Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Tundra the snowy owl has died


Some of what’s going around this week:

-Tundra the snowy owl has died. The sad news was delivered via Facebook from Carlton Burke of Carolina Mountains Naturalists. Burke cared for the beautiful bird of prey after it turned up  three years ago in Transylvania County, apparently malnourished from straying so far south. Sightings of snowy owls this far south are extremely rare, and Tundra the Snowy Owl became an instant media sensation. Here’s the statement from Burke:

In Memory of Tundra, the Snowy Owl
It is with a heavy heart and a lot of sadness that I must announce that Tundra the Snowy Owl has passed away. Tundra suddenly came down with a mysterious, debilitating, neurological illness that progressed over a period of several weeks resulting in his death. In spite of blood tests, numerous x-rays, exams, and consultations with various veterinarians, nothing definitive could be identified as the culprit causing the problems. Treatments with several steroids brought about temporary improvement but could not stop whatever disease or virus that was present.
Tundra brought so much joy, excitement and inspiration to so many people in the community during the years we cared for him and he is really going to be missed as this bird made such a big impact on all of those that saw him or heard about his unusual story. As his keeper and rehabilitator, I am especially saddened but also feel lucky that I was able to work with this “once in a lifetime” type of bird and will continue to keep on working with rescuing and rehabilitating other local birds of prey. A big thank-you to all those folks that have helped out with Tundra’s expenses and also to those who felt as I did -that Tundra was a very special bird indeed.
Carlton Burke
Carolina Mountain Naturalists

-City of Asheville officials are still awaiting a N.C. Supreme Court decision regarding control of the city’s water system. The latest info points to a possible Dec. 21 decision.

-French Broad Brewing has launched a three-part brew series based on its popular Wee Heavy-er. The beer has been an Asheville staple for several years, so the thought with the series is to put some new twists on an already known flavor, the brewery says. The first part of the series is a smoked cherry. It is everything that you would normally expect from the Scotch ale. The other parts to the series are yet to be determined.

-The Uniquely Asheville Art Collection by John Haldane is coming to the Green Sage Cafe South on Jan. 3, according to a press release. More:

Haldane is a published professional artist living in Asheville. His artwork has been featured in fine art galleries in Arizona and North Carolina, and in calendars, books, and magazines. He captures the people, places, and activity of our mountain town in photographs and then turns them into amazing pieces of art. You will see drawings, paintings, and unique interpretations of familiar and unfamiliar people and places.

In addition to his websites ( and and this show at the Green Sage South, his art is available at the Kress Emporium on Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville. His fantasy art is in the ZaPOW Gallery (opening in 2017).

-Asheville Art in the Park (AAitP) and the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) have announced that the 2017-18 Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant application is now open, according to a press release. More:

This grant is offered to qualifying committed artists in Western North Carolina to enhance public spaces and highlight the role of local artists within the community. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2017 at 5 pm. The AAAC will hold an information session, Jan. 18 at 5 pm, at the AAAC’s Refinery Creator Space, located at 207 Coxe Ave. Asheville, NC 28801.

To learn more about past Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant recipients and projects visit If you have any questions, please contact Janelle Wienke, AAAC Grants Manager, by phone at (828) 258-0710 or email at

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Barry Summers December 13, 2016 - 11:48 am

City of Asheville officials are still awaiting a N.C. Supreme Court decision regarding control of the city’s water system.

As I predicted, no Dec. 9th decision was issued. In fact, NO decisions were issued, despite the fact that they must be piling up – no decisions have been issued since September. Isn’t that interesting?

The latest info points to a possible Dec. 21 decision.

And yet, as of today, Tuesday the 13th, the NC Supreme Court opinion page still says that the next date for filing is: Dec. 9th. What’s going on down there?

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