DUBLIN, Va. (AP) _ Proposed updates to Claytor Lake State Park’s master plan will be discussed at a public meeting later this month. The proposals include construction of a new park office and welcome center, trails, picnic shelters, cabins, an amphitheater and a three-slip boat dock. The draft master plan also includes restoration of the historic Howe House and improvements to bathhouses, trails and the road that leads to the cabins. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has scheduled the meeting for Aug. 24 at the park’s Water’s Edge Meeting Facility in Dublin. State park master plans are updated every 10 years.
BRISTOL, Va. (AP) _ Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the fourth big coal producer to do so within the last two years. The company operates about 60 coal mines throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Wyoming. Coal prices have plunged in recent years as utilities have switched increasingly to natural gas, partly because of price, but also because of changing regulations. President Barack Obama on Monday is expected to require even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants. Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is based in Bristol, Virginia, Rivals Patriot Coal Corp., Walter Energy Inc. and James River Coal Co., have already sought bankruptcy protection.
From the Salem Museum: For the fourth year, the Salem Museum is participating in the “Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifact” program of the Virginia Association of Museums. Nominated this year for the increasingly popular statewide poll: a collection of photos from 1937 to 1943 taken for the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office. And until August 23rd, anyone can take part in the online voting. “These photos certainly would count as endangered,” said John Long, Salem Museum Director. While the collection has been somewhat stabilized with archival, acid-free enclosures, many of the original negatives and photos require conservation, Long noted. “Some negatives are brittle, some photos faded, and there is little organization of the hundreds of envelopes. The entire collection would greatly benefit from a digitization effort. But the first step is raising awareness, and the Top 10 program will help us do just that.”
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