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Coalition, city at odds again over goose hunt

Coalition, city at odds again over goose hunt

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Efforts to reach an agreement between the Coalition to Save the Geese of Burns Park and the City of NLR were suspended today after Mayor Patrick Hays introduced new legislation reaffirming and further expanding the city’s right and desire to hunt wildlife within the city’s parks and public lands.  The new legislation would allow the mayor sole authority to utilize hunters to exterminate animals on three days’ notice without requiring additional City Council action or public hearing.

Spiders can scare throughout winter

Spiders can scare throughout winter

Spiders are associated with Halloween, but the arachnids will most likely be seen throughout the winter in homes due to the warm summer we experienced. Often popping up after people bring holiday decorations or winter clothing out of storage, Terminix, the nation’s largest pest control company, has a few tips for prevention and protection to limit number of infestations and incidents of bites.

Why do spiders invade homes?

Like most pests, spiders are opportunistic and invade homes out of convenience. Human structures often provide a sheltered environment and can provide easy access to other insects. 

How do spiders get into homes?

Spiders can slip through very small exterior openings.

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

If you didn’t draw a deer permit for an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management area hunt this year, there’s still a good chance to get the one you’re after. More than 6,000 unclaimed permits will be available beginning 8 a.m., Oct. 11, at the AGFC Little Rock headquarters and regional offices across the state.

“Typically, we have about 3,000 leftovers available,” said Ashley Bean, AGFC permit program coordinator. “This year, we had almost the same number of applicants, but they were focused only on a few hunts, leaving many unclaimed permits throughout the state.”

Some permits are even available for some of Arkansas’s most coveted wildlife management areas. There’s even permit available for the modern gun hunt at Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area WMA, which normally takes about four years to draw. These high-demand permits are left because people who had enough preference points drew the permit, but did not pay.

Inspect an Insect weekend

Inspect an Insect weekend

Did you know that not all bugs are pests, especially when it comes to the life of plants?  Since ninety-five percent of all living creatures are insects, wouldn't it be fun to learn more about them?  On July 16-17, Pinnacle mountain is offering a fun program called "Inspect an Insect Weekend."  

Park public relations says "Spend the weekend learning about the different types of insects in the park, including a chance to eat one!" 

Okay, maybe that last part does not sound very appetizing, but to each his own.  Many insects are harmless and it is good to expand your insect knowledge, especially for the little ones.  

Did you know that the marmalade hoverfly is a fly which belongs to the Syrphidae family (Episyrphus balteatus)?  We generally are wary of this insect because on its orange color and black stripes, which makes us think that it's a type of wasp.

Big Bass Bonanza

Big Bass Bonanza

ARKANSAS RIVER (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza Fishing Tournament is the largest amateur bass fishing tournament in the state.  It covers 300 miles of eligible fishing from Fort Smith to Dumas along the entire length of the Arkansas River within the state’s borders. The angler who lands the largest fish during the course of the tournament will take home the $50,000 grand prize, with other cash prizes available throughout the weekend.

An Arkansas Game and Fish boat will be available to take media out on the river at the North Little Rock location on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be releasing 100,000 fingerlings back into the river. Each pool will receive 20,000 to distribute.

WHEN: Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26

Fishing begins each day at 6 a.m. with hourly weigh-ins. Final weigh-in each day is at 1 p.m.
 
Awards Ceremony:  4 p.m.

Arkansas River looks great for Big Bass Bonanza

Arkansas River looks great for Big Bass Bonanza

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, Arkansas’ largest amateur fishing tournament, is on track for this weekend thanks to improved conditions on the Arkansas River, tournament officials announced.
 
"Arkansas has seen a lot of rain this spring," said Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association and tournament organizer.  "As a result we have received a lot of phone calls asking if the Big Bass Bonanza is still going to be held as scheduled.  The answer is 'yes.'"
 
McNulty said river levels have been steadily declining for several weeks and by Friday the levels should be optimal.
 
Prize money for this year's tournament will be the same as last year, with $100,000 in total cash prizes.

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

UNDATED -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting grant applications for $100,000 in funding to support projects designed to educate and enable communities to understand and address local health and environmental issues.

These grants are available in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Eligible applicants from non-profit, faith-based and tribal organizations working in the community of the proposed project are encouraged to apply.

EPA Region 6 will award four grants of $25,000 to support projects that address a community's local environmental issues through collaborative partnerships.