it wafting down the river.”Allison says late spring is an ideal time to paddle the river: “The water level is high and the river is warm enough to take a dip, but it’s not blistering hot.”The Chattooga has only three rafting companies: the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Chattooga outpost, Southeastern Expeditions, and Wildwater. Together they run a tight river schedule that protects the wild and scenic values. Because of their strict launch times, visitors shouldn’t see too many others on the river, whether you’re paddling alone or with a guide.hike the Bartram trailWhen John Ray retired, he found that hiking the Bartram Trail was complicated. Overgrown and unmarked, the Georgia portion of the national trail named after naturalist William Bartram needed attention. So Ray founded the Georgia Bartram Trail Group, and since 1999, he has worked with the U.S. Forest Service and volunteers to improve and maintain the trail. Over 37 miles in its entirety, the trail is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest.Ray recommends a day hike down a section of the trail that takes you along the Chattooga, with a short side trail down to Dick’s Creek Falls. “The granite face makes the river so clear,” says Ray. “And the views are just spectacular.”From Clayton, follow Warwoman Road east for just under 6 miles. Veer right onto Sandy Ford Road, where you’ll park on the left before the Forest Service sign for the Bartram Trail. Take a left on the trail, which is marked with yellow diamonds.A half mile down the trail, you’ll cross a wooden bridge over Dick’s Creek. Follow the lime green blazes to Dick’s Creek Falls. Hike back up to the Bartram and follow the trail until it runs along the river. Although there are no designated sites, you can find open spaces to camp along the trail.The legacy of Deliverance“Just about the last wild, untamed, unpolluted… river in the South,” are among the opening lines of the 1972 film Deliverance. Called the Cahulawassee in the film, the Chattooga river was the gorgeous and formidable location for much of the film. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Deliverance, and the river has never been more popular.The evolution of the Chattooga’s popularity as a recreational destination seem inextricably linked with the release of Deliverance. The film played on the universal fear of the unknown, represented hauntingly by the backwoods of an imagined river. The legacy the fictional characters of Aintry left behind, especially the vile, uneducated, stranger-in-the-woods, was an unwelcome endowment for the real people of Rabun County that lasted long after the movie had been filmed.But even as it shrouded the river in foreboding, Deliverance introduced the Chattooga to an America that hungered for wilderness. And clearly still does, if the 100,000 visitors each year are any indication.  For all its controversy, the ripples of Deliverance created an opportunity for more people to experience that “wild, untamed” river that Lewis so desperately wanted to share.Don’t miss the Chattooga River Festival, June 22-24, where you can see the 40th Anniversary Deliverance Premiere.last_img read more

Smartwool Tops Top the List

first_imgThe spring can be a tricky time in terms of knowing what to wear. You leave in the morning and its cold, but then the middle of the day is 60 degrees, but then around dusk the temps begin to plummet. Sometimes synthetic materials just don’t cut it, but don’t worry there is always wool. Smartwool has been expanding their selection of tops in recent years, and all that investment has paid off. I have been able to review a few of Smartwool’s 2013 offerings over the past few months and have been incredibly impressed. Read below for a breakdown of three various tops that will take your outdoor wardrobe to a new level.PhD Run Short Sleeve Top ($85)This short sleeve top ended up being my go to first layer through the winter, and over these past few weeks of warm weather (minus the snow days we recently received). The top is constructed of 79% wool and 21% nylon, the fit is superb, and has quite a few key features. Smartwool used a lighter weight knit texture in the usual problem areas, such as the back and underarms to allow heat to dissipate. I found this incredibly useful especially when layering up in the colder weather. Smartwool also constructed the shirt so that the seams for the sleeves are not under the underarms. As stated before chaffing is about the worst thing ever, so not having to worry about that is quite nice. The top is not a super thick weight wool, which made it great for layering, but also when the warm weather hit the top was great on its own. The fit was comfortable over long distances, and I didn’t find any annoying things that rear their head after mile 10 like on other garments I have tried. The Short Sleeve Top is one garment you should add to your stockpile this spring.PhD Run Zip T ($110)Spring is a fickle lady so while the middle of the day may be warm enough for short sleeves, the mornings and evenings can call for something a bit heftier. This is where the Run Zip T steps in with its long sleeves, and half zip. This top is lightweight and has many of the same features as the Short Sleeve Top such as the seamless construction, lighter weight knit texture in certain areas, and a sporty athletic fit. I ran with just this top on and it kept me quite warm, but is also great on top of another layer as well. I found myself layering up with something like the Short Sleeve Top below, and then the Run Zip T on top. The half zip is a great feature, because when the sun comes out you can release some heat without having to take the layer off. In addition to running, I also used this top a lot when mountain biking and hiking. It truly is a one of those garments that you seem to keep reaching for no matter what the activity.NTS Mid 250 Funnel Zip ($115)For those colder mornings and chillier evenings, be sure to get yourself this heavier weight top. Like the Run Zip T this top has a half zipper as well, flatlock seams, and a tailored fit. They fitted this top with shoulder panels to eliminate shoulder seams, and also gave it thumbholes so you can make sure the sleeves stay put. I used this top mainly for hiking and camping. I found it too heavy for running and never took it on a bike ride. It is incredibly warm with a tall collar and was the perfect campfire companion. I found it best to layer up underneath the top, and then wear a shell over it to cut the wind. Be sure to get this top to cut the chill during the early Spring season.last_img read more

Rules of the Road

first_imgRoad life is not for the faint of heart, especially for those flying solo.Long hours behind the wheel equate to long hours fighting fatigue, listening to the same songs play time and again on the radio (or, if you’re like me, the same iTunes playlist you created in high school that you’re too lazy to update), resisting the urge to give in to caffeine and sugar, and having to sit still.Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing quite like the open road. There’s a certain romanticism about having nowhere and everywhere to go at the same time, but the actual act of getting from point A to point B can be, well, sometimes quite painful.Now that I’m three months into this year-on-the-road, I’ve definitely learned (through some rough patches of trial and error) some of the rules of the road, and whether you’re just out for a Sunday drive or you’re pulling a cross-country haul, you might find these tips helpful for your next road trip.1. Carry cash.There are still places in this world where cards are not accepted. Campgrounds, mom-and-pop restaurants, even gas stations. You’d be surprised. I try to have at least $60 cash on me at all times.2. Know your route.Those places that don’t accept cards are likely located in towns where your cell carrier doesn’t have service. Don’t depend on your phone to get you to your destination. I’ve almost turned the wrong way down one-way streets, dead-ended on narrow Forest Service roads, and dealt with a horde of other mishaps from relying purely on my Google Maps app. I always carry a multitude of regional maps and atlases with me in addition to planning my route prior to departure. Printed directions are not antiquated. I like the sticky-note-short-hand approach, personally.3. Have a buffer.For time, particularly. You’re well aware of my timeliness issue per my last blog post… I’d recommend giving yourself an extra 45-60 minutes, but with my track record, I should really give myself an extra two hours.4. Pack passenger-seat-essentials.Snacks, water bottle, headlamp, maps, cash, camera, coffee. Those are my essentials, and they need to be both easy to find and readily accessible when I’m driving. I’m not one for making a lot of pit-stops unless I feel my bladder may explode, so any opportunity to maximize time on the road and minimize digging through my car is good in my book. That being said, always be wary of what you leave in the passenger seat – I’ll move valuables to the back seat if I leave the car unattended. No need to taunt thieves.5. Take breaks.I’m the worst at this, but it’s extremely helpful in keeping you awake. If I start to feel tired, I take the next exit, go for a quick walk, do some stretches, maybe some jumping jacks. I once saw a trucker doing squats in the parking lot. Noted. Gym exercises are not just for the gym.6. Wear sunscreen.But just on your left arm and ear.7. Use locals.Friendly faces, strangers on the streets, gas station owners, waitresses, the mechanic that just changed your oil. Locals know best, and if you’re looking for recommendations on where to sleep, what to eat, things to do, your go-to source should be a total stranger.8. Compartmentalize.Consolidate your stuff, then organize it. I have a trifecta of organization going on – by activity (paddling, climbing, camping), by frequency of use (passenger-seat-essentials vs. backup batteries, clothing, etc.), and by situation (office work vs. couch surfing). It takes awhile to get a system dialed in, and it’s always in a constant state of refinement, but it’s worth the extra effort to stay organized.9. Have extra water.I always fill up two 1-gallon jugs of water before I hit the road. Staying hydrated helps keep you awake, but the extra water is good for other things too, like if your car starts to overheat and you’re in the middle of nowhere and don’t have any access to antifreeze.10. Walmarts are friends, not foes.At least, for now. Walmart is one of the few places where you can get engine oil, floss, camp fuel, and a bag of spinach in one stop and at 1 o’clock in the morning. Since adopting this wayfaring lifestyle, my attitude toward Walmarts has changed from one of disgust to slight appreciation.Have I missed anything? Any road warriors out there with other helpful tips on road life? Let’s hear ’em!last_img read more

Late Winter Adventures in Haywood County, North Carolina

first_imgWhile milder temperatures may be on the way, don’t put those skis away just yet. In fact, the conditions are just right for a final trip up the mountain to hit the slopes.  There is no better way to do that than with a visit to Haywood County, NC and it’s five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde.  Home to one of the best ski areas the southeast, Cataloochee Ski Area is located at an elevation of over 4,000 feet high on Fie Top Mountain in Maggie Valley. Cataloochee boasts 18 total slopes ready to take you on and you know the Upper Omigosh at 5,400 feet is calling your name.  Snowboarders and skiers alike can get their kicks at the Cat Cage Terrain Park, offering 10 total features to flip tricks on. You will also be happy to know that Cataloochee Ski Area reigns king for offering one of the longest running ski seasons in the region.  IMG_2239With plans to stays open until late March, so you still have plenty of time make the trip, or even several before spring arrives.  The ski area offers a variety of packages and sweet deals, like the Slide in Five where upon the completion of five lessons you can snag your very own free pair of Elan skis with bindings.  Featured ImageIf you’ve got fellow winter enthusiasts in your party who aren’t quite ready to take the leap into skiing and snowboard, Cataloochee Ski Area also offers snow tubing.  Located just down the mountain from the main ski area, Tube World offers multiple snow tubing runs that are perfect for the whole family, from the youngest snow bunny to oldest “big kid”.You can even find live entertainment at several them on the weekends. Haywood County is also home to a long list of locally owned and operated restaurants ranging from down home southern cuisine to upscale farm-to-table and beyond.  Winter HikingNow all you need is the perfect basecamp to launch your adventure from.  Haywood County offers a variety of accommodations from hotels and motels in the heart of the action to cozy cabins with sweeping views of the Great Smokies.  To learn more about the accommodations, activities and all the Haywood County has to offer, check out visitncsmokies.com.HaywoodCounty_Websitelast_img read more

Trail Mix – Organic Marketing Through Music With L.C. King Manufacturing

first_imgThanks to a kick ass denim company from Bristol, Tennessee, I’m letting my hipster love light shine.Okay. Maybe not full on hipster. This dad bod can’t do skinny jeans. But I have been smitten by the Pointer Brand chore coats made at L.C. King Manufacturing and my oldest son says I look like a hipster when I wear one, so I just have to (happily) let it ride.After ten years of being involved with the music scene in and around the cities of Bristol (TN and VA), I recently began to notice that more and more of the bands coming to town have been rocking these killer denim jackets and jeans. The look was both rugged and hip and piqued my interest. Imagine my delight when I found that this denim garb was being made just a block south of State Street.That I had begun to notice L.C. King’s street wear on the musicians around town was no accident. Chris Stewart, marketing guru for the company, recognized that L.C. King’s philosophy is inextricably wound with the musical heritage of the city and he set out with a plan, soon after arriving at the company last year, to get L.C King’s product on musicians and in front of music fans.BRO-David-Gans-LC-King-07That’s a plan I can get behind and I found myself wanting to see the factory to get more of the story.As good fortune would have it, I was involved with bringing David Gans, noted musician and Grateful Dead author, to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum back in April and was able to coordinate a trip through the factory with Stewart as part of Gans’ Bristol experience.Our tour started around noon and, for the next three hours, I was held spellbound by Stewart, who walked us through the factory while recounting the tale of the family run (for four generations) company that has been hand making denim work wear in Bristol for the last 103 years.We meandered around stacks of small batch denim pieces waiting to be turned into jackets and jeans and past sewing machines in continuous service since the 1930s while listening to stories about, among other things, jobs passed down from one family member to another, much like family heirlooms, and the one guy who has cut virtually every piece of every item made in the factory for the last 20 years.BRO-David-Gans-LC-King-08Leftover Salmon, Sol Driven Train, Quiet Life, Scythian, Dr. Dog, Moon Taxi, Banditos, and Spirit Family Reunion, among others, have taken the tour and left the factory with L.C. King swag in tow. The jackets and jeans are offered with no strings attached but with one idea in mind: musicians making honest American music should be doing it in clothing that is, likewise, wholly American.That philosophy – along with the hip look – is what makes L.C. King a century old American original.I recently chatted with Chris Stewart about this evolving connection between roots music and the company’s handmade denim.BRO – How did getting your clothing on musicians – in lieu of more traditional print marketing – develop as an idea?CS – We have over one hundred years of real-world results from our sales, marketing campaigns, branding initiatives, and a constant barrage from competitors new and old. One thing we have learned along the way is that we are not always best served by the standard contemporary marketing options. Common marketing is great for short term sales, but it doesn’t always address our real goals of longevity, brand loyalty, and the heritage promise. There is so much print and online marketing these days that it is easy to tune it out or be perceived as disingenuous. So, when building a new marketing strategy around who and what L.C. King really is, three words efficiently define our brand platform – authentic, American, and heritage. I decided to let the brand speak for itself by collaborating with other brands that fit the same description, and as a great band or musician is about the truest form of brand, it seemed like a natural fit and has become a fruitful direction.BRO-David-Gans-LC-King-02BRO – You see parallels between the story of L.C. King and roots music in Bristol. Expand on that?CS – Landon Clayton King designed Pointer Brand as a working man’s product, and it remains such to this day. Over the decades, we have expanded into new realms of “work” beyond the blue collar standards, but we still build, design and style hoping that our gear is as much about function as it is form. Likewise, American music was the common, hard working (wo)man’s expression. Both are authentic in their nature and appeal to the masses while expressing their hard earned heritage. As the music has evolved and taken labels such as country, roots, Americana, bluegrass, old-time, and more, L.C. King has evolved similarly into work wear, street wear, women’s wear, and men’s style. It seems to me that this past century has seen a very similar evolutionary model for music and our products, and I believe it is more than just coincidence that Bristol shares the origins of what have become staples of ever-contemporary culture with Pointer Brand in 1913 and the Bristol Sessions in 1927.BRO – Can you describe that moment during a factory tour when an artist truly gets it?CS – It is a completely different experience for every band or musician that visits our factory. Their expectations are formed ahead of time based on the diversity of their backgrounds, so everyone expects to see something different no what matter what they knew about us ahead of time. But you are right, there is a moment for each visitor that is akin to being shaken from one reality to another, and then with wider eyes and a clearer mind, they can finally see what and who we really are. This very often happens as they walk through our factory, touching the century old equipment, watching the workers use techniques passed through the generations, and having real conversations with those workers that have a common thread. That common thread is that it’s not just about the product, but about people, process, and passion, which is how musicians feel about their music. It goes back to roots again. At that root of what we both do, whether it’s on stage or in a factory, the underlying care and sincerity should be obvious. Once the musicians see that, a bond based upon respect and commonality forms and is almost always a lifelong trust we share.BRO – Got a short list of artists you’d like to invite to the factory? They just might be reading.CS – To single out people I want to meet isn’t a question I can answer. I love meeting all artists, from those just starting out to seasoned, Grammy winning professionals. Sometimes it’s a green three piece combo crammed into a boxy Volvo. Sometimes it’s a twenty piece entourage that pulls up in three matching buses with custom painted trailers. They all have a story to tell and we love to hear it, and we love sharing our story with them. There is definitely no bucket list other than trying to connect with as many musicians with an authentic voice as possible. If they have an inclination to seek us out, make the trip, and give us their time, there is a good chance a wonderful connection will be established.BRO – Hipster . . . . that’s not a dirty word, is it?CS – Goth. Punk. Grunge. Greaser. Prep. Hipster is just a contemporary variation of something that has occurred many times in our history. It’s a societal subset that stretches the style and fashion to connect with a lifestyle divergent to the majority. So, no, hipster is not a dirty word. Hipster culture has a built in appreciation for well made clothes and simple styling – along with big beards, hand-brewed coffee, and craft whiskey. Maybe there isn’t such a giant gap between a contemporary hipster and a turn of the century working man, with their big beards, home- roasted coffee, and moonshine. We make clothes for anyone who is willing and able. Everyone deserves to wear great handmade heritage clothing and we could care less how it gets styled and which genera it is identified with. I am proud when I see anyone wearing Pointer Brand. The working man takes on many forms these days, and we are here to support them all. We are, and always will be, Authentic American Heritage wear. Made for living, worn for life.BRO-David-Gans-LC-King-06If you find yourself in Bristol, do yourself a favor and make your way to the L.C. King building and see for yourself what is going on. Take a spin through the factory store. Try on a chore coat or a pair of jeans made right here in the USA through a process that is unchanged for over a century. You won’t regret it.You can follow L.C. King on both Instagram and Twitter.To check out the line of L.C. King work wear and street wear, or to get more information on when you can visit the factory store, point your browser here. And when you do visit the website and fill your cart with hand crafted American denim, use the code BRO15 for an extra 15% off any order between now and June 30th.Many thanks to my good friend Brent Treash for the great photos.MORE FROM THE TRAIL MIX BLOG:last_img read more

Editor’s Note: The Red Wolves’ Last Stand

first_imgLess than 25. That’s how many red wolves are left in the wild. They are possibly the most endangered species on the planet, and they live only in an area of eastern North Carolina.The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which manages all federally endangered species, will make a decision soon about the future of red wolves. A small but vocal number of hunters and landowners want the red wolf recovery program ended. The pro-hunting leadership of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is also lobbying to remove the last red wolves from the wild.But the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians want red wolves protected. In the past year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has received over 55,000 comments in support of the red wolf recovery program—and only 10 against it.We’ve saved red wolves once before. After nearly being hunted to extinction in the twentieth century, a few pairs of red wolves bred in captivity were released in eastern North Carolina in 1987. Red wolves flourished for nearly three decades in the wild, and their population swelled to over 200. The red wolf recovery program was heralded as one of the most successful reintroductions of an endangered species into the wild.Then, in the last few years, a small group of hunters and landowners took aim at the red wolves. The recovery program has been suspended, and their numbers have quickly plummeted.Can we save the red wolves again? Only if we make more noise than the politically influential folks targeting the wolves. We stand to lose more than an endangered species. An irreplaceable wildness will also vanish. The woods and wilds will be eerily and tragically silent without the red wolf’s howl.last_img read more