Welcome to the new Blue Ridge Muse

This highway leads to the shadowy tip of reality: you’re on a through route to the land of the different, the bizarre, the unexplainable…Go as far as you like on this road. Its limits are only those of mind itself. Ladies and Gentlemen, you’re entering the wondrous dimension of imagination. Next stop….The New Blue Ridge […]

Budget woes cut VDoT's snow capability

UPDATE (Monday, Dec. 21, 2009): The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDoT) admitted today it fell short of its goal of having all roads in their coverage area scraped at least once within 48 hours of a snow storm. “We didn’t make it,” said Jason Bond of VDoT. Residents of secondary roads throughout Southwestern Virginia already […]

The art of snow

Snow adds its own perspective to the landscape and transforms even mundane, everyday machines into a work of winterland art. The transformation of my Jeep Wrangler from utilitarian daily driver into a work of snow art by Friday night’s snow storm almost made me want to leave it undisturbed Saturday but I needed the Jeep […]

Floyd County Schools closed Monday and Tuesday

With a number of county roads still awaiting the arrival of a snow plow and other roads slick and hazardous, Floyd County’s public schools are closed both Monday and Tuesday, effectively giving students the rest of the year off. The schools were originally scheduled for closing Wednesday, Dec. for the Christmas break and set to […]

It could have been much worse

In retrospect the late autumn storm that dumped one to two feet of snow on Southwestern Virginia could have been much worse for Floyd County. Clogged roads in many parts of the region trapped drivers and passengers in their cares. Not so here. Roanoke, it appears, got more snow than most parts of Floyd County. […]