N.C. environmental departments have lost funding and staff as pollution complaints continue to rise.
On Jan. 23, the EPA enacted the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), which re-defined what constitutes the waters of the United States. Co-owner of Red Tail Grains LLC Daniel Cowan said he is not enthusiastic about the regulations. “Ultimately, I think regulations are generally there to protect the farmer. Especially if we’re talking about common resources,” Cowan said. “If there’s no regulation, then any fisherman can fish as much as they want, but if you have regulations, then it protects all of the fishermen.”
In 1959, there were only 26 Black students enrolled at UNC. Since Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the University the following year, the enrollment and empowerment of Black students has grown, and the effects of his visit can still be seen on campus today.
At the last meeting of the Chapel Hill Community Policing Advisory Committee, several key issues were discussed such as campus safety, data tracking and availability and community listening sessions.
North Carolina is one of ten East Coast states that are fighting the Trump Administration's proposal to expand offshore drilling. Although some people say that offshore drilling may provide economic benefits, there is bipartisan support against the measure, with lawmakers arguing that it will hurt the environment and impact tourism in coastal communities.
On Nov. 5, Temne along with Ashton Powell and Jillian La Serna were elected to serve their first terms on the CHCCS Board of Education. Returning member Rani Dasi was also chosen to serve another term on the board.
“I hope to bring my expertise on education,” La Serna said. “I’m bringing that background knowledge to ask questions and to make data-based decisions for our district to try to improve education for every single student in the district.”
Powell will focus on putting students first by mending the gap between students and the Board.
In the midst of election season, the state court has ruled to prohibit further use of current congressional maps.
On Oct. 23, the Democratic Women of Orange County (DWOC) hosted a “Date with the Candidates” speed dating event at the Chapel Hill Public Library, and many of the candidates running for municipal offices in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough were in attendance.
Candidates and participants discuss their plans in small group discussions at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Wednesday, October 23.