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Kurt Castleberry, the director of resource planning for Entergy Arkansas, describes the utility's solar power initiatives.

People along rivers in seven states may see a low-flying helicopter towing a long cylinder, starting late this month and going into July. The 30-foot-long tube holds an electromagnetic instrument that the U.S. Geological Survey uses to make maps of aquifers. Those are underground areas from which water can be drawn. The helicopter holds more equipment. The helicopter will generally fly along rivers in Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and Illinois. It will start in what's called the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, which the agency says is the nation's third-largest area of irrigated cropland. Flights also are planned along rivers above the Chicot Aquifer in southwest Louisiana.

Credit usgs.gov NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People along rivers in seven states may see a low-flying helicopter towing a long cylinder, starting late this month and going into July. The 30-foot-long tube holds an electromagnetic instrument that the U.S. Geological Survey uses to make maps of aquifers. Those are underground areas from which water can be drawn. The helicopter holds more equipment. The helicopter will generally fly along rivers in Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and Illinois. It will start in what's called the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, which the agency says is the nation's third-largest area of irrigated cropland.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People along rivers in seven states from Missouri to Louisiana may...

Deadline approaching for SBA Federal Disaster Loans due to Hurricane Laura Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved David J. Phillip/AP Buildings and homes are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, near Lake Charles, La. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) and last updated 2021-04-28 13:24:31-04 The deadline is approaching for small businesses affected by Hurricane Laura to apply for federal disaster loans offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Those business who experienced economic injury due to Hurricane Laura from August 22-27, 2020 have until May 28, 2021 to apply for a loan. According to SBA Director Tanya N. Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.

Send Entergy Arkansas, the state’s largest electric utility, is bounding ahead with plans for renewable energy generation, revealing a request for at least 300 megawatts of renewable generation projects to supplement its electrical supply by 2026. Last week, the Little Rock subsidiary of Entergy Corp. of New Orleans announced it would accept proposals, and the utility said it is looking to issue the formalized request for proposals as early as next month. It expects projects to “provide cost-effective energy supply, fuel diversity and other benefits,” the company said. “The request is expected to seek wind and solar resources located in either the Midcontinent Independent System Operator or Southwest Power Pool areas,” Entergy spokeswoman Kacee Kirschvink responded in reply to questions from Arkansas Business.

Courtesy Sammy Angel Sam E. Angel II believes the recent rise in cotton futures will help the cotton acres in the Southeast Arkansas remain near or slightly above the level they had in 2020. Sammy Angel is the incoming president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association for 2021-22. Cotton gins are a major business in most of their rural communities. They employ dozens of fulltime and seasonal workers, and they put money into the local economy in many other ways. Often, their contributions go above and beyond those.  Sam E. Angel II, the incoming president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association for 2021-22, is board chair for the Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village, Ark., and fire chief for the Lake Village Fire Department. 

“We have some of the best water in the world,” she said. But for years, Marcelle, who is a Democrat, has warned of a looming crisis in the aquifer. Energy companies and big industry are drawing vast amounts of water. And the withdrawals are allowing salt water to move in, threatening the main source of drinking water for a growing population of more than half a million. Marcelle has been a state legislator since 2016, and her first piece of legislation directly tackled the city’s imminent water crisis. “Why not do what’s right for people?” she asked. Her legislation died in committee. So she tried again the next year and the next and the next and the next.

Designation by the Federal Highway Administration will bring new attention to scenic byway The Arkansas section of the Great River Road, which is part of a national scenic byway that runs 3,000 miles from Minnesota to Louisiana, has been designated an “All-American Road” by the Federal Highway Administration. Arkansas’s section of the Great River Road is comprised of 10 counties located in the Arkansas Delta: Mississippi, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, Arkansas, Desha, Drew and Chicot. To receive an All-American Road designation, a road must possess multiple intrinsic qualities that are nationally significant and have one-of-a-kind features that do not exist elsewhere. The road or highway must also be considered a “destination unto itself.” That is, the road must provide an exceptional traveling experience so recognized by travelers that they would make a drive along the highway a primary reason for their trip. These roads are considered the very best of America’s National Scenic Byways. In 2020, 63 nomination applications were submitted. Forty-nine byways in 28 states were designated, including 34 National Scenic Byways and 15 All-American Roads.

Winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on February 22, 2021. Unfortunately, not a single finalist is from the Texarkana area. Two years ago Cattlman's won the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame and Hope Watermelon Festival won Food-Themed Event last year. On the bright side, there are some great finalists in Hot Springs and Little Rock to check out! And here are all the finalists. Finalists include: Arkansas Food Hall of Fame • AQ Chicken House of Springdale (Washington County) • Colonial Steak House of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) • Dairy King of Portia (Lawrence County) • Dixie Pig of Blytheville (Mississippi County) • Feltner’s Whatta-Burger of Russellville (Pope County)

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We continue the previous article with a list of all FEMA camps from all states. Here is what I have found so far, and we will continue to update this list, for now, check out your state. If you know any other location that is not listed here, please contact me to update this list.

HEBER SPRINGS — Anglers at Greers Ferry Lake will see an immediate benefit in coming months from a large-scale habitat project conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at Greers Ferry Lake that involved 23 biologists and technicians of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Fisheries Division. The AGFC staff, led by Tom Bly, the supervisor of the district that manages Greers Ferry Lake, and with the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval and assistance, were able to harvest and sink 345 trees from a pair of islands and other areas on the lower end of the lake to establish 60 habitat sites. “I thought the project was very successful, especially given the weather conditions,” Bly said, noting that winds of 10-15 mph on the first day forced the staff to wait a day to venture out on the lake. But once things quieted down on the water, nearly two-dozen staffers divided into three teams and got in three and a half days of habitat work around Goat Island and Scout Island, situated between Cherokee Recreation Area and Heber Springs Recreation Area and in the vicinity of Old Highway 25 Recreation Area.

ICU beds disappearing, doctors say ICU beds disappearing, doctors say UAMS Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson tweeted this evening that only 4 percent of the state’s ICU beds are available. That was an improvement over this morning, when, according to Arkansas Center for Health Improvement Director Dr. Joe Thompson, Patterson said there were zero ICU beds available. [CLARIFICATION: Patterson was apparently referring to UAMS only when he said Thursday morning there were no beds.] Patterson and Thompson are getting out a message that the governor has tiptoed around so far, with his smiling admonitions but no meaningful restrictions on socializing to  keep hospitals, and this patients, from sinking under the burden of critical care.

Bothe Mainline and Mid-Delta are federally qualified health centers. “Mainline Health Systems, Inc. is honored to be asked to join this group of dedicated healthcare leaders and organizations focused on creating and implementing sustainable community solutions for those living in South Arkansas,” said Allan Nichols, CEO. Mainline Health Systems, Inc. was founded in 1978 in Portland. It now serves Cleveland, Lincoln, Desha, Chicot, Ashley, Drew and Bradley counties with eight primary care clinics and 10 school-based health centers serving 25,000 patients and employing over 200 employees. Mainline offers medical, dental, behavioral health, psychiatry, drug treatment, and a full spectrum of support services. “Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc. is excited to join the ARHP, and I believe this partnership will expand the ability to leverage needed resources to address healthcare needs in rural Arkansas,” said Monica Lindley, CEO.

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