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MIKE MASTERSON: Harmers or harmed?

Voters to choose

Subscriber onlyThe committee fighting a ballot measure that would limit the amount courts could award attorneys who win certain negligence cases against health-care providers understandably has plenty of financial support from law firms and others across Arkansas. Continue reading...

Health of our waters

The grades are in

Subscriber onlyIf you didn't visit the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance website last week and see the enormous infestation of algae blooming along a section of the country's first national river, the pictures are still there as proof of the muck stretching from Gilbert to South Maumee. Continue reading...

Becoming Chef Russell

Subscriber onlyBig, friendly Russell Shorb of Harrison was always a lot like so many of us. His 45 years had been filled with hopes and aspirations along with more than his share of bleaker times and painful hard knocks. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Will it hit target?

A single hole

Subscriber onlyThe way-too-long-awaited drilling beneath raw waste lagoons at C&H Hog Farms in Newton County is finally to begin tomorrow and continue for a few days. Continue reading...

A special bond

Pascal’s Wolf

Subscriber onlyPascal Barron and his strapping 4-year-old German shepherd named Wolf have a special relationship. And it has nothing to do with frisbees, tennis balls or protecting the family home. Continue reading...

Backbone of America

Subscriber onlyWhile I generally agree with those who say it's a sound personal and professional lifetime investment to earn a college degree, I also can't help but notice how many of the more relevant and enduring jobs today require as much or more physical energy and commitment as they do a laudable grade point. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: What you didn’t see

Brandon’s stories

Subscriber onlyBefore I leave the remarkable legacy of Harrison's Brandon Burlsworth and the film of his life called Greater, now showing in nearly 400 theaters across America, I want to share a few back-story notes about the 22-year-old Razorback All-American who died in a tragic traffic accident on April 28, 1999. Continue reading...

Off, and then on

Drilling at the hog farm

Subscriber onlyLast week, the owners of the controversial hog factory in the Buffalo National River watershed changed their minds and refused to allow the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (cough) to drill a test hole deep beneath one of the factory's two manure lagoons. Continue reading...

A many-layered Greater

Subscriber onlyBy now thousands of Arkansans and many across America have seen the two-hour movie Greater. The poignant true story explores the unlikely rise of Harrison native Brandon Burlsworth from a pudgy, elementary-age boy nicknamed "Cheesecake" to likely the greatest walk-on story in NCAA history. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Hot car, again

A close call

Subscriber onlyWhile traveling on a 12-day loop through the West, I read online that a 30-year-old mother from El Dorado was arrested last week after leaving her 2-month-old infant alone in a hot car for about 15 minutes. Continue reading...

Painted and petrified

Colorful stunners

Subscriber onlyThe scenic drive from Silver City, N.M., northward along U.S. 180 brought more of the stunning scenes of forested mountains and broad vistas that separate this region of America from others. Continue reading...

Into the Wilderness

Subscriber onlyAs we motored across mainly back roads into the West, I couldn't help but note how many massive windmills and pecking oil rigs dot the flat and expansive landscape. Continue reading...

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...

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