Another of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine’s home bases, Asheville, N.C., has long been celebrated as a top outdoor hub. It was named Beer City, U.S.A., and is considered one of the best craft beer destinations in the country. It also has an impressive music scene, a burgeoning local food movement, and is home to Biltmore Estate—whose surrounding grounds are home to miles of intown singletrack.The French Broad River flows right through town, and breweries line its banks in the River Arts District, making it possible to float downriver and climb ashore at a pub for a perfect summer afternoon.A growing number of trails and greenways are being built in town, including extensions to the Reed Creek Greenway and the UNC-Asheville Trail system. The Mountains to Sea Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway also run right through town.But the best adventures are found just outside city limits; Bent Creek and surrounding Pisgah National Forest are home to some of the best singletrack in Southern Appalachia. Trail runners flock to the area for epic races like Shut-In and the Mount Mitchell Challenge. Road cyclists love to train and race the steep, winding mountain roads surrounding Asheville. Asheville is especially known for its world-class paddling community; the French Broad, Pigeon, Nolichucky, and Nantahala Rivers are all nearby, and so is the Green River, which hosts one of the biggest downriver races in the country.DID YOU KNOW? The Mountains to Sea Trail—which passes through Asheville—stretches more than 900 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park all the way to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. And the newly constructed French Broad River Paddle Trail stretches 140 miles from the headwaters of the French Broad all the way to Douglas Lake in Tennessee. enables paddlers and canoeists toVote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!
Share 191 Views 4 comments Share Share Tweet LocalNews Dominica did not sign communiqué to expel USAID – Ambassador Henderson by: – June 25, 2012 Sharing is caring! Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vince HendersonDominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vince Henderson has denied that Dominica signed unto a communiqué with ALBA calling for the immediate withdrawal of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from member countries of the alliance.The ALBA communiqué was published in the Cuban newspaper Granma as well as Aletho News website.The communiqué indicated that USAID participates in “open interference” in the internal politics of the ALBA countries, under the excuse of “planning and administering economic and humanitarian assistance for the whole world outside of the United States,” financing non-governmental organizations and actions and projects designed to destabilize the legitimate governments which do not share their common interests.It said the foreign ministers of ALBA met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 21 and resolved to immediately expel USAID and its delegates or representatives from their countries, due to the fact that they consider their presence and actions to constitute an interference which threatens the sovereignty and stability of our nations.It listed the governments of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominica, Nicaragua and Venezuela as having signed the resolution.However Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vince Henderson who formed part of the Rio de Janeiro delegation told the Next Level radio program on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 that Dominica did not sign the document.“I was responsible for coordinating the meetings of the delegation and the prime minister informed me that we should not mention anything about the situation and we shouldn’t sign unto anything like that,” he said.Henderson also noted that the way in which ALBA operates may have to be “looked into”.Meanwhile, ALBA Coordinator and Ambassador to Venezuela, Dr. Philbert Aaron who did not attend the meeting said he did not have anything to add to what Ambassador Henderson said. Dominica Vibes News
IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,173; 2. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,160; 3. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,133; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,119; 5. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,111; 6. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, 1,101; 7. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,080; 8. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 1,075; 9. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,073; 10. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark., 1,070; 11. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,054; 12. Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 1,051; 13. Rob Slott, New Waverly, Texas, 1,044; 14. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 1,040; 15. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,033; 16. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 1,009; 17. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 1,006; 18. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 1,003; 19. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa, 998; 20. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 996.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 781; 2. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 777; 3. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 776; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 769; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 746; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 709; 7. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 663; 8. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 662; 9. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 623; 10. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., 615; 11. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 594; 12. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 583; 13. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 580; 14. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 577; 15. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 550; 16. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 543; 17. Tim Simpson, Iowa City, Iowa, 523; 18. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 511; 19. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 492; 20. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 481.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 787; 2. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 753; 3. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 735; 4. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 727; 5. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 681; 6. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 669; 7. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 644; 8. Casey Burkham, Combine, Texas, 633; 9. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 630; 10. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 625; 11. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., and Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, both 618; 13. Tucker Doughty, Sunnyvale, Texas, 612; 14. Steve McMackin, Greenville, Texas, 596; 15. Kyle A. Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pa., 587; 16. Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D., 561; 17. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 560; 18. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 552; 19. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 546; 20. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., 544.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,160; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,119; 4. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,101; 5. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,085; 6. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,077; 7. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,076; 8. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 1,065; 9. Bryce Pritchett, Combine, Texas, 1,055; 10. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,031; 11. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 991; 12. Calvin Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 986; 13. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., and Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, both 970; 15. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 965; 16. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 959; 17. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 957; 18. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 954; 19. Chris Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 935; 20. Troy Jerovetz, Webster City, Iowa, 914.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 1,195; 2. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,151; 3. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,137; 4. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,118; 5. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,100; 6. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,060; 7. Justin Wacha, Vinton, Iowa, 1,041; 8. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 1,026; 9. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1,024; 10. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 975; 11. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 955; 12. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 942; 13. Brooke Russell, Hays, Kan., 931; 14. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 928; 15. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 925; 16. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 913; 17. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 908; 18. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 887; 19. Luke Wassom, Broken Bow, Neb., 883; 20. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 863.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,164; 2. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,150; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,145; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,121; 5. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 1,120; 6. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,115; 7. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 1,106; 8. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 1,103; 9. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo., 1,095; 10. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,090; 11. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 1,089; 12. Brandon Setser, Davenport, Iowa, 1,083; 13. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,071; 14. Austin Svoboda, David City, Neb., and Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb., both 1,036; 16. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 1,032; 17. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,031; 18. Tyler Watts, Beloit, Kan., 1,030; 19. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 980; 20. Justin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 973.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,165; 2. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,144; 3. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,113; 4. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,090; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,089; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,064; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 980; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 961; 9. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 800; 10. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 745; 11. Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, 718; 12. J.P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, and Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, each 705; 16. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 695; 17. Edward Grmela Jr., Hewitt, Texas, 688; 18. Nick Clinkenbeard, Weatherford, Texas, 673; 19. Chase Vineyard, Davis, Okla., 664; 20. Brayden Wyatt, Wichita Falls, Texas, 660.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Bubba Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,124; 2. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,064; 3. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 1,051; 4. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 1,050; 5. Dustin Virkus, Clarkfield, Minn., 1,039; 6. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,021; 7. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 1,015; 8. Andrew Harris, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,011; 9. Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, and Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., both 1,008; 11. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 986; 12. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 981; 13. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 977; 14. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 934; 15. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 808; 16. Jeff Klinkefus, Golden, Colo., 774; 17. Brian Bagent, Killeen, Texas, 772; 18. Clifton Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 771; 19. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., 764; 20. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 758.