A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Harless, Cooper travel to China for economic development meetings with Shanying International

Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless and Ballard County Judge-Executive Todd Cooper are heading to China on Jan. 17 for three days of meetings with Shanying International Holdings, the parent company for Global Win and Phoenix Paper. Shanying invited Harless and Cooper to attend a conference for global employees, business partners, government officials and guest speakers. In August 2018, Global Win signed...

Officials discover juvenile Black Carp in Western Kentucky confirming invasive species in reproducing

A juvenile black carp has been discovered in Ballard County, according to the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The fish, a member of the invasive Asian carp species, came from Gar Creek near the Ohio River. “Assuming this fish was spawned locally, it provides further evidence that black carp are becoming more established in the lower Ohio River drainage...

Fort Boonesborough State Park to feature famous characters from Kentucky history in ‘Fireside Chats’

Featuring famous characters from Kentucky history, a series of “Fireside Chats” sponsored by Fort Boonesborough State Park and the Fort Boonesborough Foundation will start at the Richmond park beginning Feb. 2. The fireside chats will be offered every Saturday during February, starting at 6:45 p.m. each day in the museum blockhouse. A “Taste of Frontier Fare” will be offered each Saturday from...

Licenses and permits to fish, hunt and trap in Kentucky on sale now; resident fees unchanged

Licenses and permits to fish, hunt and trap in Kentucky in the coming license year are on sale now. The 2019-20 license year starts March 1. License and permit fees for Kentucky residents for the 2019-20 license year are unchanged from the 2018-19 license year. Prices on some options for non-residents have changed and include: • Annual fishing license, $55 • One-day fishing license, $15 • Seven-day...

BloodHorse reports that Kentucky Downs filed suit in Franklin Circuit Court over Oak Grove license

BloodHorse has reported that Kentucky Downs has filed a suit in Franklin Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in awarding a Standardbred license to a partnership of Churchill Downs and Keeneland. Early rendering of the Oak Grove facility In a report by Frank Agnst, BloodHorse says that Kentucky Downs is asking the court to void a commission decision to award WKY...

Quota elk hunters can now apply for new, either-sex archery/crossbow permit for 2019 elk season

Quota elk hunters can now apply for a new, either-sex archery/crossbow permit for Kentucky’s 2019 elk season. “This new permit gives archery and crossbow hunters the freedom to choose whether to take a bull or a cow,” said Gabe Jenkins, elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We wanted to give hunters more flexibility and options to fill their permits,”...

Horses need some extra attention to cope and thrive during cold, wet winter months — watch their water

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The 2018-19 winter has served up roller coaster temperatures and record precipitation. Kentucky’s equine friends are quite adaptive to these variations, but when the temperatures dip low, along with wet and windy conditions, horse owners need to pay attention to a few things to help the animals cope and thrive. “Horses have three basic needs—shelter, feed...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Winter is the best time to start wildlife management work on your hunting property

With hunting seasons winding down, now is the time to start habitat work on a property being managed for wildlife. Weather permitting, you’ll be finished, and ready for plantings in the late winter and early spring. Creating a good habitat for wildlife is an ongoing process of seasonal mowing, timber management, planting forage and allowing some areas to naturally regenerate. Habitat has to be maintained...

Veterans Project exhibit to feature work of veterans, families at Kentucky Artisan Center Jan. 19-March 2

A new traveling exhibit The Kentucky Veterans Project will be on display at the Kentucky Artisan Center January 19 through March 2. A project of the Kentucky Arts Council, this exhibit features artwork by Kentucky’s military veterans and loved ones of those who have served. The exhibit was featured in the state capitol for one month before beginning its yearlong tour around the Commonwealth in December...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment celebrates 27 years with Lloyd’s of London

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Lloyd’s of London and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment celebrated more than a quarter-century partnership in support of the horse industry. Representatives of Lloyd’s recently presented a $50,000 check to UK for continued funding of the international publication, the Equine Disease Quarterly. Pat Talley (center right),...

Carlisle native Rich Storm appointed Commissioner of Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Rich Storm, of Carlisle, has been appointed as the new Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, replacing Frank Jemley of Louisville, who has served as the agency’s acting Commissioner since March 2018. “Rich Storm has been an exemplary leader in his time on the Fish and Wildlife Commission,” said Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Don Parkinson. “We...

Energy and Environment Cabinet announces funds availability for watershed restoration projects

Funding is available for projects that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater and for projects that protect water resources. The funds can be used for watershed restoration projects, watershed plan development, and other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution. Runoff pollution, also known as nonpoint source pollution (NPS), is the number one contributor to water pollution...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture seeking nominations for 2019 Leopold Conservation Award

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is inviting Kentuckians to nominate a farmer or forester for the 2019 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award. “The Leopold Conservation Award celebrates Kentucky farmers and foresters who go above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources,” Commissioner Quarles said. “The nominees carry on Kentucky’s proud tradition of conserving important...

Local government agencies receive KDLA grants to preserve and manage local government records

Local government agencies receive grants to preserve local records The Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) has annouced recipients of the Local Records Grant Program funds to preserve and manage local government records. The Local Records Program helps to preserve, protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assist local agencies with records management through direct...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Hunters hit deer harvest records; Chronic Wasting Disease now in six states

Kentucky’s 2018-19 white-tailed deer season closes at the end of shooting hours on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21. It’s been a very eventful last four months since the season opened with archery hunting on September 1. An increase in the bag limit, allowing four deer to be taken on statewide and youth deer permits, a lengthening of modern gun season by six days in the counties of Zone...

Elizabethtown native Christopher Watts, is part of new ‘Titan Games’ reality show, starting tonight

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A new TV reality show premiering Thursday on NBC will feature a Kentucky native as one of the competitors. Christopher Watts 
Thirty-three-year-old Christopher Watts, whose hometown is Elizabethtown, will be one of contestants in “The Titan Games.”  The show’s producers say it will offer everyday people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in remarkable...

100-year-old WWII veteran Lt. Col. William Pollard dies; recently awarded French Legion of Honor

A 100-year-old World War II veteran from Kentucky, who was recently awarded the French Legion of Honor, has died. 
Retired U. S. Army Lt. Col. William Pollard of Henry County received France’s highest military decoration from French Consul General Guillaume Lacroix during a Nov. 19 ceremony at the State Capitol Rotunda. 
Pollard, then a 25-year-old first lieutenant, was one of the first Americans...

Gov. Matt Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Russ Lohan has been appointed as a member of the Real Estate Appraisers Board. Russ Lohan, of Louisville, is a real estate appraiser. He will represent real estate appraisers and serve for a term expiring Oct. 31, 2021. The Real Estate Appraisers Board is composed of five gubernatorial appointees. The Board is charged...

NIAAA: The truth about holiday spirits — and how to avoid drinking beyond your limit

Many of us look forward to celebrations during the holidays, a time when some people are more likely to drink beyond their limits than at other times of the year. Some will suffer adverse consequences that range from fights to falls to traffic crashes. Sadly, we often put ourselves and others at risk because we don’t understand how alcohol affects us during an evening of celebratory drinking. Myths...

Biologists predict improvement in waterfowl hunting in Kentucky as bitter cold predicted north of river

A bitter cold front is expected to wash over duck-holding areas north of the Ohio River early next week, which should mean good news for waterfowl hunting in Kentucky, according to experts at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The cold is coming,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “An expanding cold trough should create...