Arkansas River Valley

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For centuries we've tried to control rivers in the United States. Tyler J. Kelley's new book Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America's Waterways explores how dams, levees and policies attempt to control rivers like the Mississippi, Ohio and Arkansas.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the decision-making process for a possible pilot training project in Fort Smith, a drop in building activity in the River Valley and a renewed fundraising push for the U.S. Marshals Museum.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses sales tax collections in Fort Smith after more than a year of the pandemic. He also tells us about what the blocked Suez Canal means for local supply chains and a change in local weather forecasting.

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While home sales have slowed down in the first two months of 2021, realtors in the Arkansas River Valley report the demand for homes remains high, which is driving up prices across the region. Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses homes sales and more in our weekly Friday conversation.

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The nonprofit Antioch for Youth and Family in Fort Smith is requesting donations for their St. Patrick’s Day “Bring the Green” food drive. Antioch founder Charolette Tidwell says it's a great opportunity for families, church groups, clubs, organizations and businesses to help the hungry by donating fresh produce, packaged foods with green on the label, or green cash.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the fallout from the last year. He says the need for assistance for families facing food insecurity is increasing in the Arkansas River Valley and the state's tourism industry is hurting after 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses an apparent reluctance of many firefighters in Fort Smith to accept a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, water bill adjustments following last month's winter storms, and the future of the former Fianna Hills Country Club and golf course.

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Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, helps us remember restaurant owner Tom Caldarera, Jr. He also discusses a new hire at Leadership Crawford County and the challenges of being a mayor during the last 18 months.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, helps us understand economic numbers from a pandemic year. He says the figures are a mixed bag.

Hammers and nails were in high demand in the Arkansas River Valley in 2020. Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, explains building permits for the region represented about a 10 percent increase last year. He also explains how you can buy a former high school in the River Valley.

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