- Golden Corral coming to Cape; may hire 100 workers (7/21/16)10
- Area groups working together to reintroduce elk in Missouri (7/18/16)1
- Woman sleeping in car accused of attacking Cape officer (7/26/16)13
- Prosecutor says shooting by state trooper was justified (7/24/16)15
- Former Scott City mayor refutes claims made about loss of curbside recycling pickup (7/26/16)
- Hastings in Cape closing (7/22/16)5
- Governor signs Rep. Swan bill that equalizes child-custody criteria (7/6/16)5
- Suspect in downtown Cape shooting ID'd in court (7/20/16)2
- City may spend extra park tax money on Cape Splash, skate park, other projects (7/25/16)10
- Jackson's former police dog euthanized Monday (7/21/16)2
The last of five public hearings regarding a 20-year plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Southeast Missouri is scheduled for today in Clayton, Mo. The first hearing in Van Buren on Monday drew 260 interested participants. All of them had ideas about levels of use and access to the Current and Jacks Fork rivers, the two spring-fed streams that meander 130 miles through 80,000 acres of Ozark forests managed by the National Park Service.
The two rivers are magnets for visitors who like to boat, float, canoe, swim, picnic, fish and camp. Some 1.3 million visitors last year, mostly during the warm months, show how popular the area is.
At issue in developing the plan for future use is how much use is too much. Should the horsepower on boat motors be limited? Should development be checked? Should parts of the riverways be returned to primitive wilderness? Should nothing be done?
Even though the last hearing is today, comments on the proposed plan may be submitted until July 31 through a special website that explains the proposed management plans and provides a method for sending online comments: