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National parks and the dollars and sense of the government shut-down

I have discovered a silver lining to the government shut-down: national parks are getting publicity. As someone whose professional life is dedicated to helping protect Shenandoah National Park, I am heartened that the status of national parks is featured in many of the public debates on the shut-down. Americans love their national parks. Denying them […]

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City’s transit director departure means new era for system

The manager of Charlottesville Area Transit is leaving his position at the end of this week to operate the regional system that serves Vermont’s largest city. Bill Watterson addressing the NCBC in May 2011 (Source: Andrew Shurtleff/Daily Progress) “I’m going to leap from the land of Thomas Jefferson to the land of Ethan Allen,” said […]

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Democrats nominate Huja, Galvin and Smith for City Council

Voters participating in the Charlottesville Democratic Party’s firehouse primary have selected Satyendra Huja, Kathleen Galvin and Dede Smith as their nominees to run for the City Council race on November 8. Huja and Galvin were nominated on the first round of counting in the party’s selection process, which used an instant run-off procedure to ensure […]

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Supervisors approve office building for UVA health system

The Albemarle Board of Supervisors has approved a rezoning that will allow the University of Virginia Health Services Foundation to construct what will be the second-largest office building in the county. The rezoning came Wednesday despite objections from residents of the adjacent Buckingham Circle neighborhood, which is located to the west of the intersection of […]