FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence:As the Trump administration pursues policies to benefit the fossil fuel industry, the trend toward decarbonization among electric utilities in the United States is picking up steam.Shareholders have been pushing for investor-owned electric utilities to be more proactive and transparent when addressing environmental, social and governance risks and several management teams are responding. The Edison Electric Institute recently announced the launch of a pilot ESG and sustainability-related reporting template to help electric utilities provide uniform and consistent information.Duke Energy Corp., American Electric Power Co. Inc. and NiSource Inc. are among the investor-owned utilities to announce their participation in EEI’s broad working group that helped develop the template.Separately, PPL Corp. on Nov. 30 released its Climate Assessment report and plan to dramatically reduce emissions by 2050 in response to a request by its shareholders to analyze the costs and feasibility of limiting global warming to “no more than 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels,” which is tied to the Paris climate pact signed in 2016.President Donald Trump’s plans to initiate a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement have so far done little to alter the course for utilities focused on clean energy and ESG risk management.Credit rating agencies believe utilities, by and large, have the inherent capability to proactively address ESG concerns. Still, shareholder groups see the need for progress.Lila Holzman, energy program manager for the nonprofit shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow, agreed that several investor-owned utilities are taking steps to improve their ESG reporting.“One of the greatest challenges for investors has been the inconsistency with which utilities provide such disclosures on various actions including frequency, level of detail, presentation, and the underlying assumptions used in scenario analyses,” Holzman said. “Voluntary reporting initiatives like those of CDP and the Edison Electric Institute have helped draw attention to the need for improved uniformity, and this process must continue evolving to meaningfully respond to shareholder concerns. Participation in programs like these are an important and proactive step that some utilities are beginning to take.”Holzman warned that utilities that refuse to respond to climate concerns “leave themselves and their shareholders vulnerable to risks being better addressed by peer companies.”“Proactive companies are those that plan for the ongoing energy transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean sources,” she said. “Transparency and preparation help them to adapt to meet changes in demand in a profitable and sustainable way. Reluctant companies will be left behind and lose their ability to compete, putting their shareholders at risk.”More ($): Electric utility giants point to progress on ESG uptake Decarbonization of U.S. Utility Sector Gains Steam
Proposition 37, or the “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” defeated by a narrow margin this past Election Day, called on food makers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients on their packages — and to not label such foods as “natural.” Proponents developed the proposition in lieu of federal action requiring labeling of GM foods…as exists in 50 other countries. Photo credit: Hemera Collection/ThinkstockEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: What was Proposition 37 in California that concerns the labeling of genetically modified foods and that was just voted down in that state? — Peter Tremaine, Euclid, OHMany healthy food advocates were disheartened on Election Day when Californians rejected Proposition 37, which would have required the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods across the state. GM foods have had genes from other plants or animals inserted into their genetic code to optimize for one or another trait, such as resistance to pests, better taste or longer shelf life, and are controversial because scientists don’t know the ramifications of mixing genetic codes on such a widespread scale.While it was close, those against the so-called “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” prevailed, with 53.1 percent of the vote. The proposition called on food manufacturers to label foods containing GM ingredients on the front or back of the packaging with the phrase “partially produced with genetic engineering”—and not to label or advertise such foods as “natural.” Proponents developed the proposition in lieu of federal action requiring labeling of GM foods…as exists in 50 other countries.Proponents of the bill raised some $9 million and garnered some 46.9 percent of the vote, indicating that upwards of four million Californians fear the potential effects of GM foods and are in favor of greater transparency on the part of the food industry. But such efforts weren’t enough to overcome aggressive marketing by so-called Big Food companies including Monsanto, Coca-Cola, ConAgra, Nestle and Kraft, who poured some $45 million into the “No on 37” campaign.Backers of the proposition are crying foul. Public health lawyer Michele Simon reports that some of the companies involved in defeating the bill engaged in lying, scare tactics, misrepresentation and various dirty tricks “to protect their profits and keep California voters uninformed about their food choices.”“The No campaign listed four organizations in the official state document mailed to voters as concluding that ‘biotech foods are safe’,” she says. “One of them, the American Council on Science and Health, is a notorious industry front group that only sounds legit. Another, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, actually has no position and complained about being listed…” The other two groups, the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization, have more nuanced positions…than just “safe.”Simon also criticizes Big Food for its claims about high food costs, “shakedown lawsuits” and “special interest exemptions” if the law passed: “While each of these claims is easily debunked, being outspent on ad dollars makes it hard to compete, especially when all you can really say is, ‘that’s not true’.”The battle over GM labeling in California may be over for now, but the war rages on nationally. Just Label It, a nonprofit started by Stonyfield Farm magnate Gary Hirshberg, is trying to persuade the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require GM food labeling nationally. Readers can help by signing the campaign’s online petition. Beyond that, Just Label It recommends eating more fresh vegetables and unprocessed foods (the vast majority of processed foods in the U.S. contain either GM corn or soy) and looking for the USDA Organic label, which precludes any foods containing GM ingredients.CONTACTS: Yes on 37, www.carighttoknow.org; Just Label It, www.justlabelit.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
Looking for an excuse to trek the most scenic and spectacular stretch of the Bartram Trail? Push your limits on the Trailblaze Challenge, a 24.1 mile hike in one day on the Bartram Trail from Nantahala Gorge to Franklin, N.C.. The second annual endurance hike begins around sunrise at Appletree Campground near the upper Nantahala River. After a few rolling miles, the Bartram Trail joins the Appalachian Trail and climbs steeply toward 5,285-foot Wayah Bald. Atop Wayah, explore a historic stone fire tower and enjoy panoramic views of Western North Carolina, then plunge down a quad-busting descent into Franklin for the festive finish.Not sure you want to tackle 24 miles in a day? There’s also a 15.6 mile option beginning at Saw Mill Gap.The hike benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For children who face the overwhelming odds of a serious medical condition, the bad times can be truly devastating. Make-A-Wish exists to remind kids of all the amazing possibilities of life and to help them through the most difficult parts of their journey.The hike will be held on May 17 for Charlotte participants and May 31 for Asheville and Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point participants.Walk in the footsteps of famed naturalist William Bartram and summit one of the most magnificent mountains in Appalachia—while helping children realize their dreams.Visit trailblazechallenge.org for more information or contact event organizer Chris Webber at [email protected] or 704-339-0334.
Fitsok ISW socks – 3-pack for $25Looking for socks that can handle the muddy, wet mess of spring running in the South? Fitsock’s ISW sheds moisture and regulates temperatures in any condition. They’re made from a blend of wool and polypropylene, with a small amount of nylon to ensure a snug fit. Patagonia Tsali 3.0 – $110This is the ideal mountain trainer. Lightweight and durable, this neutral-cushioned shoe with a 10mm drop is built for long-distance, multi-surface training runs. The upper sheds weight and minimizes seams for comfort, and the sticky runner outsole is super-grippy on singletrack. This is our wear-tester’s go-to shoe for logging mega training mileage leading up to big spring races. Sure, there’s still snow on the ground, but that doesn’t stop runners from training for big spring races. If you’re aiming for a PR this spring, here are three top training and racing shoes to get you across the finish.Pearl Izumi E:Motion Trail N2 – $120Toeing the starting line at most of the major trail races are runners in Pearl Izumi motion n2, and for good reason: the lightweight N2 is built to handle the rugged trails of Southern Appalachia without compromising speed or durability. It’s not just the elite athletes wearing the N2; mid-packers like our shoe tester found them well suited for his training runs on muddy, squishy singletrack. We’re not the onlyones who dig the N2; Trail Runner named the N2 its 2013 Shoe of the Year. Asics DS Trainer 19 – $120Running shoes come and go faster than . For many runners, it’s frustrating to finally find an ideal shoe only to have it discontinued a few months later to make room for the next latest and greatest model. Fortunately, there’s the DS Trainer. It’s been a favorite for nearly two decades. Asics has tweaked the design occasionally, but the DS Trainer always stayed true to its lightweight, versatile, durable roots. It’s perfect for long distance training and even racing. It can handle big mileage but is lightweight enough to provide quick turnover in your next PR chase. This classic is a reliable, durable trainer that gets our nod for best road shoe.
This October 11-12 marks the 4th annual Southern Ground Music and Food Festival down in the Lowcountry of Charleston, South Carolina, and Blue Ridge Outdoors is teaming up with the good folks over at Girlilla Marketing to give away two full day passes to the festival.As in years past, this promises to be a stellar event with nightly performances by the Zac Brown Band, as well as top-notch culinary fair brought in by the band’s personal chefs and local restaurants and food trucks from Charleston and surrounding areas.Performances will be held on dual outdoor stages at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island, and will last throughout the day and well into the evening. In addition to the Zac Brown Band, headliners will include Blues Traveler, North Mississippi All Stars, Greensky Bluegrass, Darrell Scott, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Bela Fleck with Abigail Washburn, and Government Mule.Click here for your chance to win a pair of full day passes to this outstanding music festival, and check out southerngroundfestival.com to learn more about daily lineups.
Respect private property owners—try to avoid camping or trespassing on private land. Wear shoes to protect your feet against glass, fishhooks, and sharp rocks. Scout unfamiliar rapids from the shore and talk with your boat-mates before you run them. When you need to potty, bury waste 300 feet from the nearest water source.Build fires where fire pits already exist and burn dead wood salvaged from the ground. For lovers of the outdoors, with the arrival of summer comes the impulse to get outside and hit the water. Whether it’s relaxing along a lazy stretch of flatriver or navigating the pleasurable challenge of a Class III rapid, a canoe trip through one of Mother Nature’s original water parks offers a great, active way for you and yours to satisfy the urge.1. James River—Appomattox / Buckingham Counties, VirginiaThe Float: Put in at the public boat landing at Bent Creek, takeout at Dixon Landing in Buckingham County’s James River State Park—8 miles, 3.5 hours.This trip lands you deep in the rural fringes of the county where the Civil War officially came to an end. While compared to its mountainous headwaters west of Lynchburg, the James in Appomattox is a little wider and much calmer, the river remains small enough to feel quaint, and it moves at a brisk enough pace to offer numerous riffles. The float snakes through a mostly isolated stretch of high Blue Ridge foothills with some small islands and the occasional rolling, sycamore-lined cow-pasture. Putting in at the public landing where U.S. Highway 60 crosses state Route 26, be sure to check out the stone ruins of the old bridge’s Civil War era pillars towering amid the current.The Livery: Outdoor Adventures offers canoe, kayak, and tube rentals plus shuttle. Canoes start at $40.(434) 933-8682 • dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/james-river-liveryCamping: James River State ParkThe 1,561-acre park is known for its rolling grasslands, estuaries, thickly timbered forest and, of course, its 3 miles of shoreline. There are bath houses, upscale cabins, and primitive campsites. The latter are stretched along the river bank.2. South Fork of the Shenandoah River—Luray, Virginia The Float: Put in at the Bealers Ferry landing, takeout at the Burners Bottom landing—11 miles, 5 hours.Located along the northern reaches of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley National Park and winding along below Skyline Drive, this float is rife with picturesque scenery. While the Shenandoah’s southern fork is probably better known, the South Fork is a small, swiftly flowing river famous for its pristine clarity and gorgeous rocky beds. Meandering 100 miles over the course of about 20 road-miles, with stretches of fun, family-friendly Class II rapids, the float offers stellar landscapes, great opportunities for wildlife encounters, and plenty of interesting paddling.The Outfitter: Shenandoah River Outfitters offers canoe, kayak, raft, and tube rentals plus shuttle. Canoes start at $45.(540) 743-4159 • shenandoah-river.comCamping: Shenandoah River Outfitters offers a range of log cabins and cottages—from basic to luxury—as well as primitive campsites on the edge of the George Washington National Forest. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the overnight float option, which splits the South Fork’s 20 miles with a riverside camp in the middle.3. New River—Lansing, West VirginiaThe Float: Put in at the landing at Stone Cliff in Thurmond (mile marker 26), takeout at the landing in Cunard—8.5 miles, 5 hours.Before things get all crazy and Class IV / V in the gorge, this trek along the upper New River alternates between Class I and II Rapids culminating in a Class III finale. If yours is a family of experienced canoeists, this venture makes for a swell little challenge. Otherwise, consider investing in a raft/guide package, enabling you to focus on the scenery while zipping along with children as young as age 5 in tow.The river moves swiftly through high hills with forests huddled along the banks. In the spring, you’ll spot the remnants of abandoned mining towns through the trees. Additional perks of the route include a riverside trail leading to a waterfall, a fine tall rock to jump off into a deep swimming hole, and ruins begging to be explored.The Outfitter: Ace Adventure Resort provides guided rafting tours, including overnight trips that include an adrenaline-fueled run through the fantastically beautiful and technically engaging New River Gorge.aceraft.comCamping: If you’re doing your own thing, find an appealing spot about a mile upstream from Cunard in the New River Gorge National River Park and pitch a tent. Otherwise, Ace Adventure Resort offers conveniently located cabins, campgrounds, bunkhouses, and deluxe accommodations.4. Tuckaseegee River—Dillsboro, North CarolinaThe Float: Put in at the public landing on North River Road, take out at Smoky Mountain Adventures—5.2 miles, around 3.5 hours.The Tuckaseegee is a fun little river located in the scenically dazzling Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. With stretches of nice, smooth water alternating with riffles, Class I and Class II Rapids, the Tuck is an excellent place to learn to paddle, work on skills, or enjoy a raft outing that’s sure to wow without scaring the crap out of younger children. The trip starts out along North River Road—where, for the adventurous, you can choose to tackle the Dillsboro Drop, a Class III rapid created by the dismantling of an old dam—then makes a big horseshoe bend into what’s locally known as the Tuck Gorge. About a mile into the float, the river passes beneath a Great Smoky Mountain Railroad overpass. The rapids pick up from there and don’t let up.Be on the lookout for numerous beaches, a great jumping rock, and the bald eagles that have begun to roost in the area.The Outfitter: Smoky Mountain River Adventures services include guided and self-guided rafting adventures, tubes, single/tandem inflatable kayaks, equipment, and shuttles. Self-guided rafting trips start at $17 for an adult and $12 for accompanying children.(888) 785-2662 • raftingwithmykids.com5. French Broad—Asheville, North CarolinaThe Float: Start at the Bent Creek River access, end at French Broad Outfitter (or, for private runners, the Bywater)—slightly over 12 miles, 4 hours.Located at mile 72 of the French Broad Paddle Trail, this relaxed, mostly flatwater float will first carry you past the scenic beauty of the Biltmore Estate, and then transition into a cool urban-adventure float passing directly through Asheville’s River Arts District. As you drift through the Arts District, there’s greenway on one side of the river—with plenty of picnicking options—and then the Wedge Brewery, Smoky Park Supper Club (which constitutes the largest container structure in America), and the New Belgium Brewery along the other. Despite the urban scenery, the river is wild, pretty, and brimming with wildlife. Just downstream from the takeout lies the Bywater—a riverside club with grills for cooking out, bank-fronting activity area, full-service bar, and live music.The Outfitter: French Broad Outfitters offers kayaks, canoes, and any equipment you might need. They offer longer, multiple-overnight turn-key packages as well. Canoes start at $50.(828) 505-7371 • frenchbroadoutfitters.comCamping: Pitch a tent on one of the French Broad Paddle Trail’s paddle-in-only campsites. Camp areas are placed every 15 miles on islands and riverbanks. There’s a really nice one at Firefighter Island between milepost 58–59.6. Toccoa River—Cherry Log, GeorgiaThe Float: Put in at Deep Hole campground; take out at Sandy Bottom in the Chattahoochee National Forest—13.8 miles, 5–7 hours.This section of the Toccoa features beautiful clear water and flows in and out of the Chattahoochee National Forest. While the river passes through a couple of areas spotted with an occasional upscale cabin tucked away along the banks, by and large you’ll be winding through wild forests full of towering hemlocks. Wildlife abounds, as the CNF features over 500 species of plants, animals and fish—with highlights including the giant Hellbender salamander (which thrives only in the healthiest of freshwater environments), nesting bald eagles, otter, deer, and turkey.There’s an awesome rope-swing where Rock Creek meets the Toccoa and a really fun—but gradual—elevation drop once you’ve passed under the 270-foot-long suspension bridge via which the Benton MacKaye Trail crosses the river, offering slightly challenging Class II rapids at average water flow.The Outfitter: Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters offers canoes, kayaks, shuttles, and guided fishing adventures. Canoes start at $60.(706) 838-0200 • jonrontro.comCamping: Pitch your tent along the river bank in any of the Chattahoochee National Forest areas or at one of the primitive sites at the takeout at Sandy Bottom.7. Allegheny River—Tionesta, PennsylvaniaThe Float: Put in at the landing in Tidioute; take out at the landing in Tionesca—15 miles, 5 – 8 hours.Located in the southwestern portion of the 517,000-acre Alleghany National Forest and at the northern reaches of the Alleghany Mountains, here the Alleghany River is wide and for the most part quiet, with a few beginner-friendly riffles. The adventure’s most prominent feature is a crazy abundance of islands (there are over a dozen of them), all belonging to the national forest, and all wooded and wild. The largest of the landmasses is 96 acres, with most clocking in at around 60 acres. When the water’s up in the early summer, this makes for great exploration, as many of the islands abut one another and frequently feature as many as four or five bisecting forks.While the river averages about three feet in depth through this stretch, be on the lookout for tall boulders offering a nice leap into the cool waters of many a swimming hole.The Outfitter: Outback Adventures offers canoes, single and tandem kayaks, shuttles, and overnight adventures as well. Overnight journeys range from one to three nights out, and can cover between 15–53 miles.(814) 755-3658 • outbackadventurespa.comCamping: Primitive camping is available on the islands or shorelines of the national forest. Outback Adventures offers teepees and cabins with luxurious amenities.8. Red River—Red River Gorge, KentuckyThe Float: Public boat landing at Harris Creek to Red River Adventure—8 miles, 3.5 hours.Tucked way back in the rugged hill-country of remote Kentucky, this float will have you navigating through the dense woodlands of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the gorgeous Red River Gorge. Designated by the U.S. Park Service as a national geological area, the gorge is known for housing an array of over 80 natural stone arches and limestone rock faces. From the Red River, you’ll have the opportunity to catch views of these towering cliffs and amazing formations from angles otherwise unavailable.Beachy sandbars and the occasional huge boulder sitting directly in the river bed and towering over a perfect swimming hole offer excellent diversions along the way.The Outfitter: Red River Adventure offers canoes, kayaks, shuttle and other various outfitting equipment. Canoes start at $30.(606) 663-1012 • kypaddle.comCamping: Red River Adventures runs a primitive campground located directly on the river with a small store, bathhouse, and personnel on-site and available 24 hours a day.Safe Paddling TipsWear a life jacket or Personal Flotation Device. Pack a cooler with a picnic lunch, all your favorite snacks, and plenty of drinking water. Avoid bringing glass containers on the river. Keep the river clean by carrying out everything you bring in—including fishing line and cigarette butts. Carry out extra trash whenever possible. Avoid boozing—alcohol plays a role in most accidents and drownings. Check river levels and weather forecasts prior to your trip. High water can make certain sections dangerous or unnavigable. Low water can lead to dragging and excess portaging. If you capsize—don’t panic! Float on your back, feet first. Work toward the bank or find a good slow stretch of water before trying to stand. Don’t overestimate your swimming ability. Camp at least 100 feet from the nearest water source. Kneel to provide stability when running rapids and riffles in a canoe.
Enter Shavers’ Lake – Snowshoe’s best-kept secret. A place to disconnect from timesheets, traffic jams, and to-dos in the name of reengaging with untamed wilderness, curious wildlife, and real-life humans. A short chairlift ride away, you’ll have your choice of any imaginable top-shelf watercraft. Stand-Up Paddleboards, Canoes, Kayaks, Paddleboats, and yes, a floating obstacle course. Cannonball away! A LITTLE MOUNTAIN THERAPY GOES A LONG WAY Nothing against the beach, but for a true escape, head up to Snowshoe and get a dose of pure mountain therapy—wind in your hair, endless nature, and a playground full of activities. Enjoy both the scenic nature of Snowshoe’s Cheat Mountain, and the thrill of commanding a 4-seat Polaris RZRs or an ACE 1-seater through the backcountry. You’ll find several tour options available to choose from serene to white-knuckle. Summer at Snowshoe – just what the doctor ordered. It’s time to unplug, disconnect, and power down. Time to reconnect with your cannonballing, pinecone-hunting, fresh-air-mediating self. And to reengage with unspoiled wilderness, curious wildlife, and real-life humans that share your last name. It’s time to hike on, breath in, and recharge among the cool mountain breezes. Summer at Snowshoe – just what the doctor ordered. It’s hard for anything to compete with Snowshoe’s Summer wonderland. Here, you’ll find plenty of much-needed face to-face time. We’re sure you’ll agree it’s just what the doctor ordered. With 11,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness you’ll have plenty of time to catch up with your tribe while hiking through unique flora and fauna to stunning views and overlooks. FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR SHOULD BE WORSHIPPED TWICE DAILY REDUCE YOUR SALTWATER INTAKE – DOCTOR’S ORDERS EAT RIGHT, EXERCISE AND RECONNECT WITH REAL HUMANS
No trip to Boone is complete without taking in a beautiful Appalachian Mountain sunset, and Moses Cone Park offers one of the best sunset views around. Starting from the Cone Manor House, follow the carriage trail underneath the Blue Ridge Parkway until you reach a wide green pasture with sweeping views of the beautiful, hazy Blue Ridge Mountains. After snapping some photos, we recommend heading back into town for a refreshing and flavorful pint of Low & Hazy IPA, Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s newest release that was inspired by the low and hazy clouds you just witnessed. Named after the low and hazy clouds that roll through the highest peaks around the area, it’s the perfect brew for the occasion. It is a full-flavored, hazy IPA at a sessionable 4.1% ABV with tropical flavor and notes of stone fruit, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. It’s a refreshing brew to cap off the day. Appalachian Mountain Brewery – Long Leaf IPA | India Pale Ale 3. Rough Ridge Sundays are fun days, so we took our favorite bubbly Sunday beverage and decided to share it with everyone. This apple-based cider is massively dry-hopped then blended with orange juice to make it your new Sunday go-to. Gluten Free and 5.3% ABV, enjoy! Calling all early birds: if you’re chasing a beautiful sunrise, nothing beats Thunder Hill Overlook. Here you get some of the best long-range, panoramic views, and on clear days you can see the city of Charlotte waking up below. You can even hop on a small trail nearby for a short hike through a pasture. With easy access by car and less than seven miles from Boone, catching the sunrise at Thunder Hill Overlook makes a perfect bagel and coffee date. Grab an AMC Cider Mimosa after you get back to town, and you’ve already had a perfect Boone day – all before noon. Appalachian Mountain Brewery Low & Hazy IPA | Hazy India Pale Ale Appalachian Mountain Brewery – Yosef Golden Ale | Proceeds support Appalachian State University Appalachian Mountain Brewery invites you to come on up to the Appalachian Mountains to enjoy the view, and for delicious crafts that drink easy from first sip to last. To check out AMB’s new Low & Hazy IPA or any of the beers or ciders mentioned for your next trip to Boone – or anytime –visit amb.beer/beerfinder to find a retailer near you! For more information on Appalachian Mountain Brewery and information about the Pub, visit amb.beer or follow our latest brewery updates on Facebook and Instagram. *The previous post included Howard’s Knob. Howard’s Knob is a county park that does not allow alcohol beverages and is currently closed to the public. About Appalachian Mountain Brewery Long Leaf IPA inspired by the land of the Long Leaf pine and proudly taking its name from the toast of the Old North State. LLIPA is a classic, west coast style IPA with piney, resinous hops inspired by the Long Leaf Pine. At 4.2%, it is a golden ale that embodies the essence of mountain life, complimented by a hint of maltiness and carefully balanced with American hops. Named after the Mountaineer’s mascot, this crisp, light ale gives a portion of proceeds back to the university. 1. Sunrise at Thunder Hill Overlook One of the best views in the fall is of the Mountaineers playing football in the middle of App State’s Campus during a home game. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, we recommend sitting on the home side, 40-yard line, where you can catch picture-perfect views of the field and campus, framed by a gorgeous High Country backdrop. Complete your App State experience with an AMB Yosef Golden Ale, a crisp and balanced golden named after the school’s mascot 2. Kid Brewer Stadium Appalachian Mountain Cidery – Cider Mimosa | Dry Hopped Hard Cider with Orange Juice Named after the stream that runs along the taproom, Boone Creek Blonde is a Gold Medal GABF Winner. It is a refreshing blonde ale with a twist of added orange zest and wildflower honey. It is a great brew for new craft beer drinkers or those looking for a light, refreshing option. Nestled in the Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian Mountain Brewery is dedicated to making seriously delicious craft beer, while focusing its business model on community, sustainability, and philanthropy. The brewery is deeply rooted in the Boone community and supports dozens of local non-profits each year through the We Can So You Can Foundation and its Pints for Non-Profits program at the taproom. Appalachian Mountain Brewery has earned numerous awards for its innovative craft beers and ciders, including its year-round Lager and Not an IPA and Boone Creek Blonde Ale, which earned gold at the Great American Beer Festival. Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s core portfolio also includes New Low & Hazy IPA, Long Leaf IPA, and four different varieties of hard apple ciders. Appalachian Mountain Brewery – Boone Creek Blonde | Blonde Ale with Orange Zest & Wildflower Honey 4. Sunset at Moses Cone Park Boone, North Carolina is home to many things – App State, Daniel Boone, Appalachian Mountain Brewery — but it is best known for having some of the most outstanding views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. To help you prepare for your next visit, we’ve compiled a list of the four best views near Boone, along with an Appalachian Mountain Brewery beer or cider to pair with the experience. Appalachian Mountain Brewery beers and ciders are inspired by its Southern roots and the mountains that surround its hometown of Boone, North Carolina. If you are looking to get some steps in, Rough Ridge is a must to get expansive views of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Range. Clocking in around two miles round-trip, this is an out and back hike that takes you through a few rock obstacles before reaching a boardwalk with some of the most iconic views of the area. You will be able to see Grandfather Mountain and the parkway’s own, picture-worthy Linn Cove Viaduct. On the drive back into town, be sure to take a break off the parkway at Appalachian Mountain Brewery for fresh pours of the popular Boone Creek Blonde or a Long Leaf IPA, a delicious ode to Old North State.
By Dialogo May 07, 2009 Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola is anticipating a classic Champions League final when his side take on Manchester United in Rome later this month. Guardiola will spend the next three weeks studying videos of United’s recent performances, including last year’s semi-final victory over Barca, in an attempt to finesse his tactics for the final. But he vowed there would be no fundamental change from the approach that has seen his side score 147 goals in all competitions this season. “We won’t change our approach, which is take the ball, move the ball and try to create chances. “Manchester is the reigning champion and they are unbelievable team with a coach with huge experience. But we are Barcelona. “I think it is going to be a nice final because we are going to attack we going to score goals and they know that.” Wednesday’s win, which followed Saturday’s 6-2 thrashing of Real Madrid, has left Guardiola on the brink of a Spanish League/Champions League double in his first season in charge at the club he served as a stylish midfielder. “I did not expect so many good results in my first season,” Guardiola admitted. “But we are where we are and now have to try and close out the league and think ahead to three weeks time and the final in Rome.” Guardiola was as happy for match-winner Iniesta as he was distraught for Daniel Alves and Eric Abidal, who will both miss the final as a result of the yellow and red cards they received here. “I’m very happy for Iniesta. He is a player who represents what Barca stands. He gets a lot of stick for not scoring enough goals but hopefully that will stop now because he has scored one of the most important in the club’s history.” Guardiola added: “Daniel and Eric are happy we went through but it is tough for them because they will miss the final. “I spoke to Daniel before the match and told him that he had to control his emotions or he would not be in the final. “But when he plays he puts all his emotion on the field and sometimes it is tough to control himself.” France left-back Abidal was dismissed for what appeared to be a professional foul on Nicolas Anelka, but television replays suggested that the defender had not made contact with his compatriot. Nevertheless, Abidal will be suspended for the final and Guardiola will be without both his first-choice fullbacks, as well as one of his regular centrebacks, Rafael Marquez.
By Dialogo May 13, 2011 When Guatemala’s most wanted drug trafficker was captured last month by Guatemalan agents in the town of Quetzaltenango, Interior Minister Carlos Menocal could not have been happier. “We believe that this arrest is of fundamental importance for strengthening the rule of law” in Guatemala’s border area, Menocal said at a news conference following Juan Alberto “Chamalé” Ortíz López’s capture. “San Marcos is a department that has suffered from drug trafficking and from traffickers’ violent actions. Therefore, we believe that with this arrest, we’re taking steps to strengthen the rule of law.” Ortíz López, arrested March 30, had achieved near-mythic status in recent years. Controlling vast swaths of the department of San Marcos — from the border town of Tecún Umán to the Pacific coast municipality of Ocos — he allegedly acted as Guatemala’s chief middleman for cocaine coming up from Colombia, unloading it and then sending along northward with his Mexican partners. Charged in a federal arrest warrant issued in Tampa, Fla., with two counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, “Chamalé” travelled through his fiefdom in a brazen convoy of a dozen cars and to boast a personal fortune of more than $100 million, authorities said. Now, he faces a possible life sentence if convicted on all charges. “For over a decade, Ortíz López’s drug organization received multi-ton cocaine shipments in Guatemala, which would then be transported through Mexico to the United States, where the cocaine would be further distributed,” U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill told the Associated Press. The 41-year-old Ortíz López had been under surveillance for seven days during the operation by Guatemalan intelligence agents and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, according to Menocal. He was captured six months after one of his reputed top lieutenants was arrested as part of the same probe, the AP reported. His arrest prompted authorities to confiscate 14 properties registered in Ortiz López’s name. But it also led an estimated 4,000 people to demonstrate in the municipality of San Marcos in favor of his release — and now, Guatemala’s battle against drug trafficking and its handmaiden, organized crime, appears as tangled as ever. Two months after the government of Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom lifted a 60-day siege in the northern department of Alta Verapaz, violence is again on the upswing. The rest of the country — the most populous in Central America —serves as a battleground among various factions of Mexican cartels pushed south by President Felipe Calderón’s campaign against drug traffickers. Also being targeted are Guatemala’s indigenous criminal groups. This past autumn in Guatemala was particularly bloody, with mass casualty shootouts becoming a frequent occurrence. In September, a gun battle raged for 30 minutes inside Guatemala City’s posh Tikal Futura mall. It ostensibly erupted when Guatemalan police attempted to capture a wanted drug trafficker who had been spotted there. Two policemen and an evangelical minister were killed. That same month, three more were killed during an intense gun battle in the eastern department of Zacapa. On Oct. 6, the Guatemalan military confronted a 10-car convoy of armed men believed to be members of the Mexican cartel known as Los Zetas, in a series of encounters that left five dead in Grano de Oro. That town is located in the El Petén region along Guatemala’s border with Mexico. Since their first appearance in Guatemala in late 2007, Los Zetas seared themselves into the national consciousness with the March 2008 killing of Juan “Juancho” José León Ardón in the eastern state of Zacapa. A suspected local drug lord, León Ardón was gunned down along with 10 others in a wild shootout that left 16 semi-automatic assault rifles littered on the road near the bodies. Since then, Los Zetas has established a strong presence across the country, but especially in the departments of El Petén and Alta Verapaz in the north, and Izabal in the east. The Zetas and, to a lesser extent, the Cartel de Sinaloa of Joaquín “El Chapo” [Shorty] Guzmán, based in the Mexican city of Culiacán, have found fertile ground for their endeavors amidst a state that is as fragile as Guatemala’s terrain is rugged. More people are killed annually these days than in the past few years of Guatemala’s 30-year civil war, with the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales [Latin America College of Social Sciences] estimating Guatemala’s homicide rate at 53 per 100,000 — far surpassing Mexico’s 26 per 100,000. While visiting nearby El Salvador last month, U.S. President Barack Obama announced $200 million in funding to combat drug trafficking and insecurity in the region. Guatemala now has its most capable and activist attorney general in recent memory: Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey. A criminal law specialist who helped establish the Instituto de Estudios Comparados de Ciencias Penales de Guatemala, Paz will almost certainly be an asset to elements within Guatemala’s crime-fighting security apparatus. In 2007, Guatemala formed the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (known by its Spanish acronym CICIG). This is a United Nations-mandated body charged with investigating clandestine organizations and exposing corruption. Until June of this year, CICIG was under the direction of Carlos Castresana, a magistrate experienced at prosecuting drug-related cases in Mexico and investigating corruption in his native Spain. Since Castresana’s resignation last year, CICIG has been led by Francisco Dall’Anese Ruíz, the former attorney general of Costa Rica. The agency has targeted a variety of high-profile drug and corruption cases, including a pivotal one against former President Alfonso Portillo — the first of its kind in Guatemalan history.