Ozarks at Large for Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018

On today’s show, a look at the future of the Lake Bella Vista Dam. Plus, we hear from an advocate for Fayetteville to become a Dark Sky City. And, the Militant Grammarian discusses one of her biggest pet peeves.

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The Bentonville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Monday unanimously supported removing the dam at Lake Bella Vista and restoring Little Sugar Creek. The move had been championed by local nonprofit Friends of Little Sugar Creek after the city announced it planned to use money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to rebuild the failed dam following destructive flooding in 2015.

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This summer, the 2018 Arkansas Archeological Society and Arkansas Archeological Survey Summer Training Program is taking place at Pea Ridge National Military Park. Participants are searching for artifacts in a portion of the park called Leetown. Volunteers have been taking part in the two-week summer program since 1964.

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When Cross Church switched on a tall array of bright lights at its new church in west Fayetteville, it attracted complaints. City planners, finding the architectural illumination out of compliance, ordered the lights turned off. While a solution is worked out, light pollution activist, Houston Hughes, is using this as a teaching moment to encourage Fayetteville to become a Dark Sky City.

A Thursday roundup of news includes Sen. John Boozman supporting the end of separating families at the border, the effect of tariffs on the state's soybean industry, and another victory for the Razorbacks at the College World Series.

New Hotel Coming to Downtown Bentonville

Jun 21, 2018

A development group that involves Tom Walton has announced plans to develop a site at the southeast corner of the Bentonville Square into a full-service hotel. The project is in the early stages of design and isn’t expected to break ground until next year. We learn more in today's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report.

The incorrect use of the past participle is the biggest pet peeve of our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds. To help us out, she once again discusses irregular verbs and the past participle.

After two weeks of music, arts and entertainment, the Artosphere Festival ends its 2018 run this week. The 9th annual festival aims to connect arts with environmental issues in unconvential ways. 

Ozarks at Large for Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Jun 20, 2018

On today’s show, Sebastian County examines ways to keep non-violent offenders with mental health issues out of jail and in treatment. Plus, John Brummett examines suggestions to keep a stronger ethical accounting of elected officials in Arkansas. And, we get an examination of our Ozark resident opossums.

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Sebastian County leaders have applied for a $750,000 federal grant to start a mental health court similar to the county's drug and veterans’ courts. County Judge David Hudson says a mental health court would provide long-term treatment beyond care provided at the Crisis Stabilization Unit that opened in March. Both the CSU and the mental health court would allow low-level offenders to stay out of jail or prison and would instead address the mental health issues that contributed to their arrests.

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The Trump administration has released its plan for reuniting children who have been separated from their parents as a result of the president's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, but in a fact sheet issued on Saturday, it provided no timeline for when those reunifications will happen.

Donald Hall, a former poet laureate of the United States whose writing explored everything from nature to mortality to the toss of a baseball, has died at the age of 89.

Hall died on Saturday at his family farm, known as Eagle Pond, in the small town of Wilmot, N.H. His death was announced by his literary agent, Wendy Strothman.

Hall was a prolific author who began writing when he was just 12 years old. Over the course of a career that spanned more than seven decades, he wrote over 40 books, about half of which were works of poetry.

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