Blog Roll

Arkansas Blog

Hourly news and comment

Rock Candy

The guide to Arkansas entertainment

Eat Arkansas

For food lovers

Eye Candy

On art in Arkansas

Street Jazz

A view from Northwest Arkansas

Eat Arkansas

Leo's Greek Castle

More American than Greek, but still, pretty good.

kBird: Little Rock's gem of a Thai place

kBird feels like your friend's house in college, but with way better food.

Ceci's Chicken and Waffles relocates to Conway

Slightly odd ordering system aside, Ceci's serves mouth-watering food you'll want a regular date with

Dining Review

Cheers!

June 22, 2017
Cheers!
A different approach to the Heights stalwart. /more/

Dining Search

A&E Feature

Hard edges

June 22, 2017
Hard edges
The 59th Delta provokes thoughts about why we love our unnatural lawns, and what is real, anyway? /more/

To-Do List

Joo Won Kang at Wildwood

June 21, 2017
Joo Won Kang at Wildwood
Also, Esme Patterson, Little Rock Vegan Festival, Crystal Mercer, Ben Lee, Opera in the Ozarks, Sammy Kershaw and more /more/

Columnists

Max Brantley

A tax for NLR

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith pitched me this week on a city sales tax increase. If still a resident, I'd be favorably inclined. /more/

Ernest Dumas

Obamascare

Republicans at long last may be about to see their most fervent wishes and wildest predictions materialize — millions of people losing their medical and hospital coverage, unaffordable insurance, lost jobs, a Medicare financial crisis, mushrooming federal budget deficits and fiscal crises across state governments. /more/

Gene Lyons

Megyn vs. Alex

As vigorously hyped broadcast events go, Megyn Kelly's televised confrontation with internet conspiracy cultist Alex Jones proved something of a dud. /more/

Movie Reviews

Vroom (again)

June 22, 2017
Vroom (again)
Pixar's 'Cars 3' gets a few things right. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Summer hopes

June 22, 2017
Bret Bielema is not, regardless of your possible venom toward him or the catastrophic way the 2016 season wrapped, going anywhere. /more/

Blog Roll

Arkansas Blog

Hourly news and comment

Rock Candy

The guide to Arkansas entertainment

Eat Arkansas

For food lovers

Eye Candy

On art in Arkansas

Street Jazz

A view from Northwest Arkansas

Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:45:00

Short-sighted Republicans stop planning grant for LR-Hot Springs trail

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? Nothing , is the answer. The Big Dam Bridge attracts many visitors, just as a trial from Little Rock to Hot Springs, nixed Tuesday night by Republican county officials. - LR SOIREE
  • LR Soiree
  • WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? Nothing , is the answer. The Big Dam Bridge attracts many visitors, just as a trial from Little Rock to Hot Springs, nixed Tuesday night by Republican county officials.

Bloc voting by the five Republicans on the Pulaski County Quorum Court stymied a plan for an initial county investment in a largely federally funded grant to develop a 65-mile bike and pedestrian trail from Little Rock to Hot Springs.

The opposition was familiar to anyone who's followed some of the developments along the river in Little Rock and North Little Rock that benefited from earlier county road and bridge assistance. According to a Democrat-Gazette article, the sometimes level-headed JP Phil Stowers said:

"I believe that we have much greater needs in our country from an infrastructure perspective, and this is one of many that our federal government would be better served putting our transportation dollars towards those needs — those bridges, those airports, those roads that need rehabilitation."

Such tunnel vision. This is the identical thinking of the Arkansas Department of Highway (D-OH) too. Only freeways and maybe arterial roads are transportation. Feet, bicycles, buses, trains? Something else, but not worthy of transportation infrastructure.

Apart from the general health benefit to the local populace, such trails can be immense tourism attractions. See the trail system built in Missouri. See the amazing plans in New York for an unbroken trail from Manhattan to the top of the state.

You need not travel far to see the benefits. Drive out to the Big Dam Bridge or Three Rivers Bridge on any nice day and try — try — to get a parking place. These places are thronged with bikers, walkers and runners. The river trail system is equally popular. People like Stowers complained, too, when federal money was captured to preserve the Junction Bridge as a pedestrian crossing in downtown Little Rock. Imagine our city today without these amenities. Pick up any promotional brochure and see how often they are touted. Think of how many people would be drawn to an unbroken path from Little Rock to Hot Springs.

Pulaski would have shared with Saline and Garland counties about $520,000 in costs, while the federal government would contribute $2.6 million on initial planning. It's possible the idea could get another vote by the Quorum Court, the county governing body, but it's unclear today. It got a 7-5 vote last night, needing eight, but a revote will require 10 of the 15 JPs. Only about 1 percent of the county's road and bridge tax goes to bike lanes and trails as it is. We can and should do better.

The roadblocks to a good project with health and tourism benefits are these Republicans Doug Reed (476-1932) of Roland, Aaron Robinson (772-2476) Of Jacksonville, Luke McCoy (291-9574) of Sherwood, Phil Stowers (993-6165) of Maumelle and Paul Elliott (231-3023) of Maumelle.  Give them a call.

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:22:00

LR Zoo arrival: A duiker calf

click to enlarge NEW ARRIVAL: Female duiker.
  • NEW ARRIVAL: Female duiker.

The Little Rock Zoo announces the birth of a female yellow-backed duiker calf, the first for the duiker pair at the zoo.

Duikers are a species of antelope native to African forests. The pair in Little Rock arrived lat summer from Cincinnati with hopes for breeding. The shy animals are threatened in the wild, the zoo said, by hunting and habitat destruction.

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:15:00

State Police investigating I-630 shooting

State Police report that a woman driving on Interstate 30 was wounded by gunfire from a passing car near Interstate 630 Tuesday night.

The release:

Arkansas State Troopers are continuing their work from overnight (Tuesday, June 27, 2017) in connection with a shooting incident that occurred in the area of Interstate 30 and the I-630 interchange.

At approximately 7 PM Tiara Mitchell, 27, of Little Rock, was traveling eastbound along I-30 when multiple gunshots were fired into the vehicle she was driving. Mitchell was wounded but able to get off the highway in North Little Rock where she was contacted by state troopers.

The gunfire reportedly came from a passing vehicle believed to be a white Toyota Corolla or Camry.

Mitchell was transported to an area hospital and underwent surgery overnight. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have worked with Little Rock Police Officers overnight in an attempt to identify and locate possible suspects tied to the shooting.

 

More Arkansas Blog

Featured Videos

STAFF BLOGS: ARKANSAS BLOG

Today's headlines: Resistance grows to Obamacare rewrite

Rock Candy

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 09:59:00

Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest names interim director

click to enlarge gerber.jpg

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) has named an interim executive director: Jennifer Gerber. Gerber has served as an Assistant Director for the Columbia University Film Festival, Media team Director for the Little Rock Film Festival, Curator of Low Key Arts' Arkansas Shorts film festival since 2014 and as Tech Director and Media Team Director for the HSDFF. She will lead the search for a permanent HSDFF executive director.

Gerber steps into a role formerly occupied by Courtney Pledger, who was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to direct the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) in March of this year.

“We are so grateful that Jen is willing to take the lead on the 2017 HSDFF and keep this transition as smooth as possible,” HSDFF Board Chairman Don Gooch said. “Her experience will help us continue to stage the well-regarded festival that our patrons have come to expect.”

 

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:57:00

Tedeschi Trucks Band lands at Robinson Center in September

click to enlarge tedeschi-trucks-band_photo-credit-tedeschi-trucks-band_band-general-2.jpg
The 12-piece, Grammy Award-winning band led by spouses Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks announced this morning that they'd include a stop at Robinson Center on the band's current tour. Greyhounds* open the concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, September 17.

Tickets range from $30-$80, and go on sale this Friday, June 30 at Ticketmaster or by calling 800-745-3000.

Here's a jam from the band's February CD/DVD release, "Live From The Fox Oakland."
*A previous version of this article stated that members of Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers would join the Tedeschi Trucks Band on this stop, as they have on other stops along the band's "Wheels of Soul" tour.

 

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 09:15:00

Guns 'N' Roses launches SiriusXM channel

unnamed.jpg
Looking to brush up on your Guns 'N' Roses repertoire before Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan descend on War Memorial Stadium August 5th?

From Rolling Stone comes news of a GNR-focused SiriusXM channel devoted to the Los Angeles rockers.
Guns N' Roses Radio will air from July 13th to July 22nd on SiriusXM's channel 41, with the station playing GNR tracks alongside live performances, rarities and songs by artists that inspired Axl Rose and company.

 

More Rock Candy

Most Shared

Cover Story

You're doing your 401(k) wrong

June 22, 2017
You're doing your 401(k) wrong
Hundreds of thousands of retirement dollars could be at stake. /more/

VIEW PRINT EDITION

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Arkansas Reporter

Two suits challenge new abortion laws

June 22, 2017
Two suits challenge new abortion laws
Arkansas legislators "matched cruelty with creativity" this year with the passage of new laws to block women from getting legal abortions, the deputy director of the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project said Tuesday in announcing the filing of two suits in federal court challenging new laws. /more/
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation