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Outdoor Updates: Human skull found near popular hiking area in Arkansas

Fog rising over the Buffalo National River near Ponca, AR.

Human skull found near popular hiking area in Arkansas

A human skull has been found on U.S. Forest Service land near a popular hiking trail in Arkansas. A local resident found the skull in the Sam’s Throne area near Mount Judea in Newton County, Arkansas. The location is near where Pamela Samuels-Lauro’s vehicle was found back in June after she was reported missing. 

The Newton County Sheriff’s Department has not yet identified the remains. The sheriff told the Springfield News-Leader that the skull would be submitted to the Medical Examiner’s office and compared against missing person’s cases.

The American Hiking Society seeks its third class of trail leaders

The American Hiking Society has announced they are looking for rising stars in the outdoor community to be the voice of young hikers through advocacy and stewardship. If that sounds like you, applications for the NextGen Trail Leaders program are being accepted until Friday, December 6. Applicants should be between the ages of 18-40 years of age.

Those selected to the NextGen Trail Leaders program will travel to DC to meet with elected officials, take part in a free Volunteer Vacation trip and be invited to serve on American Hiking Society board committees that align with their interests, among other things. For a full list of benefits and to apply for the role, visit the American Hiking Society website

Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda breaks 10K world record

There might be a lot of things humans can accomplish in 26 minutes and 38 seconds but until recently running 6.2 miles wasn’t one of them. All of that changed when 23-year-old Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda broke the road 10K world record on December 1. He accomplished the fete at the 10K Valencia Trinidad Alfonso in Valencia, Spain, crushing the previous world record by six seconds.

In addition to his record breaking run on Sunday, Cheptegei also became a cross-country world champion and a world champion in the 10,000 meters in 2019. “What a year it has been,” Cheptegei told World Athletics.

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