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Protest to be held in downtown Hot Springs

Protest to be held in downtown Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – A group of people will hold a protest against the spraying of toxic aerosols over the city of Hot Springs, Ark.

The protest will be held in the public streets and sidewalks of Downtown Hot Springs, on August 11, 2013, which is Global Chemtrail Awareness Day.

Photo and video evidence, as well as informational literature will be available to any who are interested.

All like-minded individuals are encouraged to stop by and voice their opinions and concerns as well.

All Arkansas Corps Lakes’ Facilities Re-opened

All Arkansas Corps Lakes’ Facilities Re-opened

Vicksburg, Miss –The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announces the re-opening of all Arkansas Corps lakes’ facilities.  These facilities were closed due to high water levels. This includes all campgrounds, boat ramps, recreational areas, and swim areas at DeGray Lake, Lake Greeson, and Lake Ouachita.

Although these facilities are now re-opened, boaters still need to use caution when boating and to always watch for debris washed into the lake from the recent heavy rains in the watershed area and let others know where you will be boating.  Always wear your lifejacket and keep the boat's "kill switch" attached at all times while underway. Swimmers are also reminded to wear a lifejacket and never swim alone. 

For more information, please contact the Arkansas lake offices at 501-767-2101.

Lake Catherine day camp June 4-6

Lake Catherine day camp June 4-6

Lake Catherine State Park is hosting an adventure day camp for ages 7 – 11.

If you would like to get your child outside this summer, let us introduce your child to a new level of outdoor fun and adventure. During our three day camp we will explore Lake Catherine State Park with hikes, adventures, close up nature studies, hands-on activities, and crafts. Space is limited and reservations are required. The camp is aimed at children 7-11 years of age but let us know if you think our camp would be right for your child. Last day to register is May 15

For more information, please contact Lake Catherine State Park at (501)844-4176 or by email at keith.w.bell@arkansas.gov

Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

'Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend' to be held May 4 - 6

'Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend' to be held May 4 - 6

Lake Catherine State Park is hosting Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend with programming around the theme of wildflowers.

The main part of this weekend event will be from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday May 4.  Programming will include a Milkweed seed giveaway by the Central Arkansas Master Naturalist group.  Park staff will present information on monarch butterfly waystations and how you can create your own certified waystation. Garvin Woodland Gardens will also present activities about native wild plants. Bring the kids and play Wildflower Bingo for prizes and if you’re the crafty type you can make your own paper flower to take home with you.  Bring the whole family for information on the importance of native habitats and the unique relationships between native plants and animals.  The programming is free and all are invited to attend.

Public Open House Scheduled on the Caddo/Womble Ranger District

Public Open House Scheduled on the Caddo/Womble Ranger District

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- The Caddo/ Womble Ranger District of the Ouachita National Forest is hosting an Open House from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013.   According to District Ranger Gloria Chrismer the Open House will allow the public an opportunity to meet with national forest employees one-on-one and discuss the newly released flood maps, and the possible effects on future management of campgrounds on the District, especially Charlton Recreation Area.  Maps showing flood zones will be on display.

The Open House will be held at the Womble Ranger District Office in Mt. Ida, Arkansas, The office is located on Highway 270 approximately four miles east of Mt. Ida.  

For additional information, please call at 870.867.2101 during office hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).

City water deluges competition in region-wide taste test

City water deluges competition in region-wide taste test

HOT SPRINGS – Hot Springs Municipal Utilities was named the winner in a drinking water taste test held during a recent meeting in Benton, Arkansas of the Central District Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association.  Competitors included Benton Water, Center Grove Water Association, Central Arkansas Water, Jacksonville Water and Conway Corporation.

Drinking water samples from each competitor were given blind labels and served to judges Tim Bratton, Little Rock Wastewater; Thea Hughes, Jacksonville Wastewater; Fred Oswald, Oswald Engineering; and Jane Hurley, ADEQ.