"One of my all time, top Arkansas films."
- Dan Anderson, Director
Hot Spring Documentary Film Institute

"Natural State is applied enviromental anthropology and documentary filmmaking at its best!" - James R. Veteto, PhD Enviromental Anthropologist


Mar 14, 2012

Complaint Case Update (Please Make Comments)

Dear Concerned Carroll Electric Members and Supporters:

Our case before the APSC is still pending and, as far as we know, the public may still make comments to the APSC by going here:

Either scroll down the page to Docket Number 11-077-C or enter the number in the drop-down menu which says “Select Docket” and complete the comment form.

Please note that the the deadline date for Carroll Electric’s No Spray Request is Thursday March 15th.

We have attached a link to Carroll Electric’s
Vegetation Management Plan.
The No Spray Request can be found on page 22.

Dane Schumacher Wild_firefarm@yahoo.com 870 545-3120
Randy Janowitz randy@randyjanowitz.com 870 446-2176
Gordon Watkins gwatkins@ritternet.com 870 446-5783

Sep 20, 2011

20th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

“The Natural State of America” will be playing in two theaters on opening night of the historic documentary festival in Hot Springs, AR!  The screenings will start at 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM on Friday, October 14.  More news to come!!!

Aug 21, 2011


Dear Concerned Carroll Electric Members and Supporters,

On August 12th, KUAF Public Radio interviewed Bill Ikard of Ikard Wynne law firm. During this interview Bill addresses the merits of the class action complaint filed against Carroll Electric with the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

To listen to this broadcast, please click here.

If you, or someone you know, is able to contribute to this important work, please email us through the CONTACT US link to the left side of this website. We will send you the Escrow Agreement as an attachment. Please print it in its entirety, date and enter the amount being donated on page one and complete the “Contributor” form on the last page, providing your name, signature, address, date and amount contributed. Make your check payable to “Randy Janowitz, as Trustee” and mail all pages to: Randy Janowitz, HCR 72 Box 67F, Parthenon, AR 72666.

As members, Carroll Electric is our cooperative. Please help us create a more transparent, responsive and democratic cooperative by supporting this effort.


Dane Schumacher, wild_firefarm@yahoo.com 870-545-3120
Gordon Watkins, gwatkins@ritternet.com 870-446-5783
Randy Janowitz, randy@randyjanowitz.com 870-446-2176

Jul 20, 2011

Class Action Suit Filed Against Carroll Electric Board!!!

Dear Concerned Carroll Electric Members and Supporters,

This is to inform you that a class-action complaint has been filed with the Arkansas Public Service Commission on behalf of members of Carroll Electric Cooperative and against its board of directors and management, seeking increased transparency, more democratic governance, repayment of capital credits, a halt to the use of herbicides without the landowners permission and more. A synopsis is attached below and the entire complaint may be seen here. The plaintiffs are Dane Schumacher and Gordon Watkins, representing the membership of Carroll Electric.

Legal recourse was taken following much careful consideration and only after more than three years of efforts to work with the CE board and management proved futile. Members have been repeatedly denied access to board meetings and minutes, have been denied the right to speak at members meetings, bylaws have been repeatedly changed to impede member participation and to make it virtually impossible to gain a seat on the board of directors. The property rights of members have been disregarded, with CE’s attorney implying that CE can do whatever they please on easements across landowner’s property. Members have been denied information about or access to their investment in the coop (capital credits).

This legal action is a last resort taken only after honest and good faith efforts were made to seek constructive change, efforts which were repeatedly rebuffed.
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May 22, 2011

Carroll Electric and Making the Connection

Dear Concerned Carroll Electric Members and Supporters,

While some of you may have read the following editorial by Dane Schumacher some may not have seen it. With the CECC Annual Members Meeting approaching next week, we think Dane’s editorial captures our concerns with our co-op in a clear, succinct way and bears repeating.

Although the Annual Members Meeting, held on a Thursday morning, is scheduled for the convenience of the staff and board and is understandably an inconvenient time for working members, we nevertheless encourage everyone to make every effort to attend. Whether you are denied the right to to speak, or agree with what is said, your presence makes a statement and the more people who attend, the more powerful that statement will be. We hope to see you there on Thursday, May 26 at 10 am (registration 9 am- ID required), at the Carroll County Fairgrounds north of Berryville.
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May 7, 2011


We are honored that “The Natural State of America” has been selected for the Made in Arkansas program at the 5th Annual Little Rock Film Festival! THANKS goes to everyone involved in the making of the film. The festival is June 1st-5th. Our film will screen twice. Once we know more information, we will post it. To see the announcement, click here.

This should be a great opportunity to inform people in central Arkansas that are unaware. Spread the word!!!

Apr 30, 2011

Time and Place announced for CE Annual Members Meeting

Dear concerned Carroll Electric members and supporters,

Carroll Electric has announced the time and location of the upcoming Annual Members Meeting as follows:

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: Registration at 9 am, meeting begins at 10 am
Location: Carroll County Fairgrounds, at the junction of Hwy 21 and Hwy 221 North of Berryville

We understand from CE that an announcement will be mailed to members in a few days. When asked if members would be allowed to speak, staff indicated that the mailing would include a form to mail back comments. The meeting agenda has not yet been determined.

Please make every effort to attend this meeting, the only CE meeting which members are permitted to attend. Spread the word and encourage your friends and neighbors to attend as well but understand that only members of record will be allowed to register and enter the meeting. Nevertheless, CE’s activities as the single largest land manager in the region, with over 9,000 miles of easements, affects everyone, members and non-members alike. Whether you live off the grid or have a different service provider, please help us turn out a large number of Ozark citizens who have serious concerns about CE’s practices and the uncooperative manner in which they treat their members. Remember, as CE members, we are also owners. This is our cooperative and we have both the right and the responsibility to make our concerns known.

See you there,

Gordon Watkins, gwatkins@ritternet.com 870-446-5783
Randy Janowitz, randy@randyjanowitz.com 870-446-2176

Apr 28, 2011

Carroll Electric Petition Update

Dear Concerned Carroll Electric members and supporters:

Carroll Electric CEO Rob Boaz has denied Marcie Brewster and her canvasser’s request for a recount and list of invalid signatures. Additionally, Mr. Boaz has turned over the petitions and back-up documents to CE’s attorney, John Everett, and has informed Ms. Brewster and her supporters to direct any further questions concerning the petitions to Mr. Everett.

Wayne Schumacher, CE member and canvasser, contacted Mr. Everett and made a request to view and/or copy the petitions. Mr. Everett indicated that he could set up in a corner at his office one weekday morning and review the petitions. A follow-up call was made on Friday April 22 to verify this arrangement as well as ask for a copy and a chance to review back up documents. On Monday April 24, John Everett replied that we cannot have a copy and the earliest we can review the petitions is May 23 at 10:00 am. This is three days before the Annual Meeting.

We have included links to the most recent articles and letters to the editor regarding the petition process and denial by CE. We encourage everyone to write letters to the editors of your local papers to keep this issue alive.

CE denies nomination, turns Brewster away
Citizen Forum
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Apr 18, 2011


Jacqueline Froelich, Senior News Producer at KUAF Public Radio 91.3fm, will preview “The Natural State of America” on Tuesday April 19th at noon on Ozarks at Large, the daily news hour on KUAF National Public Radio 91.3fm, repeated at 7pm. She has also filed it for broadcast on statewide AR Public Radio Network. You can stream the station at KUAF.com(radio days); expect to see it by 3pm.