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The Avtex Legacy

Jun 19, 2015

On this episode of The Spark: Ralph Bolgiano remembers being part of the 1989 study that shut down AVTEX in Front Royal and put a stop to a major source of pollution in the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Jazz in June

Jun 19, 2015

Friday, June 19, is the annual Jazz in June fundraiser benefiting the Harrisonburg Explore More Discovery Museum. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Summer Solstice

Jun 19, 2015

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The Summer Solstice explained and celebrated.

Kara Lofton

Honeybees are a vital component of the production of many crops, ranging from okra, to kiwis, to cotton.  But across America the bees are disappearing in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder.  As part of our series on Virginia’s environment, WMRA’s Kara Lofton takes a look at the factors affecting bee health, how bees are doing in Virginia and what’s being done to save them.

A poll by the National Resources Defense Council shows 88% of Virginians want the state to use more wind and solar power, and the federal government has offered the state 47 million dollars to build a couple of turbines offshore, but Dominion Power is hesitant. In part three of our series on the promise of wind power in Virginia, Virginia Public Radio’s Sandy Hausman reports on why the utility is reluctant to begin work on offshore wind, and what it might take for the state to move forward.

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Dominion Virginia Power has leased land offshore for a wind park, but it’s not clear when construction might begin.  The company says a demonstration project is needed to guide future development, but the cost to build those turbines offshore is too high.  In Denmark - which has more than 30 years of experience - experts say driving costs down is the name of the game, and they’re happy to share their secrets with Virginia.  

Kara Lofton

In the United States, 56% of dogs who enter animal shelters are euthanized, according to the American Humane Society. But one Rockingham County teen is fighting that statistic, one dog at a time. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

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This year, the federal government said it would give nearly $47 million to each of three states hoping to develop offshore wind power – Virginia, New Jersey and Oregon. 

Virginia said it would partner with Dominion Power to build a demonstration project, but the utility now says it can’t get started, because installing a couple of turbines is too expensive.  Meanwhile, Denmark reports it’s getting nearly 40% of its power from wind.  How did such a tiny country do that, and what could we learn from the Danes?

Kara Lofton

Almost all of the equipment humans send to space eventually becomes inoperable and is left in space as “junk.” But what if some of that material could be redeemed – or at least remain as an indefinite testament to human beauty and culture -- not trash? WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on an art project headed for the moon, and the role of one JMU sculptor.

Martha Woodroof speaks with DeLois Warr, who still carries anger from her days growing up in segregated Mount Jackson.

She has made a mission out of challenging her community to help her maintain Mount Jackson's antebellum black cemetery.

Note: This episode of The Spark originally aired October 24, 2014.

Valley Black Heritage Project

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