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Captain Don Sanders: Once it was ‘Throw it in the River,’ but times have changed for the better

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to KyForward “Throw it in the river…” That was a command I eagerly obeyed many times early in the course of sixty-some years on the river. “Throw...

A Christmas wish: Citizens of Martin County want clean water flowing from the tap

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Clean water flowing from the tap still is a luxury for many residents of Martin County who continue to experience the ripple effects of a 2000 coal slurry spill.  

Nina McCoy, chair of Martin County Concerned Citizens, says the disaster uncovered the water company’s deteriorating infrastructure, which has still not been resolved.  

McCoy says cracked,...

Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands funds Perry County waterline supply project

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands has announced that it will partner with the city of Hazard to construct a waterline system to supply potable water to approximately 125 Perry County homes. County residents in Puncheon Camp Branch, Walker Lane, Bob Hollow, Couchtown Road, Laurel Mountain Road and Forked Mouth Road, whose wells have been affected by AML-eligible mines, are expected to have...

Mike Denham: Situation in Flint reminds us not to take clean and plentiful water for granted

Other than during a rare boil-water advisory, most of us don’t think twice when we turn on the faucet. We just expect clean and plentiful water to be there. For about 95 percent of Kentuckians, that’s exactly what we get each and every day from the 400-plus public and community water systems that serve the commonwealth. These systems meet or exceed health-based standards at an incredible rate...