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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Environment
11:22 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Was This Fayette County Waste Pit Leaking?

Credit Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Danny Webb Construction began shutting down above ground pits last month in Fayette County that held oil and gas waste. The waste likely came from horizontal drilling operations.

In a more recent development, the DEP says a tank that was holding some of that waste, leaked during the process, but was cleaned up.

Concerned citizens have been expressing concerns with this particular operation for years.

Environmental groups ran some tests last year and while results have turned up inconclusive, it still raised red flags.


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Air Quality
12:26 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Harvard/Syracuse Study: West Virginia Among Those to Benefit Most from Proposed Carbon Regulations

The Harvard School of Public Health together with Syracuse University released a study of potential air quality benefits based on the first-of-their-kind carbon dioxide emissions reduction proposal the Environmental Protection Agency revealed this month. According to researchers, West Virginia is among the state's to benefit most from the proposed rules.


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Forest Management
1:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Monongahela National Forest Gets New Federal Designation

Monongahela National Forest: View from the slopes of Back Allegheny Mountain looking east. Visible are Allegheny Mountain (middle distance) and Shenandoah Mountain (far distance). The latter is in the George Washington National Forest of Virginia
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The West Virginia Division of Forestry just got a major tool to help combat forest disease and invasive species. Through an act of congress, the Monongahela National Forest has just been designated an “Insect and Disease Area.”  The designation is designed to streamline efforts to combat insect and disease threats.


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Horticulture
11:24 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Want to Help West Virginia Honeybees? Here Are Five Gardening Tips

Bill and Emilie Johnson in their Morgantown garden. When they moved in 10 years ago, there was no landscaping or garden. Things have changed. And the bees LOVE it.
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

While Honeybee Colony Collapse  Disorder (CCD) is relatively uncommon in West Virginia, bees and pollinators are still threatened in the region and all across the country. About a third of all of our foods (and beverages) come from crops pollinated by these insects. There’s growing concern that pesticides and certain farming practices are at the heart of the crisis, so more and more gardeners are stepping up to support pollinators in their own yards and fields.

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Rape Prevention
12:33 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Morgantown Restaurant Agrees to "Show More Skin"

Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

Over the Memorial Day weekend in north-central West Virginia, a lot of skin was on display in one restaurant. But it might not be the skin you’re thinking about.


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Education Reform
11:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

MIT-Inspired Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Lab Comes to High School in West Virginia

Layout of former library, soon-to-be TEAL lab at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling
Credit Wheeling Central Catholic High School

Wheeling Catholic High School has decided to take a page from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is renovating the school’s library into a Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) lab.


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Hemlock Blight
9:16 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Scientists Try to Save Endangered Hemlock Trees in West Virginia Swamp

The Hemlocks grow 60 to 100 feet tall and if you look at the underside of their needles you can identify them by the white lines you see there. And if, while you are looking at the underside of the needles, you also see little white puffs near the base of the needles, you might be staring at little sap-suckers that are draining life from the tree in your hands.
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

For the past several decades Hemlock trees across the east coast have become home to an invasive insect that is leaving their host-trees dead in the ground. Efforts to manage the blight continue deep in a Preston County swamp.


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Wildcrafting
6:22 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Morels Galore Displayed on 'WV Wild Pickers' Facebook Page

Credit Thomas Mionchella

It's peak season for morel mushrooms throughout Appalachia. One online site, "WV Wild Pickers" Facebook page is getting a lot of traffic of people sharing stories and photos from their adventures foraging.

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Wildlife
1:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Whip-Poor-Wills On The Decline, West Virginia DNR Asks For Help

Credit Terry Sohl

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is looking for whip-poor-wills.

DNR officials are worried that the bird is declining in population and so they are reaching out to the public to get a better sense of Whip-poor-will presence throughout West Virginia.

The bird's really hard to spot since its grey, black and brown coloring act as a camouflage. But the call is unmistakable.

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Volnteerism
11:38 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Volunteer Youth From Milton, Belleville Honored in Washington, D.C.

Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker congratulates Katie Cowie, 17, of Milton (center) and Olivia Smith, 14, of Belleville (right) on being named West Virginia's top two youth volunteers for 2014 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Credit Business Wire

Two youth volunteers from West Virginia were honored in Washington, D.C. They were among 100 kids from across the country recognized for their services in their communities.

 

Some of the nation's most outstanding student volunteers were honored with a gala dinner and reception at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and a chance to hang out with the Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. Each also received $1,000 dollars. 

 

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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

Credit AllVoices.com

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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