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Reviving a depression-era program could help put young Kentuckians work in time of national crisis

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The nation’s youth unemployment rate is the highest it’s been since the Great Depression, and some are calling for creating a new Civilian Conservation Corps to help rebuild the country’s parks and public lands at a time of national crisis. Unemployment in the Commonwealth has soared to 15.4% amid the coronavirus pandemic. And Ward Wilson, executive...

Beshear announces June 1 reopening for Kentucky’s State Parks; make reservation starting May 19

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced the schedule for reopening recreation and tourism-oriented entities which had been ordered closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Kentucky State Resort Parks, recreational parks, lodges and cabins, will be open to the public for normal business beginning June 1,” he said on Friday at the daily briefing. “It’s going to be required social...

More children in Kentucky getting breakfast, lunch through federally funded summer nutrition programs

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More children in Kentucky are getting their breakfast and lunch through federally funded summer nutrition programs, according to a report released by the Food Research and Action Center. The state has expanded the sites where children can get free summer meals beyond schools – to libraries, YMCAs, churches and parks – to nearly 2,000 locations. That’s...

Tygarts Creek paddling trips offered in April and May by Carter Caves State Resort Park

Plan a spring adventure on Tygarts Creek on a canoe or kayak with a 6-mile  excursion hosted by Carter Caves State Resort Park. The park is offering guided trips on six dates in 2019 – April 13, 20, 28 and May 1, 4 and 11. The 3.5-hour trip down Tygarts Creek goes through one of Kentucky’s most beautiful limestone gorges. The park will provide canoes or kayaks, paddles, life vest, transportation...