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Hunters

A Hunter Education Class is set for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Clinton Fire Department on Highway 65B. Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1968, who wants to hunt in Arkansas is required to take this class. It is free. For more information contact Jay Hagans at 592-3984 or Mike Curtis at 253-1406.

Drivers

Driver license testing will return to Clinton on Friday, April 5, at the usual time and place. Last week’s testing was cancelled, but written and road tests resume this week. For more information call 745-3096.

Prices

The 10 iPads purchased by the city of Clinton cost a total of $7,629.89, according to Clinton Recorder/Treasurer Dena Malone. She said $12,500 is the entire budget for office equipment for 2013.

Water

It’s not just the yellowcheek darters of the Little Red River that are in trouble. Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of the first comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that more than half – 55 percent – are in poor condition for aquatic life. “The health of our nation’s rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters depends on the vast network of streams where they begin, and this new science shows that America’s streams and rivers are under significant pressure,” said Nancy Stoner of the Office of Water. The 2008-2009 National Rivers and Stream Assessment reflects the most recent data available, and is part of EPA’s expanded effort to monitor waterways in the U.S. and gather scientific data on the condition of the Nation’s water resources. The study found, in part, that nitrogen and phosphorus are at excessive levels, which causes a significant increase in algae. It also found increased levels of bacteria and mercury.

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