Arkansas Outdoors

Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Fri July 19, 2013

At Least 2 Cows Die Due To Blackleg Disease

A drought-related disease known as blackleg is blamed for the deaths of at least two cows in Arkansas.

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture officials say the disease has caused the deaths of cows in Lonoke and Sebastian counties.

Agricultural officials say the bacterial disease typically appears during drought because the dry conditions reduce forage for cattle - and the animals then graze close to the ground and ingest small soil particles that contain the bacteria.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Hundreds Of Kids To Fish In Downtown Little Rock

Kids line the pond in MacArthur Park.
Credit City of Little Rock Facebook page

Hundreds of children from central Arkansas are expected for Little Rock's annual fishing derby at a downtown park.

The city's Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting its 28th annual Fishing Derby on Thursday at MacArthur Park that is open to children ages 6 to 15. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Young anglers are only allowed to use cane poles during the derby. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is stocking the pond.

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Local & Regional News
1:55 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Arkansas At Risk For Wildfires

Little Rock Fire Department officials are warning area residents to be extra careful when grilling food outdoors or when using lawn equipment that can create sparks.

Drought-like conditions have made grass and forage extremely dry and ultimately put Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline, and 66 other Arkansas counties at moderate risk for wildfire danger.

Captain Edwin Wolf works with the Little Rock Fire Department.

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Local & Regional News
6:19 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Billboard Honors Late Sheriff, Wildlife Officer

A county sheriff and a wildlife officer who died trying to rescue two women from a flooding creek are being honored as heroes on a billboard in Waldron.

Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Officer Joel Campora died May 31 while trying rescued Regina Shearn and Vivian Reimer from their home in Y City.

The two officers reached the home by boat - but they and the two women were killed when floodwaters from Mill Creek collapsed the women's house.

Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Arkansas Farmers Seeking Bounty Now Poised For Drought

Arkansas hay farmers once hopeful for three cuttings during 2013 are now worried about a developing drought.

Forecasters said Thursday that drought conditions are developing in portions of Arkansas.

For a time in the spring, conditions were such that some farmers believed they could make hay around Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

University of Arkansas forage specialist John Jennings said Arkansas' weather pattern needs to change so broader areas of the state see rain.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Backers Line Up For Deepening Arkansas River

The Arkansas River in Little Rock, as seen from a streetcar.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Economic Development officials in Arkansas and Oklahoma are endorsing a proposal to deepen the shipping channel in the Arkansas River by three feet.

Officials said this week that deepening the river from nine feet to 12 feet will enable barges to carry 40 percent more cargo.

The Southwest Times Record reports that some sections of the river are less than nine feet deep in parts of Oklahoma.

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State Parks System
5:24 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Newest Arkansas State Park Moving Into New Phases

The newest addition to the Arkansas State Parks system is moving into a fresh phase of development and is marking the milestone with the opening of a visitor center in Marianna.

Mississippi River State Park, which operates in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is planning a Thursday ceremony at the center, which features a variety of exhibits, park information and a walking trail.

The park includes several sites and its development has been in the works since 1999, though the idea was first proposed in the 1960s.

8:46 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Arkansas' Buffalo: Among Nat Geo's Top 10 Underappreciated Parks

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Arkansas' Buffalo National River came in at Number 2.
From the National Geographic book The 10 Best of Everything-National Parks Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, scores of lesser known sites that well reward a visit-and that are far less crowded than big-name parks.
Land Development
12:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Public Meeting To Address North Little Rock Properties

Big Rock Quarry
Credit flickr.com

  The future of North Little Rock properties such as the Big Rock Quarry and green space west of Pike Avenue will be topics of discussion for residents and the city’s Public Land Use Development Task Force in a meeting to held Thursday night.

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