Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Alderman Matthew Petty endorsed for reelection by Ozark Headwaters Group of Arkansas Chapter of Sierra Club

Sierra Club Endorses Lioneld Jordan for Mayor, Matthew Petty for Ward 2

The Sierra Club's Ozark Headwaters Group has endorsed Lioneld Jordan for Mayor of Fayetteville and Matthew Petty for Ward 2 Alderman in the November 6 election.
“During our endorsement process,” said Chairman Aubrey Shepherd, “Mayor Jordan stood out for his vision, temperament, and effective leadership in working with the City Council to enact important ordinances. During his current term in office, Fayetteville adopted the state’s first Low-Impact Development Ordinance, the state’s first Energy Efficient Residential Building Code, and the state’s first Streamside Protection Ordinance. In addition, he secured state and federal grant funds to open the Green Jobs Training Center in Fayetteville and establish the Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund to help local non-profit groups make improvements to their buildings. Jordan is a member of the Sierra Club and has twice been named the Outstanding Local Government Official by the Sierra Club of Arkansas.”
“While both Jordan and Coody bring environmental credentials to the race,” he added, “the Sierra Club believes Lioneld Jordan has a more impressive record of environmental accomplishments and a stronger ability to involve residents and mobilize people for practical action that will help keep Fayetteville a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”
“Ward 2 Alderman Matthew Petty, during his first term on the City Council, consistently considered the environmental impact of all proposals and offered fresh ideas for making our community more livable. He co-sponsored the City’s new Energy Efficient Residential Building Code,” noted Shepherd. “As a member of the Street Committee, he has been a vocal advocate for expanding trails and sidewalks and for adding additional bicycle lanes on existing city streets.”
Petty is a former Chairman of the OHG Sierra Club’s Executive Committee. His priorities are reducing sprawl, improving alternative transportation, and expanding recycling to increase the diversion rate of solid waste from landfills.
In making this decision, Sierra Club members began looking carefully at the major candidates in September, reviewing records and responses to questionnaires this month. The endorsements are based on candidate responses to the Sierra Club questionnaire, records of achievements in office, and individual history of working with the Club on key environmental issues. The specific issues on the questionnaires included water quality, energy conservation, transportation, and recycling.
“We reserve our political endorsements for candidates we believe will be outstanding advocates of natural-resource conservation and, more importantly, who can work effectively to achieve actual results,” Shepherd said. “Our endorsements are for individuals who have shown a deep commitment to environmental protection to ensure a better quality of life for all by protecting the health and safety of our residents."
Both candidates received unanimous support from the Executive Committee and the Political Committee.
The Sierra Club is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and exploration of the earth’s natural environment. The non-profit environmental organization founded in 1892 has approximately 3,000 members in Arkansas and 1,100 members in the Ozark Headwaters Group region of Northwest Arkansas.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Excellent article on first mayoral forum written by Joel Walsh and published in the Northwest Arkansas Times on Sept. 27, 2012

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Posted: September 26, 2012 at 9:51 p.m.
Fayetteville mayoral candidates Lioneld Jordan, left, and Dan Coody participate Wednesday in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Washington County at the city administration building.
 — More than 50 people filled the City Council chambers Wednesday to watch the first debate of the 2012 election season between Dan Coody and Lioneld Jordan.


Mayoral Debates
Other mayoral debates are scheduled Sept. 27 and Oct. 17.
Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods
When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27
Where: Room 219, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.
Moderator: Fiona Davidson, associate professor of geosciences, University of Arkansas
Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
When: 6 to 7 p.m., Oct. 17
Where: Chamber offices, 123 W. Mountain St.
Moderator: To Be Determined
Source: City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
The candidates for mayor talked about their records and vision for the city during a 30-minute event hosted by the League of Women Voters of Washington County.
Jordan won a 2008 runoff election against Coody, collecting 57 percent of 5,796 votes cast. He said he has put a “partnership-based government” in place during the past four years, through which anyone can get involved and be heard.
“We have moved this city further and farther than it’s ever been before, and it’s because all of you have invested your time and your life into this city,” Jordan said.
Coody served as Fayetteville’s chief executive from 2001 through 2008.
He said he brings an “entrepreneurial perspective” to the office and a drive to take on innovative projects.
“If we take a passive and rudderless approach to our future, it will not turn out well,” Coody said.
Accomplishments and Regrets
The first question from debate moderator Ann Rosso, a member of the League of Women Voters, was: What was your greatest accomplishment and biggest regret as mayor?
Coody mentioned the city trails system he said he modeled on trails in Madison, Wis.
“We all worked together, and we did accomplish a trails sytem that was leading the way in the state, and it, I believe, helped pave the way for the Razorback (Regional Greenway),” Coody said.
Jordan said his biggest accomplishment was managing city finances during “the worst recession since the Great Depression.”
“The most important thing for any elected official, particularly during the times that we face right now, is to be able to properly manage the taxpayers’ money,” Jordan said.
Neither candidate listed his biggest regret as mayor.
Rosso also asked the candidates to define “sustainability” and their approach to it.
Coody said sustainability means conserving natural resources. He said locally grown food saves consumers money and cuts down on fossil fuel emissions. As mayor, Coody hired the city’s first sustainability director.
He mentioned a house he and his wife, Deborah, have built on Mount Sequoyah. The house produces more energy than it uses, Coody said.
“We walk the walk. When we talk about sustainability, we don’t support it because it’s cool to be green and it gets votes to be sustainable,” Coody said. “We live it, and we invest in it personally.”
Jordan noted 17 policies, programs and initiatives implemented during his term in office, including the state’s first streamside protection ordinance; a revolving loan fund that has lent money to nonprofit organizations for energy-efficiency upgrades; and a commercial glass recycling program on Dickson Street.
“We don’t just talk it folks,” Jordan said. “We live it, too.”
Paid Parking
Rosso called the city’s paid parking program implemented in 2010 on and around Dickson Street “a hot topic.” She asked Jordan and Coody how they would address parking in the downtown entertainment district in the years ahead.
Jordan reiterated his plan to use parking fees and fines to finance a more than 300-space parking deck near the Walton Arts Center. He said the deck would address parking issues and benefit downtown businesses.
“You had to start with a paid parking program to get to a parking deck to advance what we’re trying to do,” Jordan said.
Coody called paid parking “the biggest issue on the people’s minds in Fayetteville right now.”
He said the city should make downtown more walkable before building a parking deck, and he mentioned several underused parking lots that could be tied into the city’s system.
If a parking deck is to be built, Coody said it should be done through a partnership with a private company. That way, he said, the city would not have to rely solely on parking fees and fines to pay for the project for years to come.
Economic Development
One of Rosso’s final questions Wednesday focused on how Fayetteville could bring new businesses to town and increase residents’ quality of life.
Coody said one of his first initiatives as mayor would be repurposing the former Tyson Mexican Original building at Huntsville and Happy Hollow roads.
The former mayor negotiated a $1.1 million purchase of the 11.8-acre property in 2004. Planned uses for the building at one point included a new fire station and a joint fire and police command center.
Coody said Wednesday the aging structure has been neglected since he left office, and he proposed converting it into an arts center or technology manufacturing center. He did not indicate how the city would pay for the conversion.
Jordan said city officials are looking to sell the former Tyson plant. He said the aging building would cost a lot of money to tear down. The land it sits on is more valuable than the building itself, Jordan said.
The mayor said a $2.5 million federal grant used to develop sustainable building curricula at NorthWest Arkansas Community College has helped train innovative craftsmen in the area.
He said partnerships and communication with other cities in Northwest Arkansas have flourished in the past four years.
“Fayetteville had the reputation when I came into office of being business unfriendly,” Jordan said. “That has changed thanks to the work of all of us together.”
In Closing
In his closing statement Wednesday, Jordan said nobody loves Fayetteville more than he does or will work harder to keep it sound.
“It has been a great honor to serve the people of this great city, and I hope you will keep me on,” Jordan said.
Coody criticized Jordan for failing to appear at an event he organized Tuesday at the Fayetteville Town Center.
“I would like to invite you to come answer direct questions from the public and take all night to do it if it takes it, because I think that’s what’s important — not just for this election, but for the entire democratic process,” Coody said.
Jordan did not accept or reject Coody’s standing invitation. Last week, he called the Town Center forum a campaign event and said he had no plans to attend.
All questions at Wednesday’s debate were developed by members of the League of Women Voters, according to league president, Mary Alice Serafini. Serafini said neither candidate had reviewed the questions beforehand.
According to a television schedule distributed Wednesday, the debate will be re-aired on the Fayetteville Government channel at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday; 5 and 11 a.m. and 5 and 11 p.m. Saturday; and 5 and 7 a.m. and 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday.
The debate will also be posted to the city’s website,
Cox Communications customers can view city government programs on channel 216. AT&T U-Verse customers must go to channel 99.
Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins Oct. 22. The last day to register to vote for the election is Oct. 7.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fayetteville Flyer article based on interview with Lioneld Jordan and Dan Coody

1. In 2008, you named Hugo’s, Herman’s, Powerhouse, Greenhouse Grill, Common Grounds and Mama Dean’s as some of your favorite restaurants in town. Have there been any new additions to that list in the past four years?

I am a regular at Rick’s Iron Skillet on South School, and I would add such recent additions as Tanglewood Branch Tavern, Brick House Kitchen, and Union Kitchen in the new Chancellor Hotel.

2. Everybody likes lists. Name your top five places around town that best embody the unique spirit of Fayetteville.

It is difficult to limit to only five, but I would have to include Old Main, Wilson Park, the Farmers Market on the Square, Nightbird Books, and our wonderful Fayetteville Public Library.

3. What is the biggest challenge Fayetteville faces as a result of the unprecedented growth in enrollment the University of Arkansas is experiencing?

The challenges are virtually the same as with any population growth in our city. We must reach out to all new residents to make them feel welcome and offer opportunities to become involved in our community. I have held an annual Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting on campus to share information about City programs, services, recreational facilities, and volunteer opportunities, as well as to answer questions and address the concerns of students, faculty, and staff.

Another issue is providing adequate parking, since most students have cars. The University has three parking decks on campus, and the City is planning a new deck in the Downtown Entertainment District. We adopted the same kiosk system used in two of those decks on campus, except ours are solar powered and offer credit card, pay by phone, and text reminder options in addition to bills and coins.

The third issue is adequate and affordable housing for new faculty and students. The City does not construct homes and apartments for the general population, but we can assure that new construction complies with our city code and is compatible with surrounding neighborhoods and City Plan 2030.

We have an excellent partnership with Chancellor Gearhart and the University, and we recently established a Town and Gown Advisory Committee that includes local residents, city staff, and university staff and students to work together in planning for future growth and addressing these and other related issues in a proactive fashion.

4. A cover story in a Little Rock publication last year claimed that Bentonville has "the kind of momentum that might threaten Fayetteville's status as the queen city" of Northwest Arkansas. Do you agree with the author?

No. Northwest Arkansas is the fastest growing region of the state, and new opportunities for jobs, recreation, and entertainment benefit all area residents. Fayetteville’s leading role in establishment of the Razorback Greenway, a trail system that will stretch from Walker Park to Bella Vista is one example, the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is another wonderful development for all area residents and their families, and we are in discussions concerning passenger rail service in the area. I don’t see this as any threat. The University’s continued growth expands the cultural and educational opportunities that have made Fayetteville unique for more than 140 years. Razorback Stadium and Bud Walton Arena have no plans to move anywhere. Where else can one walk from Nightbird Books to the Dickson Street Bookshop and find equal indulgence?

One indicator of Fayetteville’s prominence is that our hotel and restaurant sales exceeded the combined total sales for Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville for the first six months of this year–even after the opening of Crystal Bridges and before the opening of our new Chancellor Hotel.

The Walton Arts Center is planning a multi-million dollar expansion of its Fayetteville facility, including additional theater and performance space. New events and festivals in the last four years are making our city even more vibrant – Artosphere, First Thursday, expansion of the Arkansas Music Pavilion, Fest-of-All celebrating our diversity, the annual Block Street Party, a Cheese Dip Festival, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Offshoot-Seedling Film Festival, the growth of craft breweries, opening of The Iceberg center for entrepreneurs and startup businesses, the successes of numerous green businesses from the University’s Genesis Business Incubator facility, and the new downtown home for studio artists at Fayetteville Underground. Fayetteville is the best place in Arkansas to live, work, and play, and it will continue to be the “Queen City” of Northwest Arkansas.

5. Are there any specific types of businesses that Fayetteville should be actively recruiting or working to attract?

Our community and economic development strategy has focused on Green Jobs that pay a living wage, specifically targeting the Knowledge Economy, the Experience Economy, Clean and High Tech Economy, the Creative Economy of Arts and Culture and the Medical and Healthcare Sector. The Fayetteville Forward plan was developed by hundreds of citizens who participated in the visioning process and continue to drive policy in Action Groups on the Creative Economy, the Green Economy, Local Foods, the Education Economy, the Health Economy, Inclusion, and others. We secured the Northwest Arkansas campus for the UA Medical Sciences, created the Green Jobs Training Centers of Excellence, secured the relocation of Delta Electronics (the first new manufacturing plant in decades), and added more than 1,060 new jobs in the last year, despite a continuing national recession. My staff and I will continue to work closely with the University of Arkansas Research and Technology Park to incubate innovative green businesses and offer support to secure their future success in our area. In addition to attracting new businesses, we have worked to assist with the expansion of existing industries and support our existing retail businesses with efforts ranging from new state funding through our improved relationship with Governor Beebe and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to the “Find It In Fayetteville” campaign to developing a manual on How to Do Business in Fayetteville and streamlining the approval process to address the previous frustration and reputation for being “business unfriendly.” Business Week recently named Fayetteville among the Best Small Cities for Startups, and Forbes named us No. 4 in Best Places for Business and Careers for 2009.

6. With two years of paid parking on Dickson Street behind us, are there any changes that could or should be made to the program?

There was paid parking on Dickson Street for decades until the meters were removed for aesthetic reasons during the Dickson Street Improvement Project a few years ago, so the arguments against the concept are nothing new. We were encouraged by local businesses to seek more public parking, and both business owners and the Walton Arts Center expressed support for a parking deck as a solution. We held more than 16 public meetings before implementing the current system, met with local business owners, offered numerous opportunities to comment at Council meetings, and made many changes to accommodate the concerns of citizens. Most importantly, we added the residential parking plan to protect neighborhoods that had been requested by the Council in 2005 but never offered by the previous administration.

We chose the kiosk system for several reasons, including the aesthetic advantages over adding 400 parking meters, but also because it was the same familiar system used by the University of Arkansas for its Garland and Stadium Drive parking decks with numbered spaces and a payment kiosk. The differences are that City parking rates are lower than campus parking rates, have employee discount rates, use solar powered kiosks, and offer credit card and pay by phone options to provide more convenience in addition to coins and bills. I brought the plan to the City Council, which unanimously approved the initial program and the suggested changes.

One source of complaint has been that the privately owned lot owners tow vehicles or place boots on cars, something that does not happen to customers in city-owned lots, so we have posted signs informing patrons. We are currently in discussions with private lot owners about the possibility of managing those lots, so that is one possible change in the future.

In 2005, the Coody administration recommended that paid parking hours in the Dickson Street area be enforced for 17 hours from 7:00 a.m. until midnight. The current plan is for 12 hours from 2:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

My opponent also has been saying the current $15 fine for overtime parking is too high; however, Mr. Coody and his Director of Operations, Gary Dumas, previously proposed in 2008 that the overtime parking fines be $40 in the Dickson Street area.

Mr. Coody has also made public complaint that enforcement for violations was too aggressive; however, the facts tell a different story. For example, in 2007 with only paid parking in the Downtown area, the City issued 16,912 citations and voided 823 tickets. Within the last twelve month period, for both the Downtown area and the addition of 431 paid parking spaces in the Dickson Street Entertainment District, we issued 18,801 citations and voided 2,839 tickets. So, even with doubling the number of spaces, the net citations issued were 16,089 in 2007 and in the last 12 months it was only 15,962 net citations.

7. Do we need a parking deck near Dickson Street? Why or why not?

Of course we do. The Walton Arts Center study in February 2012 identified the need for a parking deck as a priority, and we must provide parking for visitors who drive to enjoy other locations and events in our Downtown Entertainment District if we are to continue its expansion. With the looming loss of 170 private parking lot spaces to the construction of the new apartment complex between Lafayette and Watson, such a facility is even more necessary.

The previous administration first proposed in 2005 to build a $19 million, 640-space deck on the University Baptist Church lot, but they were unable to finalize that plan. In 2007, the Coody administration proposed a public/private partnership to build a 200,000 square foot structure including a parking deck with a minimum of 500 spaces adjacent to the Walton Arts Center, but there were legal questions about that plan, and no final proposal was ever submitted to the City Council for approval.

We now have a plan that will work, a proven revenue stream from those who choose to use it, and a Mayor and Council that worked closely together to enact a feasible plan that is both affordable and constitutional.

 My opponent also has been making claims that the proposed 350-space deck is not compatible and is too large and unsightly; however, the Council has not yet approved the specific site and no architects have been retained to design the deck, so such politically-motivated complaints are totally unfounded. There will be numerous public sessions for citizen comment before approval of a final design by the City Council.

8. What do you think is the single most important piece of legislation you were involved with during your time as mayor of Fayetteville?

There were many important ordinances passed during the last four years, from low impact development to residential energy standards to streamside protection, all of which we were the first in Arkansas to enact; however, nothing was more important than restoring our city to a sound financial position and passing the city’s first balanced budget in more than a decade. We must be realistic and be responsible stewards of the taxpayers’ money, and that is my record.

9. There must be something you wish you'd handled differently while in office. Let's hear about it.

I wish I could have taken more time to be with my family – my wonderful wife, my four adult children, and my five grandchildren. I come to the office before 7:00 and often leave after 5:00 to attend other community events, and most of my weekends are spent supporting local organizations that make this a great community. I love this city, and I love this job, but I miss the chance to go camping with my family, spend a quiet weekend at home with my wife, or read a book to my grandkids.

10. We saved the hardest question for last. Get ready for this one. OK, here it goes. Say something nice about your opponent.

My opponent hired John Coleman as the City’s first Sustainability Director, and John did an excellent job.

Sensible Environmental Stewardship

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mayor of Fayetteville AR announces intention to run for re-election at 2 p.m. on the Fayetteville Square near the entrance to the Old Post Office: Everyone invited!

The Mayor is announcing to run for re-election TODAY, and if you want a short fun event to see friends, catch some sun, and enjoy the downtown square, I hope you will come out - today 2 pm, on the square just outside the Old Post Office! I think Lioneld has done a great job, I hope to see you there!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Invitation to attend Earth Day 2011 at World Peace Wetland Prairie and share your information on environmental and natural-resource conservation

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World Peace Wetland Prairie EARTH DAY 2010 VIDEO
 Flickr collection of sets of photos from World Peace Wetland Prairie
World Peace Wetland Prairie blog
World Peace Wetland
Aubrey's photos at

2000-2005 archive of stories and photos related to creation of WPWP:
Please use link below the map to see larger view of the WPWP area, which also allows a person to travel the world by 'Google AIR' by simply using the cursor to move in any direction or search for other addresses.

View World Peace Wetland Prairie in a larger map

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jim Bemis speaks at Telecom Board meeting on December 16, 2010

GOVERNMENT CHANNEL SCHEDULE published Friday, December 17, 2010, the day following Telecom Board meeting, does not include Telecom Board meeting video to be run during week of 12/17/2010 through 12/12/2010. Bemis' comments, therefore, will not be shown on Cox Cable or AT&T U-verse until long after the Fayetteville City Council meeting at which the CAT contract will be voted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Two such wetland plants growing together are a strong indicator of wetland

Please click on image to ENLARGE and widen view of Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) and Verbena hastata (swamp vervain) growing together on south Fayetteville wetland.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Green infrastructure still being destroyed: Boozeman, Lincoln and Pryor all promised in 2009 to cooperate to get federal money appropriated to buy sale-barn property; instead, their failure to act has resulted in wet-prairie land north and west of the National Cemetery being dredged and filled for burial sites

Fayetteville National Cemetery photo set. Scroll to bottom of set for more of today's photos This didn't have to happen. Could it be related to the fact that none of the three is a U.S. military veteran? Or did they have more important people's votes in mind? The percentage of veterans who vote is pretty high. The right to vote has always been a reason for many to agree to fight to protect our Democratic form of government. DSCN8289 Please click on image to ENLARGE view of land dredging at Fayetteville National Cemetery on April 23, 2010.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Earth Day Festival began Friday night with Caring for Creation at Mount Sequoyah; Earth Day at World Peace Wetland Prairie from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2010, offers eduction and fun for all ages

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World Peace Wetland Prairie is the riparian zone of a small stream that historically was fed by seep springs and rainwater from three directions when the first westward immigrants settled Fayetteville, Arkansas. World Peace Wetland Prairie has the deepest layer of dark, rich soil in its subwatershed because leaves and other vegetative matter accumulated as the flowing water slowed and soaked into the absorbent soil and enriched that soil. Pinnacle Foods Inc.'s mounded wet prairie to the west is the main source of clean water flowing to World Peace Wetland Prairie at this time. Before the railroad was built, water flowed off Rochier Hill to the northwest and from the prairie and savannah to the north of WPWP that has been replaced by fill dirt and paving for apartments. Water from the east and north slopes of the high land where Pinnacle Foods Inc. now sits flowed to WPWP along with all the water from the high ground near 15th Street, which moved north to WPWP before flowing east to the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River. Such remnants of prairie help keep the water where it falls and recharge the groundwater. Like the many similar remnants of such prairie in our diverse geographical area, WPWP and Pinnacle Prairie are the surface manifestation of a significant bedrock fault. Such sunken wetland is a characteristic feature that appears above geological faults worldwide. The Karst map of Washington County Arkansas shows the WPWP watershed in red, meaning that it is a critical groundwater recharge area. Preserving such depressional wetland in our city is the least expensive way to reduce downstream flooding and siltation of our water supply. Hundreds of native plants grow. Many birds and other wildlife prosper on healthy wetland vegetation. And prairie vegetation sequesters carbon dioxide and cleans the ground water.

KEEP the WATER where it FALLS!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

John Bame and Fayetteville High School students look at old rail trestle and discarded rail ties blocking construction of city trail through old tunnel under existing Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

I might not have discovered this for some time had not John Bame brought some FHS students to World Peace Wetland Prairie and then taken them on a walk of the Pinnacle Prairie Trail and the part of Tsa-La-Gi Trail as yet uncompleted from the Hill Place Apartments through the old rail tunnel to the west to Razorback Road and beyond. Thanks to the environmentally aware students for caring and wanting to learn more about the delicate geography and geology of our city.
Please click on image to enlarge view of railroad ties over mouth of tunnel and then watch video below the photo to learn reaction of workers when they learned that the ties should not be dumped there.

Rail ties being dumped in mouth of tunnel in Fayetteville AR

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The Fayetteville city trail administrator telephoned the railroad manager in Springdale an hour later and the railroad official confirmed that the ties were not to be dumped there but were to be dumped at Cato Springs Road. Rail ties are creosoted and very dangerous to human beings and other living things when the chemicals leach into the watershed.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Photo montage of World Peace Wetland Prairie

Please click on image to ENLARGE and navigate up and down, right and left, to see whole montage.

Montage by Lauren D. Hawkins with photos by Aubrey James Shepherd

Saturday, February 6, 2010

OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology invites all to open house from 3 to 6 p.m. today

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OMNI Center for Peace Justice and Ecology opens new house to all TODAY!
Office Phone: (479)935-4422
“OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology
educates and empowers people to actively
build a non-violent, sustainable and just world.”
February 2010
3:00—6:00 PM
3274 N. Lee Ave
You are invited to celebrate the dedication of
OMNI Center’s new building! Enjoy music, re-
freshments, good fellowship, speakers, and
tours! Learn more than 35 ways to be involved
in OMNI. Help build a culture of peace in an
earth restored, that includes everyone.
Will Be
Open House!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Red Oak Park plan would tear up the ground and displace mature trees and other significant vegetation but do nothing to protect the park from the huge upstream flow of water from the south, east and west

Red Oak Park Plan

MAYBE, this plan would help protect the property of the landowner downstream to the north toward Hamestring Creek. But it will totally miss the point of trying to protect the existing mature trees and will allow an incredible increase in erosion during construction and have only a minimal chance of improving the park in any credible way.

The only worthwhile and effective use of the money set aside for this plan would be KEEPING the water WATER WHERE IT FALLS: On the lots in the subdivisions to the south, east and west in raingardens created in the yards and in the treeless portion of the park at the southeast corner.

Helping people create raingardens using the natural soil remaining in the area and encouraging NOT to mow but to protect native vegetation there would decrease the dangerous runoff to a manageable level.

It is illogical to spend money doing some that won't meet the goals of the people who originally began complaining about the situation.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tour of Woolsey Wet Prairie and Fayetteville's westside sewage-treatment plant at 2 p.m. today precedes big evening for Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Illinois River Watershed Partnership
Annual Stakeholders Meeting
November 10, 2009
2:00 to 3:30 pm Tour of Fayetteville West Side Treatment Plant and Woolsey Wet Prairie
4:00 pm. Tour of Fayetteville Sam's Club
5:30 pm Hors d'oeuvres at Arvest Ballpark, Springdale
6:00 pm Sponsor Recognition and Golden Paddle Awards Reception
7:00 pm. Annual Membership and Board Meeting
Thank you for your dedicated efforts and support
to preserve, protect and restore the Illinois River Watershed.

To see evidence of the need for protection, please click on image to ENLARGE example of construction-site erosion in the Illinois River Watershed.
From Northwest Arkansas environment central

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Veterans Memorial 5K entry form for Saturday, November 7, 2009

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Please click on image to ENLARGE view of a sample of items that will be in the goody bags of the first 300 runners who sign up for the Nov. 7, 2009, Veterans 5K.
Please click on image to go to Flickr page to Enlarge logos of first two major sponsors of the Veterans' 5K race set for November 7, 2009, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ducks Unlimited Banquet October 29, 2009, in Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Runners and Sponsors sought for Nov. 7, 2009, 5K veterans' memorial race to benefit Fayetteville National Cemetery

Please click on image to move to Flickr site and ENLARGE for easy reading. The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation meets at 10:30 a.m. Saturday October 10 and needs to add sponsor names to the file for the race T shirts and the brochures so that printing can begin. Already, Tyson Foods has donated at the Medal of Honor level and has challenged others to join them at the top of the list, thanks to the effort of RNCIC Secretary Peggy McClain.
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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Veterans' Memorial 5K race set for November 7, 2009, in Town Branch neighborhood: Sponsorship information below

The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation (RNCIC) is organizing a Veteran’s Memorial 5K race on Saturday, November 7th at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville. The purpose of this 5K race is to raise funds for purchase and clearing of land to expand the Cemetery and, even more importantly, to raise the awareness of the Cemetery and the ongoing threat of closure.
We write to ask that you consider sponsoring the event.
The sole mission of the nonprofit RNCIC is to secure and clear land adjacent to the Fayetteville National Cemetery to ensure that the cemetery can continue to receive veterans for burial. Established immediately after the Civil War, the Fayetteville National Cemetery is an important part of the history of this region and the country. Veterans living in Northwest Arkansas, as well as many veterans from here but now living outside our region, have planned their final resting place here. But that may not be possible in the near future.
The Veteran’s Administration maintains the Cemetery, but the purchase of new land to expand
existing National Cemeteries has not occurred in decades.
When the RNCIC was organized only seven unfilled grave sites remained at Fayetteville National
Cemetery and the Cemetery was soon to be permanently closed to new interments. We have kept the Cemetery open and increased its size by over 120 percent in the ensuing 25 years, but with the passing of the World War II generation of veterans, the Cemetery will be full in a few years and closed to new burials.
Unless, of course, we act now to prevent that.
The recent controversy over the possible rezoning and development of the adjoining property has regularly been on the front page of local newspapers this summer. The massive turnout of veterans and non-veterans alike to public hearings demonstrates the deep emotional currents that surround the National Cemetery. We are grateful for past commitments to support veterans made by this community. We plan to make the race an annual event and, in this inaugural year, we are happy to give you the opportunity to associate yourself with keeping an important part of this region’s and nation’s heritage alive and to honor those who guarded us. We hope that you will see your way clear to sponsor this event. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Respectfully submitted,
Wesley Stites, Race Organizer
Tel: 479-871-7478
Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation
P.O. Box 4221
Fayetteville, AR 72702
Veterans' 5 K race November 7, 2009, in Fayetteville, Arkansas: Sponsorship details below
2009 Veteran’s Memorial 5K Race Sponsorship Levels
We thank you for considering sponsorship of this fundraising event. As you may know, all
proceeds of the race go to purchase and clear land for the expansion of Fayetteville National
Cemetery. The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation is a registered nonprofit
with a 25-year history. Through the efforts of this group and, even more importantly, the
generosity of past donors, land has been purchased, cleared, and donated to the Veterans Administration increasing the size of the National Cemetery by 120% and keeping it open for
burial of veterans. However, without additional purchases of land, the cemetery will be closed in 14 years or less.

Business name and logo prominently on front and back of race shirt
Business name and logo on all race materials and race website
Sponsorship noted in all press releases
Business name and logo on finish line banner
Business recognized at award ceremony
Distribution of marketing materials and/or product samples in race goodie bags
10 complimentary entries and/or race shirts

Business name and logo prominently on back of race shirt
Business name and logo on race website
Business name and logo on finish line banner
Business recognized at award ceremony
Distribution of marketing materials and/or product samples in race goodie bags
5 complimentary entries and/or race shirts

Business name and logo on back of race shirt
Business name and logo on race website
Business recognized at award ceremony
Distribution of marketing materials and/or product samples in race goodie bags
3 complimentary entries and/or race shirts

Business name and logo on back of race shirt if room allows
Business name and logo on race website
Business recognized at award ceremony
Distribution of product samples in race goodie bags
1 complimentary entry and/or race shirt
CONTACT Information:
Wesley Stites 479-871-7478
All checks should be payable to Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation or to R.N.C.I.C.
Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation
P.O. Box 4221
Fayetteville, AR 72702