This Saturday, for the first time, the Shenandoah Valley Pride Festival will be held in downtown Harrisonburg. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Jessie Knadler

The Buena Vista Police Department has a brand new $46,000 drug dog. That may seem like a lot of money for a single animal, particularly for a town undergoing serious financial strain. WMRA's Jessie Knadler went to Buena Vista to meet the newest member of the force.

In response to two deaths in the United States from over-hydration last summer, new guidelines were developed for water consumption during athletic activities. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked to the UVa physician who chaired the team of 16 international experts who produced the final recommendation.

The Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg is now in its 20th year.  Some of the quilts in its collection are centuries old.  Preparations are in full swing for the museum’s first-of-its-kind seminar called “Civil War Quilts,” on July 24th and 25th.  WMRA’s Scott Lowe recently took a tour and met the museum’s new executive director.

WMRA’s Kara Lofton took a tour of Harrisonburg's booming food trucks, which are so popular they have their own parks.... Jessie Knadler exposes the invasive bug killing Virginia's hemlock trees, and explores solutions.... And we revisit Kara's story of a same-sex married couple fighting for parenthood rights.  Plus, this week's installment of The Spark.

Jessie Knadler

You might not be able to pinpoint any identifying details of the Eastern Hemlock.  But you’ve definitely seen them because they’re all over the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and they range into the deep South, way up into eastern Canada, and as far west as Wisconsin. And chances are if you’ve seen one recently, it’s dead. Or in the process of dying.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has the story.

Kara Lofton

The first Harrisonburg food truck registered in 2006. Now, nine years later, 22 food trucks - ranging in product from grilled cheese to Mexican to lobster rolls to barbecue - operate in the city. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

WMRA's Kara Lofton was busy again this week, with a conversation with Trent Wagler of the Steel Wheels about the "roots" of Red Wing... she also reported on an appeals court victory by the EPA and Chesapeake Bay activists, and on Virginia's air quality as part of "Clean Virginia"... and she explained the connection between the University of Virginia and the New Horizons mission to Pluto... and, finally, we replay Andrew Jenner's "Pipeline Air Force" story, which is now the winner of an Outstanding Feature Reporting award from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.

Kara Lofton

Wednesday night, July 8th, Valley artists and creative thinkers gathered in James Madison University’s makerspace to discuss how to attract and keep creative people in the Valley.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

NASA image

Nearly ten years ago, NASA launched the New Horizons Mission to Pluto. And next Tuesday, July 14th, the spacecraft will reach its closest approach to the dwarf planet before passing by and continuing on to other icy formations far beyond what we have explored before. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked with two University of Virginia scientists involved with the mission.