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Defenders of Wildlife: By the numbers

Friday 27 September 2013 at 5:07 pm

This is the third in a series of blogs that will look at the finances of the various environmental activist groups that are involved in lawsuits that have had and will have a profound effect on our islands.

We will look at Form 990, the form that non-profit, tax-exempt organizations must file with the Internal Revenue Service.

In these blogs, we will be all about the numbers only, such as income, expenses, salaries, and program expenses.

We will present the numbers without comment, though I’m sure many of you will find, as I have, that some of those numbers are attention getting. Others are just….well, interesting.

The numbers is this blog don’t reflect everything on the tax return, but there will be a link to the entire Form 990 for each group if you are interested in digging further.

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National Audubon Society: By the numbers

Friday 20 September 2013 at 11:30 am

This is the second in a series of blogs that will look at the finances of the various environmental activist groups that are involved in lawsuits that have had and will have a profound effect on our islands.

We will look at Form 990, the form that non-profit, tax-exempt organizations must file with the Internal Revenue Service.

In these blogs, we will be all about the numbers only, such as income, expenses, salaries, and program expenses.

We will present the numbers without comment, though I’m sure many of you will find, as I have, that some of those numbers are attention getting. Others are just….well, interesting.

The numbers is this blog don’t reflect everything on the tax return, but there will be a link to the entire Form 990 for each group if you are interested in digging further.

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Southern Environmental Law Center: By the numbers

Friday 13 September 2013 at 5:53 pm

This week we are beginning a series of blogs that will look at the finances of the various environmental activist groups that are involved in lawsuits that have had and will have a profound effect on our islands.

We will look at Form 990, the form that non-profit, tax-exempt organizations must file with the Internal Revenue Service.

In these blogs, we will be all about the numbers only, such as income, expenses, salaries, and program expenses.

We will present the numbers without comment, though I’m sure many of you will find, as I have, that some of those numbers are attention getting. Others are just….well, interesting.

The numbers is this blog don’t reflect everything on the tax return, but there will be a link to the entire Form 990 for each group if you are interested in digging further.

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Time has run out for replacing the Bonner Bridge

Friday 06 September 2013 at 5:04 pm

The North Carolina Department of Transportation issued a media release this week on the status of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet, which is Hatteras Island’s only highway link to the northern beaches and the mainland.

The release was not the usual “just the facts” about ferry schedules or highway or bridge repair work.  It was quite long and detailed, summing up the history of the effort to replace the bridge and the challenges that remain.

The rather ominous headline was “One of the state’s most crucial lifelines stands on borrowed time.”

It was interesting timing for such a media release. DOT, Dare and Hyde counties, and numerous residents and visitors are just sitting tight for now – waiting for word from a federal judge who will decide whether or not we will have a new bridge before the old one must be closed.

U.S. District Court Judge Louise Flanagan of the Eastern District in North Carolina in New Bern will decide a lawsuit that would stop the DOT’s plan for a replacement on the voluminous administrative record.

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit in July 2011 against the Federal Highway Administration and the state Department of Transportation on behalf of its clients – The Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association.  The legal action aims to stop the DOT plan to replace the bridge with a parallel span and address problems with “hotspots” on Highway 12 as they become problematic.

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