Jessica graduates summa cum Laude

The graduation included accolades from faculty and their rendition of "Somewhere after Massage School" followed by diplomas an a pot luck lunch in the picnic shelter at Nellies Cave Park. Then I had to take my leave to go write my submission for llrx on FISA. Tomorrow, some folks from Mountian Justice are driving down to Wise County to attend the Citizen Air Pollution Control Board hearing on the proposed coal plant, where we'll be advocating for clean energy, not coal.

Monday, June 23

3 p.m. -- Site tour on Black Mountain
We'll meet at municipal parking lot across from Town Hall in downtown Appalachia, Virginia, to travel to the top of Black Mountain, where you can view the thousands of acres of Virginia land destroyed due to mountaintop removal coal mining, a stark contrast with the protected land which lies directly over over the Kentucky border.

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
-- Hike on Roaring Branch
We'll meet Anna Hess of the Clinch Coalition at the pull-off on 23 between Appalachia and Big Stone Gap.

7 p.m. -- Spaghetti Dinner
at the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) office at 217 Main Street in downtown Appalachia, followed by the Breezy Holl'r Band at the Appalachia Amphitheater across the street.

Tuesday, June 24

7:45 to 9 a.m. -- Breakfast
J. J. Kelly High School cafeteria in Wise, Virginia and signup for Public Comment period

9 a.m. -- Virginia Citizen's Air Pollution Control Board Meeting
Held in Auditorium of J. J. Kelly High School in Wise, Virginia