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UK Extension Agent comes to rescue for Cincinnati Zoo’s babydoll sheep long overdue for shearing

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Sweet Pea and Snappy have been entertaining and educating Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden visitors for more than a decade, but it’s almost summer and summer is hot. These two English babydoll sheep were carrying a heavy load and overdue for a shearing. UK Extension Agent Regina Utz shears Sweet Pea, an English babydoll sheep, with Cincinnati Zoo’s...

Kentucky Kingdom plans to light up the night with extended family-friendly pumpkin display this fall

Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville’s family-friendly entertainment destination, is will debut a new family-focused fall event for the extended season. Running weekends in October, the park will welcome guests of all ages to experience Pumpkins at Kentucky Kingdom, showcasing more than 1,000 illuminated pumpkins, larger-than-life, iconic carved pumpkin sculptures, and more. Kentucky Kingdom will be completely...

U.S. Customs officers seize counterfeit designer watches at Louisville port, worth $22.5 million

Over 90% of all U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) counterfeit seizures occur in the international mail and express consignment environments. Last week, CBP officers in Louisville seized a parcel containing counterfeit designer watches that, if real, would have had a Manufacturer’s Retailed Price (MSRP) over $22.5 million. The 584 counterfeit watches bore two trademarked logos: Rolex and Cartier....

Statewide summer marketing campaign encourages Kentuckians to visit their local farmers’ markets

Kentucky Proud, the state’s official agricultural marketing program, invites all Kentuckians to meet “where the best of Kentucky comes together” at Kentucky’s farmers’ markets. “Summertime in Kentucky means farmers’ markets are in full swing across the state,” said Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles. “Consumers want the freshest and healthiest foods available and...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Upper Green River basin features three of Kentucky’s top fishing lakes

Editor’s Note: This is part two of the fifth article in an occasional series profiling the river basins of Kentucky. The Green River Part Two: The Upper River Basin The upper Green River (Photo from Green River Nature Conservancy) The Green River is 384 miles long, arising in the foothills of the Appalachians in Lincoln County, flowing northwestward through central and western Kentucky to its...

NKY NAACP to present its Regional Diversity Awards event on Friday at Newport Syndicate

The Northern Kentucky Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is hosting its annual Regional Diversity Awards Celebration and Recognition event on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Newport Syndicate. The event will recognize outstanding diversity initiatives, projects, and services demonstrated throughout Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. The NKY NAACP will...

Action Tank accepting applications for City Council Bootcamp from NKY; application deadline Jun 29

City Council Bootcamp, a free, nonpartisan, arts-driven program for engaged community members interested in becoming better policymakers at the local level, either as advocates or legislators, is now accepting applications. This year’s Bootcamp will run from September 2022 through March 2023 and will give students an opportunity to network with other civic-minded residents as they learn how to effectively...

Education commissioner discusses teacher shortage with Interim Joint Committee on Education

As the country continues to face challenges in recruiting and retaining teachers, Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass and others from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) presented before the Interim Joint Committee on Education on June 7 to discuss how to increase and maintain the state’s teacher workforce. Glass began his presentation by inviting the committee members to reflect...

Public invited to discuss improving foster care system at virtual town hall meetings; NKY is June 14

The public is invited to virtual town hall meetings in June to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Anyone interested in making the foster system better is encouraged to attend one of the regional meetings on June 6, 8, 14 and 16. Registration is required. Due to confidentiality, specific cases will not be discussed. Citizen Foster...

Lobbyists set new record of $11.13 million for money spent in this year’s Kentucky General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today After COVID-19 led to a lower spending total for the previous even-year legislative session in 2020, employers and lobbyists spent a record-setting $11,130,780 to lobby the Kentucky General Assembly this year, according to the Legislative Branch Ethics Commission. The previous record for spending during a legislative session was set in 2018, with $10.67 million spent to...

Department of Agriculture urges Kentucky farmers to sign up, be counted in next USDA Ag census

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is encouraging all agriculture producers to stand up and be counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture. The last day to sign up for this year’s Census is June 30. “Whether you’re a large-scale operation or a small family farm, we want you to have a voice and be counted,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Kentucky is still very much...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Lower Green River Basin offers many hunting, fishing and recreation options

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth article in an occasional series profiling the river basins of Kentucky. The Green River Part One: The Lower River Basin The Green River is 384 miles long, arising in the foothills of the Appalachians in Lincoln County, flowing northwestward through central and western Kentucky to its confluence with the Ohio River near Spottsville, in Henderson County. The Green...

Hoskins Island Creek Cemetery, where pioneers, Indigenous Natives rest, is hotbed of controversy

By Lyn Hacker NKyTribune correspondent There was a Memorial Day service in a small cemetery on top of a forested hill buried deep in the hills of Clay County. For 125 years, American soldiers, Indigenous Natives, white settlers, and pioneers have rested there, but their rest might soon be interrupted. This cemetery, the Hoskins Island Creek Cemetery, has become a hotbed of controversy because it lies...

AAA: Respite for drivers could be brief as crude oil prices rise; KY gas price increases one cent on week

A dip in gasoline demand provided drivers with a bit of stability at the pump, as the national average for a gallon of gas remains at a record high, but rose less than three cents over the past week to reach $4.62. This respite could be brief, however. Crude oil has moved above $115 a barrel due to fears of further global supply constraints caused by a European Union (EU) ban on Russian oil exports. And,...

Graduation Day for youth who earned h.s. diplomas, GED certificates while in DJJ custody or care

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman and the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) held a commencement ceremony last week to celebrate 48 youth receiving their high school diplomas for the 2021-2022 academic year and an additional 9 youth for earning their GED while in DJJ custody or care. “Education is the key to building a bright future across our Commonwealth and I want to thank the teachers...