Katy, bar the door: Asheville wins the distinction of the nation's number one whitewater "dream town" in the August issue of Outside magazine, on the strength of all that high-class whitewater within easy striking distance. (Any more "best of" titles and that bungalow you've always dreamed of will be pie in the sky. On the other hand, all those tanned and fit newcomers will no doubt inject some life into the singles scene ...
How green was my river: The health of the Laurel River will get a going-over during a Thursday, Aug. 3, public hearing at Moore Auditorium on the Mars Hill College campus. The recent stir is courtesy of the Wolf Ridge sewage-treatment plant, planned to discharge into Puncheon Fork, one of the Laurel's tributaries. Registration for the hearing begins a 6 p.m. and the hearing itself starts at 7 p.m.
They're gonna put me in the movies: Former national and world-champion freestyle kayaker Brian Miller was busy on the Green River last week as the leading man in a "sales and success" video for Zimmer, the world's biggest manufacturer of orthopedic devices. The upshot of all this is that Brian and others have convinced the medical giant to make a $5,000 memorial donation to the Green River Access fund in the name of filmmaker and river-advocate Daniel DeLaVergne. "Access is always an issue on the Green," says Miller. "Zimmer's donation is very much in keeping with Daniel's legacy."