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Keeneland mourns death of longtime starter and track ambassador Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander

Lifelong horseman and longtime Keeneland Starter Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander, widely respected for his skill with Thoroughbred racehorses and a beloved ambassador of Keeneland, died Monday. He was 80 years old. Alexander at Keeneland’s 2018 Fall meet (provided photo). “Spec was a Keeneland institution, an unquestioned master of his craft,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said....

KY coal miner died after injuries sustained in a Harlan County mine in May; second state fatality this year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A 48-year-old coal miner died after injuries sustained in a mine accident in Harlan County on May 22. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said Felix “Matt” North, of Miracle, suffered critical injuries at the Rex Coal Co. mine CVB#1 in Cumberland. He was a miner operator with 12 years of experience. North was operating a continuous miner and positioning the...

Newly certified professional environmental educators recognized at state Capitol includes NKyians

Twenty environmental educators from across the Commonwealth graduated from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council’s (KEEC) Professional Environmental Educator Certification (PEEC) program at a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. KEEC, an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, is one of only three national certification programs accredited by the North...

Former Simpson County Judge/Executive Jim Henderson named KACo Executive Director/CEO

The Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Jim Henderson as the new executive director/CEO of KACo. Henderson Henderson, who has served as deputy executive director of KACo since January 2018, will assume his new duties immediately. KACo is the premier organization dedicated to serving all Kentucky counties through quality programs and services...

Region’s new Mobility Solutions Summit accepting transportation project ideas from local businesses

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber invites local business leaders to submit project ideas for Cincinnati’s new Mobility Solutions Summit, August 19-21. The Summit is an interactive three-day event that will connect local organizations with international mobility experts to develop solutions to the region’s most pressing transportation and mobility challenges. Metz “As we work to build a more...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Squirrel season has a long tradition in Ky; spring season makes biological sense

During the settlement era in Kentucky, squirrels were an important source of food as larger game was less plentiful (Image from Wikimedia Commons) During the settlement era in Kentucky, as white-tailed deer, bison, elk, wild turkeys and black bears disappeared from the landscape, rural folks hunted small game for food. Subsistence hunters were often afield at times other than fall and winter, and...

Ohio River City Paddlers develop 274-mile Recreation Trail; paddling and cycling event begins June 1

The Ohio River connects Cincinnati and Louisville and, because of this connection, two groups of avid outdoor enthusiasts and paddlers have joined forces to create a recreational trail on, and along, the Ohio River. The Ohio River Recreational Trail is an initiative undertaken by members of Louisville’s River City Paddlesports and Cincinnati’s Paddlefest organizers to support and encourage...

KYTC seeks public input to develop DBE highway project goals; meeting scheduled in Covington

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking public input on proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals to ensure certified businesses can compete fairly for federally-funded transportation projects. The Cabinet’s Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development (OCRSBD) is developing an annual DBE participation goal, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration....

Letcher County District Judge Mullins believes in addiction recovery; Allison Rose is one success

By Joshua Ball Shaping Our Appalachian Region WHITEBSURG, Ky. (KT) – Allison Rose sits in a chair in the Letcher County District Courtroom looking at camera and ready to tell her story. 
Just behind her is the bench of Letcher County District Judge Kevin Mullins. Flanked with the seal of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Rose stood at that same bench nearly one year ago addicted and pregnant. Facing...

It’s getting hotter and everybody wants pool time — take a look at the pools at state parks nearest you

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Much of Kentucky can expect to see daily highs in the 80s for the next week, so Kentucky state parks are offering a chance to beat the heat this summer as most of pools and beaches opened for Memorial Day weekend. The pool at Barren River State Park (Kentucky State Parks photo) While lodge pools at the state resort parks are reserved for lodge and cottage guests, community...

Cutthroat Trout added to Cumberland River; trial stockings began in March for the first time

Hatchery crews with the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stocked 38,000 cutthroat trout in late March in the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam. “These are surplus Yellowstone strain cutthroat trout from Norfork National Fish Hatchery in Arkansas,” said Dave Dreves, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “All we had to do...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Regional forums; Northern Kentucky event is June 14

The Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, will hold nine regional forums this summer to give the public, providers and other partners an overview of how a new federal law will help keep at-risk families together and prevent youth from entering the foster care system. The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), signed into law in 2018,...

Guardsmen who fell during Vietnam era to highlight Memorial Day ceremony at Frankfort monument

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky National Guard will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at the Guard Memorial on the grounds of the Boone National Guard Center here. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the return to the Bluegrass from Vietnam following a 12-month tour of duty for the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery. This year’s ceremony will highlight Guardsmen who...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: New book is first to highlight the unique diversity of Red River Gorge watershed

Rock Bridge is one of more than 100 natural sandstone arches in the Red River Gorge. (Photo from Wikipedia Commons) Red River Gorge National Geological Area, a unique natural area in Daniel Boone National Forest, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year to east-central Kentucky. Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River Basin is the first book of its kind on the Gorge...

Second year of Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail featuring regional cuisine open through Oct. 31

For the second year, guests can sample some tasty regional fare at nine Kentucky State Parks on the 2019 Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail. This highly successful trail is part of the Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative that showcases one-of-a-kind restaurants and chefs specializing in local ingredients and distinctive cuisine. Better in the Bluegrass was highlighted by the last...