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Ouachita National Forest to implement designated car routes

Ouachita National Forest to implement designated car routes

Designations for motorized travel routes in the Ouachita National Forest are slated to be implemented in late winter or early spring 2011. Publication of Motor Vehicle Use Maps, commonly referred to as MVUMs, will officially begin implementation of the forest’s travel management plan.

In 2005, the Forest Service issued a Travel Management Rule which called for each of America’s 155 National Forests to designate a travel system for motorized vehicles, including off highway vehicles (OHVs). The rule was established to limit harmful environmental impacts associated with unregulated OHV use on National Forest land.

“More than 3,100 miles of forest roads and trails for motorized vehicles will offer a lot of opportunities to get out and experience the national forest,” said Forest Supervisor Norman Wagoner.

Hot Springs Police chief finalists announced

Hot Springs Police chief finalists announced


HOT SPRINGS -- City Manager Lance Hudnell announced today that the finalists for the position of Hot Springs Police Chief include David Flory of Bedford, Texas;  David Ebinger of Moorhead, Minnesota; and Mike McCormick of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

“After careful consideration of 65 applications from several states, the selection committee and I have determined three finalists for on-site interviews,” Hudnell said.  “The committee spent several hours reviewing the applications, determining and interviewing nine semi-finalists, conducting background checks and ultimately selecting three candidates as finalists.  We are very pleased with the quality of the three finalists and look forward to concluding the interview process later this year and in early January.”

The ad hoc citizens selection committee assisting in the selection process includes Sam Stathakis, businessman and Civil Service commissioner; Steve Oliver, prosecuting attorney; Harrie

Federal stimulus gives Arkansas teachers bonuses

Every year, e-Stem Charter School gives its teachers bonuses and federal stimulus money will allow that trend to continue. English teacher Jenny Choate says teachers deserve a pat on the back.

"It's icing on the cake. It's a nice bonus, but I love to teach anyways," says Choate.

The federal jobs bill gives Arkansas schools $193 per student, but at e-Stem, CEO John Bacon says a private foundation has been funding the average $7500 bonuses, which are based on performance.

"As that phased out, we would take on a portion through our budget, so that after 3 or 4 years, we would be fully funding it through our school budget," says Bacon.

Executive Director Rob McGill of Academics Plus Charter School also hopes to use the extra cash for bonuses.

"We want to be competitive with other districts that are in Pulaski County," says Rob McGill.

More than a quarter of Arkansas children live in poverty

The U.S. child poverty rate in 2009 was 19.7 percent. The federal definition of poverty in 2009 was a family of four earning less than $22,050 a year.

The Arkansas child poverty rate jumped to 26.9 percent in 2009, up 2.3 percentage points from 24.6 percent in 2008, according to figures released by the Census Bureau.

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Mercy's Staggs receives Breast Sonography certification

St. Joseph's Mercy Helath Center's Stephanie Staggs is now one of the select mammography technicians in Arkansas who is certified in Breast Ultrasound after receiving her certification in Breast Sonography from The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

"The knowledge that I gained in going through this process is invaluable," Staggs said. "I guess that's what sets me apart from most mammographers."

Breast ultrasound is a procedure that may be used to determine whether a lump is a cyst (sac containing fluid) or a solid mass which could be cancer. Ultrasound can also be sued to precisely locate the position of a known tumor in order to guide the doctor during a biopsy or aspiration procedure. Ultrasound helps confirm correct needle placement.

"Voices of Angels" Concert will Feature Hot Springs Native, Sarah Mesko

"Voices of Angels" Concert will  Feature Hot Springs Native, Sarah Mesko

Hot Springs native Sarah Mesko returns to Hot Springs to join Nicole Vogel and the Muses’ Deleen Davidson and Gay Strakshus in the fifth annual “Voices of Angels” concert. “Gloria in excelsis Deo”.  Join the Muses at 3 p.m.

Update: More than half of U.S. households don't have life insurance

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