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The Queen has a New Asst. Superintendant

BY MELANIE BUCK – Queen Wilhelmina State Park has a new Assistant Superintendant who said one of the best parts about the park is the support from the locals. Brent Reed brings with him years of background experience in hospitality. Reed graduated high school in Gillett, Ark. where he said he grew up with a family that truly enjoyed Arkansas ...

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Westerman Promoting Tourism in 4th District

BY MELANIE BUCK – Bruce Westerman, the United States Congressman for Arkansas’ Fourth District, spent last week on his ‘Touring the Fourth District Tour’ and Queen Wilhelmina was included on his list. Westerman said he “believes tourism is an important part of the district’s economy” and his tour will “highlight the natural beauty found across the fourth district.” He hopes ...

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The Queen Has Risen Again!

BY MELANIE BUCK – Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge on the awe-inspiring 2,681-foot Rich Mountain, Arkansas’ second highest peak, will reopen on July 1, 2015, following a $9.6 million renovation, according to State Parks Director Greg Butts. “The improvements to this lodge that was opened by the state of Arkansas in 1975 should receive rave reviews when it reopens,” said ...

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Queen is Now Hiring

BY LEANN DILBECK – A job fair is scheduled this Saturday, March 28, for part-time job openings at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge that is expected to reopen in early summer. Progress on the renovation is “advancing quickly,” as Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts told The Pulse. The lodge wing is complete with only minor punch list items remaining, ...

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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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Queen’s Facelift Nearing Final Phases

BY LEANN DILBECK – Welcomed news to the local economy is that the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge renovation project is progressing with an expected “phased opening” in mid-spring of 2015. Arkansas Travel Commissioner Bill Barnes told The Pulse that pre-marketing plans are already being implemented. A $7.4 million project that has been plagued with delays, even being brought to a standstill, ...

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Parks & Tourism Department Releases Economic Impact Numbers from QWSP Renovation Delays

BY LEANN DILBECK – Nabholz Construction is now on-site at the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge and ready to complete the almost $7 million renovation that according to the most recent projections from Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism [ADPT] is set to re-open in early 2015. The project has suffered well publicized multiple delays that eventually led to ADPT being summonsed ...

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State Parks Announces New Contractor and Completion Date on Queen Wilhelmina Renovation/Expansion

BY LEANN DILBECK – Just days before officials from Arkansas State Parks are to appear before the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee in Mena concerning multiple delays and a termination of contract with the contractor on the $7.4 million renovation to Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, a “good news” e-mail citing notable progress in negotiations was sent to Representative Nate Bell, ...

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$126 Million Budget Surplus; QWSP Meeting Formally Scheduled

BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Last week, the Joint Budget Committee began budget hearings in anticipation of the impending fiscal session.  The hearings opened with a presentation by the Department of Finance and Administration who presented the Governor’s revenue forecast for the next fiscal year and the Governor’s budget proposal.  The revenue forecast predicts a 2% growth in collections ...

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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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