Trouble ahead: What the Patriot Coal ruling means for the future of Southern West Virginia’s coalfields

Trouble ahead: What the Patriot Coal ruling means for the future of Southern West Virginia’s coalfields

Jun 2, 2013

Photo by David Kameras, UMWA When the word came down from St. Louis earlier this week that a federal bankruptcy judge had approved Patriot Coal’s plan to dump its union contract and its retiree health-care plan, the reaction from the United Mine Workers was about what you would expect. United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts said in a prepared...

Eagle spotted in New River Gorge; Was feared dead

Eagle spotted in New River Gorge; Was feared dead

Mar 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The luck of the Irish was apparently with Whitey, the male half of a New River Gorge nesting bald eagle pair, who was struck by an Amtrak passenger train on St. Patrick’s Day and presumed dead — until he was seen perched on a tree near his nest early Wednesday morning. “I think it was the best sight I’ve seen in...

Women to rule roost at Watoga Park in mid-September

Women to rule roost at Watoga Park in mid-September

Aug 13, 2012

For one weekend this September, women will rule the roost at one of West Virginia’s favorite state parks. They’ll be shooting, riding bikes, fishing, hiking and camping – among other things – as part of the Division of Natural Resources’ semiannual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop. Billie Shearer, the DNR employee who...

WVU Football Coach Dana Holgorsen Signs New Contract Extension Through 2017

WVU Football Coach Dana Holgorsen Signs New Contract Extension Through 2017

Aug 8, 2012

Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE – Presswire As reported by Bruce Feldman earlier today, WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen has signed a new contract extension through the 2017 season. <blockquote > Under the agreement, the second-year head coach will be paid an annualized salary of $2.3 million this season — $250,000 in base pay and the...

West Virginia’s river monsters

West Virginia’s river monsters

Jul 2, 2012

In West Virginia’s rivers lurk monsters from prehistoric times. Anglers seldom see them, but they’re there. And, say state fisheries officials, they’re here to stay. Sturgeon and paddlefish once thrived in Mountain State waters, but water pollution during the late 20th century wiped out the sturgeon and nearly killed the paddlefish. For the...

[Breaking News] Storm pummels Greenbrier; Justice vows Classic will happen

[Breaking News] Storm pummels Greenbrier; Justice vows Classic will happen

Jun 30, 2012

 WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Greenbrier Resort was hit hard by Friday’s storm, but owner Jim Justice said he won’t let the damage stop the upcoming Greenbrier Classic, which starts Monday. “The whole place got hit pretty daggum hard,” he said. “We’ve got about 50 200-year old trees that are down across the...

Caving challenges in the era of white-nose

Caving challenges in the era of white-nose

Jun 29, 2012

Lawrence Pierce LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Nothing has affected recreational caving like the spread of white-nose syndrome, the disease that has killed millions of hibernating bats in 19 states and four Canadian provinces since it was first detected — by a caver — in Schoharie Caverns, N.Y., in 2006. In an effort to slow the spread of the...

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