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Majestic Monarch butterfly show opens Saturday at Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park

The Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park will open its celebrated 2017 International Butterfly show, Majestic Monarch, on Saturday. Presented by Macy’s, the show will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is: Adults $7 • Youth $4 (5-17 years) • Children 4 and under FREE. This year’s show will celebrate the beauty of the majestic monarch butterflies and their amazing long journey across...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Nine-banded armadillo a curious critter — and an unwelcome exotic species

Their appearance is comical — a compact body, with the profile of a loaf of bread, covered by bony plates and scales. The legs seem way too short, but have grotesquely long “toenails.” The head is small with a pointed pig-like snout. The ears are pointy and erect, like the ears on a Chihuahua dog. They have a hairy belly, which is exposed when they stand upright on their hind legs. But this...

Healthy baby takin calf born at Cincinnati Zoo; eighth live birth of the species of hoofed mammal there

Seven-year-old takin Sally gave birth to a healthy calf on Saturday, March 18, 2017, around 2 p.m. at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Her previous calf, born in 2015, had to be hand-reared due to medical issues, so this is her first real attempt to raise offspring.  Her care staff has observed multiple nursing sessions and reported that the calf looks good and strong. Sally, a seven-year-old...

JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, winner earns spot in Kentucky Derby

Turfway Park expects a full and competitive field for the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday, March 25, according to Stakes Coordinator Randy Wehrman. The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds over Turfway’s Polytrack is a designated points race for the Kentucky Derby, with 50 points to the winner and 20, 10 and five points to the next three finishers, respectively. Among...

Homes for Heroes helps with buying, selling a home for those in helping professions and military

By Vicki Prichard Northern Kentucky Tribune reporter Kelly Ervin had just separated from her husband and moved into a three bedroom apartment with her four children when a friend suggested that she contact Homes for Heroes for help with her hunt for a new home. “I called them hoping for the best and expecting nothing,” says Ervin, a local nurse. She got in touch with Lorey Hall, who is the key...

Trump visits Kentucky, touts GOP replacement to Obamacare to a receptive Louisville crowd

By Robin Cornetet and Tom Latek Special to NKyTribune President Donald Trump continued his push to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” speaking Monday at a rally in Kentucky, the home state of one of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for the White House-backed health care plan and also one of its chief critics. “This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of Obamacare,” Trump told a friendly...

Bluegrass & Backroads: During the winter, Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is really for the birds

Reelfoot Lake spans southwestern Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee and is home to thousands of birds, and the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge. Winter is one of the best seasons to see hundreds of thousands of birds — eagles, ducks and geese primarily — that use the sanctuary as a stopping off point for their migratory journey. Take a visit to Fulton County. Kentucky is a state defined...

KyCIR: Kentucky’s animal shelters are falling short and failing animals; improvement tricky

By R.G. Dunlop and John Boel Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting LEBANON, Ky.—As the visitors approached, three black dogs at the Marion County Animal Shelter leapt against the front of their wire-enclosed pen. Water covered the concrete floor of their cage, mixing with piles of feces. The dogs had no clean, dry place to stand, sit or lie, as state law requires. Kay Turpin, the county’s...

State Fish and Wildlife Department to moving largemouth bass to Boltz Lake in Grant County

The Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources plans to remove smaller largemouth bass from Beaver Lake in Anderson County to improve the quality of bass and sunfish. The removed bass will be released into Boltz Lake in Grant County and Taylorsville Lake in Spencer, Anderson and Nelson counties. “The largemouth bass are becoming too crowded in Beaver Lake, which...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Angles stand excellent chance of catching a trophy muskellunge

By Kevin Kelly Special to NKyTribune (This is the third installment of the “Spring Fishing Fever” series of articles, detailing productive fishing techniques and opportunities across Kentucky. The series will continue until early summer. An archive of past articles is available on the department’s website at www.fw.ky.gov). Spring break for many conjures thoughts of traveling somewhere warm and...

New legislation approves criminal justice reform to allow former offenders to get back to work

The House of Representatives gave final approval to a substantial criminal justice reform measure aimed to reduce repeat offender rates across the Commonwealth. Senate Bill 120 reduces red tape to help get former offenders back to work, strengthen Kentucky families, and make communities safer. Senate Bill 120 does not adjust Kentucky’s penal code or sentencing process, but specifically adds support...

41st Annual Buy-Sell-Trade Show runs through Saturday at Airport Marriott — brewery collectibles

Brewery Collectibles Club of America and the National Association of Breweries presents its 41st Annual Buy-Sell-Trade Show runs through Sunday at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott at Hebron. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details here: Click image for web site

Foreign Direct Investment Symposium coming to Cincinnati — key leaders to speak

The City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development, in partnership with the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati, is leading the charge to host a one-day event that will bring a pressing topic to light. The Unlocking the Tri-State Region: Foreign Direct Investment Symposium will be held on March 31, and aims to build an advanced understanding of foreign direct...

Turfway Park upgrades signal to HD in time for JACK Casino Spiral Stakes; includes customized graphics

The upgrade of historic Turfway Park’s signal to HD, which debuted Thursday, March 9, includes new, customized graphics for an enhanced racing simulcast experience. “We are always looking for ways to improve our racing product and are excited to offer an enhanced experience for bettors who play Turfway races via simulcast,” said Turfway general manager Daniel “Chip” Bach. “The fact that...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The eagle has landed — survived and flourished — back from the brink

This is the last of a two-part series on the comeback of America’s national symbol. On July 12, 1995 federal biologists believed that populations had recovered enough so that the bald eagle could be taken off the endangered species list, and designated as a threatened species. That designation lasted just 12 years. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced the delisting of the bald eagle...