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DONATE NOW It’s time for KUAF’s fall on-air fundraiser and this year it’s a short one! Just 6 short days – from Monday, October 5th through Saturday, October 10th - but again this year, ALL gifts we receive in the month of October will count toward our fall goal of $180,000. If we are still far from our goal by the end of the month, we will come back for a short two day on-air drive to get us over the top – on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th. Help us end the fundraiser early...
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On this edition of Ozarks at Large, we learn about how officials with the Buffalo National River are planning for the future of a popular outdoor destination: Lost Valley Recreation Area. We also take a look back, at a look back, at KUAF's first fundraiser, and we learn how free trees soon to be given away in Fayetteville impact the city's bug population.

Legislators, and now the public, have had time to read a report from consultants regarding Arkansas' private option.

MUSIC: "Crazy" Pylon

Timothy Dennis

After spring flooding caused damage to trails at Lost Valley Recreational Area, resulting in its temporary closure, officials with the Buffalo National River worked through the summer to have the area reopen by Labor Day. Now, the National Park Service is taking a longer look at not only how to improve the area to prevent it from being again damaged by flooding, but also how to otherwise improve the popular destination.

The World Trade Center-Arkansas signs memorandums of understanding with the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, opening opportunities for Arkansas businesses to operate in the country. An unprecedented two-month halt to river traffic because of flooding resulted in a sizable bump in activity during August. Workforce training gets a boost in Fort Smith, with state grants funding academies in production line automation and in data analytics.

Entomologist Donald Steinkraus is also the chair for the Fayetteville Urban Advisory Board. The board serves as an invaluable source for the city's planning commission but also for city residents. Steinkraus and others will be at the Fayetteville Farmer's Market October 17 at 7 a.m. giving away trees and shrubs. Residents are entitled to two and will also be given instructions on how to best plant and care for them.

The first KUAF fundraiser was not the on-air kind of fundraiser you've heard this week. It was a concert downtown called the Toast and Jam.

Christina Karnatz

Tyson Foods, the Springdale Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Springdale Initiative invited people to Emma Avenue this morning for an announcement about an old tenant returning to the street. Christina captured some of the comments at the event.

MUSIC: "Available Space" Ry Cooder

Holly Helder

Today's DVAM features Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder discussing the rights of domestic violence victims and some of the laws in place in Arkansas to protect them.

Ahead on Ozarks at Large, Governor Asa Hutchinson discusses Arkansas' agricultural future, and we speak with the local director of a new documentary about Hot Springs' history as the original destination for baseball spring training.  

You can keep your surf.  Just as well in a land locked state, in the latest edition of the Ozarks at Large Food Podcast, we focus on the turf.  The green grass of home: from pastured raised meats, how they’re different and how to cook them to wheatgrass; the green shoots are proving profitable for a local grower.  Plus, we have a buyer’s guide to the best fruit in the Ozarks.