Vultures Smell Opossum in the Air

While getting hay for the animals recently, I discovered a very big opossum had died in the barn during the night. I carried the carcass outside the paddock in my manure fork, thinking I would dispose of it lat...

Pipeline Bait and Switch

On March 26, Delegate Sammi Brown and I met with Scott Mandirola, Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and DEP General Counsel Jason Wandling. We met with them to urge t...

Rough-Wings Are Somber Swallows

I saw my first rough-winged swallow when I was a teenager fishing along a creek in western Pennsylvania. I thought it wasn’t much to look at. It had a graceful swallow shape, but otherwise it was plain and dull...

Reclaiming the Future of Appalachia

According to Houser, Bordoff, and Marsters, 2017, West Virginia’s total coal job loss from Q4 2011 to Q4 2016 was 12,533. This has been a scary time for many Appalachian people. Severe environmental damage has ...