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Planning a Thanksgiving gathering? Here are questions to ask, and expert advice about testing

Photo by Getty Images via Kentucky Health News. Because just about everything that involves a traditional Thanksgiving meal creates a perfect storm to spread the virus that causes COVID-19, health experts are encouraging people to scale back holiday gatherings to just those in their immediate household, or to practice what epidemiologists call “harm reduction” if they choose to gather. That...

As you spend more time outdoors with summer in full swing, remember the ticks; they’re a big problem

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As outdoor venues in Kentucky have opened up after months of being closed due to the coronavirus, more Kentuckians than ever are heading outdoors. And picking up ticks. Experts caution that it’s important to take precautions through September, when ticks are still active, and to learn how to remove them properly to decrease the risk of tick-borne disease. Jonathan...

Local storytellers lead visitors through Kentucky Tourism’s 2019 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide and the Year of Kentucky Storytellers. The guide features travel tips and stories, narrated by Kentuckians, who share their love for the Bluegrass State through their own personal experiences. In addition to regional highlights, the visitor’s guide focuses on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism:...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Eastern box turtle, docile, colorful turtles are a joy to encounter

The Eastern Box Turtle is present throughout Kentucky, but most often where there is a mixture of forestlands and overgrown fields, with list underbrush around springs, seeps or small creeks. The eastern box turtle is present throughout Kentucky, but most often found where there is a mixture of forestlands and overgrown fields, with moist underbrush around springs, seeps or small creeks. Shell shape...

Ballard Wildlife Management Area closed until further notice because of flooding

Ballard Wildlife Management Area in Ballard County will remain closed until further notice because of flooded roads and predictions of continued rising water in the coming days. The WMA will reopen for waterfowl hunting once waters have receded to a level safe for travel around the area. For more information on current conditions at Ballard, call the area office of the Kentucky Department of Fish...

Earth Day photography contest celebrates the beauty and diversity of nature in Kentucky

  The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has kicked off its fifth-annual ‘Capture the Earth’ digital photography contest for all Kentucky students in grades 6-8.   Judges will look for originality and creativity, photo composition, and a brief explanation of how well the photograph celebrates the beauty and diversity of Kentucky and encourages others to care about the state’s environment...

2013 Review: A salute to our faithful, interesting stable of regular columnists

KyForward is celebrating its third end-of-year review with you, happy that we can revisit an abundance of rich, deep content by writers who share their experiences and expertise on a regular basis. These fine writers have helped us accomplish one of our primary goals when KyForward was created – to provide a forum for a variety of voices on a wide and deep range of subjects that inform and entertain...

Expanded regulations for hunting black bears approved in legislature, effective immediately

Hunters in Kentucky now have an expanded area and seasons in which they may attempt to harvest a black bear.   Regulations passed by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission in June recently received final legislative approval. The new season structure expands the bear zone and the bear chase areas, establishes an archery/crossbow season and increases opportunities for hunting with dogs.   The...