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LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

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Enjoy Wildflower Week at Petit Jean State Park

Enjoy Wildflower Week at Petit Jean State Park

The public is invited to spend a week enjoying the wildflowers of spring at Petit Jean State Park.  Weekday programs will be geared toward senior citizens, while weekend programs will be family oriented.  

Arkansas Guard to conduct prescribed burn at Camp Robinson on Wednesday

Arkansas Guard to conduct prescribed burn at Camp Robinson on Wednesday

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ANGEO) -The Arkansas National Guard Environmental Office will conduct a prescribed burn over approximately 390 acres of land on Camp Robinson Maneuver Training Center in North Little Rock, Ark. beginning at about 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014, and will last until approximately 4 p.m.

The prescribed burn will be located near the Western boundary of the post and involve a portion of a remote training area.

The intent of the burn is to reduce the amount of natural fuel on the ground in order to benefit wildlife and the surrounding communities with the reduced risk of wildfires.  Periodic burns are conducted involving small, controllable, areas of Camp Robinson.  Post firefighters and environmental personnel will monitor the activity, and adjacent fire departments are notified as a precaution to ensure public safety for areas neighboring the post.

PTC to receive $17,200 for energy efficient upgrades

PTC to receive $17,200 for energy efficient upgrades

NORTH LITTLE ROCK (PT) – Pulaski Tech is receiving $17,199.99 in rebate incentives through Entergy Arkansas’s CitySmart program for energy upgrades made at the college’s Little Rock-West campus.

Representatives from Entergy and CLEAResults, a Austin, Texas-based company that helped PTC identify energy efficient programs, will present a check to college officials at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Administration building lobby on the Main Campus in North Little Rock.

“Encouraging our customers to use electric energy efficiently is good for business and good for the environment,” said Richard Smith, Entergy Arkansas’ manager of Utility Business Development & Support. “It makes electricity bills more affordable and is a key component in our long-term strategy for meeting customer demand for electricity.”

The upgrades also are helping the college meet energy reduction goals established by Act 1494.

Birders flock to look at visiting snowy owl

Birders flock to look at visiting snowy owl

LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – A single snowy owl, most unusual in Arkansas, is drawing birders to the Port of Little Rock area.

Karen Rowe, nongame migratory bird coordinator with the Arkansas Game and Fish commission, said, “About two weeks ago, Lenord Vaughn, an employee at LM Wind Power in Little Rock, noticed a large white bird on the supports that hold the turbine blades. He didn't know the identity of the bird or how unusual its’ presence in Arkansas was until he watched a Public Broadcasting Service special on snowy owls.”

The bird has moved around the immediate area but appears to be tolerant of visitors peering at long range through binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras. It has been spotted perched on the large turbine blades at the factory near the Little Rock Port Authority and the airport.

List of events for December at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

List of events for December at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Sunday, December 1

  • Fall hayride and campfire

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm campfire, stories, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Advance payment and registration is required. For more information contact Park Interpreters Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) or Richard Spilman(richard.spilman@arkansas.gov).

Meeting place: field by Highway 300 and Pinnacle Valley Road
Admission:$12 adults, $6 children (ages 6-12)

Wednesday, December 4