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Arkansas Year in Review: Top 10 Business Stories of 2023Lock Icon

Businesses and consumers in Arkansas and the rest of the country spent 2023 in the shadow of rising interest rates. Businesses dealt with other adversity, including rising insurance rates and a deadly March tornado. Other stories this year were more hopeful. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Tourism

Showcasing Arkansas’ Attractions with Tourism Director Dalaney Thomas

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders named Dalaney Thomas director of tourism at the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage & Tourism on Oct. 23. read more >
Government & Politics / Tourism

‘A Generational Trauma’ (Editorial)

Finding areas of agreement is a start to addressing the problems of the Buffalo River. read more >
Government & Politics / Investments / Tourism

Buffalo National River Redesignation: Pros and ConsLock Icon

The debate about redesignating the Buffalo National River reignited 50 years of resentment and suspicion. read more >
The Buffalo National River in north Arkansas.
Government & Politics / Tourism

Cherokee Nation, Park Service Reach Deal on Plant Gathering at Buffalo River

Citizens will be allowed to gather plants for purposes including food, crafts and medicine. read more >
The Buffalo National River in north Arkansas.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Tourism

Buffalo National River Closed Over Coronavirus Concerns

The Buffalo National River was temporarily closed Thursday because of coronavirus concerns, and a second Arkansas lawmaker tested positive for the virus. read more >
Government & Politics

Despite Flooding, Arkansas Tourism Says It’s Open for Business

Many of Arkansas' recreational sites are drowning — not in historic flooding, but in phone calls about flooding, say state tourism representatives who are working overtime to combat the perception that high water has the state closed to business. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Energy / Government & Politics / Tourism

Fouling a National River Is Bad for Business (Vic Snyder & Ed Bethune Commentary)

Recently, food giant Cargill placed a hog factory in the watershed of America’s first National River. The Buffalo River in the Arkansas Ozarks was deemed to be of such unique ecological value that congressional Republicans and Democrats joined together to preserve it. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Tourism

Moratorium On Hog Farms in Buffalo River Watershed

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission is to consider changing rules to ban big hog farms in the Buffalo River watershed. read more >

Arkansas National Parks Create $138.9M in Economic Benefit in 2012, Down From 2011

A new report by the National Park Service shows more than 2.7 million people spent $138.9 million and supported 2,014 jobs while visiting Arkansas’ national parks in 2012. read more >
Government & Politics / Tourism

Locals on Buffalo River Feel Pinch of Federal Budget Cuts

Multiple restrooms operated by the National Park Service along the Buffalo have been closed and the closures are presumably related to federal budget cuts. read more >