Wet Weather Gardening with Alison Arnold

Jul 15, 2013

WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold is not easily deterred.  She says the rainy days of summer won't get her down but she will tread lightly in the garden. 

WCQS partners with ASAP -- the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project -- for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5am - 9am). 

What’s fresh at markets this week? What isn’t! These days, summer favorites like beans, bell peppers, cabbages, eggplants, potatoes, and tomatoes are joining an already seasonal abundance of greens, summer squash, berries, and peaches.

Flooding Disaster Aid Unlikely

Jul 9, 2013

It appears unlikely that state or federal disaster aid will be sought for residents and businesses affected by recent flooding.  That's the assessment of North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Western Branch Manager Mike Cook.  Cook oversees emergency management for counties west of Interstate 77.  He spoke  with David Hurand

 Audio FileDavid Hurand speaks with Lake Junaluska Conference Center CEO Jack Ewing and Waynesville Town Manager Marcy Oniea about annexation plan.Edit | Remove

A  plan for the Town of  Waynesville to annex Lake Junaluska is hung up in the North Carolina General Assembly.


Jul 5, 2013

Rain is in the forecast through the weekend and the potential for more flooding remains high for Western North Carolina.  David Hurand spoke with State Emergency Management Area Coordinator  Jeff Cardwell and Buncombe County Emergency Services Director Jerry Vehaun. 


Jul 3, 2013

In a move supporters claim will reduce the number of abortions in the state and opponents claim will further restrict access to women's health care clinics,  the State Senate has passed new restrictions on clinics that provide abortion services.   David Hurand spoke with the Medical Director for Planned Parenthood Health System, Dr. Donna Burkett about the bill which is now on its way to the State House.

Health Adventure To Close July 14th

Jul 3, 2013

It began in a single room at Mission Hospital more than forty years ago and this week it was announced that the Health Adventure in Asheville will close July 14th.   In 1992 the Health Adventure became a part of Pack Place Education,  Arts and Science Center.  A couple of years ago it relocated to the Biltmore Square Mall.

David Hurand spoke  with the Chair of the Health Adventure Board of Advisors, Dr. Mark Knollman

about the decision to close its' doors.

The Asheville Art Museum presents a summer concert series featuring artists from the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival.  WCQS is proud to partner with the museum and BMC to bring these three outstanding concerts to Asheville.

NEA Meeting Underway in Atlanta

Jul 1, 2013

The National Education Association annual meeting is underway in Atlanta.  the NEA  claims to be the largest professional organization in the U.S.   David Hurand spoke with the President of the North Carolina Association of Educators Rodney Ellis about the future of public education in our state.    Ellis leads  an organization with the stated mission of advocating for …equal access to a quality public education that  is adequately and equitably funded.”  

Ellis is attending the NEA meeting.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 28, 2013

Tony Kiss previews the Fourth of July holiday entertainment scene.  There's quite a range of options.  Joshua Bell Brevard Music Center, Ice Cube at the Orange Peel, Story-Telling, and Shindig on the Green to mention just a few of the many great things to do. 

Garlic Harvesting Time

Jun 27, 2013

WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold says the Summer Solstice  serves as a reminder it maybe time to harvest the garlic.

Civil Rights Activists expressed surprise with the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling throwing out key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. David  Hurand spoke with University of North Carolina Asheville political scientist Dolly Jenkins Mullen about the ruling.


Jun 26, 2013

Western North Carolina advocates for gay rights and the right to marry are hailing today's Supreme Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.  The  Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, Reverend Jasmine Beach-Ferrara says the ruling is a big step forward but much work remains to be done in North Carolina.  She spoke with David Hurand

WCQS partners with ASAP -- the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project -- for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5am - 9am). 

Summer is officially here! Although the season’s full bounty has yet to arrive to area tailgates, produce ambassadors have been dispatched from the fields to tantalize taste buds and tell of what’s to come.

The 2013 Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book finds that children in the U.S. continue to make gains in education and health, despite the growing number of children who live in poverty.  David Hurand spoke with Laura Speer about the well being of children living in North Carolina.