A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Our state’s many streams and rivers are an important part of history, everyday life

They are present everywhere we travel — to work, school, or shopping trips in urban, rural or suburban areas. Driving Kentucky roadways you are likely to cross a small stream or river, or see one off in the distance. Kentucky waterways, important in our history, and part of our daily life, are where we escape to relax and recreate — fish, hunt, canoe, kayak, pleasure boat, or simply take...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Colds temperatures mean optimistic outlook for upcoming waterfowl season

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The first snippets of snow fell last week, making most people frown, but put a smile on the faces of Kentucky waterfowl hunters. The cold weather the week before the waterfowl season opener on Thanksgiving Day is a good sign. “Waterfowl hunting in Kentucky is nearly 100 percent weather dependent,” said Wes Little, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky Department...

Transportation officials encourage license holders to check card’s expiration date prior to holiday travel

With large numbers of travelers expected to take to the skies and roads this holiday season, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet encouraging license holders to check their card’s expiration date to avoid delays at airport security checkpoints and possible citations on the road. “Driver’s licenses are a common form of identification used for domestic air travel, and checking the expiration date...

Tree Farmer of the Year Clifton Taylor shows off well-managed woodlands with instructional tours

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Clifton Taylor and his wife, Barbara Ellis Taylor, started acquiring tracts of Casey County woodlands in 1959. Today, the family owns about 1,200 well-managed acres, and the couple’s sons and grandchildren are continuing the family work. For their successful efforts in sustainable forest management, the Kentucky Forest Industries Association selected Clifton...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A regional migrant, the American black duck is prized by Kentucky hunters

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final article in a series about the ducks taken by hunters in Kentucky during waterfowl season. The American black duck (Aix rubripes) is a regional migrant prized by hunters because of its scarcity. They are most often taken in the eastern third of Kentucky while hunting the Ohio River, its backwaters and tributaries, from Cincinnati to Ashland. This large...

Governor, widow unveil Medal of Honor plaque at state Capitol including First Lt. Garlin Murl Conner

Gov. Matt Bevin and Mrs. Pauline Conner today unveiled a new Medal of Honor plaque at the Kentucky State Capitol that includes the name of First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner. First Lieutenant Conner, of Clinton County, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Donald Trump earlier this year for his heroic acts during World War II. Following the medal presentation by President Trump...

Wendell Berry, NEH’s Jon Parrish Peede to speak at Kentucky Book Fair at noon on Saturday

Kentucky Humanities is pleased to welcome author Wendell Berry and NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede to the UK Main Stage at the Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 17 at 12 noon. The Kentucky Book Fair will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena.   Jon Parrish Peede was appointed Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2017. His previous positions include Publisher of...

Conservation officers assist Lee County Sheriff in vehicle pursuit involving gunfire; suspect arrested

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources conservation officers assisted a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy late Friday in a vehicle pursuit that included gunfire.   About 10:30 p.m. Friday, two Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conservation officers were nearby investigating a separate case when they responded to assist a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy.   According to Kentucky State Police, the initial...

National Adoption Month: Focus is on adoption of the 9,800 KY children who need permanent, loving homes

By Tina Agonva Kentucky Youth Advocates Every child needs a family. We know that children succeed when they are with caring adults who can help guide them as they grow. The Commonwealth has over 9,800 children living with foster families or in group homes as a result of abuse, neglect, or dependency. The goal in Kentucky is to reunify children in foster care with their parents, and, when that cannot...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The wood duck ranks third among waterfowl harvested across the state

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles about the ducks most often taken by hunters in Kentucky during waterfowl season. The wood duck (Aix sponsa) is Kentucky’s homegrown duck, nesting throughout the state in trees along creeks, rivers, and wetlands, and in reservoirs where flooded timber is present. Last season hunters in Kentucky bagged 9,721 “woodies,” ranked third...

West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area to host 78th National Retriever Championship

Each year since 1941, the best retrieving dogs in the country compete for the title of national champion. The National Retriever Championship is the Super Bowl of the competitive retrieving world, and it is being held in Kentucky for the first time this year. The event starts Saturday at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area outside Paducah....

National Weather Service reports three tornadoes touch down in central, southern Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The National Weather Service in Louisville has confirmed three tornadoes touched down Monday night in central and southern Kentucky. 
The strongest was shortly before 11 p.m. CST in Adair County, an EF-1, based on the scale that ranks tornadoes from EF-0 (weak) to EF-5 (catastrophic), with top winds estimated between 100 and 105 miles per hour.    Damage in Adair County...

Prominent animal welfare strategist Dr. Sara Pizano committed to making a difference in county shelters

On Oct. 1, the Joanie Bernard Foundation began work on a needs assessment, facilitated by nationally known animal welfare strategist and veterinarian Dr. Sara Pizano. Pizano spent much of October acquiring data and statistics for the Bluegrass. She made her first visit to the area the week of Oct. 22, when she toured several shelters in the area and met with officials and staff in each of the counties,...

Quarles declares Nov. 10-17 as statewide ‘Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry’ Week

As Kentucky sportsmen and women head out for deer hunting season starting Nov. 10, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is encouraging them to consider donating their harvest to a charitable feeding agency as part of the second annual “Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry” Week in Kentucky Nov. 10-17. “It is an unfortunate reality that one in six Kentuckians is food insecure,” said...

Nine new artists juried into Kentucky Art’s Council’s Kentucky Crafted arts marketing program

Lakshmi Sriraman of Lexington built a career as a performer and teacher of classical Indian dancing, but in February 2017 she added another layer to her artistry when she started painting. “Vibrations” by Lakshmi Sriraman of Lexington, one of nine artists recently juried into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program. (Image from Kentucky Arts Council) Sriraman split her time between...

UK Cooperative Extension Service program teaches kids about cooking, nutrition and so much more

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In today’s fast-paced world, many families find themselves in line at a fast-food restaurant more often than gathered around the dinner table. A University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service program in Owen County is trying to change that. Recipes for Life encourages family mealtime and better nutrition by teaching fifth-graders how to prepare, serve and...

USDA announces grants for education, workforce training, health care opportunities in rural Kentucky

Hilda Legg, USDA Rural Development State Director, has announced that USDA Rural Development is awarding grants for three projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural Kentucky. “This critically important education and telemedicine technology enables our grantees to reach more individuals in need, in a more timely and cost-effective way,” Legg said....

Art Lander’s Outdoors: For deer hunters across Kentucky ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’

The lyrics are from a Christmas song made famous by Andy Williams in 1963. But, for Kentucky deer hunters, November is “the most wonderful time of the year.” When the calendar flips, the interaction between does and bucks begins to heat up as the days get shorter, and the nights cooler. The timing of the rut, the white-tailed deer’s annual mating season, is the question every deer hunter wants...

Kentucky Artisan Center to offer ‘A Brush of Color’ with painting demonstrations throughout November

Botanical paintings, mixed media watercolors, alcohol ink abstractions, and traditional German painted boxes highlight the Kentucky Artisan Center’s A Brush of Color painting demonstrations on Saturdays this November. Featuring a wide array of painting styles and techniques from Kentucky artists, visitors will receive a first-hand look at creative imagery that is precise, abstract and traditional. A...

Kentucky Book Fair anchors week-long literary festival; more than 180 authors highlight iconic event

Kentucky Humanities will present the 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Once held as a two-day event in Frankfort, the Kentucky Book Fair has found a new home in Lexington and expanded to a week-long festival (Nov. 12-17) with literary events for readers of all ages. The Kentucky Book Festival gives readers...