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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Grayson Lake’s rocky cliffs and waterfalls offer varied outdoor experience

This is the 14th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Grayson Lake (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) Grayson Lake is in Carter and Elliott counties. The dam is about 7 miles south of Grayson, off Ky. 7. Construction began in 1964, and the lake opened in April 1969. The main access highways are Ky. 7, Ky. 986, and Ky. 504. Size Impounded from the Little Sandy River, Grayson...

Ky. Fish and Wildlife accepting applications for 12 conservation officers; application deadline March 5

Applications are now being accepted for 12 conservation officer positions with the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The deadline to apply is 7 p.m. (EST) on March 5. Applicants must be 21 years old and possess a valid driver’s license. Preferred candidates will have Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) certification. Positions are available in 12 counties. Available counties are...

As winter weather subsides, Kentucky farmers are facing the impact of snow and ice on cattle herds

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The latest round of winter snow and ice is over, but farmers are now dealing with longer-lasting impacts to cattle. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture specialists weigh in on what farmers may encounter and how to get back on track. The ground was already saturated before the recent rounds of cold, ice and snow. Cattle were already requiring more energy...

Registration now available for third Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit to be held virtually March 3

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Kentucky Proud brand is co-hosting the third annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit March 3, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. For the first time, this event will be virtual this year. This virtual event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST and brings together professionals and stakeholders for a half-day of presentations highlighting innovative...

State reminding public of availability of historic Perry Co. bridge in advance of March 1 application deadline

The March 1 deadline for accepting applications for relocation of the historic Kenmont Bridge in Perry County is near, so the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is again reminding the public of the span’s availability for reuse. “Inquiries have continued to come in about the bridge since its availability was first advertised late last year,” said Brandon Baker, environmental coordinator with KYTC’s...

Eastern Kentucky still feeling impact of wicked winter storm, some could go another week without power

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Nearly 20,000 Kentucky Power customers in Eastern Kentucky are still without electricity and it could be another week or longer before some of them have their power restored, the company said Saturday morning. At the peak, 59,204 customers were out of power after the second ice storm in a week and now with more than 68% restored, approximately 19,500 customers remain...

New polling suggests Kentuckians support amendment to automatically restore voting rights

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky has released statewide polling results indicating Kentuckians support the automatic restoration of voting rights upon completion of felony sentences by more than a 2-1 margin. Overall, 67% were in favor, with 28% opposed, according to a February 1-4 statewide poll of Kentucky registered voters conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, Inc. of Jacksonville,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Martin’s Fork Lake is Ky’s only reservoir with four species of black bass

This is the 13th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Martin’s Fork Lake (Photo by Jamie Middleton, Flikr Commons) Martins Fork Lake is about 4 miles southwest of Cawood in Harlan County. The dam is at river mile 15.6 of the Cumberland River, backing up water over a flat valley on the Kentucky-Virginia border. Built by the Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps...

Despite frigid winter weather, the work of Kentucky’s livestock producers continues through ice and snow

Cattle at the P&H Farms in Lyon, Crittenden and Caldwell counties operated by Phillip and Natalie Parish. (Photo from Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While many businesses, schools and government agencies in the state closed one or more days this week due to snow and ice storms, there is one group that does not get snow days: Kentucky livestock producers. Most days, things are routine,...

Central Kentucky’s Old Frankfort Pike added to the Federal Highway Administration list of scenic byways

Old Frankfort Pike is among 34 new National Scenic Byways and 15 All-American Roads recently added to the Federal Highway Administration’s America’s Byways collection. America’s Byways are a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories, and treasured places. Under the National Scenic Byways Program, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as National...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture to host virtual Community Supported Agriculture Fair Feb. 22-28

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Kentucky Proud brand is once again co-hosting the Virtual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair from Feb. 22-28. Kentucky Proud is partnering with Bluegrass Farm To Table, the Organic Association of Kentucky, the Kentucky Horticulture Council and Edible Kentucky & Southern Indiana magazine to host the event online. “When the COVID-19 pandemic...

Governor says prepare for more rounds of winter storms through Thursday — ice, low temperatures

Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentuckians must prepare now for more rounds of winter storms through Thursday night, with the heaviest snow most likely Monday during the afternoon rush hour. The greatest potential for significant snow accumulations includes much of Central Kentucky, with some areas projected to receive up to eight inches of snow. The heaviest snowfall will take place in a period between 3...

State about to get slammed with another storm system — check local conditions before getting out

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While Kentucky continues to dig out from the latest winter storm, the National Weather Service is already looking ahead to the next system, expected to begin affecting the state Sunday evening. 

 Winter storm watches were issued for all of Kentucky due to a combination of snow, sleet, and freezing rain that is in the forecast.

 During a Saturday afternoon conference...

UK Cooperative Extension webinar series offers tips for vegetable, landscape gardeners as spring nears

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Kentucky homeowners who want to up their game in vegetable or landscape gardening will have a lot of opportunities in the coming months. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is offering a variety of free webinars that people can join from their home computers or smartphones. “Last year we had a record number of home gardens being put...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s 2020-2021 deer season results in fifth-highest harvest on record

(Photo from KDFWR) The coronavirus pandemic had little if any impact on Kentucky’s 2020-2021 white-tailed deer season as hunters checked in 141,630 deer, the fifth-highest harvest total on record, surpassing the 10-year average of 137,008. “We’re very pleased with the 2020-21 harvest numbers,” said Ben Robinson, assistant director of the Wildlife Division at the Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce releases first report in quarterly series on state’s economy

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce released the first of a new series of quarterly reports, “Kentucky’s Economic Recovery: A Quarterly Update of Workforce, Employment, State GDP, and Exports,” to track Kentucky’s economic recovery in partnership with the University of Kentucky Center for Business and Economic Research. In addition to causing a global health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has ‘snowfighters’ out, ready for snow, ice, bitter cold; stay home if you can

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) highway snowfighters prepared for a major winter storm packing damaging ice ahead of snow and possibly bitter cold that will impact road conditions across the state. “Keeping roadways as safe as possible is one of the most important roles of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and that is never more important than in snow and ice season,” said Gov. Andy Beshear....

Weather system will bring ‘very active week’ of winter weather with snowfall, ice accumulations

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A powerful winter storm system is taking aim on Kentucky over the next few days, with ice accumulations of up to 0.75 inches possible. “It’s going to be a very active week,” said John Gordon who heads the National Weather Service office in Louisville on Monday. While Monday night could see some travel issues with snow accumulating up to two inches, primarily in the...

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture to offer backyard poultry webinar series beginning Feb. 11

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled increased interest in backyard poultry production. New flock owners may need to learn a few basics for their birds to thrive. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will offer a webinar series to help with the learning curve. “We recently launched a Facebook page to connect with our Kentucky...

KEA seeking entries for student annual art contest honoring Kentucky’s education ‘Difference Makers’

Kentucky public school students in preschool through 12th grade are invited to enter the Kentucky Education Association (KEA) annual art contest. This year’s theme is #DifferenceMakers. Students are asked to create a portrait of a public school employee who has made a difference in the student’s life. There is a limit of one entry per student. One student in each grade will win $50, and their...