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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.

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.

Arkansas free fishing weekend

Arkansas free fishing weekend

June 10-12 is the official "Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend" according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision Fishing Guidebook 2011.  Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed.  Several new changes have occured on fishing limits, so visit http://www.agfc.com/resources/GuidebookDocs/fish2011p07-11.pdf for more information on current regulations.  

Kids’ Fishing Day at the Commission’s five fish hatcheries is Saturday, June  11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Funding available for White County water project

 Funding available for White County water project

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Mike Sullivan announced funding is available to agricultural producers through an Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) project in a portion of White County. Producers in the project area have until June 3 to sign up for 2011 funding.

The Little Red River Irrigation Project, a partnership between NRCS and the Little Red River Irrigation District, is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quantity and quality concerns in the Little Red River Watershed.

“The project area encompasses approximately 83,838 acres southeast of Searcy containing approximately 34,000 acres of irrigated cropland,” Sullivan said.

Sanitation truck collision injures 2, spills fuel

Sanitation truck collision injures 2, spills fuel

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.

Behind the scenes: Reporter Wayne Cross in Searcy for Ips beetles

Behind the scenes: Reporter Wayne Cross in Searcy for Ips beetles

"Beetle Mania"...that was my first thought when I was given this story. That, and I get to visit a part of Arkansas I haven't seen yet. I've worked in Colorado and they have a pine bark beetle problem so I really had no idea if it would be that bad, but Bryan Aday with the Arkansas Forestry Commission told me it's not that bad yet in Arkansas.

To start, Bryan is an Oklahoma State grad and I'm a huge Okie State fan, have been since I five years old. So I hit it off with him right away.

He told me that he knew of a pine tree plantation owner that was dealing with an Ips beetle problem. So we drove out to Rick Watson's farm a few miles outside of Kensett. It was a gorgeous drive. I really love seeing different landscape of this state.

Farmers Market prepares for season opening

Farmers Market prepares for season opening

SEARCY, Ark. -- Organizers of Main Street Searcy’s Certified Farmers Market are holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Carmichael Community Center (801 S. Elm Street) for interested farmers, volunteers, and community members.

All returning farmers are encouraged to attend to discuss ongoing market activities.  This meeting is also open to anyone interested in participating in the Searcy Certified Farmers’ Market this year.      

The market, located on the south side of Spring Park, is scheduled to kick off the 2011 season on Saturday, May 21.  Operational hours are 7 a.m. – noon on Saturdays and Wednesdays; 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.