Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Two of the three newly elected members of the Fayetteville City council attended Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013 and discussed several important issues in detail with members of council of neighbors: Please see agenda below. Also below is Nov 30, 2012, meeting video from Government Channel

Please watch video of Jan 31 meeting of council of neighborhoods when it runs on Government channel to get more understanding of the thinking of Alan Long, representing Ward 4, and Sarah Marsh, representing Ward 1. Sorry the newly elected alderman for Ward 3 didn't show up.

Dede Peters writes:
Hello all,
This is my first try at sending out the agenda to the Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods' email list. Please reply if you would like to be removed from this notification list.
In the future, I will send agendas out one week prior to the meetings. If you have any thoughts or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. 
I've included the agenda below.
Have a great evening!
Thursday, January 31, 2012 6:00 p.m.
City Hall - 113 W. Mountain Street, Room 326
Call to Order
Introduction of neighborhood representatives
Neighborhood Updates
Town and Gown Committee Update Dede Peters
City Update Dede Peters
Agenda Items for February meeting

Dede Peters
Community Outreach Coordinator
City of Fayetteville
113 W. Mountain St.
Fayetteville,  AR 72701
Office: 479-575-8302
Fax:     479-575-8257
TDD:   479-521-1316 (Telecommunication)

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Sunday, January 27, 2013


The outsider kid who rode his tiny motor scooter off campus at noon most days during our senior year at Fair Park HIgh School was headed to stardom while we hung out in the back parking lots and headed nowhere

James Burton: The Teen Who Invented American Guitar

Ace Records
What were you doing when you were 16?
When he was 16, James Burton was inventing the American guitar. He'd been born in Dubberly, La., in 1939, and was apparently self-taught on his instrument. At 15, he cut a single backing local singer Carol Williams, and then one day he came up with a guitar riff that he liked. He took it to a singer from Shreveport he was touring with, and they worked out a song to use in his act. One thing led to another, and it wound up on a record called "Suzie Q," credited to Dale Hawkins, the singer.
This led to a regular gig on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, which, in turn, led to Burton's joining the band of Bob Luman, a rockabilly and country singer who made some great records, due, of course, to having a great guitarist.
Luman found himself in Hollywood to make a film called Carnival Rock, and one night at a show Luman was playing, the Collins Kids, Larry and Lorrie, were there, as was Lorrie's new boyfriend, Ricky Nelson, who was a television star thanks to his parents' sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Ricky had recently had a hit record, and had signed a deal with Imperial Records. Seeing a kid his own age who could play that well, he immediately offered James a place in his own band, and each week,Ozzie and Harriet signed off with Ricky doing one of his latest records. James Burton was there, making it look easy.
Working with Nelson solidified Burton's place in the Hollywood rock 'n' roll universe, and he started getting called for sessions. There were hundreds of them, and neither he nor anyone else remembers all of them, but by the early '60s, he was a busy guy.
The obscure "Tryin' to be Someone" by David and Lee, from 1962, shows Burton as one of the pioneers of a stinging, one-string solo technique that was soon to make Bakersfield country music famous, although in this case, he's backing up David Gates and Leon Russell, who would make an entirely different kind of music.
Shortly after this, British TV producer Jack Goode decided America needed a British-style rock and roll television show, and launchedShindig! It never really caught on, but James Burton was asked to assemble the band. The Shindogs, as they were known, featured Glen D. Hardin on piano, Joey Cooper on rhythm guitar and vocals, Chuck Blackwell on drums and Delaney Bramlett on bass.
They left behind a single for Warner Bros that wasn't particularly inspired, but showed the genesis of a Los Angeles sound which would grow in the next couple of years, as would the L.A. rock scene. And although he was by then a member of the Strangers, the band fronted by rising country star Merle Haggard, Burton was called in to play dobro on A Child's Claim to Fame, one of the more impressive albums to come out of the Sunset Strip.
Playing with Haggard was surely fun, but before long, his former Shindog pianist Glen Hardin approached him to see if he'd like to work in another band, fronted by a singer named Elvis Presley. James Burton said yes, but that's a story for another time. He was, however, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, by another guitarist named Keith Richards, and he's still playing.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Obama needs support for his climate-change pledge

Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

"We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations." - President Obama, 01/21/13

Dear Friend,
Next month, we'll return to the National Mall to turn the president's powerful climate words into powerful action.
Forward on Climate
RSVP for the largest climate rally in history today!

Yesterday, President Barack Obama set the agenda for his second term -- and what a note he struck! The president vowed to fight climate disruption and make the United States a leader in clean energy, devoting more time to this critical topic than any other issue. Just as importantly, he celebrated the value of citizen action, from Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall, and underscored that standing up for what is morally right is a profound act of patriotism.

In the president's own words, "You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time -- not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideas." 1

The Sierra Club, 350, and our coalition partners agree strongly, and take the president at his word. That's why we'll be in Washington on February 17 for the Forward on Climate Rally, creating the momentum and pressure needed for bold climate action. Join us -- RSVP today!

(If you can't make it to D.C. but want to help out, see the PS below for other important ways to pitch in.)

It's our power as a democracy. Even our fiercest friends in office are looking for our support and conviction to make change happen. Change -- real change -- doesn't happen behind doors or in the hands of the few. It happens with us, and when they hear our voices, our leaders act.

And there's plenty of change for us to address. Rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is the first step for the climate, but it must be followed by many more -- including critical federal standards for new coal power plants, auto fuel, and fracking.

Big Oil and Big Coal will use all their power against us -- but we're used to that. As history has proven time and time again, when we stand together, our voices can speak louder than corporate polluters' dollars.

You can make Sunday, February 17, a day of citizen action that Washington will never forget -- sign up to join the biggest climate rally in history, stop the toxic Keystone XL pipeline, and create tangible pressure and momentum for further climate action.

President Obama said the right things yesterday, but he'll need the force of the American people at his back to make this change happen. That begins anew at the Forward on Climate Rally.

Thanks for all that you do,

Michael Brune
Sierra Club Executive Director

PS -- Traveling to Washington, D.C., is not always an easy task, and we wouldn't ask you to do it if it wasn't absolutely critical. But if you can't make it to Washington, there are two other important ways you can help prepare for the rally -- sign up to phone bank and recruit attendees from home, or chip in $10 to help make sure we can pay for expenses like buses, stage equipment, spreading the word, and more!

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[1] Obama, Barack. "Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama." Accessed 22 January 2013.

Picture credit: Architect of the Capitol, Public Domain

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Frank Sharp asks Fayetteville park board to support Kessler Greenways plan

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE  and use this link to set of Kessler Mountain photos on Flickr. Also, see reelated article by Joel Walsh in Jan. 8, 2013, edition of Northwest Arkansas Times