Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
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More communities around the country are realizing they have to reckon with the automobile-centered environment they created. The Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization recently invited national community design expert Mark Fenton to take walking tours of Van Buren and Fort Smith.

courtesy: Sequoyah County Educators

Although the Oklahoma Education Association ended the official teacher walkout last week, many educators are vowing to keep fighting for school funding by other means. Some districts are sending delegates each day to the capitol, many teachers have decided to run for office themselves, and others are rallying behind candidates who support education funding. We catch up with Roland High School math teacher Steven Ostrander, who has been part of the walkout effort in Sequoyah County, about what has happened in the last week and how his school district plans to move forward.

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The Arkansas Department of Transportation cut the ribbon Wednesday on a 4.5-mile portion of the Springdale Northern Bypass, or future Highway 412. The bypass will eventually connect to existing Highway 412 on the west side of Tontitown and on the east side of Sonora. The section of the highway unveiled Wednesday will be open to drivers starting April 30.


After two homes were torn down in Fayetteville's historic Washington-Willow neighborhood, some residents have expressed interest in developing a historic preservation ordinance. Such an ordinance would protect the other homes that are still there. The city's Planning Division recently sent out about 260 surveys to property owners in the neighborhood to gauge the amount of support for some sort of code.

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Although Chuck Campbell quit the 2,745-mile Tour Divide race through the Rocky Mountains, it led him to the Adventure Cycling Association and the realization that Arkansas did not have a mapped bike touring route. Campbell decided to change that and is now mapping a 1,400-mile route through the Ozarks and Ouachitas using a GPS unit.