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'Ditch The Keys' campaign begins May 18

'Ditch The Keys' campaign begins May 18

Ozone Action Days Celebrates Second Year of This Environmental Effort

The key to better air quality is in each of our hands.  Literally.  When we "Ditch the Keys" and use alternative forms of transportation other than our cars, we're helping prevent the formation of harmful ground level ozone during the hot summer months.   A great time to  "Ditch the Keys" is May 18, which is Bike to Work Day across the country.  In Central Arkansas, Ozone Action Days is teaming up with Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA), the City of Little Rock and City of North Little Rock to organize convoys of bicycle commuters  to ride to and from work on May 18.  An experienced cyclist will lead each convoy. 

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Explore Arkansas with Chuck Dovish

Explore Arkansas with Chuck Dovish

One winning family to be chosen for excursion; entries accepted at www.aetn.org/engage

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Fans of the Arkansas Educational Television Network’s (AETN) “Exploring Arkansas,” with host Chuck Dovish, now have the opportunity to win a family outing with Dovish that will be filmed for possible future use in the series.

A winning family (up to six family members) will be chosen at random to spend a day with Dovish as he tapes a family-friendly episode of “Exploring Arkansas.” Dovish will aim to introduce the family to some of his favorite places and activities suitable for all ages, in turn allowing them to explore Arkansas with him.

Contest winners will be treated to a hike or similar activity at a location of Dovish’s choosing on a weekend. The outing will be filmed by an AETN production crew and segments may be used for an upcoming episode of “Exploring Arkansas.”

Small craft advisory lifted

Small craft advisory lifted

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Army Corps of Engineers has lifted the small craft advisory on the Arkansas River.

Before setting out in a pleasure craft, always check flow conditions.  Corps officials urge boaters to always use caution on the river.  Wear a life jacket, and never operate a boat while intoxicated.  Give commercial towboats an extra wide berth for safety's sake.  They are heavier than freight trains and not nearly as maneuverable as pleasure boats.  It can take a towboat more than a half mile to stop.

Advisories are issued when flows reach 70,000 cubic feet per second.  Currents become swifter and stronger, and large debris is carried downstream. 

For daily river information, visit the Corps' Little Rock District Web site at www.swl.usace.army.mil and click the water management button.

State parks plan Spring Break programs

State parks plan Spring Break programs

Arkansas’s spring break is coming up fast, March 16-25. Arkansas State Parks are open for business and ready for guests who want safe, outdoor, family-friendly places to play and make memories.

Archeology Day at Petit Jean State Park is March 17

Archeology Day at Petit Jean State Park is March 17

Arkansas Archeology Month 2012, cosponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the Arkansas Archeological Society, is celebrated in March with a variety of programs, exhibits, activities and tours at parks, museums, universities, libraries and elsewhere. This year’s theme is Archeology of Communities

Recyclables marketing board to meet at Conway

Recyclables marketing board to meet at Conway

The State Marketing Board for Recyclables will meet at 1:15 p.m. March 7, 2012, at the Virco Manufacturing facility, 1701 Sturgis Road, in Conway.

Items on the board’s agenda include hearing reports on recycling of X-ray and micro films, and a “Recycle Bank” program which will offer incentives for recycling efforts. In addition, the board will elect officers for 2012.

Prior to the board’s business meeting, members will be attending a Buyers’ Summit, a periodic event sponsored by the Arkansas Recycling Coalition to provide information on recycling issues. The summit will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Virco plant.

The board advises and assists the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on finding and maintaining markets for recyclable materials collected in Arkansas.