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Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Snowy Owl, a winter migrant rarely observed in Ky., but not unheard of

The spotting of Snowy Owls in northern parts of Kentucky is a rare occurance that only happens a few times each decade. (Photo from Wkipedia Commons) A glimpse of this winter migrant might be on the holiday wish list of birdwatchers in Kentucky, and bordering states to the north along the Ohio River. That’s because the Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus), a large raptor rarely observed in the region, spends...

Kentucky’s strong year for home sales continues; volume up 16.8 percent over last year

Fourth-quarter home sales in Kentucky began with a strong October. Year-to-date home sales through October stands at 43,353 units and was an almost 5 percent increase over the 2018 total of 41,352. A strong October sales mark of 4,496 (up 8.4 percent over 2018) holds the state near record-breaking territory. Sales volume in the Commonwealth saw nearly a billion dollars in inventory change hands. The...

Proposed bill would expand list of those eligible for absentee ballots to those who work at the polls

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill proposed for consideration during the 2020 General Assembly would expand the list of those allowed to cast absentee ballots to include those employed as what is termed “essential services personnel.”Sen. Ralph AlveradoThe legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who is a physician, would cover anyone who is scheduled to work at any time the...

University of Kentucky home to new national center studying economic impacts of rural health care

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment The newly formed Center for Economic Analysis for Rural Health has found a home in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Alison Davis, agricultural economics professor and director of the college’s Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, will lead the national center. Davis The Federal...

Lexington symposium Tuesday to highlight statewide initiatives linking employment, recovery

Kentucky’s health policy and business leaders are bringing together treatment providers and community organizations for an employment symposium on Dec. 3 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington. The Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) is coordinating the event with support from the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment (SITE). This symposium will...

State puts more ‘Restoring the Finest’ improvement funds into repairs and safety for the park system

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State tourism officials have announced funding for two Kentucky State Resort Parks as part of the “Restoring the Finest” initiative to make repairs and safety improvements within the park system.

 The $6 million in funding for Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz will include upgrades for the wastewater treatment system, roof replacement and repairs and improvements...

Not-so-real deal: Counterfeit goods worth $95m seized in Louisville in last 88 days — Buyers Beware!

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today As the holiday shopping season approaches, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says, “buyer beware,” and is warning consumers to be aware of counterfeit goods. As an idea of the scope of the problem, during an 88-day period, from Sept. 1 to Nov. 27, CBP officers in Louisville seized 164 shipments containing counterfeit goods worth more than $95 million, a 75% increase...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: 20 years after first proposal Green River National Wildlife Refuge now a reality

(Photo from United States Fish and Wildlife Services) Almost 20 years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) first published a proposal for a national wildlife refuge at the confluence of the Green and Ohio Rivers in Henderson County, Kentucky, the Green River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was officially established. The announcement was made Friday, November 22 by U.S. Secretary of the...

U.S. DOT awards $30.4M in funds to three local government applicants endorsed by KYTC

NKyTribune staff The Bourbon County Fiscal Court, Taylor County Fiscal Court and City of Paducah are the recipients of competitive Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) federal grants totaling $30.4 million. The allocation will fund projects that improve safety, access and mobility for motorists and freight movement in Kentucky. The grant covers 60 percent of the combined total...

Kentucky launches Selling Farmers Tax Credit Program to help sustain agricultural industry

Kentucky has launched a new program offering farmers incentives for selling their property to beginning farmers, an effort to further sustain one of the state’s most important industries. Gov. Matt Bevin and partner organizations announced the Kentucky Selling Farmer Tax Credit (KSFTC) program, which will begin accepting applications Monday, Dec. 16. Quarles “Farmers are a vital part of Kentucky’s...

Strategic initiative for transformational employment announced by Department of Workforce Investment

The Department for Workforce Investment (DWI), within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, has partnered with several agencies to enhance career and recovery services for Kentuckians impacted by substance abuse. Partners include the Department of Corrections (DOC), Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center to implement Strategic Initiative for...

Kentucky Lottery sales dip from a year ago this time; no large jackpots are main culprit in 2019

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors announced sales for the first four months of the fiscal year were lower than the same period last year – with the main culprit being a near-world record $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot that occurred in October 2018. Sales from July through October of this year were $353.3 million, which is $12.8 million (3.5 percent) less than the same period...

Sixteen Kentucky State Resort Parks will host annual Thanksgiving Day buffet and serve thousands

Sixteen Kentucky State Resort Parks will host thousands of guests for the annual Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 28. The parks will serve 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes, and 750 pounds of country ham. Additionally, 1,300 pounds of roast beef and 12,000 rolls will be served along with 600 pies, including pecan and pumpkin. The parks have hosted the Thanksgiving Day buffet for...

KY awarded grant for Appalachian Opportunity Zone Initiative to spur investment in distressed counties

The commonwealth has been named the recipient of a $1.2 million federal grant to establish the Appalachian Opportunity Zone Initiative. The goal is to identify, develop and market projects in Opportunity Zones across 54 counties within the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) region, 37 of which are classified as distressed areas. “The Appalachian Opportunity Zone Initiative offers a pointed strategy...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky deer harvest strong heading into final weekend of modern gun season

The deer harvest is strong heading into the final weekend of modern gun season, the highlight of Kentucky’s 2019-20 hunting season for white-tailed deer. Here’s some news and observations: (Click for larger image) • The season opened with a bang, literally, as hunters checked in 35,165 deer bagged during the weekend of November 9-10. “Overall, modern gun season is shaping up to be great,”...