Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large

The Bentonville City Council is considering making changes to the public input rules during its regular meetings. Residents say they do not have a direct line of communication with their representatives the way residents in other cities do.

On today's program, reaction to arguments at the State Supreme Court yesterday over the city of Fayetteville's ordinance including sexual identity as a civil rights protection. Also, we learn how The House of Songs project brings songwriters from Sweden, Ireland, Canada and the Ozarks together.

A work at the ACO was vandalized earlier this month.

MUSIC "Senseless" Maya Jane Coles

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One of the workshops held this month by Compassion Fayetteville as part of Fayetteville's Black History Month celebration focuses on how the white community should approach becoming involved in black movements like Black Lives Matter.

On today’s show, the University of Arkansas counters rising national increases in sexually-transmitted diseases with a new testing clinic, Congressman Steve Womack will discuss efforts to collect sales taxes on internet purchases. And we hear the latest about an effort by the city of Fayetteville to help ensure that 7 Hills Homeless Shelter remains open.

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7Hills Homeless Center staff and board are working to find a solution to a financial crisis that has put their Day Center in jeopardy. The Day Center offers the homeless in Northwest Arkansas basic needs like showers, meals and a place to send their mail.

On today's program, we spend time at the Jones Center in Springdale for the winter Special Olympic games, and then we climb to the roof of the almost-finished 8W Center in Bentonville to see where a different kind of fundraiser will take place for the Sunshine School. At least 18 people are trying to raise at least one thousand dollars each to go off the roof and rappel to the ground.

courtesy / City of Siloam Springs

The Siloam Springs and Northwest Arkansas mountain biking community can't wait to dig in as the city breaks ground on an improvement project at Siloam Springs Lake that includes five miles of soft surface trails, a bike park, bridge, birder blind and disk golf course.