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Coal Towns Were Counting On Tourism For New Jobs. Then Coronavirus Hit.

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On a recent sunny weekday, Bill Currey proudly walks among 30 neatly stacked, brightly colored plastic kayaks. Birds chirp merrily, and the soothing sounds of the meandering Coal River permeate the background — nature’s version of a white noise machine.  For the tanned Currey, who also owns an industrial real estate company, being here, on… Read More

Volunteers swim in Peachtree Falls after cleaning up trash in the nearby creek.

Two Decades of Resistance: Coal River Mountain Watch Takes Stock at 20

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Coal River Mountain Watch’s history of resistance to mountaintop coal mining is plastered across the wood-paneled walls of the group’s modest office in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Framed photos, many of demonstrators being handcuffed, dot the walls. In the back of the building, a floor-to-ceiling length tapestry depicts the “true cost of coal” as envisioned… Read More