Stand up that mountain

Worth reading.

Jay Leutze has written a book about a five-year battle in which the little guys go up against a mining company and state officals, and win. Leutze was living in Northwestern North Carolina, way out in the country. A non-practicing lawyer, he was working on a novel, when one day he received a phone call from an outraged fourteen year old neighbor, Ashley Cook. She told him that a mining company was intent on tearing down Bluevelt Mountain, which towers above their little town, and it was in direct violation of the Mining Act of 1971. She wanted Leutze, with his legal training, to join their cause. Leutze ascertained that she was right, and joined the fight. Stand Up That Mountain chronicles the journey this band of Appalachian Folk, Jay Leutze, and eventually lawyers for the Southern Environmental Law Center, against the mining company and state officials.


Speaking of mountains

How's about we all get activated in support of one of the brightest political stars in the state, in my humble opinion.

UPCOMING EVENTS for Patsy Keever
Join us at events throughout NC’s 10th Congressional District!

Meet & Greet with Elaine Marshall
When: Saturday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Gaston County Democratic HQ, Jemima Street, Gastonia, NC
What: Meet & Greet with Elaine Marshall, NC Secretary of State
Contact: Tiffany Reynolds Richardson at or 919-803-4091

Polk County Fundraiser
When: Tuesday, July 24, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Orchard Inn, 100 Orchard Inn Lane, Saluda, NC 28773
What: Fundraiser for Patsy Keever
Contact: Margaret Johnson,, 828-894-3219

Black Mountain House Party
When: Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Jack & Peggy Buchanan's, N. 112 Doughterty St, Black Mountain, NC
What: Party for Susan Wilson, Ellen Frost & Patsy Keever
Contact: Matt Jaccarino, or 828-337-3749

Buncombe Young Democrats Fundraiser
When: Thursday, August 2, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Where: More information coming soon.