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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Spring spawning runs of white bass in Ky. waters a favorite with anglers

Editor’s note: This is the tenth article in a series about Kentucky’s gamefish species. The white bass (Morone chrysops) is found in rivers throughout the state, and fishable population are present in many of Kentucky’s major lakes. For most of the year it is an open-water (pelagic) species in lakes, but in the spring the spawning urge makes schools of white bass congregate in rocky headwater...

HealthyWoods app helps owners understand woodlands with research-based information

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky A new mobile app makes receiving research-based woodland management information as easy as reaching for the phone. HealthyWoods, a collaborative effort between forest specialists from Kentucky and other hardwood-producing states in the Appalachian region, provides woodland owners with a convenient tool to scout the health of their woods. “Traditional extension...

Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website launched; tenants, landlords can seek assistance

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the launch of the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website, teamkyhherf.ky.gov, where Kentuckians now can visit and apply for assistance. “As we continue to wage this battle against COVID-19, we must make sure renters have a home so they can be Healthy at Home, while also safeguarding landlords against undue financial hardship,” Beshear said. “When we come...

Ryan Quarles elected president of National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles was elected president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) at its annual meeting. “I am grateful to my counterparts in the other states for selecting me to serve as president of NASDA,” Quarles said. “2020 has been a challenging year for all industries, but especially our agriculture sector. In this role, I...

UK graduate celebrates wildlife 365 days a year as scientist with Department of Fish and Wildlife

By Carol Lea Spence and Seth Riker University of Kentucky The beginning of September brings wildlife awareness with the 64th anniversary of Congress’s passage of the Wilderness Act, the purpose of which was to preserve and protect certain lands, and secure the benefits of wilderness for future generations. Following on its heels is National Wildlife Day, a holiday to promote endangered species conservation...

Communities around Kentucky making push to transform outdoor space, social distancing

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service One neighborhood in Louisville’s south end is working to reimagine a public corridor in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to balance public health and safety while allowing local businesses the opportunity to thrive. The Beechmont Neighborhood Association has received a $31,000 Community Challenge grant from AARP to create a more pedestrian-friendly main...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Primarily a river fish, sauger are also present in Kentucky’s Lakes and tailwaters

Editor’s note: This is the ninth article in a series about Kentucky’s gamefish species. The sauger (Sander canadense) is a river fish that isn’t as widely distributed or abundant in Kentucky as it once was, due primarily to the blocking of spawning routes. Since sauger prefer current to slack water, high-rise dams are a hindrance to migration. Sauger do not thrive in lake environments. Populations...

Kelly Stephens appointed clerk of Supreme Court of Kentucky; UK grad succeeds Susan Stokley Clary

For the first time in 25 years, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has a new clerk. The Supreme Court justices appointed Stephens to the position permanently on April 21 after she was named interim clerk on Feb. 1. As Supreme Court clerk, Stephens oversees case filing and management for the commonwealth’s highest court. The Supreme Court clerk is responsible for the custody, control and storage of all...

Minor injury knocks Art Collector out of upcoming Kentucky Derby; Tiz the Law enters as big favorite

Bruce Lunsford’s homebred colt Art Collector, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes (GII) on July 11, was declared out of the 146th Kentucky Derby on Tuesday morning because of a minor injury to his left front. The son of Bernardini nicked the bulb of his left front heel with a hind hoof while galloping Monday at Churchill Downs. Because of horse racing strict medication rules, the horse could not be treated...

Bill Neikirk, pioneer of economics journalism in Washington, D.C., and Kentucky native, dies at 82

William R. “Bill” Neikirk, who was a pioneer in economics journalism in Washington, D.C., and set up a scholarship at the University of Kentucky for journalism students from his native Appalachian Kentucky, died Aug. 27 of Lewy body dementia. He was 82. Born in Irvine, a railroad and coal-processing town near the East Kentucky Coal Field, Neikirk joined Washington Bureau of The Associated...

UK Forestry and Natural Resources technicians study new invader in Kentucky forests — laurel wilt disease

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Megan Buland bent over a spicebush in Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, looking for the elusive spicebush swallowtail caterpillar in its tiniest larval stage. Buland, a forest health technician with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is getting a baseline count this summer as part of a study on the effects of the fungal disease,...

Kentucky State Police seeks candidates; Academy Class 101 to include innovative training format

Law enforcement agencies around the country have worked to adapt to a changing environment in response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and civil unrest. The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is seeking individuals who want to make a difference by being responsive to the unique needs currently faced by our communities. KSP is calling for certified law enforcement officers who want to increase their...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers confiscate prohibited cosmetic injections at NKY port

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at their Northern Kentucky facility have seized six shipments containing prohibited cosmetic injections including various dermal fillers and counterfeit Botox. Prohibited cosmetics (U.S. Customs photo) 
According to the CBP, two of the shipments originated in Germany, while the remainder came from Thailand, Spain, South Korea,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: 2020-21 Kentucky Deer Season set to open on rescheduled Derby Day

In what must be characterized as the most unlikely juxtaposition of sport, Kentucky’s spring horseracing classic, the Kentucky Derby, will be run on the opening day of white-tailed deer season. The 146th running of America’s most famous horse race, rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will be Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs. By regulation, the first Saturday in September is opening day of Kentucky’s...

Long-term and child-care facilities representatives express concern over devastating COVID effects

Representatives for long-term and child-care facilities expressed their concern and financial frustration over the effects of the coronavirus to a legislative committee meeting on Wednesday. 
Betsy Johnson, president of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, reminded the Interim Joint Health, Welfare and Family Services Committee, “COVID deaths in long-term care settings have nothing...