Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Big, black and tan caterpillar seeking host plant; please suggest what type he is and what kind of plant he needs to grow on

Please click on image to ENLARGE and identify caterpiller and suggest a proper host plant for him.

Interesting insect on Verbesina virginica begs for an entomologist to tell him what his name is

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of insect on frostweed flower.

Whale protection a possibility if we act now

Will we stop mass extinction?
Use this link to speak up for the whales

I've just signed an urgent global petition supporting a new treaty to prevent mass extinction. The petition will be delivered Friday at UN talks in Japan -- check out the email below and sign on here:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_end_of_whales/98.php?CLICKTF

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Dear friends,

There are only 300 northern right whales left, and 99% of blue whales have been wiped out. These majestic giants are endangered species, and their case is being played out across the world, time and again. In fact, one third of all life forms on the planet are on the brink of extinction.

The natural world is being crushed by human activity, waste and exploitation. But there is a plan to save it -- a global agreement to create, fund and enforce protected areas covering 20% of our lands and seas by 2020. And right now, 193 governments are meeting in Japan to address this crisis.

We have just 2 days left in this crucial meeting. Experts say that politicians are

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Grain elevator shrinking daily

Please click on October 27, 2010, photo of grain elevator at the COOP on MLK Jr Blvd.

Joe Neal's newest book a compilation of wonderful outdoor essays he has shared with birding friends by email in recent years

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For more about Joe's book and the publishing house Half Acre Press, please click on live halfacrepress.com.





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Lioneld Jordan expected to return to work without surgery, reports Don Marr, the mayor's chief of staff, during live broadcast of council agenda session on Government Channel. That meeting began at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday

 Chief of Staff Don Marr reports during live broadcast of agenda session for next week's City Council Meeting that Mayor Lioneld Jordan's doctors said that the mayor will not require surgery for a blocked carotid artery.
Marr said that Jordan' cardiologist said that alternative arteries have developed that provide blood to his brain after an apparently long development of the problem that caused his recent problems.
Jordan's medical doctor or doctors are expected to speak publicly later.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

David Whitaker is committed to protecting our Social Security

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Streamside (riparian zone) ordinance to be discussed by the Fayetteville Planning Commission at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 219 of City Hall: Please attend and offer your comments and ask your questions


Subject: Planning Commission Meeting
All,
The Streamside Protection Ordinance will be discussed by the Planning Commission on Monday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 219. To review the most recent drafts of all the relevant documents, please visit http://www.accessfayetteville.org/government/strategic_planning/projects/Streamside_Protection_Ordinance.cfm Please feel free to call our office with any questions or comments at 575-8268.
 
Best,
Karen Minkel
Strategic Planning and Internal Consulting Director
City of Fayetteville
(479) 575-8271
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf: (479) 521-1316
 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Aubrey Shepherd quoted on UATV on October 20, 2010, on significance of demolition of old grain elevator in south Fayetteville, Arkansas

Landmark grain elevator's demolition changes skyline view from Northwest Arkansas' Heritage Trail

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE variety of views of grain elevator being torn down with a wrecking ball in south Fayetteville, Arkansas, on October 20, 2010.




Heritage sites being destroyed along Northwest Arkansas' Heritage Trail

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of sites of historic interest being removed from view of people traveling the Heritage Trail through Fayetteville, Arkansas, on October 20, 2010.
Photo above shows view along the MLK Jr. portion of the Heritage Trail with the old grain elevator being demolished at left and a trail sign at right. It appears that the building was built better than new buildings around here are being built. But such a facility likely will never be needed here again.
The photo below shows the former site of Bates School being dug out for construction of new buildings for Fayetteville High School. Springs there provided drinking water for the Cherokees who camped there on their way to the Indian Territory to the west. People who live downstream along the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River have questioned how rainwater will be managed from the site. Underground temporary holding tanks were mentioned by people planning the new campus buildings. But what are they finding as they break through the bedrock?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Two true Democrats attend Monday night activities at Washington County Democratic Headquarters

Please click image to ENLARGE view of Jan Judy and her Aunt Julie (left). Jan ran against Boozman for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives a few years ago. She is supporting David Whitaker for the same seat this year and supporting Blanche Lincoln against Boozman, who now wants Blanche's seat in the Senate.

For this photo and some others featuring faces from Monday's gathering to greet Blanche Lincoln, please see the link to Democrats of Northwest Arkansas Blogspot.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lincoln and Pryor helped pass an appropriation for the Razorback Greenway from Fayetteville to Bella Vista. Boozman voted NO: So what's new? It is a great benefit for our region; he seldom has voted for such

In case you missed it … Senators Lincoln and Pryor recently announced $15 million for an important economic development project for Northwest Arkansas, the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway Project.
The Razorback Greenway project is an initiative to connect livable communities with active, non-motorized transportation along a 40-mile bicycle, pedestrian and mobility corridor that will join the southern part of Fayetteville to Lake Bella Vista. The corridor will pass through Bentonville, Rogers, Lowell, Springdale, Johnson and Fayetteville. This project is a national model for green infrastructure, sustainable economic development and public-private partnerships.

Congressman Boozman voted against the bill making this important project in his own congressional district a reality.  It’s just another example of Congressman Boozman putting his D.C. party leaders ahead of his own constituents.  

Click here to read more about the Razorback Greenway project: http://www.kspr.com/sns-ap-ar--nwarktrail,0,3723755.story 

Highway Commission vote could end mowing and dredging practices that cause erosion, loss of wildlife habitat and decrease beauty of roadsides in Arkansas

The photos below were made a few miles south of Fayetteville's Town Branch Neighborhood on Arkansas 265 near Hogeye. Water from that spot flows to the Illinois River, but on the same highway near the Fayetteville City Limits, the water from similar spots enters the Cato Springs Branch, which flows into the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River near the Intersection of South School Avenue and 15th Street, the southeast edge of the Town Branch Neighborhood.

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE. Two hours after these photos were made on October 12, 2010, this area had been brushogged into oblivion. Sure, the swamp milkweed will sprout from its roots next summer. But these plants not only held pods offering hundreds of milkweed seeds but also were feeding milkweed caterpillars that could have made chrysalises and become final 2010 generation monarchs traveling to Mexico and with a chance to return in spring and find fresh milkweed on which a new generation of monarchs could have been raised to keep the cycle of life intact for this seriously threatened species of migrating butterfly. If you want to talk to your Northwest Arkansas representative on the Highway Commission, he is Dick Trammel.







Monarch caterpillars were still eating the foliage of these swamp milkweeds and the seed pods were almost mature when the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Mowers came down the road and crushed and cut them off near the ground. Amazing hypocrisy for a state agency that touts its wildflower program. And possibly worse hypocrisy is touting its stormwater-protection work and then mowing and dredging ditches repeatedly every year.

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE view.


To learn more about the Arkansas Highway Commission,  please see AHC  link.










Please click on images to ENLARGE view of Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department machine digging rich, dark well-vegetated soil out of a ditch on the west side of Arkansas 265 south of Fayetteville. An earlier post quoting a commuting motorist's email contained an error. Washington County is not to blame for this misguided work that threatens to increase the silt load of Cato Springs Branch, the lower Town Branch and the West Fork of the White River entering Beaver Lake. The soil being eroded is typical high-quality prairie topsoil that has washed into the ditch but should be back on farm or pasture or natural prairie land. This soil is hauled away and dumped, allowing more to erode away.


Before Sunday's sunrise, the wrecking ball pictured two posts below was booming its sleep-ending sounds across south Fayetteville, Arkansas; but the noise stopped before 9 a.m. Maybe a holy alliance stepped up to insist the unholy work stop

Please scroll down to see a short video clip and photo of the work at the old grain elevator on the south side of MLK Jr. Blvd.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Video of historic grain elevator in Fayetteville being destroyed by wrecking balls operated by Gator Demolition: That building should be a part of a Northwest Arkansas Agricultural Park or historic district, which could include the historic sale barn less than a quarter mile south adjacent to the historic Fayetteville National Cemetery

Another Town Branch Neighborhood landmark about to bite the dust.

Gator Demolition banging heavy objects into Fayetteville Landmark: Why would a building as substantial as the grain elevator near the National Cemetery be destroyed?

If I had known about the plan to destroy it, I would have urged the owners to submit it to be included on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Terri Lane reports to the Environmental Action Committee that the National Wildlife Federation has registered Fayetteville's community wildlife-habitat project

Please click on image to ENLARGE for easy reading.
World Peace Wetland Prairie became a Fayetteville, Arkansas, nature park in 2005. To read of the previous five years of effort that led to its becoming a city park, please see Aubunique.com

Thursday, October 14, 2010

David Whitaker's final comments sum up the difference between him and Steve Womack: View online at link below

David Whitaker vs Steve Womack on AETN.

Fayetteville's David Whitaker's debate with mayor of Rogers to run on AETN at 8 p.m. today

John Gray debated Blanche Lincoln, John Boozman and Trevor Drown for a Senate seat from Arkansas yesterday. Link to video on AETN Web site.  Broadcast was last night on Channel 13.
Tonight's broadcasts on Channel 13 will be for the congressional seat from Arkansas' Fourth District at 7 p.m. and for the congressional seat from Arkansas' Third District at 8 p.m.

Fayetteville's David Whitaker debated the mayor of Rogers today for the Third District seat. That debate begins at 8 p.m. and lasts 60 minutes on AETN channel 13. The video is expected to be on AETN's site later this evening but probably not until after it airs.

Debate Schedule
Monday, October 11

U.S. District 1 tapes @ 11:00 a.m. (60 min.)
Ken Adler (G)
Chad Causey (D)
Rick Crawford (R)
Airs 6:30pm – 7:30pm
U.S District 2 tapes @ 3:00 p.m. (90 min.)
Joyce Elliott (D)
Tim Griffin (R)
Lewis Kennedy (G)
Airs 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday, October 12

Lt. Governor tapes @ 10:00 a.m. (60 min.)
Shane Broadway (D)
Mark Darr (R)
Airs 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Governor tapes @ 2:00pm
Mike Beebe (D)
Jim Keet (R)
Jim Lendall (G)
Airs 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday, October 13

U.S. Senate tapes @ 10:00 a.m. (90 min.)
John Boozman (R)
Trevor Drown (I)
John Gray (G)
Blanche Lincoln (D)
Airs 6:30pm – 8:00pm
U.S. District 4 tapes @ 3:00 p.m. (60 min.)
Joshua Drake (G)
Beth Anne Rankin (R)
Mike Ross (D)
Airs 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, October 14

Secretary of State tapes @ 10:00 a.m. (60 min.)
Mark Martin (R)
Pat O’Brien (D)
Airs 7:00pm – 8:00pm
U.S. District 3 tapes @ 2:00 p.m. (60 min.)
David Whitaker (D)
Steve Womack (R)
Airs 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, October 15

Attorney General tapes @ 10:00am (60 min.)
Dustin McDaniel (D)
Rebekah Kennedy (G)
Airs 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Debate Admission Information
Location: UCA Reynold Performance Hall
Web Site: http://uca.edu/publicappearances Admission was FREE and Open to the public

Congressional candidates debate tonight

David Whitaker debates the mayor of Rogers at 8 p.m. on AETN, Cox Cable and broadcast on Channel 13. For more details, please see AETN Web site at this link.

Junior entomologist offers hope for the future of insects and all living things on earth

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Casual gathering to support Steve Zega's candidacy for Circuit 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today

Watch AETN on Channel 13 or Watch AETN online to see ALL the candidates debate, not just Republicans and Democrats

Election Debates on AETN


David Whitaker / U.S. District 3 / Democrat

David joined the Air Force in 1983 where he was trained as Russian Linguist whose work in military intelligence saw some of the last days of the Cold War. After six years of service, David had achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was honorably discharged in 1989. His military career included assignments in Texas, Japan, at Fort Meade outside of Washington, D.C. David has clerked for the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney and served in the Prosecutors office, where he was Coordinator of the Washington County Domestic Violence Task Force. In 2001, David became the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fayetteville. He was chair of the Washington County Democrats. He has served on both the state and executive committees of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. David was the founding chair of the Veteran's Caucus of the Democratic Party of Arkansas to put veteran's issues at the forefront of the Democratic agenda. David and his wife live near the University of Arkansas campus. He received a BA from Mary Washington in 1992 and JD from the University of Arkansas in 1999. He has taken an active role in the leadership of the Arkansas Bar Association by representing Washington County in the House of Delegates and as past chair of the Government Practice Section and Law School Committee.

(External Link) David Whitaker Official Website »

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Arkansas HIghway Commission could stop the destruction of wildlife habitat and reduce erosion to protect water quality along its roads with a simple vote to change AHTD POLICY; and less mowing and ditch dredging would allow time to train every worker to understand the importance of not mowing steep areas of right of way

Please click on image to ENLARGE. Two hours after this photo was made on October 12, 2010, this area had been brushogged into oblivion. Sure, the swamp milkweed will sprout from its roots next summer. But these plants not only held pods offering hundreds of milkweed seeds but also were feeding milkweed caterpillars that could have made chrysalises and become final 2010 generation monarchs traveling to Mexico and with a chance to return in spring and find fresh milkweed on which a new generation of monarchs could have been raised to keep the cycle of life intact for this seriously threatened species of migrating butterfly. If you want to talk to your Northwest Arkansas representative on the Highway Commission, he is Dick Trammel.
Monarch caterpillars were still eating the foliage of these swamp milkweeds and the seed pods were almost mature when the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Mowers came down the road and crushed and cut them off near the ground. Amazing hypocrisy for a state agency that touts its wildflower program. And possibly worse hypocrisy is touting its stormwater-protection work and then mowing and dredging ditches repeatedly every year.

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE view.


To learn more about the Arkansas Highway Commission,  please see AHC  link.