The Keep Boone Healthy Podcast series is dedicated to sharing stories and information about Boone, North Carolina, our resilient business and tourism communities, and our efforts to rebound from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
Community Health Roundtable & Ski Well Be Well
The #KeepBooneHealthy Podcast returns packed with two topical conversations. As we look at the overall health of our community, be bring in Jennifer Greene (AppHealthCare), Dr. Scott Elliott (Watauga County Schools), and Dr. Scott St. Clair (Blue Ridge Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine) to discuss current health trends, holiday travel plans, and the impact gatherings play on all aspects of life in the High Country. We then shift our focus to our winter tourism economy, specifically our snow sports industry. The Ski Well Be Well program has been adopted by the four area snow sports resorts to bring consistency to the COVID-19 protocols you'll see implemented this year. Kim Jochl (Sugar Mountain Resort), Brad Moretz (Appalachian Ski Mountain), Ryan Costin (Beech Mountain Resort), and Lenny Cottom (Hawksnest Snow Tubing & Zip Line) discuss how their operations have implemented new strategies to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for staff and visitors this winter.
Keep Boone Healthy - Racial, Ethnic, and Social Equality -- Where we are and where we need to go
Conversations about racial ethnic, and social equality have been going on for generations. During the summer of 2020, the entire country was engaged in dialogue about where their communities needed to see growth in the effort to be fair and welcoming to all. Boone and Watauga County were very much involved in these conversations. Many people and organizations used their opportunity to speak and share stories about injustices that have been experienced i our community. Some have taken the opportunity to listen and hear perspectives other than their own, while seeking paths toward one another to engage in constructive conversations about where community growth can truly occur. This week's podcast serves as a check-in on these important conversations, what steps have been taken to advance ideas of equality forward, and where people may be able to engage should they feel inclined to do so
Keep Boone Healthy - JP Pardy- Boone Greenway Skatepark
Hear the uplifting story about community partners encouraged JP to seek a competitive grant and how persistence paid off to help create a new destination for people seeking outdoor activity at just the right time.
Keep Boone Healthy - Taylor Williams - Footsloggers
This week we visit with Taylor Williams, Store Manager of Footsloggers in Downtown Boone. He shares insight on the uplifting experience for he and his employees when customers intentionally choose to come to their store over making a purchase online. He also provides important details on the holiday retail shopping experience, and what to expect in terms of availability of products and overall store operations across all business sectors.
Keep Boone Healthy - Chief Andy LeBeau - Town of Boone Police Department
This week we talk with Chief Andy LeBeau about how the Town's COVID-19 enforcement strategy and how policing during a pandemic has seen the department's operations evolve over the last several months.
Keep Boone Healthy - Valle County Fair
Co-chairs Bob & Julie Gates also describe how they worked to create new processes for event organizers and volunteers, and how they feel this digital transformation may positively benefit the event for years to come.