Arkansas Outdoors

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11:08 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Governor Names Former Aide Andrew Parker To Game & Fish Commission

Gov. Mike Beebe (second from the left) listens as new Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioner Andrew Parker speaks during Wednesday's announcement.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Mike Beebe has named a former liaison to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to serve a seven year term on the panel.

At the announcement Wednesday at the Witt Stephens Central Arkansas Nature Center, Beebe said Andrew Parker has an ideal background for becoming a commissioner.

"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.

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8:17 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Forecasters Warn Of Wildfire Danger In NW Arkansas

Forecasters say Arkansas is still at risk for wildfires despite chilly temperatures with subzero wind chill values in some areas.

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.

Forecasters warn that the dry vegetation and windy weather will combine to create dangerous wildfire conditions through Friday afternoon.

Local & Regional News
1:53 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Buffalo National River Increases Camping Fees

Credit Buffalo National River

Fees for some campground sites along the Buffalo National River have officially increased, effective this week.

The park conducted a comparability study to determine between a 2 and 5 dollar increase for some drive-in and walk-in sites.

Public Information Officer for the national park, Caven Clark, says the fee increases are comparable to other options in the area,  and that camping at the Buffalo River is still a bargain.

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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Authorities Seize Marijuana From National Forest

State and federal authorities say several marijuana plants have been seized from the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.

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.

The Winona WMA is managed in cooperation with the Forest Service and the AGFC.

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Local & Regional News
5:47 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Bridge Work To Limit Boat Navigation On Arkansas Lake

Greers Ferry Lake

Arkansas transportation officials say work to replace a bridge will limit boat navigation on Greers Ferry Lake in Cleburne County.

Crews are replacing the Highway 225 Bridge, which is located just east of Hill Creek Recreation Area. 

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.

Transportation officials say the temporary closures will be in effect from now through Nov. 8, except for Sundays.

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6:17 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Oklahoma Teen Finds 3.85-Carat Gem At Arkansas Park

God's Jewel Diamond
Credit Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

A 14-year-old girl from Oklahoma City has unearthed a 3.85-carat diamond at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Tana Clymer discovered the canary gem Saturday at the park, which is the only diamond-producing site in the United States open to the public. 

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.

The yellow diamond is teardrop-shaped and about the size of a jellybean. Tana named the diamond "God's Jewel."

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5:46 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Greers Ferry Dam To Mark 50th Anniversary

Greers Ferry Dam
Credit US Army Corps of Engineers

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.

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.

It'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.

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5:49 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Fort Smith To Open Urban Deer Hunt Season

Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

Fort Smith is joining the list of cities that allow properly licensed hunters to kill deer within the city limits. 

A special bow-hunting season opens Saturday at Chaffee Crossing and ends Jan. 31.

To qualify for the hunt, archers are required to pass the International Bowhunter Education course, have insurance and pass a shooting proficiency test.

City leaders say as many as 100 people could hunt during the five-month season.

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Local & Regional News
1:16 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Arkansas Public Service Commission Extends Transmission Line Hearing

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.

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.  He says the opposition saw things differently. 

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5:47 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Lane Of Road In Maumelle To Close For Construction

Arkansas highway officials say the construction of a new bicycle and pedestrian path will mean a lane closure on Highway 100 in Maumelle.

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.

The closure will begin Wednesday and will continue weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., weather permitting.

The lane closure is expected to last for about four months.

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