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, Catalytic converter theft is on the rise and replacing the part can be pretty pricey. We discuss how to prevent that from happening. Plus, conversations about country music in Arkansas with Jenee Fleenor, two-time CMA Musician of the Year, and Sean Hickey, host of "If That Ain't Country," plus much more.

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According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, catalytic converter thefts have seen a significant increase across the country since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Thefts are also up in Fayetteville, where The Grease Pig is offering free VIN etching to deter theives.

On today's show, we talk about the weather. For 45 years, the Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council has helped low-income Arkansans reduce their utility bills through its weatherization program, and a conversation with a meteorologist answering urban legends about weather. Plus, your weekly guide to live music, and much more.

  During the last year, Arkansans impacted by the pandemic have sought assistance with rental payments and utility bills. One way to reduce the latter, is through the Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council's weatherization program. The Community Action Agency has provided the service for 45 years.

On today's show, supply chains have been seriously challenged by a pandemic, storms and transportation issues the last year. Plus, an update to in-person visitations in correction facilities, a primer on Juneteenth celebrations, and much more.

The Arkansas Department of Corrections has opened all Division of Correction units and Division of Community Correction centers to modified in-person visitation. A visitation pilot program has been rolled out gradually at facilities, but officials say demand has not been as high as expected.

On today’s show, Girl Scout councils across the country have struggled to find enough staff for their summer camps this year. How the Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas overcame those challenges to host a residential summer camp.  Plus, a trip to the Junk Ranch, a conservation about upcoming live music, and much more.

 

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Girl Scouts are returning to Camp NOARK this weekend. The camp near Huntsville was closed in 2020 due to the pandemic and this summer’s programming almost didn’t happen because of a staff shortage. There are 111 councils across the country and many have struggled to recruit enough counselors for their camps.

On today's show, the city of Fayetteville is now regulating short-term rentals. Some of the new requirements include obtaining a business license and registering with the city’s landlord’s representative registry. Plus the inspiration for Theatre Squared’s production, My Father’s War, discussed his experiences in World War II with a T2 audience, and much more.

Fayetteville City Council voted to enact legislation governing short-term rentals within city limits during its April 20 meeting. The ordinance, which went into effect May 21, requires all short-term rental operators to secure a business license for each rental unit. Beginning June 18, operators must also register with the city's Landlord's Representative Registry.

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