Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
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Civil War history buffs living in Greenwood are working to preserve Devil’s Backbone Battlefield. It's a site where Union troops battled Confederate soldiers who were trying to escape with their wagons to Waldron. The American Battlefield Trust already purchased 10 acres of land at Devil’s Backbone in 2008, but now there is an opportunity to buy another 21 acres of the battlefield if locals can come up with a $40,000 match.

Fayetteville city leaders are looking at the future of Highway 71B, or College Avenue, as residents become interested in alternative transportation methods. The public input portion of the process has begun with a survey of the ways people use the corridor. There will also be focus groups and design sessions through the end of the year and into 2019 when the master plan will go before the City Council.

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This week, the City of Fayetteville and University of Arkansas launched northwest Arkansas’ first bike share system, which will be operated by VeoRide. The bikes will be parked in and around downtown, along city trails, the U of A campus and various other locations across the city. For more information about how to access the bikes, click here.

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Several organizations will study Rogers Avenue, a major artery through Fort Smith, to improve access to jobs, healthcare and other services. The Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization was one of six agencies from around the country to be picked to receive technical assistance from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Authority for the Rogers Corridor Multimodal Community Connections Planning Framework project. Frontier MPO Director Reese Brewer discusses what residents can expect over the course of the next two years.

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Coler Preserve in Bentonville already has 16 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, but there are several other amenities in the works for the 300-acre property including a greenway to connect to the greater regional network, small café, several trailheads and camping area. The camping area will include 25 sites for tents and hammocks and will give visitors another option for overnight stays besides having to rent a hotel room.

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