So far there are no bats hibernating in an artificial cave built in Tennessee to help protect the animals from a deadly fungus. But the project’s sponsors are holding out hope for next year. White Nose Syndrome is caused by a white fungus, and is deadly to bats. Since 2006, it’s killed nearly 6 million bats in four Canadian provinces and 21 states, including Kentucky. In an effort to protect some bats—and to stop the spread of the disease—the Nature Conservancy in Tennessee recently finished an artificial cave in a hill northwest of Nashville.
If you want to look at sandhill cranes--or just shoot them--opportunities abound this season. Kentucky's second annual sandhill crane hunting season runs December 15 to January 13. Barren River Lake Wildlife Management Area is a popular spot for the birds--and therefore for the hunters, too--but there are several areas that are designated as off-limits.
Lexington city leaders have their ‘sewer improvement’ focus on a sizeable project located at the doorstep to the Fayette County community. But, it’s just one of a number of expensive and highly visible projects on a list aimed to meet a federal government mandate. There remain questions about balancing future needs against the will of taxpayers to pay for these improvements.
Anyone who watched television footage of Lexington during last year’s Final Four knows that if you try hard enough, couches can burn. But because of a California state law requiring the inclusion of flame retardants, most are made with some chemicals designed to slow burning down. And a new analysis of couch cushions from around the country shows that several toxic or carcinogenic chemicals are still common ingredients in most couches.
The state enjoyed a pleasant mid-November weekend and more of the same is on tap for the Thanksgiving week. Highs Monday through Thursday will be in the low- to mid-60s with the mercury taking a slight dip to the mid-50s on Friday.
A recent audit of garbage collected in downtown Lexington shows almost half of it could have gone into the recycling bin. In response, city and non-profit agencies have launched an education campaign that targets downtown businesses. Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says they could make recycling mandatory, but Gorton wants to offer those businesses a carrot.
A rail car hauling a flammable chemical is still burning in southwest Jefferson County following Monday's derailment and Wednesday's explosion and flash fire. But water is no longer being used on the burning car because the situation is said to be stable and the fire will be allowed to burn itself out, officials said, according to WAVE-TV. A crane is expected to be put in place at the site on Friday to begin the process of moving rail cars not hauling hazardous cargo.
The National Weather Service offices in Louisville and Paducah have issued freeze warnings for tonight and early Thursday. Most of the area affected is bounded by I-65 on the east and south of the Western Kentucky and Blue Grass parkways.
The National Weather Service office in Jackson said a winter storm warning remains in effect for Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Above 2,000 feet, snowfall will continue through much of the day today and through tonight. Below 2,000 feet elevation, rain will mix with and change to wet snow this morning changing back to rain this afternoon.
Eight rail cars of a 39-car Paducah and Louisville train derailed early today in extreme southwest Jefferson County forcing the evacuation of 34 homes in the vicinity of Abbotts Beach Road and Katherine Station Road. At least one of the derailed cars resulted in a chemical leak into the air and a Level 3 Hazmat Alert has been issued. That's the highest level of hazmat alert.
The National Weather Service has downgraded the winter storm watch for southeast Kentucky to a winter weather advisory for snow - which runs from 10 p.m. today through noon Tuesday.The weather service's Jackson office said rain will mix with and change to snow tonight and then change back to rain by noon Tuesday. Snow accumulations of up to 2 inches are expected in low-lying areas and 2-4 inches in elevations above 2,000 feet.
Some 16 central Kentucky arts projects are receiving government support to further an environmental message. This year’s Eco-Art grants cover everything from performances, to photographs, to sculptures. Each has an environmental theme. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the Eco-Art program helps the city creatively connects citizens with the environment.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is close to settling a lawsuit with a coal company over water pollution in eastern Kentucky. The cabinet filed a status report earlier this week that proposes $575,000 in fines for International Coal Group, and expects to finalize the settlement soon. The case involves several environmental groups too, including Appalachian Voices and Waterkeeper Alliance.
Work continues on a multi-million dollar disposal facility designed to eliminate chemical munitions stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot. Under the current Army timeline, actual destruction of nerve and mustard gas agents is set to start in 2020. As technology improves, Chemical Weapons Working Group Director Craig Williams says ‘neutralization’ will remain their preferred method of disposal.
The National Weather Service office in Louisville is predicting severe thunderstorms for Central Kentucky tonight and into the overnight period. A squall line is forecast to hit the Interstate 65 corridor around midnight tonight and move into the Bluegrass region of the state around 2 a.m. EDT Saturday. The weather service says the main danger will be from damaging winds.
Remnants from Hurricane Isaac will travel from Louisiana to Arkansas, then north to Missouri by Friday. Bands of rain could hit parts of Kentucky beginning Friday but the heaviest rain in Kentucky is expected from Friday night through Sunday night, the National Weather Service office in Louisville said.
Wondering how much carbon dioxide is being emitted in your country, state, county or Congressional district? I just came across a cool database produced by CARMA (Carbon Monitoring for Action) that has all of that information.
A new tactic to reduce litter is under exploration in Lexington. Currently, people who trash city streets may face criminal charges. But, council member Peggy Henson, who serves on the ‘Keep Lexington Beautiful’ Commission, says a new state law allows the city to levy civil penalties. “What we have found through our research is that if a person is charged with littering, most of the time it is thrown out in court, not always, depending upon the amount of litter,” said Henson.