Friday, December 31, 2010

The unique part of aub unique requires me to post something no one else is likely to think of posting, so please forgive me and have a Happy New Year: I hope no one I know or have ever known needs the facility touted below when it opens in fall of the new year

The message on this sign reminds me of "Uncle Sam wants You" on the World War II posters!
I doubt that anyone is actually driving past that sign and saying "great, just in time for me!"
I was photographing the less-than-best management practices on the construction site but decided to post only this photo. The photos of disruption of the soil and trees and filling of wetland and narrowing of the stream's riparian zone and floodplain are more depressing than the thought of having to be among the first group of people to graduate from this facility.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Work begins at 5 p.m. for barred owl on World Peace Wetland Prairie

Please click on link to ENLARGE view of barred owl hunting from hackberry limb over World Peace Wetland Prairie at 5 p.m. December 29, 2010.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ambrosia trifida feeds many birds in September and October and a few persistent ground-scratchers all winter

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE view of immature and adult male cardinals feeding on Ambrosia trifida in September 2010.
September and October are feasting months for locally fledged birds as well as the hoards of migrating birds that find Ambrosia trifida a special native treat in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The importance of allowing native plants to go to seed and remain standing as "feeders with legs" cannot be overemphasized.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sounds like something that Fayetteville needs to grab now! OMNI has been working to get one of these low-power FM stations for several years

Local Community Radio Act passes in Congress.
Community radio advocates are celebrating a major victory after the Senate approved the Local Community Radio Act last Saturday, one day after its passage in the House. The bill will open up more of the radio dial for Low Power FM, with the FCC now mandated to license thousands of new stations.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Leo Hubbard's party brought together old friends, relatives and new friends

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Rhonda Adams elected to represent Ward 4 on the Fayetteville City Council and has created her own Web log

I have been collecting photos from Ward 4 meetings and Ward 4's Red Oak Park since 2007. Many are in a Flickr set at this link to Fayetteville's Red Oak Park.

Many other photos from Ward 4 and Red Oak park may be found at Red Oak Park blogspot.

The first public official's blog about Ward 4 is the one Rhonda Adams has created. Its address is at this link: Ward 4

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fayetteville garbage can lies with lid in street for several hours and not crushed

Leaving a garbage container in a street not what is expected of Fayetteville garbage man or of homeowners. Moving this one to the yard probably saved the city some money. It had been lying there for hours before anyone chose to put it up on the grass.

Bing Crosby supported Ducks Unlimited

Old video of Bing Crosby talking about the need to support the work of Ducks Unlimited.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I was outside for five minutes and took nine photos of the eclipse and went back to bed

I expected to see endless images of it online this morning, so I just wanted to get back to sleep on the longest night of the year! I hope to find a link to some really good photos online this morning. Use this link to see some good photos by By Warren Buss of Linn, Kansas.

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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Friday, December 17, 2010

Energy Corps to be represented on Chamber of Commerce: If you feel prepared to do the job, please apply

Hi Friends -

As a follow up to the email I sent out on Monday, I'm pleased to announce that we have added the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce to our list of incredible host organizations!  

The Chamber's Energy Corps member will be a half time (20 hrs/week) position dedicated to expanding and strengthening their GreeNWAy certification program for local businesses.

Applications for the position will be accepted until next Friday, December 24th...please help us recruit some top notch candidates for the Chamber by checking out the job description on our website and by forwarding this message throughout your networks.

Thanks and have a great day!

Melissa Terry

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Meeting of OSRC Board of Commissioners canceled until February 15, 2011

Hello Commissioners and Friends,
Due to the lack of business items requiring board members action and those pressures associated with the Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays, Chairman Steve Randall has decided it to be in everyone's best interest to CANCEL the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission (OSRC) Regular Business Meeting scheduled next week on Tuesday afternoon, December 21st.
Please note the next OSRC Regular Business Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. 
On behalf of the OSRC Board of Commissioners and Staff Team, we wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New 2011 from all of us.
Ed Fite, Administrator
Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission
P.O. Box 292
Tahlequah, OK 74465-0292
Office: (918) 456-3251
Fax: (918) 456-8466
Cell: (918) 207-8180

Monday, December 13, 2010

Energy Corps opportunities in Arkansas

Energy Corps Vista openings in Arkansas.

Apply Now

Here's your opportunity to make a difference in a community while obtaining green job training and professional development! View available Arkansas Energy Corps position descriptions and learn more about host sites by following the Position Description and Host Site links under 2010 available positions. Apply now for a specific Arkansas Energy Corps position by clicking "Apply Now" in the listed positions below or by visiting and clicking "Search Listings" and then search for Energy Corps. All applicants must apply through My AmeriCorps and are required to create an account in order to apply. If you have any questions or have trouble accessing the electronic application, please contact Melissa Terry at 479-575-1385 or

2010 Available Positions

Position Description: Campus Sustainability Outreach CoordinatorPDF icon
Service: ½ Time
Host Site: UofARK Facilities Division
Location: Fayetteville, AR [mapX link icon]
Position Description: Campus Food Waste Composting Coordinator PDF icon
Service: ½ Time
Host Site: UofARK Facilities Division
Location: Fayetteville, AR [mapX link icon]
Position Description: Community Engagement Project Assistant PDF icon
Service: Full Time
Host Site: Sustainable Cities Institute
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Position Description: T.G. Smith Sustainability Coordinator PDF icon
Service: ½ Time
Host Site: T.G. Smith Elementary
Location: Springdale, AR [mapX link icon]
Position Description: Winrock International Energy Corps Member PDF icon
Service: Full Time
Host Site: Winrock International
Location: Little Rock, AR [mapX link icon]
Position Description: Winrock International Energy Corps PDF icon
Service: ½ Time
Host Site: Winrock International
If you are interested in an Energy Corp position please contact our program director:
Melissa Terry, Arkansas Energy Corps Coordinator
National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
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Member Benefits

Benefits to Energy Corps members:
All Energy Corps members are enrolled in the AmeriCorps National Service initiative. As members, they will be eligible for the following benefits:
A Modest Living Allowance
Members will receive a modest living allowance.
Money for College
Upon successful completion of your service term, you'll receive an education award that may be used to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education or training, or to repay qualified student loans.
Help with Student Loans
If you already have student loans you can use your education award to pay them off. And while you are enrolled in the program, you may be eligible for deferment and forbearance on your student loans. Your lender can tell you for sure. If you're eligible, AmeriCorps will pay for the interest that is accrued on student loans for members who complete their service.
Health Insurance
Once you complete a 30 day waiting period.
Child Care Assistance
Available if you qualify.
Professional training and development

Throughout your term in Energy Corps professional trainings will be provided accordingly. These trainings will be valuable after members' service term as qualification for green collar jobs. Members will also have ample opportunity to develop valuable community building and development skills.
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