Sunday, October 17, 2010

Highway Commission vote could end mowing and dredging practices that cause erosion, loss of wildlife habitat and decrease beauty of roadsides in Arkansas

Please click on image to ENLARGE. Two hours after this photo was made on October 12, 2010, this area had been brushogged into oblivion. Sure, the swamp milkweed will sprout from its roots next summer. But these plants not only held pods offering hundreds of milkweed seeds but also were feeding milkweed caterpillars that could have made chrysalises and become final 2010 generation monarchs traveling to Mexico and with a chance to return in spring and find fresh milkweed on which a new generation of monarchs could have been raised to keep the cycle of life intact for this seriously threatened species of migrating butterfly. If you want to talk to your Northwest Arkansas representative on the Highway Commission, he is Dick Trammel.
Monarch caterpillars were still eating the foliage of these swamp milkweeds and the seed pods were almost mature when the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Mowers came down the road and crushed and cut them off near the ground. Amazing hypocrisy for a state agency that touts its wildflower program. And possibly worse hypocrisy is touting its stormwater-protection work and then mowing and dredging ditches repeatedly every year.

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE view.

To learn more about the Arkansas Highway Commission,  please see AHC  link.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fayetteville's David Whitaker's debate with mayor of Rogers to run on AETN at 8 p.m. today

John Gray debated Blanche Lincoln, John Boozman and Trevor Drown for a Senate seat from Arkansas yesterday. Link to video on AETN Web site.  Broadcast was last night on Channel 13.
Tonight's broadcasts on Channel 13 will be for the congressional seat from Arkansas' Fourth District at 7 p.m. and for the congressional seat from Arkansas' Third District at 8 p.m.

Fayetteville's David Whitaker debated the mayor of Rogers today for the Third District seat. That debate begins at 8 p.m. and lasts 60 minutes on AETN channel 13. The video is expected to be on AETN's site later this evening but probably not until after it airs.

Debate Schedule
Monday, October 11

U.S. District 1 tapes @ 11:00 a.m. (60 min.)
Ken Adler (G)
Chad Causey (D)
Rick Crawford (R)
Airs 6:30pm – 7:30pm
U.S District 2 tapes @ 3:00 p.m. (90 min.)
Joyce Elliott (D)
Tim Griffin (R)
Lewis Kennedy (G)
Airs 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday, October 12

Lt. Governor tapes @ 10:00 a.m. (60 min.)
Shane Broadway (D)
Mark Darr (R)
Airs 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Governor tapes @ 2:00pm
Mike Beebe (D)
Jim Keet (R)
Jim Lendall (G)
Airs 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday, October 13

U.S. Senate tapes @ 10:00 a.m. (90 min.)
John Boozman (R)
Trevor Drown (I)
John Gray (G)
Blanche Lincoln (D)
Airs 6:30pm – 8:00pm
U.S. District 4 tapes @ 3:00 p.m. (60 min.)
Joshua Drake (G)
Beth Anne Rankin (R)
Mike Ross (D)
Airs 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, October 14

Secretary of State tapes @ 10:00 a.m. (60 min.)
Mark Martin (R)
Pat O’Brien (D)
Airs 7:00pm – 8:00pm
U.S. District 3 tapes @ 2:00 p.m. (60 min.)
David Whitaker (D)
Steve Womack (R)
Airs 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, October 15

Attorney General tapes @ 10:00am (60 min.)
Dustin McDaniel (D)
Rebekah Kennedy (G)
Airs 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Debate Admission Information
Location: UCA Reynold Performance Hall
Web Site: Admission was FREE and Open to the public

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