Arkansas Outdoors en Governor Names Former Aide Andrew Parker To Game & Fish Commission <p>Gov. Mike Beebe has named a former liaison to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to serve a seven year term on the panel.</p><p>At the announcement Wednesday at the Witt Stephens Central Arkansas Nature Center, Beebe said Andrew Parker has an ideal background for becoming a commissioner.</p><p>"A love for the outdoors, an understanding that hunting and fishing in Arkansas is a major past time, a major educational experience, a major family experience, a major economic engine and a corollary with the tourism that is so important for our state," Beebe said.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:08:11 +0000 Michael Hibblen 26174 at Governor Names Former Aide Andrew Parker To Game & Fish Commission Forecasters Warn Of Wildfire Danger In NW Arkansas <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Forecasters say Arkansas is still at risk for wildfires despite chilly temperatures with subzero wind chill values in some areas.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A red flag warning is in effect in Carroll, Benton, Washington and Madison counties. The National Weather Service says northwest Arkansas will see strong and gusty winds of up to 35 mph on Friday, along with low humidity values of 15 to 25 percent.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:17:17 +0000 Associated Press 17929 at Buffalo National River Increases Camping Fees <p>Fees for some campground sites along the Buffalo National River have officially increased, effective this week.</p><p>The park conducted a comparability study to determine between a 2 and 5 dollar increase for some drive-in and walk-in sites.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public Information Officer for the national park, </span>Caven<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Clark, says the fee increases are comparable to other options in the area,&nbsp; and that camping at the Buffalo River is still a bargain.</span></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:53:56 +0000 Maggie Carroll 14606 at Buffalo National River Increases Camping Fees Authorities Seize Marijuana From National Forest <div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">State and federal authorities say several marijuana plants have been seized from the Ouachita&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">National Forest in Arkansas.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says its officers worked with the Benton Police Department, Saline County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service to seize multiple marijuana plants found growing in the Winona Wildlife Management Area about 30 miles west of Little Rock.</span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:05:16 +0000 Associated Press 13755 at Bridge Work To Limit Boat Navigation On Arkansas Lake <p>Arkansas transportation officials say work to replace a bridge will limit boat navigation on Greers Ferry Lake in Cleburne County.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crews are replacing the Highway 225 Bridge, which is located just east of Hill Creek Recreation Area.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says navigation will be closed near the bridge as workers move large equipment and conduct small controlled explosive blasts at the bottom of the lake.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:47:03 +0000 Associated Press 13246 at Bridge Work To Limit Boat Navigation On Arkansas Lake Oklahoma Teen Finds 3.85-Carat Gem At Arkansas Park <p>A 14-year-old girl from Oklahoma City has unearthed a 3.85-carat diamond at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tana </span>Clymer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> discovered the canary gem Saturday at the park, which is the only diamond-producing site in the United States open to the public.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Tana says she'd been digging in the dirt for about two hours when she discovered the gem on the surface of the search field.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:17:38 +0000 Associated Press 13178 at Oklahoma Teen Finds 3.85-Carat Gem At Arkansas Park Greers Ferry Dam To Mark 50th Anniversary <p>Former President Bill Clinton is to top the list of speakers at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Greers Ferry Dam.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and is expected to draw a large crowd. The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce says an overflow parking lot will be opened at 9:30 a.m.</span></p><p>It&#39;s been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy stood at the dam and praised the programs of President Franklin Roosevelt as a way of bringing prosperity to the nation.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:46:52 +0000 Associated Press 12232 at Greers Ferry Dam To Mark 50th Anniversary Fort Smith To Open Urban Deer Hunt Season <p>Fort Smith is joining the list of cities that allow properly licensed hunters to kill deer within the city limits.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A special bow-hunting season opens Saturday at Chaffee Crossing and ends Jan. 31. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To qualify for the hunt, archers are required to pass the International </span>Bowhunter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Education course, have insurance and pass a shooting proficiency test.</span></p><p>City leaders say as many as 100 people could hunt during the five-month season.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:49:28 +0000 Associated Press 10633 at Fort Smith To Open Urban Deer Hunt Season Arkansas Public Service Commission Extends Transmission Line Hearing <p>The Arkansas Public Service Commission is allowing further information to be presented by both sides of a dispute, concerning a transmission line in the northern part of the state.</p><p>Southwestern Electric Power Company has construction plans for a 60 mile line in Benton and Carroll Counties. Doug Stowe, a Save the Ozarks board member, says the utility companies saw the previous hearing as a meeting to determine which route would be used. &nbsp;He says the opposition saw things differently.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:16:14 +0000 Maggie Carroll 10600 at Lane Of Road In Maumelle To Close For Construction <p>Arkansas highway officials say the construction of a new bicycle and pedestrian path will mean a lane closure on Highway 100 in Maumelle.</p><p>The State Highway and Transportation Department says the eastbound, outside lane of Highway 100 will be closed from Arnold Palmer Drive to Crystal Hill Road.</p><p>The closure will begin Wednesday and will continue weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., weather permitting.</p><p>The lane closure is expected to last for about four months.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:47:48 +0000 Associated Press 8795 at