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E. coli soars in Big Creek

Subscriber onlyNational Park Service water-quality tests conducted earlier this month along Big Creek near where it converges with the Buffalo National River showed harmful E. coli bacteria colonies soaring to about 30 times the number ordinarily found in that tributary of the country’s first national river. Continue reading...

Fire in Eureka

Subscriber onlyIt must have been fate that left me standing alongside Travis Walton in the men’s room at the comfy Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs last week. He was taller than D.B. Sweeney, who portrayed Walton in the popular 1993 movie, Fire in the Sky. Continue reading...

The missing link?

Genesis of a universe

Subscriber onlyWith Easter Sunday a week away and the latest remarkable revelations about the origins of the universe under active discussion worldwide, it seemed appropriate to share my recent movie experience in a packed Fayetteville theater. Continue reading...

A letter to Cargill

Subscriber onlyWhile a single voice raised in the court of public opinion can prompt change, I’ve found even greater power from voices lifted in unison. Continue reading...

Under scrutiny

Subscriber onlyThe Benton County comptroller and, apparently, the nature of her personal relationship with Scott Stober (former head of the county’s road department who was charged last summer with felony theft of public property) today finds herself the object of scrutiny. Continue reading...

Illuminating ethics

Trustworthy companies

Subscriber onlyIn a world where awards and plaques are as common as April daffodils, I occasionally notice one that catches my attention. That’s what happened the other day when I read a list of finalists for the 2014 Torch Awards presented each year in honor of commitments made by businesses to ethical practices, which radiate through their employees to customers and across their communities. Continue reading...

Harrison’s historic evening

Subscriber onlyIt was an event that any community across our state should be proud to host and sponsor. That truth quickly became evident as I stood at dusk last Tuesday amid the enthusiastic crowd of at least 300 gathered around a plot of ground just outside City Hall in Harrison. Continue reading...

A growing region

Subscriber onlyNo foolin’ ! The U.S. Census Bureau says Northwest Arkansas is swelling by at least 23 people each day, which makes it the 24th fastest-growing region in the nation. Continue reading...

To reach their goal

A new eVersity

Subscriber onlyImagine how many adults there are across our Arkansas today who began college years ago only to drop out for myriad reasons. I suspect there are thousands who accumulated anywhere from a few to dozens of credit hours toward an anticipated degree. Continue reading...

Ozark life glimpses

Subscriber onlyChances are that, as with me, you regularly have your own reminders of how fleeting this life truly is. Continue reading...

Seeking answers

Subscriber onlyA group called The Ozark River Stewards has written Gov. Mike Beebe seeking clear answers to six questions about the Big Creek Study Team examining the controversial hog factory our environmental agency permitted in the Buffalo National River watershed. Continue reading...

Kids need the buses

Find cuts elsewhere

Subscriber onlyFirst, I had to make sure I was even reading such a bad idea correctly. As part of an effort to reduce its budget by $2 million, the Bentonville School Board appears poised to eliminate its beneficial after-school program that daily transports 500 students to the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County. Continue reading...

Harrison a wise choice

Subscriber onlyEarly April brings showers, flowers and two special events in my Ozarks hometown of Harrison. Continue reading...

Taking a mulligan

Subscriber onlyArkansas certainly jammed a stick into an interstate hornet’s nest by approving “Route 109” for SWEPCO’s high-voltage transmission line that would violate Missouri’s southernmost border (and without first asking permission). Continue reading...

Solar’s day dawning

A rising power

Subscriber onlyMight as well begin with a disclaimer so that you can rest assured I am neither an authority on the power grid, nor an expert in the effectiveness of solar and alternative energies. Continue reading...

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