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MIKE MASTERSON: Disneyland underground

In the caverns

Subscriber onlyAs a 12-year-old, Carlsbad Caverns seemed absolutely enormous and magically endless to me. My parents led the three of us kids through the dimly lit wonder hundreds of feet beneath the southeast New Mexican mountains when we were too young to appreciate what we were witnessing. Continue reading...

The adventure begins

A dig for diamonds

Subscriber onlyI figured if Bobbie Oskarson of Colorado could happen across an 8.5-carat diamond in plain sight during her June visit to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, why couldn't I? Hey, I'm as capable as anyone of root-hoggin' in the dirt and spotting a sparkly stone. Continue reading...

A tribute to Paige

Subscriber onlySummer invariably draws thousands of golfers to tournaments across Arkansas to raise the funds that sustain many charities. I've played for decades in these events benefiting many causes, from cancer research to hospital foundations and college scholarships. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Finding Naramore innocent was right decision

The right decision

Subscriber onlyThe jury took two hours Friday to finally decide Garland County Circuit Judge Wade Naramore was innocent of the charge of negligent homicide in the death of his 17-month-old inside the family's superheated Toyota Avalon on July 24, 2015. Continue reading...

A changed nation

40 years later

Subscriber onlyForty years have vanished from the rearview mirror since my year as an Alicia Patterson fellow roaming the highways and back roads searching in a 24-foot Coachman motor home for the mood of America. Continue reading...

Definition of 'hero'

Subscriber onlyAt a time when so many are casually labeled "heroes," regardless of whether they fit the bona fide description, I nominate the heroic courage that Arkansas State Trooper First Class Roy Moomey displayed not long ago when he ignored his own safety and put his life on the line to stop a man driving the wrong way on Interstate 40 near Alma. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Mentoring perspective

Teaching context

Subscriber onlyBetween 1989 and 1994 at Ohio State University, I was, one could rightly say, a rather unorthodox professor when it came to mentoring prospective journalists. Continue reading...

If Arkansas was a nation

Size matters

Subscriber onlyWith the Olympics in full swing last week, I found myself wondering where Arkansas would rank in overall size as a country rather than a state. Continue reading...

It can't happen here?

Subscriber onlyThe nightmare scenario many fear when it comes to hog waste polluting our Buffalo River watershed (the country's first national river) has been playing out in Illinois, where the Chicago Tribune reports swine factory waste polluted 67 miles of that state's waterways between 2005 and 2014. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: The foundling

Subscriber onlyIt's 8:30 p.m. on March 20, 1965, in Chicago. The temperature hovers around 8 degrees as Ceasar Johnson steps outside, headed for his job as a night factory supervisor. Continue reading...

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