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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet accepting entries for 2022 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced entries are being accepted for the 2022 edition of its popular Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest for Kentucky school students. The theme is Adopt-a-Highway: Keep Kentucky Clean and Green. “Trash-free roadsides not only maintain our scenic landscapes, but they also help prevent roadway hazards and environmental impacts,” said Gov. Andy Beshear....

Kentucky’s fall wildfire hazard season begins today, know outdoor burn restrictions and be ‘Firewise’

Kentuckians are urged to be alert as Fall wildfire hazard season begins on October 1, bringing outdoor burning restrictions to the state. “With regions of the Commonwealth recovering from flooding damage, it is especially important that all Kentuckians be vigilant with fire safety when outdoors,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “Think of others so that we can all be safe.” The Commonwealth’s outdoor...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Owen County’s Elmer Davis Lake has reputation for producing quality sunfish

Editor’s note: This is the fifth article in a series on small lakes in central Kentucky. Elmer Davis Lake (Photo by Art Lander Jr.) Elmer Davis Lake is four miles southwest of Owenton, between Ky. 22 and U.S. 127, in Owen County. The 149-acre lake was impounded from North Severn Creek, a tributary to the Kentucky River. The lake has 5.6 miles of shoreline, with a maximum depth of 59 feet, and...

As distillers set bourbon inventory, fill records, KDA warns tax structure for aging barrels must change

The number of Bourbon barrels in Kentucky reached a record 11.4 million in January. The industry marked its fourth consecutive year filling more than two million barrels, while paying a record $40 million in barrel taxes. Including other aging spirits, the state’s total inventory is almost 12 million barrels. The tax-assessed value of all barrels also hit an all-time high this year of $5.2 billion....

KY paves way for emergency crews as Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida; Duke Energy sending help

Staff report (Image from Weather.com) Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray on Tuesday issued an official order to help speed emergency crews to Florida and other states in the path of Hurricane Ian. Under Secretary Gray’s order, drivers of commercial vehicles engaged in restoring power or clearing debris in the affected areas are temporarily exempted from limits on hours of driving and having...

Xometry to fund 50 KCTCS scholarships to train skilled machinists, technicians and engineers

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Dr. Paul Czarapata, Dr. Koffi Akakpo, President of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), and Xometry, a global online marketplace connecting enterprise buyers with suppliers of manufacturing services, have announced a public-private partnership in which Xometry will fund 50 scholarships...

KDFWR plans voluntary deer, elk check stations for Harlan, Bell Counties in November to monitor CWD

As part of its ongoing commitment to monitor Kentucky’s wild deer and elk herds for chronic wasting disease, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources plans to operate voluntary check stations in two southeastern Kentucky counties on three weekends this November. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal brain disease that affects deer, elk and other cervids. It has not been detected in...

Kentucky Digital Archives offering public access to interviews with Historian For Life Dr. Thomas D. Clark

Never-released, digitized audio interviews with well-known Kentucky Historian Laureate Dr. Thomas D. Clark (1903-2005) are now available online to the public. Clark was the driving force behind the creation of what is now the Kentucky State Archives. Clark served as Kentucky Historian Laureate from 1990 until his death in 2005 at 101 years old. Clark’s advocacy spanned over six decades, beginning...

KY Energy and Environment Cabinet now accepting entries for 2022 Jim Claypool Art and Writing Contest

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in cooperation with the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, has announced the 2022 Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest. This annual contest helps students from across the commonwealth learn about natural resources and their importance. This year, students will learn about Kentucky’s soil;...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s temperate-nesting Canada Geese offer many hunting opportunities

Canada Geese have become more accessible to Kentucky migratory bird hunters in recent years (Photo form KDFWR) Hunting Canada geese in Kentucky has changed dramatically in the past 40 years. That’s because Canada geese have become more accessible to waterfowl hunters, with populations not just in far western Kentucky but statewide, after the restoration of a native subspecies, the Giant Canada Goose...

New website profiles archaeological sites across state, including four in Northern Kentucky

A new website highlighting more than 100 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites across 64 counties has been launched by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) in partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). (Photo from Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office) Discover Kentucky Archaeology documents the diversity and richness...

Workforce challenges: KY Retail Institute offers apprenticeship program for students, working adults

With retail employers across the country challenged to find and retain reliable, qualified workers, the Kentucky Retail Institute (KRI) is offering a new solution to help businesses and employees alike. The Retail Leaders Apprenticeship Program will deliver on-the-job education and training for students and working adults wanting to expand their skill sets and advance their careers. Apprentices will...

Save the Children initiative aims to foster creative solutions to end rural child hunger across Kentucky

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A new initiative is providing funding to individuals and grassroots groups across the Commonwealth with creative solutions to reduce hunger among rural children. The Rural Child Hunger Research and Innovation Lab launched Monday by Save the Children said it aims to help communities design and test out their ideas. Alyssa Taylor, Kentucky state director for Save...

Citizen Foster Care Review Board sets virtual town hall meetings; NKY counties meeting is Sept. 21

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The public is invited to virtual town hall meetings this month being hosted by Citizen Foster Care Review Boards statewide to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Anyone with concerns about the system and/or ideas on how communities can better support families is encouraged to attend one of the regional meetings...

New CPE, NASH partnership to help support colleges and universities serving displaced students

State and national education organizations are coming together to launch a community of practice to support Kentucky colleges and universities that serve students who have been displaced by crises in their home countries. The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is partnering with the National Association of System Heads (NASH) to provide a forum to share and scale proven practices to support displaced...