Glynis Board

Reporter/Producer

Glynis Board hails from the northern panhandle of West Virginia. She’s now based in Morgantown where she’s been reporting for West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 2012. She covers a broad range of topics including arts and culture, women’s issues, and developments in the oil and gas industry. She’s also especially interested in covering news from the northern panhandle where she grew up.

Before reporting the news, Glynis worked in the production department at WV PBS since 2004, contributing with video editing and film making skills to such documentaries as Frank Kearns: American Correspondent, The Last Mission: Establishing the Rule of Law in Iraq, and Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice.

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Law Enforcement
1:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

What is Synthetic Marijuana?

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  Two businesses in Morgantown are accused of illegally selling a drug known as synthetic marijuana. Law enforcement leaders are working with United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, to investigate but so far no charges have been filed.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and other sources, synthetic marijuana refers to herbs and plant materials that are sprayed with chemicals designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. It’s often marketed as incense and labeled “not for human consumption.” While not exclusively generated out of Asia, law officials indicate China may be a major source of production.

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Chemical Safety
11:27 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Transparency is Key in Aboveground Tank Rulemaking, Expert Says

Evan Hansen, Downstream Strategies
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  The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection announced last week that they are seeking public input on what should be included in the rules to regulate aboveground storage tanks. The director of a Morgantown-based environmental consulting firm is hoping to be able to see who is submitting ideas, and what those ideas are.

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Law Enforcement
2:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Synthetic Marijuana Bust in Morgantown

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United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, was joined by other law enforcement leaders on Wednesday to announce actions taken against businesses in Morgantown that are accused of illegally selling synthetic marijuana.

The businesses known as Mid-Nite Adult and the X-Hale Hookah Lounge were searched early this week and assets from them have been seized, including their business licenses as well as all inventory of a Schedule I controlled substance which has similar effects as traditional marijuana.

The businesses are accused of selling significant amounts of the synthetic cannabinoids commonly packaged and labeled as, “Spice‚” “Herbal Incense‚” or “K2.” Officials say undercover controlled purchases were made from both businesses and then the substances acquired were submitted to the DEA's Mid-Atlantic Laboratory for analysis.

It's suspected that in just under two years the businesses collectively generated over $4 million in sales.

According to Ihlenfeld, no criminal charges have been filed, and the investigation is ongoing.

Environment
10:11 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Air Pollution Improving in West Virginia But, There's More Ozone

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A report just released by American Lung Association, “State of the Air 2014,” shows air pollution in West Virginia’s metropolitan areas has generally improved but, there’s more ozone, or smog, in every county where it was measured.


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Recreation
3:15 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Private Citizens Spring for Spring Paddling Season Access Road

J.L. Pretzel Contracting of Bruceton Mills was hired to do the work. An industrial jackhammer shattered car-bottom bashing rocks and follow-up grading was done by a heavy duty skid steer. The job required three full days. Fundraising continues. The resulting road, while still bouncy, is much easier for ordinary vehicles to traverse.
Credit courtesy of Friends of the Cheat

Private citizens are stepping up to repair a Preston County road important to the whitewater industry there. The state doesn’t have the means to get to the Cheat Canyon access road, so Friends of the Cheat River are doing the work.

The road to the take-out for the Cheat Canyon and Big Sandy whitewater runs had deteriorated and outfitters in the area were considering cancelling trips because of the poor conditions.

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Holocaust Remembrence Day
9:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

WVU Students Remember The Holocaust

Unto Every Person There Is A Name 2014 Holocaust names reading organized by WVU Hillel
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Each year for the past 17 years in Morgantown, WVU Hillel together with faculty and community remember the Holocaust by reading names of victims for 24 continuous hours. Students and community members get through about 10,000 names each year. At that rate, if they had access to all the names of the 11 million victims, the annual tradition would continue for about 1,000 years more. Organizers say they work to humanize the victims in an effort to remember the depths to which humanity can sink.

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Land Management
8:52 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Getting a Grip on Landslides in W.Va.

Credit Steve Kite

Land in West Virginia is prone to sliding. We see it throughout the state along many steep slopes: retaining walls, rock falls, and road slips, and more. One geologist from West Virginia University says there’s more we can do to help prevent these landslides.


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Black Lung
9:14 am
Thu April 24, 2014

New Coal Dust Regulations Revealed

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Rulemakers are moving to make good on a 40-year-old promise to end black lung with the announcement of new coal dust regulations. Officials from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Department of Labor, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration announced new coal dust regulations.


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Podcast
9:06 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rural Healthcare and Technology, Hippie Homesteaders, and Ramps

West Virginia Morning on this Earth Day includes a report on healthcare in the state, considering some new technologies; also: Hippie Homesteaders and what they've brought to the state; and it's ramp season!

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Religious Community
9:53 am
Mon April 21, 2014

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia Develops Its Third Pastoral Letter

Michael Iafrate, center, walks with his daughter Hazel during a coal miner rally in Charleston, W. Va. Iafrate is a doctoral student of theology from Wheeling. He is a board member of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia and the chair of the pastoral committee. Iafrate will also be the lead author of the third pastoral letter, which will likely be published in 2015. (Photo courtesy Michael Iafrate)

A Wheeling native who is a doctoral student studying Liberation theology will be the lead author of a new Pastoral letter in the works.

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Paranormal Experiences
1:15 am
Fri April 18, 2014

W.Va. Ghost Story Archive Calls For Submissions

Haunted Farm House
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WVGhosts.com is an archive of WV ghost stories, and they're looking for more submissions.

Jonathan Moore of Pax, W.Va. started collecting WV ghost stories nearly 15 years ago because, well, he kept hearing them.

“Neighbors would just be telling me about their stories, and stories within Pax and I decided to take those stories and gather more from other people around WV in order to develop an archive for WV, for other people to read and share their experiences,” said Moore.

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Appalahian Cuisine
10:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Salt Rising Bread: An Appalachian Tradition of Longing and Wild Microbes

Salt Rising Bread, an enigmatic yeastless Appalachian soul food that inspires fond memories of grandmothers.
Credit Susan Brown and Jenny Bardwell

Salt Rising Bread is an Appalachian traditional bread made without yeast. It’s a baking custom that can be traced back to the 1800s. But not much has been documented about the bread or its history, so two women in Mt. Morris, Pa., began a quest to understand the hows and whys behind a tradition that seems to captivate anyone who catches wind of it. Bakers Jenny Bardwell and Susan Brown have been researching the bread for 20 years.

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Environment
12:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Cheat Canyon Property Bought by Conservation Groups

The canyon is about 1000 feet deep, entirely forested, and well-known for its whitewater. Director of the WV Chapter of the Nature Conservancy Rodney Bartgis says the area is also interesting because it’s home to some rare and endangered earthlings such as the Cheat threetoothed snail, and the Indiana Bat.

A segment of the Cheat Canyon will become a state wildlife management area and a nature preserve.

The 3,800-acre property stretches about 7 miles from Albright's outskirts to a segment of Sandy Creek in northern West Virginia.

The Conservation Fund and the Nature Conservancy bought the property from The Forestland Group. The conservation groups plan to transfer the property to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources over the next two years for establishment of a wildlife management area.

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WV Workforce
10:01 am
Mon April 14, 2014

W.Va. Pipe Trades Apprentices Compete

Welding Competition at the annual W.Va. Pipe Trades Competition
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The annual W.Va. Pipe Trades Apprentice Contest took place last week in Wheeling.

Awards:

Top Pipe fitter apprentice: Morgan Morgan – Local 83, Wheeling

Prize: $750, oxygen acetylene torch, gauges and hoses

Top Welding apprentice: William “Kieth” Kidd – Local 83, Wheeling

Prize: $750, Lincoln welding machine, welding hood and gear

Top Plumbing apprentice: Kenneth Raulston Jr. – Local 152, Morgantown

Prize: $750, tubing cutters, plumbing tools and tool bag

Top H.V.A.C. apprentice: Roger Harris – Local 625, Charleston

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Recycling
11:42 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Event Service Organization Aims For Zero-Waste Future

Recent Pumpkin Drop event at West Virginia University where Green Earth Event Services diverted hundreds of pounds of waste from landfills and instead sent it to feed pigs at a nearby farm.

Zero-waste events--that’s the goal of one start-up organization in Morgantown. Green Earth Event Services was founded by Morgantown resident Garth Lindley in 2011. The organization provides recycling and composting services and Lindley says that while there's a learning curve among public they interact with,  he's surprised by the overall enthusiasm he receives wherever the organization sets up.

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Appalachian Culture
11:13 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Wheeling Jesuit University Invites Public "Celebration of Appalachia"

Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling just kicked off what will be a month-long celebration of all-things Appalachia. “Celebrate Appalachia” is the name of the series of lectures and events.

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Poverty
8:28 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Minimum Wage Bus Rolls into Charleston

Minimum Wage Bus in Charleston
Credit Americans United for Change

An organization working to lobby law makers to raise the minimum wage made a stop in Charleston today. The group called, Americans United for Change, is behind a tour across the country the in the "Give America a Raise” bus.

While in the state, they are joined by West Virginia Citizen Action Group, local faith and labor leaders, a small business owner, and low-wage workers.

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Agriculture
10:06 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Marshall Co. Student Wins $10,000 Scholarship with Mushroom Business Plan

Sierra Cook says she didn't expect to win. She has also been accepted into the Business and Economics School at WVU. While no decisions are final yet, she says she’d really like to attend.
Credit WVU

West Virginia University hosted the state’s inaugural high school business plan competition. Sierra Cook, a Glen Dale resident and a senior from John Marshall High School took first prize: a $10,000 college scholarship to be used at any of nine WV schools.

Cook says her interest in the mushrooms was sparked when she learned about their health benefits. She believes the niche-market business idea to grow and sell shitake and miyake mushrooms has a lot of potential to take off.

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Ultra-Athletics
9:31 am
Wed March 26, 2014

West Virginia Doctor Walks 1,000 Miles to Win Alaskan Iditarod Trail Invitational

John Logar, with a mile to go to finish the Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Credit Nils Hahn / The Nome Nugget newspaper

The Iditarod. Referred to as the Last Great Race on Earth. The annual long-distance sled dog race occurs in early March from Anchorage, Alaska, northwest to Nome—just over 1000 miles. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs cover the distance in about a fortnight. But there’s another event, the Iditarod Trail Invitational, which covers the same route, but by foot, bike, or ski. This year, a Tucker County resident won the race on foot.

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Story of the Jews
12:12 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Educates W.Va. Youth

A Young Edith Levy. Holocaust survivor, and Morgantown resident. Born in Vienna, Austria, 1930.

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.
 

We continue our ongoing series exploring the Jewish community in the state as we introduce you to Dr. Edith Levy, a Holocaust survivor who has dedicated years of her life to educating young West Virginians about the holocaust.

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