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MIKE MASTERSON: A place to land

In Baxter County

Subscriber onlyThe unlikely tale of Arkansas heliport 42AR at Mountain Home is worth telling. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Rogers’ enduring wisdom

Subscriber onlySix years have passed since the National Society of Newspaper Columnists went begging and chose to hand me their annual Will Rogers Humanitarian Award for a body of work spanning 40 years. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: New burial method could be good for environment

Plant a tree

Subscriber onlyAs time itself and today's culture change faster than most can keep pace with, it's no surprise that even traditional ways we've laid loved ones to eternal rest could be dramatically evolving. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Historic Arkansas hotel to be featured on documentary as 'most haunted'

Subscriber onlyIt’s the month when green forests slowly turn orange, yellow and red, culminating with ghosts, ghouls and all things scary. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Taking on Griffen

This will take a while

Subscriber onlyAdmire or despise him, Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen strikes me as one who puts abundant heart and soul into his convictions. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Means to an end

Smearing Kavanaugh

Subscriber onlyDuring a lengthy reporting career that led me from coast to coast and newsrooms between, I never would have considered publicly ballyhooing decades old unsupported, memory-afflicted sexual-assault allegations of any female, especially one with a publicized political bent. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: One toxic ‘soup’

Subscriber onlyIf veteran North Carolina environmental writer Elizabeth Ouzts wanted to know the latest developments on the C&H Hog Farms operation in our Buffalo National River watershed, I could help bring her up to speed. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Suspense in town

Subscriber onlyHarrison bomb scare Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Magic in the air

Subscriber onlyI wonder how many are like me when it comes to the glimpse of forgotten childlike enchantment a fair adds to life each September. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: More Buffalo science

Subscriber onlyA highly respected aquatic biologist and water-quality hydrologist who spent his distinguished career studying Ozark streams for the U.S. Geological Survey, examined four years of data collected by the research team monitoring C&H Hog Farms. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Everybody wins

Subscriber onlyA relatively new apprenticeship program between a corporation's continual need for well-trained employees and a community college that provides such skills is making an impressive difference in young lives and communities across the state. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: More at risk

Toxins in our river

Subscriber onlyCarol Bitting has long been a staunch champion for our Buffalo National River, identified last year by readers of USA Today as the state's greatest attraction. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: In Supreme limbo

Subscriber onlyIssue 1, backed by the special interests most likely to suffer losses from negligence in a courtroom, remains in limbo until our Supreme Court, hopefully, upholds the ruling by Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Mackie M. Pierce, who wisely struck it from the November ballot as unconstitutional. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: On prison deaths

Subscriber onlyArkansas prison administrators have labeled the recent deaths of five inmates in four days at the Varner unit and its supermax facility an "unacceptable anomaly," according to an Associated Press story by Andrew DeMillo. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: A revolving door

Abundant recidivism

Subscriber onlyBaxter County Sheriff John "Monty" Montgomery has pet peeves when it comes to law enforcement, not the least of which is the absurd revolving door in our criminal justice system. The process sees convicted felons locked away briefly, then released onto the streets only to be re-arrested for additional crimes. Continue reading...

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