Antoinette Grajeda

KUAF host and contributor of "Ozarks at Large"

Antoinette Grajeda is a producer and reporter for Ozarks at Large. She began her professional career as a print journalist in 2007 and joined the KUAF staff in 2009. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Since 2007, Antoinette has participated in the NWA Gridiron Show, which raises money for scholarships. She has also volunteered with the Lemke Journalism Project since 2008. This six-week program teaches high school students about journalism and encourages them to pursue higher education.

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On today's show, we hear from county election officials in the region who say, despite COVID-19, they've seen a record response from people wanting to be poll workers and volunteers. Plus, we find out why activists in the Marshallese community have been encouraging Marshallese Americans to register to vote. And, we get an idea of what it's like to participate in a survival reality TV show.

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Marshallese community activists have been busy registering dozens of Marshallese Americans so they can vote in the upcoming election. Albious Latior spent several days personally going to people's homes to deliver and collect registration forms ahead of the Oct. 5 voter registration deadline. He says the Marshallese community needs to have a say in electing local, state and national leaders.

Becca Martin-Brown, features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says there's a variety of ways to celebrate the arrival of fall this October including the opening of Banshee Manor, the return of the Rogers Historical Museum ghost walks and a virtual version of the annual NWA Gridiron Show.

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Alone: The Beast is a show on the History Channel that follows three strangers who live off the land for 30 days. Rick Spicer, co-owner of Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Fayetteville, participated in an episode filmed in a Louisiana swamp.

On today's show, we head to Rogers where a Black Lives Matter organizer is campaigning to unseat a long-time City Council member. Plus, we have a discussion of the latest unemployment numbers in this week's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report. And, we hear from two University of Arkansas students who are researching how the legacies of two local United Daughters of the Confederacy chapters have impacted the region.

On today's show, we speak with two members of a family that is in isolation after coming down with COVID-19. They say they want their experience to be a reminder that hundreds of people are still becoming infect every day. Plus, we find out about the latest voter guide released by the Public Polic Center at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. And, we hear about a new initiative that aims to put 12 pieces of public art in cities across the state.

During his weekly briefing yesterday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced a record number of Arkansans have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. The Arkansas Department of Health reported five more people were admitted around the state, bringing the total number of hospitalized patients to 529. Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero said gatherings during Labor Day weekend were likely to blame. The state also reported 22 additional deaths, bringing that total to 1,321 confirmed cases along with 148 probable COVID-19 deaths.

The Public Policy Center at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is providing unbiased election information in an effort to aid voter education. The center shares information about the voting process and ballot issues through a physical voter guide and a website.

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Earlier this month, OZ Art NWA, which was launched in 2017 by members of the Walton family, announced the start of a new initiative called Arkanvas. In partnership with Fort Smith's Unexpected project and global curator firm Justkids, artists from around the world will install 12 public works of art in cities across Arkansas.

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Hundreds of handmade flags will fly on the campus of the Eureka Springs Community Center starting Oct. 29. The CommUNITY Hope Flag Project aims to foster encouragement during a national crisis. The public is invited to create flags. Instructions and kits are available. The project is sponsored by Francisca Garcia Giri, of Flora Roja Acupuncture and Herbal Apothecary, as well as Eureka Springs School of the Arts.