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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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Polk County Fall Foliage is at Full Peak

ARKANSAS PARKS AND TOURISM – Due to the cold snap last week all over, foliage got quite a jump start as this spectacular picture taken by local photographer William Rainey demonstrates!  Most areas have seen dramatic changes between this week and last week’s report because of said cooler weather.  Most of Arkansas saw heavy showers October 30 and 31st and ...

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Queen Stuck in a Web of Red Tape

BY LEANN DILBECK – Work remains at a standstill at Queen Wilhelmina Lodge on its $6.7 million renovation/expansion project that began in March 2012.  The Arkansas State Parks terminated its contract with Wade Abernathy, Inc. (W.A.I.) August 30 for “performance issues,” according to Gregg Butts, Director of the Arkansas State Parks. Butts had said that a new licensed contractor would ...

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Mena Proudly Welcomes the 38th Annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run

BY LEANN DILBECK – Approximately 200 hot rods are expected again for this year’s 38th Annual Street & Performance Rod Run, one of the area’s longest-standing and much anticipated events for car enthusiasts.  Street rods and muscle cars will begin rolling into town earlier in the week to be ready to “show” for the event kick-off on Friday night. The ...

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