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STATE PARKS, RECREATION AND TRAVEL COMMISSION APPROVED A LEASE AGREEMENT WITH QUEEN WILHELMINA TRAIN OPERATOR

Thursday morning, the Arkansas Department of Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission voted to approve a lease agreement with the operator of the Queen Wilhelmina train. Ronnie Waggoner of Glenwood is the owner of the train and he is expected to sign the lease agreement today. If Waggoner signs the agreement, he plans to open the train by the Fourth of ...

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New Superintendent at Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Janelle Shepherd, assistant superintendent of Historic Washington State Park, has accepted the job to become the new superintendent at Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena. While her role as assistant superintendent had her overseeing all maintenance projects, which was a full-time job in itself, it was not uncommon to find her going the extra mile by engaging with visitors in ...

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Farringer Chosen to Lead the Queen

BY MELANIE WADE – Mike Farringer has been promoted to the superintendent position at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Farringer has served in several capacities during his 18-year career at the Arkansas State Parks service, from park ranger to assistant superintendent and Park Superintendent at Cane Creek and for the last five years, Park Superintendent at Cossatot River State Park. “Mike ...

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Guardrails Along Talimena Scenic Byway in Need of Beautification

BY MELANIE BUCK – As the gateway to the Talimena National Scenic Byway, beautification surrounds Highway 88 West, with exception to the ever-aging guardrails that line the roads and safeguards travelers from treacherous drop-offs on the winding path. While structurally sound, the guardrails are dented, chipped, and rusted. Chad Adams, District 4 Engineer for the Arkansas State Highway Department confirmed ...

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Queen Approaching Record Numbers

BY MELANIE BUCK – Since reopening the lodge on July 1, 2015, a mere seven months ago, Queen Wilhelmina State Park has garnered $1,267,594 in revenue and is only halfway through their fiscal year. The park’s assistant superintendent, Sarah Jones said that prior to the $9.6 million renovation of the lodge, on a good year they made $1.5 million, eluding ...

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The Queen is Looking to Hire

The Queen is getting close to opening and she needs help! Paula Magers, Park Superintendent at Queen Wilhelmina, said there are positions left to fill at the newly remodeled Lodge at the top of Arkansas’ second highest peak, Rich Mountain. Magers said they are still hiring for seasonal/part time positions in housekeeping for the Lodge, and they also need wait ...

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Queen Wilhelmina Lodge Renovation Update via State Representative Nate Bell

BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Last year, when we held the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting at the Old Armory in Mena, I advised Arkansas State Parks that it was my intention to call for another committee meeting at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge this month. This week, I decided not to proceed with the meeting request. ...

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State Parks Commission Requesting Department of Insurance to Launch Investigation into Travelers Insurance for Continued Delays on Queen Wilhelmina Lodge Project

BY LEANN DILBECK – The State Parks & Tourism Commission gathered today for their regular monthly meeting at DeGray State Park; whereupon, they heard a formal request from District 20 State Representative Nate Bell for the Commission to “take action” regarding the on-going renovation project at Queen Wilhelmina State Lodge that has suffered numerous delays. Sources close to the construction ...

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Abernathy Responds to State Park’s Termination and Allegations

Details of the Third-Party Investigation Obtained BY LEANN DILBECK – Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism [ADPT] officially terminated its contract with WAI (Wade Abernathy, Inc.) on August 21, 2013 but has never released any of the details surrounding the delays in construction on the $6.7 million remodel and expansion to Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, only saying that “performance issues” provoked ...

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State Parks Being Called to Appear Before the State Agencies & Governmental Affairs Committee Following Multiple Delays on Queen Wilhelmina

BY LEANN DILBECK – Multiple delays, a terminated contract, and a deep concern on its economic impact to the local region has spurred State Representative Nate Bell to request a meeting of the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee regarding the $6.7 million remodel of Queen Wilhelmina Lodge atop Rich Mountain. The two-day meeting will be held in Mena January ...

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