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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Chemical Leak
8:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Found Formaldehyde Begs Basic Questions, Expert Says

Marc Glass is a principal researcher in charge of evaluation and remediation of environmental contamination in soil and water for the environmental consulting firm Downstream Strategies. He’s been testing water samples for private residents affected by the Elk River chemical spill. While his results haven’t turned up any traces of formaldehyde, it is something they’ve been testing for.

How long did the Freedom tank leak?

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Horizontal Drilling
1:26 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Fracking Waste: What Is It & What Do We Do About It

Credit Baker Hughes

The natural gas boom continues to sound in what have become the northern gas fields of West Virginia. State lawmakers are working on ways to take maximum advantage of the economic benefits that are coming with it. The other byproduct authorities are grappling with is an excess of waste products, which, without proper disposal, can threaten public health.

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Weather
12:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Subzero Temps Make For Slow Snow Removal

Credit Submitted Photo / WVDOT

It looks like winter won’t let up this month and that’s making snow removal more difficult than usual. A dangerous and frustrating combination of factors is leaving many to brave perilous road conditions.

Department of Highways District Manager Greg Phillips says the worst combination of factors is making traveling anywhere a dangerous ordeal. His district includes Monongalia County which, for example, has 1,000 miles of roads that need to be cleared.

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Chemical Leak
1:18 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Candle Light Vigil Held in Response to Elk River Chemical Spill

Candle light vigil outside the state capitol building just a mile from where a chemical spill left 300,000 without access to their water.
Credit Perry Bennett / Flickr

Hundreds braved bad weather to gather at the state’s capitol to rally in response to the Elk River chemical spill. The solidarity stretched across the state, the country and perhaps around the world with other small group and private vigils. Pictures from various events flowed through social media channels.

*Special thanks to Steve Schmidt who collected sound for that segment from the Capitol last night.

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Technology
1:17 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Realistic Tug Boat Simulator Puts W.Va. on The Map

Director John Whiteley at in the pilothouse of a simulated Coast Guard boat...
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

A new tool to train riverboat workers allows trainees to smack into bridges and barges without risking millions of dollars in damages.

The tri-state port of Huntington is the largest inland port in America—bigger than Baltimore and bigger than Philadelphia, based on the tonnage that travels through. That river activity accounts for more than a billion and a half dollars of West Virginia’s economy, as well as some 10,000 jobs. And the inland maritime industry is projecting 1.5 percent in job growth annually over the next decade.

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Chemical Leak
7:16 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Worldwide Candle Light Vigil Planned in Response to Elk River Chemical Spill

Candles lit in Alabama for West Virginian residents.
Credit Jennie Jane Hargrove

Many residents affected by the Elk River chemical spill contend that their water is still not safe to drink. Groups across the world are organizing candlelight vigils in response to the Elk River chemical spill, "in solidarity with West Virginians; to honor and protect all water."

In an email, environmental groups such as Coal River Mountain Watch, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, and Keepers of the Mountains invited others to attend a vigil in Charleston and encouraged people to start their own.

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Literature
9:51 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Gandhi's Life as a Lawyer Revealed

Mahatma Gandhi is widely recognized as a leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India who employed nonviolent civil disobedience, inspiring movements for civil rights across the world. A professor at West Virginia University’s College of Law recently published book that explores a side of Gandhi most are not familiar with: his early years as a lawyer in South Africa. It’s the first extensive examination into this chapter of Gandhi’s life.

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Sports
1:37 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

(Another) Decorated International Shooter Joins WVU Rifle Team

Ziva Dvorsak, Junior at WVU, joins No. 3 Rifle Team in the US
Credit Uroš Hočevar / Delo

Junior Ziva Dvorsak who hails from Slovenia just enrolled at West Virginia University and will join the No. 3-ranked rifle team this spring. As a  member of the Slovenian National Team, she competed at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and finished 11th in the women's 10m air rifle. She also placed 36th  another event, women's 50m 3 positions.

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Chemical Leaks
6:27 am
Wed January 15, 2014

If It's Good Enough to Wash Coal, Is It Good Enough to Wash Me?

“If it’s good enough to wash coal, it’s good enough to wash me.” That’s a tweet that supposedly went out from the West Virginia Coal Association in response to the Elk River chemical spill. No such remark exists on the association's feed today, but the sentiment sparked reactions from many, including one southern W.Va. health campaign. In the aftermath of the MCHM spill, they’re bringing up questions about certain coal mining practices.

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Breaking
5:25 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

What is Crude MCHM?

Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute

For the latest in understanding the chemical compound Crude MCHM that was leaked into the Elk River, we reached out to the West Virginia Water Research Institute.

Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, describes the chemical leaked from Freedom Industries into the Elk River, Crude MCHM, as a kind of detergent used to clean coal, a surfactant.

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Science
11:16 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Can Gold, Sunlight, and Water Make Hydrogen Fuel?

Scott Cushing gives a talk at WVU
Credit WVU

Charleston native and West Virginia University graduate student Scott Cushing is in pursuit of one of the holy grails of energy sourcing: instead of using gasoline, or other fossil fuels with harmful emissions, he aims to use water and the sun to harvest hydrogen gas.

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Weather
3:15 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

West Virginians Urged to Stay Safe, Warm During Extreme Cold

Credit Wikimedia Commons

From the W.Va. Dept. of Military Affairs and Public Safety:

Temperatures are forecasted to plunge well below zero degrees Fahrenheit throughout the state over the next 24 hours, and West Virginians are urged to take precautions. The severe cold and dangerous wind chills bring the threat of hypothermia and frostbite from prolonged exposure. Unsafe efforts to stay warm, meanwhile, can lead to fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Experts advise the following:
 

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Christmas
11:49 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Detained Juveniles Celebrate Vets for Christmas

The Kenneth Honey Rubenstein Center in Davis is the largest juvenile detention facility in the state with room for 84 juveniles. The minimum security facility features a program called Governor’s Adolescent Leadership Academy (GALA). Cabinet Secretary of the WV Dept. of Military Public Affairs and Safety, Joseph Thornton, says when the facility was being built several years ago, the intention was to go beyond establishing required vocational and educational programs.

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Economy
12:46 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Who Owns West Virginia? Part Two

Highlighted areas denote counties where Heartwood properties are located.
Credit Heartwood Forestland Fund

According to a recent report, the top 25 landowners in West Virginia own about 20 percent of the surface in the state. And perhaps not surprisingly, most of those landowners live elsewhere. The report, released by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, is the first to take a close look at land ownership since the 1970s and it’s created quite a stir.

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Agriculture
10:44 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Raw Milk in W.Va.? Farmer Says SWEET, DHHR Says SOUR

A petition being passed around West Virginia through the Change.org web site is pushing legislators to change Raw Milk laws in the state. “Consumers should have the right to eat and drink foods they believe will benefit them,” the petition reads. Not everyone agrees.

Farmer Says Sweet

Tinia Creamer is a young farmer in the Huntington area who is outspoken about the issue of milk.

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Economy
11:36 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Who Owns West Virginia?

Credit WV Center on Budget and Policy

It could be argued that West Virginia has never been “owned” by her inhabitants. Before European settlement, of course, ideas of land ownership were not in vogue. Then King Charles II rewarded many loyal friends with large swaths of land and by 1730s, 800,000 acres in what would become West Virginia was owned by three land companies. For the most part, the same trend continues three hundred years later.

Some have argued absentee land ownership in West Virginia has been a major impediment to economic diversification for generations.

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Jobs
12:28 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Apprentice Program Trains Pipefitters and Plumbers

Welding Row
Glynis Board WVPublic

There’s a place in Morgantown where dreams of safe, lucrative occupation are envisioned and pipefitters and plumbers are born. It’s a 5-year apprentice program run by the United Association of plumbers and pipefitters, Local 152. When apprentices leave they walk away as certified welders, and blueprint-reading, crane-signaling, card-wielding union members.

Journeyman and teacher Jason Fidley:

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Music
9:24 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Interview Highlights with West Virginia Music Hall of Famer Melvin Goins

The 2013 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place November 16 at Charleston's Culture Center Theater. This 5th class of inductees included The Goins Brothers, Melvin and his late brother Ray. Melvin Goins sat down at the recent Hall of Fame induction ceremony and shared some thoughts...

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Music
1:33 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Inductee Homer Bailes Dies at 91

Homer Bailes at WV Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony
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  Born in 1922 near Charleston, WV, Homer Bailes, the last surviving member of The Bailes Brothers, passed away December 3, in Ruston, LA.

 

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Music
11:51 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Highlights from the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The 5th induction ceremony into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, was held November 16, 2013, at the Culture Center in Charleston, W.Va., featuring Melvin Goins, Shayla Leftridge, Betsy Bare, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Peter Marshall, Wayne Moss, Tim O'Brien, Friendly and Curtis Womack, the Reverend R.L. Bush and more.

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