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Pine Bluff youth making positive impact nationally

Pine Bluff youth making positive impact nationally

Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration, Inc. [ICVR] King Team recently competed in the National Youth PEN OR PENCIL Drop In Summit held in Saint Louis Missouri July 25, 2011. According to a spokesman King Team members Braylon Griswold, Darius Russell sixth and seventh grades respectively competed against tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders, they placed third in the  "Your Future Is In Jeopardy" game. Briana Clark and Rodney Holcomb finished in the finals of "Spell It Like It Is" spelling competition with junior and senior high school students. 

"We are very proud and really pleased with our youth they represented Pine Bluff well." -Rev. Jesse C. Turner, executive director ICVR, Inc. Sponsors were, Derrick L. Newby, Sr., Nathaniel Grant, O. J.

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The U.S.

What burn bans mean for you

What burn bans mean for you

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Forestry Commission crews have suppressed seven wildfires that burned 29 acres over the past 24 hours. AFC dozer crews from Sebastian and Logan County are working with local emergency personnel to contain a wildfire on the southwest side of Fort Chaffee near Greenwood.

AFC dozer crews were dispatched at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday to contain the wildfire that is now estimated at 250 acres. Four dozer crews worked the fire yesterday and the single engine air tankers made approximately 22 water drops. One home was lost and approximately 30 other homes were threatened by the blaze.

Forestry commission burn report

Forestry commission burn report

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Arkansas Forestry Commission crews suppressed eight wildfires that burned 50 acres between 3:30 p.m. Monday and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

County Judges have issued burn bans in the following counties: Ashley, Boone, Bradley, Carroll, Chicot, Columbia, Conway, Crawford, Drew, Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Hempstead, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Little River, Logan, Madison, Marion, Miller, Nevada, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Saline, Sebastian, Sevier, Union, Washington and Yell. 

“We are asking all Arkansans to please use caution when burning yard debris or doing any type of outdoor burning,” said John Shannon, State Forester. “If you’re in an area under a burn ban, do not burn at all. Drought conditions have dried vegetation to the point where fires easily escape control and containing those fires is difficult.

Star-gazing in central Arkansas

Star-gazing in central Arkansas

Do you have an interest in star-gazing?  This star-gazing has nothing to do with the "Britanny Spears" kind, however, and is hosted by the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society (http://www.caasastro.org/).  Saturday, July 23, 2011, between 9-11 p.m.,  join amateur astronomers at the Pinnacle Mountain vistor's center for an evening of the stars and other celestial phenomena.

Park public relations say, "As twilight settles in, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for viewing objects in the night sky.  If cloudy skies prevent observation, an indoor program on astronomy will be presented at 9:00 p.m."

The love of the night sky does not stop with the Saturday evening Star Party as the fun carries over into Sunday, July 24 from 9-11 p.m. with a Star-gazing Cruise hosted by Pinnacle Mountain park interpretors.

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is clamping down on power plant pollution in 27 states, including Arkansas, that contributes to unhealthy air downwind.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced on Thursday a plan to reduce smokestack pollution causing smog and soot in downwind states - where it combines with local air contaminants, making it impossible for those states to meet air quality standards on their own.

The rule differs from one proposed by the Obama administration in July.

Big Bass Bonanza

Big Bass Bonanza

ARKANSAS RIVER (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza Fishing Tournament is the largest amateur bass fishing tournament in the state.  It covers 300 miles of eligible fishing from Fort Smith to Dumas along the entire length of the Arkansas River within the state’s borders. The angler who lands the largest fish during the course of the tournament will take home the $50,000 grand prize, with other cash prizes available throughout the weekend.

An Arkansas Game and Fish boat will be available to take media out on the river at the North Little Rock location on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be releasing 100,000 fingerlings back into the river. Each pool will receive 20,000 to distribute.

WHEN: Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26

Fishing begins each day at 6 a.m. with hourly weigh-ins. Final weigh-in each day is at 1 p.m.
 
Awards Ceremony:  4 p.m.