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Starting January 1, visitors to Grandfather Mountain will notice an increase in admission costs. Admission for adults (ages 13-59) will be $20, seniors (ages 60+) $18 and children (ages 4-12) $9 each. Children under the age of four are always free.

This increase in admission cost comes after a decision from the North Carolina State Legislature to expand the state sales tax to include ticket sales at nonprofit attractions throughout the state. Based on visitation during 2013, Grandfather Mountain’s sales tax bill in 2014 is likely to increase by $200,000 or more.

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At last week's League of Women Voters forum, Katie Hicks from Clean Water for North Carolina spoke to those in attendance about the process of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” its implementation here in North Carolina and some possible effects it could have on the environment.

The issue has been garnering a lot of attention since last summer when Senate Bill 820 legalized hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

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Dear EarthTalk: I like the feel of carpeting, but I’m concerned about all the chemicals. What are some good nonchemical (but still soft!) options? — Jennifer Jones, Madison, Wisc.

Modern day carpets, in all their plush and stain-resistant glory, are wonders of technology and help make our homes and workplaces more comfortable. But the typical carpet, made from petroleum-based synthetic fibers, contains dozens of chemicals and gases, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other potential toxins—and they can compromise indoor air quality for years on end and cause dangerous reactions in the sensitive among us, including little ones and the elderly.

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The 21st annual Organic Growers School, will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, at the University of North Carolina- Asheville in Asheville. On the schedule is a weekend of workshops for beginning gardeners to advanced commercial growers plus a trade show and seed exchange, silent auction, Children’s Program, and on Friday March 7, an on-farm session.

Cost is $45 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday (Early Bird Registration by Feb. 17). Additional $15 for registration after Feb. 17 and on day of school. Register online at www.organicgrowersschool.org; register by phone at 828.342.1849, or request a mailed registration form to meredith@ organicgrowersschool.org or (828) 582-5039.

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