(via anthrotv) Tom Schueck, the polluter who bullies the so-called Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (from Arkansas Blog this morning), announced at the commission meeting this morning that he would not seek to be re-appointed to the PC and E board. Good news for people who actually care about pollution and the environment. Schueck’s term was set to end on March 29. The commission’s hearing officer, Michael O’Malley, said until he hears something official from the governor’s office, Schueck will still be considered a board member.
I guess this is a first, of sorts, at least for us. It’s the first news story broken on Tumblr. A blog I follow, AnthroTV, phoned the news into their blog shortly after the meeting took place. What a wonderful new world.
Just wanted to say thank you to all of those twitterers and blog readers out there for the overwhelmingly welcoming response I’ve received. Thanks for following. Stay tuned for more to come.
Just a couple of reminders:
Be sure to check out the Times video player. Lindsey’s introducing a new series called “Rock Candy Presents: Live from White Water.” He’s got more details. Basically it’s a super stylized series of music videos by local artists. The first installment is from Velvet Kente’s joshua, the winner of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. More artists to come including Kevin Kirby and The See.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for the First Ever Rock Candy 500. Its April 9th at the River Market Pavilion. There’ll be beer and music.
Speaking of music, I’ll be going to the American Princes show tonight. The See opens. Show starts at 9. $10 I think. You should come…
(via anthrotv) Rod Bryan phones his tumblr blog from an Arkansas Legislature committee meeting. Of course, there are some kinks that need to be worked out to perfect this kind of messaging. The senator/representative can be heard saying, “This bill is about taxpayer money being stolen.” This is pretty exciting technology with some interesting possibilities.
Yesterday, a friend passed along this article from the Denver Post. It was written by a former oil and gas exec who says regulations on the industry are necessary. Big takeaway: it’s only extremely profitable if you don’t count the costs. Arkansas lawmakers should take note. More on Shale Watch.
That’s what the Senate Education Committee told children of illegal immigrants yesterday. The committee shot down a bill that would allow children of illegal immigrants (who, by the way, had no choice in the matter) to pay in-state tuition at Arkansas colleges, just like other students who graduate from high schools in the state.
Mississippi County officials will vote today on whether or not to rename part of Highway 297, near Dyess, after the legendary Johnny Cash. The city of Dyess has already approved the change. This comes less than a week after part of Highway 67 was renamed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway.
As I was reading Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union the other day, I thought to myself, “What a great Coen Brothers movie this would make!” Well, it turns out that’s probably going to happen but first, the brothers Coen will get started on a remake of 1969 John Wayne flick based on the novel by El Dorado’s own Charles Portis. Lindsey Millar’s got more on his blog.
Wouldn’t it be great if they could actually shoot the movie in Arkansas? Well, they might if they can get a good enough deal. The bill that would create an incentives package for filmmakers shooting projects here in the state comes up tomorrow (Tuesday). We’ve reported on the issue extensively. I’ll try to find out what happens with that bill and post an update tomorrow.
You’ll notice that in the description of this blog I used the phrase “loosely associated with the Arkansas Times.” Yes, Little Rock’s No. 1 alt-weekly is my employer, but the views and opinions expressed on this blog do not necessarily represent those of the Times.
As some of you know, and most of you probably don’t, I have my own Arkansas Times blog called “Shale Watch.” I cover environmental issues related to natural gas exploration in Arkansas. We’re about to expand the focus of the blog to include environmental issues in general. We’ll be changing the name soon too.
But in the interest of over-working me even more, it has been decided that I should have a space to post more superfluous fare, things that really have no other place. So you’ll be able to find a link to an article I just read, a quote from an interesting news-maker I have recently interviewed or a picture I snapped while out avoiding more serious work.
As always, feel free to weigh in, send me story ideas or express your general displeasure with what I do for a living. You won’t be alone.