Monthly Archives: March 2016

Reasons You Love Arkansas

For four years, our annual “Reasons to Love Arkansas” has attempted to capture what makes this state great. Some years, we’ve scoured the land ourselves, cataloging everything from the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade to the elk herds roaming

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ANTOINE AJARRISTA

 

 

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ALONG WITH OTHER REGIONAL STAKEHOLDERS, DASSAULT FALCON JET WORKED TO EXPAND THE RIVER TRAIL WITH 13 ADDITIONAL MILES OF BIKE LANES NEAR ITS EAST LITTLE ROCK PLANT.

In 2008, when Antoine Ajarrista first moved to Arkansas from France

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Reasons to Love Arkansas

 

 

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THERE ARE THE OBVIOUS REASONS—BRIGHT SUMMER DAYS ON THE LAKE AND THE OZARKS IN THE FALL. THERE’S THE PEOPLE, OUR CRAFTSMEN AND ARTISTS, OUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. OUR SMALL TOWNS AND OUR BIG CITIES. THE FOOD AND

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MEGHAN ABLES

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AS A COACH AND TEACHER, MEGHAN FINDS IT REWARDING TO WATCH HER “KIDS” GROW INTO ADULTS AND ACCOMPLISH THEIR DREAMS.

Meghan Ables didn’t have to go far to find her true calling. In fact, she discovered it at her hometown …

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OSCAR CASTAÑEDA

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THE RIVER TRAIL IS A LONG WAY FROM GUATEMALA CITY, WHERE OSCAR SAYS THE SAFEST PLACE TO RUN IS A LOCAL SHOPPING MALL.

Though this organic-agriculture expert is a native Guatemalan and travels the Americas to implement Heifer’s sustainable development …

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BRETT IHLER

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BRETT ONCE DIRECTED A PRODUCTION OF NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD AT THE ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S THEATRE.

Brett Ihler was never supposed to stay. He was supposed to visit the in- laws in Little Rock for a week, then he and

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JANIS KEARNEY

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AS CLINTON’S DIARIST, JANIS SHADOWED HIM THROUGHOUT THE DAY. HER ROLE WAS OFTEN CALLED THE “WHITE HOUSE FLY ON THE WALL.

In 1992, former Arkansas State Press publisher Janis Kearney joined the campaign team of soon-to-be president Bill Clinton, who

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Eliza Borné

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ELIZA MET HER HUSBAND IN 2006 WHEN THEY WERE BOTH WORKING AS INTERNS FOR THE OA.

When she took the helm of Little Rock-based literary quarterly Oxford American, native daughter Eliza Borné accepted charge of a vibrant literary tradition. …

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DAN SCHEIMAN

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DAN HAS BEEN BIRDING FOR 25 YEARS AND ONCE LIVED IN AN APARTMENT OVERLOOKING ALLSOPP PARK.

For Dan Scheiman, birding isn’t just a pastime. For him, it’s more about eliminating threats to the ecosystem and restoring pockets of healthy habitats

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COURTNEY PLEDGER

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THE OLD MILL IN NORTH LITTLE ROCK WAS FAMOUSLY FEATURED IN THE OPENING SCENE OF GONE WITH THE WIND

Back in 2012, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival was in dire straights. But thanks to Executive Director Courtney Pledger’s leadership

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CeDELL DAVIS

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WHETHER HE’S PLAYING IN EUROPE OR CLOSER TO HOME, CEDELL PLAYS GUITAR USING A BUTTER KNIFE AS A SLIDE.

Despite losing function of his right hand as a child and later losing function of his legs during a 1950s nightclub

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