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Originally published: 2012-12-10 15:05:33
Last modified: 2012-12-10 15:05:33

Our View: Prescribed burn a local hot spot

Thumbs-up: to the opportunity to voice an opinion about a proposed prescribed burn in the Linville Gorge Wilderness. Whether your feelings run hot or cold about the ability of prescribed fire to restore a natural fire regime, "public feedback" could affect implementation or uncover alternatives for almost 12,000 acres in the gorge.

Thumbs-up: to High Country United Way. Giving credit where credit is due, the local United Way recently received the annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award, presented by the Watauga County Community Foundation. During its 35 years, the High County chapter of the national organization has distributed more than $5 million to its community members. In keeping with that spirit, HCUW's $2,500 award will be used to support High Country Visions Council projects.

Thumbs-up: to Christmas tree safety. The Boone Fire Department advises that 'tis the season to be "fire smart" when it comes to Christmas trees and holiday decorations. Fresh trees with green needles that are placed at least two feet from heating sources and decorated with approved lights -- not candles -- will make for a happier holiday.