Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
A petition supporting the establishment of a Birmingham Civil Rights National Park topped 10,000 signatures nationwide this week.
Last week, the petition and the National Park proposal gained momentum as a result of a visit and public hearing held by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell to consider designating places around the Birmingham’s Civil Rights District a National Park.
Read about Freedom Rider Charles Person and his remarkable story – here.
Support for the proposed Freedom Riders National Park in Anniston received a big boost today in the opinion section of al.com with an essay by prominent National Park advocate and conservationist Frank Peterman.
Below is a compilation of local, regional, and national news stories on the Colonial pipeline explosion that occurred yesterday in Shelby county.
According to a Colonial Pipeline statement and multiple media reports, a contract crew working miles from the site of a Sept. 9 spill ran into the pipeline with a trackhoe, igniting gasoline and causing a fire. One person died at the scene and five others were transported to Birmingham-area hospitals for treatment.
The countdown is on. 8 days before the big election.
But you just found out your boss is sending you out of town next Tuesday on a business trip. Or on November 8th you are pulling a 10 hour shift at your place of work. And let’s say you are a student who is registered to vote in your hometown county that is not in the county you are attending school.
You can still vote – but with a absentee ballot (pdf). Here are the complete details.
Don’t miss out. Do this today. The Absentee Election Manager must receive your ballot in the mail or in person (detail at the website) by Thursday, November 3rd (here are the Absentee Election Manager addresses in each county).
Below – excerpts from the speech today by Hank Thomas, Freedom Rider and survivor of the Anniston Bus Burning.
The speech was given after a tour of the proposed Freedom Riders Park. The tour was part of a visit by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell who later held a public hearing in downtown Anniston to consider a proposal to designate sites around Anniston as a National Park.
A good friend of mine once described the Magic City Classic as the world’s largest “family reunion.”
For this year’s 75th Anniversary that means an anticipated crowd of 100,000 people attending pre and post game events and of course the big game between Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University.
That was some “funky” smell in my garage this morning…. walked over to see if I had left something in my garbage can that hard spoiled (like milk or eggs) and there she was staring right back at me. A opossum. And yes… I jumped!