This month’s Instagram Takeover features Western North Carolina-based photographer Justin Costner. If you haven’t already seen Costner’s stellar photos on Instagram check him out here, and learn more about his passion for the craft by reading his Q & A below!BRO: How did you get into photography?JC: My interest in photography started after a few hikes into the Linville Gorge with some friends and snapping a few photos on my iPhone and being captivated by the landscape. I’ve always been drawn to the mountains and the beauty of Western North Carolina ever since and enjoy truly sharing these places with folks. BRO: When did you discover your passion for photography?JC: My passion for photography found me about 2 years ago when I got back in to hiking and camping on the weekends and sharing these places I was exploring with friends and documenting our trips. It really ignited a passion within and has led to the lifestyle that I now live and embrace. As my desire to document and explore grew so did my camera. From iPhone photos to an intro DSLR and now to a full frame setup.BRO: How long have you been shooting?JC: I’ve been shooting about a year and a half now with a DSLR camera and I’m pretty much self taught. Learning more each trip and enjoying the ride and places photography has taken me!BRO: If you could only choose one area in this region to hike and explore and photograph for the rest of your life what would it be?JC: It is so tough to pin point a specific area in WNC! I’m pretty partial to The Linville Gorge and Grandfather Mountain area, but I definitely want to spend more time in the Hickory Nut Gorge and familiarize myself a little more with that area. There are so many amazing places in our home state that you could spend a lifetime enjoying!BRO: One piece of gear (minus your camera) you wouldn’t head into the woods without?JC: That’s a tough one as well but I’d say my water filter and a Sierra Designs tent. Shelter and water are key! BRO: Aside from photography, what is your favorite thing to do in the outdoors?JC: I’d say rock climbing has to be up there. I’m def not a great climber, but I love getting worked on the wall and being in the mountains with my buddies. Slack lining would definitley be a close second if not first! BRO: Tell us about your Western North Carolina guiding service.JC: My best friend and business partner Curt Teague and I started HikeMore Adventures about a year ago. We wanted folks to be able to experience the outdoors and adventure of backpacking/camping safely and teach the proper etiquettes to protect and conserve our national forests and wilderness areas. We are blessed to have such pristine mountains and rivers here in Western North Carolina and we wanted to give people the opportunity to experience them with the right guidance and offer them the best gear available to do it with. We offer guided day hikes, overnight backpacking/camping trips, team building outings for companies and photography workshops as well!
“Open and transparent government is a priority of Governor Cuomo and I look forward to working with the Committee to continue to highlight the importance of the Freedom of Information, Open Meetings and Personal Privacy Protection Laws,” Bewlay said in a statement announcing her appointment Monday.Bewlay has a challenging task ahead of her.She’s works in a state with a long history of political corruption and secrecy. The era of electronic communication makes it more challenging to access records and easier for public officials to hide communications and records. The decline of local media and its ability to serve as effectively as government watchdogs as it did in the past has resulted in less direct oversight of government malfeasance when it comes to open government laws. And we’re living in a political atmosphere in which personal privacy is arm-wrestling against public disclosure.She’ll also face the challenge of trying to maintain independence from the executive branch of state government run by a powerful governor. Freeman often clashed with leaders in his own government, yet had managed to maintain a healthy independence under both Republican and Democratic governors over several decades, in large part because of his popularity with the press and public due to his vigorous grassroots-level opposition to government secrecy.As citizens, we must hope that Ms. Bewlay continues the strong tradition of the Committee on Open Government’s independence, advocacy for legislation that supports public disclosure and support for the public’s right to know.Click here to read an article in LoHud for more on Bewlay’s appointment.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: OpinionNew York residents have a new advocate for open government.Shoshanah Bewlay — a Vassar-educated lawyer, former general counsel for the state’s Office of Information and Technology Services, former agency records access officer, and longtime manager of the state Attorney General’s eDiscovery program — has been appointed as executive director of the state Committee on Open Government.She replaces Robert Freeman, the legendary open government guru who was fired in disgrace in June over allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct.
RelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out of Tuesday’s Bundesliga top game against Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich’s coach Hansi Flick said on Monday.This came to light after the playmaker, who had already missed Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, failed to recover from a muscle injury. “Thiago did not train today,” Flick told a virtual news conference. “Unfortunately he will miss the game (at Dortmund).”Bayern Munich are top of the table on 61 points, four ahead of Borussia Dortmund, with seven matches remaining in the campaign.Victory in Dortmund would send them seven points clear and put them within touching distance of a record-extending eighth consecutive league crown.“It is a completely different game from the first one (which Bayern Munich won 4-0 earlier this season),” Flick said ahead of the game which will be played in an empty Dortmund stadium that normally sits 80,000 fans.The Bundesliga restarted 10 days ago with a strict medical protocol banning fans from the stadiums to minimise the risk of infection. “We are on a good run and have lost only twice in the last 23 games and drawn once. We relish this game. It’s what this job is about and that motivates the players more,” Flick added.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichBorussia DortmundBundesligaHansi FlickThiago Alcantara
Authorities in West Palm Beach are currently searching for an 11-year-old boy who reportedly ran away from home.Donte Cruz was last seen at his home on Caribbean BoulevardHe is described as 5-foot-3 and 130 lbs.Authorities are asking the public to call 911 if they see him.
The stadium redevelopment is due to be complete by next July but Chairman Ger Lane says it won’t be done in time for the provincial quarter-final with the Premier.A date, venue and throw-in for the tie will be decided at a later date by the Munster Council.