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MacArthur Park Fishing Derby set for July 14

MacArthur Park Fishing Derby set for July 14

The City of Little Rock Parks & Recreation is hosting its Annual Fishing Derby on Thursday, July 14 at MacArthur Park.

The Derby, which is also sponsored by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, is open to children ages 6-15 and will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

There will be no rods and reels allowed during the derby – cane poles only. The public is encouraged to bring its own equipment and bait, as only a limited number of cane poles will be available.

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, which will be stocking the pond, will tag a limited number of “prize fish.” Any child who catches a “tagged” fish will be eligible to win one of the prizes provided by Parks & Recreation and Game & Fish. The first boy and girl to catch a “prize fish” will each win a bike.

For more information, please contact Mike Garrity, Assistant Recreation Supervisor, at 501-371-6858.

Big Bass Bonanza Leaderboard

Big Bass Bonanza Leaderboard

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Daniel Schults of Pine Bluff leads the field of anglers with a 5.63 pound bass he caught in the Dumas pool.  Schults caught the fish in the 9 a.m. hour to take the overall lead on the first day of the three-day tournament.

When asked about the experience, Schults, who spent the morning fishing with his father Wayne said, “I was fishing hard.”  This was the second time the younger Schults had fished the Dumas pool.

Leaders in the other four pools are:

•  Jason Deblock of Vilonia (4.87) – Little Rock pool

•  Martin Arnold of Ft. Smith (5.36) – Fort Smith pool

•  David Wood of Dardanelle (5.54) – Dardanelle pool

•  Eric Green of Pine Bluff (5.49) – Pine Bluff pool

The top fish wins the guaranteed $50,000. Each of the other four pool leaders has the potential to win a guaranteed $10,000 for catching the

largest fish in each of the other pools during the tournament.

Programs at Pinnacle 6/26

Programs at Pinnacle 6/26


Sunday, June 26

2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Amazing Astronomy
Learn about what's on tap for tonight's sky with Park Interpreter Susan. Discover some amazing software that lets you see the night sky any time and location, then learn about constellations, stars, planets, and more that are visible tonight. We will end the program by learning how to read a star chart with one for you to use at home. No experience necessary; perfect for kids and beginners!  Meeting place: Visitor Center  Admission: Free

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Solar System Hike
What do you mean the earth is a peppercorn? Discover how big our solar system really is on this hike with Park Interpreter Susan.

Programs at Pinnacle

Programs at Pinnacle


Sunday, June 12

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

A Froggy Symphony
Make music with Park Interpreter Susan at the Environmental Education Pond. Imitate the calls of frogs with common objects as you learn about different frogs found throughout the park. After our symphony, take a short walk around part of the pond to look and listen for frogs and toads. This program is fun for all ages!  Meeting place: Environmental Education Pond  Admission: Free

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunset on the Mountain
A park interpreter will be leading a hike up Pinnacle Mountain's West Summit Trail for a special sunset viewing. This is a great hike for the whole family to get outdoors and active, while learning how to be safe hiking at dusk.

Public meetings set for input on waterfowl regulations

Public meetings set for input on waterfowl regulations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Hunters can voice their opinions about the upcoming Arkansas waterfowl hunting regulations and seasons at one of six public meetings to be held around the state on Tuesday, June 7.

These meetings are part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s hunting regulation setting process. They will be held to give hunters and other interested parties the opportunity to make comments on the 2011-12 waterfowl hunting seasons. The meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Comments may be either verbal or written. Written comments may be submitted at one of the meetings or mailed to the AGFC, attn: Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Proposals, 2 Natural Resources Dr., Little Rock, Ark. 72205. They can also be emailed to information@agfc.state.ar.us.

Pinnacle State Park upcoming programs

Pinnacle State Park upcoming programs

If you have any questions about any of our programs, please call the visitor center at (501) 868-5806 or email  pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com.



Saturday, June 4

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Kids' Fishing Derby
Hey kids, bring your parents down to the pond for a free fishing contest! There will be fish programs, casting contests, free snacks, and lots of prizes. Prizes will be given away throughout the event with a special prize for the biggest fish. Bring your own bait and tackle. Contest is for kids 15 and under, although everyone with a valid license is welcome to fish after 11 a.m.

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

UNDATED -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting grant applications for $100,000 in funding to support projects designed to educate and enable communities to understand and address local health and environmental issues.

These grants are available in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Eligible applicants from non-profit, faith-based and tribal organizations working in the community of the proposed project are encouraged to apply.

EPA Region 6 will award four grants of $25,000 to support projects that address a community's local environmental issues through collaborative partnerships.