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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky offers a number of fall tailwater trout fishing opportunities

Fall is prime time for trout fishing in Kentucky. As the days shorten and water temperatures begin to decline, cool water species become more active. Waterways are shrouded in fog in the mornings. Arguably, trout are Kentucky’s most popular cool water species, offering excellent sport fishing opportunities and unrivaled tablefare. Trout Stocked in Tailwaters Fishing in the Cumberland tailwaters (Photo...

After 11-year litigation, Ky. to receive $300 million in damages from Poker Stars internet gambling site

Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of PokerStars internet gambling site, has agreed to pay the Commonwealth of Kentucky $300 million to settle a lawsuit filed against the company in 2011. “After 10 long years, the Commonwealth has not only prevailed but collected dollars that the General Assembly will be able to direct to critical areas, like education, health care and economic development,”...

KY students called to explore state’s important water resources in Jim Claypool art, writing contests

Kentucky students can learn about the fundamental need for water, how activities and behaviors affect its quality and ways they can make a difference through this year’s Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in cooperation with the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, sponsor the annual...

Conservation partners celebrate completion of Ky’s largest-ever dam removal project on Green River

Five conservation partners are celebrating the largest dam removal in Kentucky history — the demolition of Lock and Dam #5 on the Green River. The Butler County event brought together The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and Kentucky Waterways Alliance. (Photo from The Nature Conservancy Kentucky) “Kentucky’s...

KDFWR takes further steps to protect Ky. deer herd in wake of positive CWD case discovered in Tennessee

The Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has taken actions to enhance protections for the Commonwealth’s deer and elk herds and increase monitoring for chronic wasting disease in five western Kentucky counties following the recent detection of the always-fatal brain disease in a wild white-tailed deer in northwestern Tennessee. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency...

Agriculture commissioner proclaims Sept. 19-25 Farm Safety and Health Week across Kentucky

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles has proclaimed Sept.19-25 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to encourage farmers and farmworkers to put their health and safety first at all times. The theme for this year’s safety week is “Farm Safety Yields Real Results.” “Farmers face a number of risks in the course of their work, from machinery accidents, chemical exposure,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Dating back to fishing’s roots, live bait rigs are simple, inexpensive and effective

Live bait catches fish. Anglers learned that at an early age, when their first fishing adventures were likely catching bluegills, using red worms as bait. A slithering worm or wiggling minnow is something fish can’t resist. The natural action, smell and mouth feel of a live prey organism is something fish experience whenever they feed. They know it’s food. The rigs used to catch fish on live bait...

Two from NKY among 19 newest members of Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Kentucky community and business leaders are among the 19 new members named to the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence during its annual business meeting Thursday. The committee also elected the following new officers to its board of directors: • W. Clay H. Ford, of Owensboro, was named chair of the Prichard Committee. He is a partner in EM Ford, a regional insurance and financial planning...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes phony designer watches worth $57.84m in Louisville

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Port of Louisville recently seized 32 separate shipments containing counterfeit designer watches worth $57.84 million. CBP officers inspected all these parcels to determine if the goods were admissible in accordance with CBP regulations. The officers found a total of 2,168 designer watches determined to be counterfeit by CBP’s trade...

KYTC receives another award for Nov. emergency repairs to Brent Spence Bridge following truck fire

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) emergency project to quickly repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge following a disastrous truck crash and fire has earned a prestigious award. The project was singled out for regional recognition in the America’s Transportation Awards “operations excellence” category, sponsored annually by AAA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Association...

KDFWR accepting online applications for public land quota hunts throughout month of September

Applications for quota hunts on public lands for deer, waterfowl and pheasants are being taken online during the month of September. Hunters may also apply for the statewide sandhill crane quota hunt during September. The cost to apply for any of these quota hunts is $3. Applications and detailed information about hunts are available online at fw.ky.gov. Kentucky will offer pheasant hunts on three...

Billy Reed: Golf doesn’t like me — but, my, the fun I’ve had and the friends I’ve made, despite by play

The game of golf doesn’t like me and I’m not sure why. Maybe one of my ancestors made fun of a Scotsman swinging a crooked stick in a cow pasture. At my best, if you can call it that, I shot in the 90s on a fairly regular basis. I think my all-time record is 93. Suffice it to say I am not working on my acceptance speech for the Golf Hall-of-Fame. But, my, the fun I’ve had and the friends I’ve...

Monarch butterfly tagged as part of research project in Kentucky found 1,600 miles away in Mexico

A monarch butterfly tagged in Kentucky as part of a research project last October was found 1,600 miles and months later in Mexico. Kentucky Wild member and citizen-scientist Tri Roberts, of Versailles,, originally captured and tagged the female monarch butterfly at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site in Perryville. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources tags monarch butterflies...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Three good fall fishing opportunities on Kentucky’s major lakes

Kentucky offers plenty of fall fishing opportunities in state’s major lakes (Photo by John Lander) Autumn is waiting in the wings. The cooler morning temperatures last week and early this week were just a prelude to what’s to come. Check the calendar. The first day of fall is less than two weeks away. Now is the time to think about fall fishing opportunities on Kentucky’s major lakes. What’s...

Kentucky activates Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan following detection in Tennessee deer

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is taking action to protect and monitor the state’s deer and elk herds after a deer in northwest Tennessee recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The always-fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk, moose and caribou has not been detected in Kentucky. However, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s response plan calls for implementation...