Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large

On today’s program, we learn about a governor-appointed committee charged with protecting the Buffalo National River. Plus, a booming student population at the University of Arkansas means a need for a bigger health center. And, we hear about the nearly-forgotten history of the all-black football teams from seventy years ago in Arkansas and Missouri.

Tuesday night, at their regularly scheduled meeting, the Bentonville City Council voted down opening its limited public forum, but did vote in a rule giving aldermen the ability to get items placed on the agenda.

On today’s show, we hear about two different approaches to affordable housing in two different cities. Plus we hike to Mt. Kessler to learn more about about tough questions regarding preservation. And, we talk about 50 years of preservation with the Arkansas Archeological Survey:

courtesy / Partners for Better Housing

After nearly eight years, the nonprofit Partners for Better Housing broke ground on an affordable housing development in south Fayetteville.

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The popular Rock City Trail at Mount Kessler in Fayetteville will close March 1st for rehabilitation purposes. The Mount Kessler Greenways Stewardship Committee plans to study ways to preserve the trail and make it more sustainable after Rock City has been overused the last couple of years. Rock City is on private property, but hikers, runners and mountain bikers can still use the city-owned trails on Mount Kessler, which can be accessed via Kessler Mountain Regional Park on W. Judge Cummings Road.

On today’s show, a conversation about a new interfaith prayer center being developed in Bentonville. Plus, how advocacy for Marshallese in Arkansas is growing and spreading. Also, we hear about the latest art at 21C in Bentonville examines Iraq and Afghanistan and war:

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The Bentonville Islamic Center and All Saints' Episcopal Church in Bentonville are working together to establish the Abrahamic Interfaith Center where both Muslims and Christians can pray together with a goal of better understanding each other.

On today's program, we visit Temple Shalom of Northwest Arkansas to hear how the congregation is coping with growing national anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence. We also learn how last week, Fayetteville clothing mainstay Cheap Thrills nearly closed its doors for good, but now has a new lease on life.

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Cheap Thrills, a beloved thrift store in downtown Fayetteville, had announced it was closing until two women stepped in to buy it and keep the little shop's legacy alive.

MUSIC: "Cheap Thrills" Vitamin String Quartet

On today's program, we learn how a building in Springdale is being transformed into transitional housing and into a home for various agencies providing services to former prison inmates. Also, we hear highlights from Senator Tom Cotton's town hall that was held in Springdale last night.