Environment

Environment
9:48 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Land Between The Lakes Target Range Cleanup

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Land Between the Lakes’ target range is closing down Wednesday mornings to clean up. The closure at the Golden Pond range is in effect until further notice. Recreation Program Manager Gary Hawkins said the range is popular with visitors, but workers need time to mow and pick up trash and leftover shells. Officials are asking the public to help out by disposing of litter and spent shells. LBL said the target range was updated in 2010 and is almost twice as long as before. The archery range will remain open.

Environment
4:06 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

New Pest Threatens Kentucky Hardwood Stands

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A new pest threatens Kentucky’s hardwood trees.  This one is called the Asian Longhorned Beetle and has destroyed tens of thousands of trees in the northeastern United States, Ohio and Illinois.

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Environment
8:26 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Possible Power Rates Increase

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public hearings next month in Paducah and Henderson to get input on a proposal raising rates for Big Rivers Electric Corporation customers. Big Rivers wants to spend about $284 million to comply with new federal environmental requirements affecting utilities that burn coal to generate electricity.

Land Between the Lakes
11:44 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Comments Will Soon be Closed on LBL Budget Cuts

The final chance to comment on budget cut suggestions at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area ends on Wednesday. For the past four months, LBL officials have sought public comment on how to cope with a nearly $850 thousand cut to the park maintenance budget. The park starts implementing some of the money-saving suggestions in August.

Environment
9:11 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Drought Conditions' Affect On Agriculture

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Kentucky agriculture is still reeling from a one-two punch of heat and dry conditions. And farmers are feeling the pain from the prospects of shrinking income and inflated expenses caused by weather-related setbacks. Corn fields are shriveled, especially here in western Kentucky where the dry spell has been worst. Poultry farmers are being hit with higher grain prices to feed birds. And pastures turned to stubble are forcing cattle producers to dip into hay reserves. State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said it is a disaster affecting every segment of agriculture.

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Environment
6:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Extra Water Keeps LBL Animals Cool

Land Between the Lakes wildlife management workers say extra water is keeping their captive animals cool. LBL manages over 100 bison and around 35 elk, as well as numerous species at its Nature Station. Wildlife technician Curtis Fowler said so far the bison and elk are doing well in the heat

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Drought
9:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

USDA Officials Visit Drought Stricken Region

Farmers around the Midwest are seeing their crops and livestock die in the midst of one of the most severe droughts in the region in years. The drought was recently upgraded in severity to “Exceptional Drought,” the highest level on the drought severity scale. United States Department of Agriculture officials are looking at ways to help out farmers. USDA Deputy Under Secretary Karis Gutter toured the region last week to meet with farmers. WKMS’s Shelly Baskin spoke with Gutter about what he learned.

Environment
10:00 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Drought Brings New Challenges to River Traffic

Captain Ehlman's ship docks at Paducah's riverfront to change crews.

Much of western Kentucky has been upgraded to “exceptional” drought status .This means crops are struggling, sport practices are being canceled, and bottled water sales are up. The effects reach past the shoreline, though, to our waterways. Regional lakes and rivers are below normal levels. Rose Krzton-Presson explores how a nearly 10 foot drop in the Ohio River has affected traffic for both the Four Rivers Region, and all of the southeastern United States.

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FLW Fishing Report
5:07 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

FLW Fishing Report: Extreme Heat Demands Different Strategies

There’s probably as many or more bass being caught at night now as there are in the daytime because it’s been so ‘dadblamed’ hot. A lot of folks are waiting for the temperature to cool down into the low 80s or high 70s in the evening before they head out on the water. The lake level is holding at around 359 feet — if only because of the afternoon thunderstorms they’ve been having in Tennessee and north Alabama — and they’re not pulling much water at the dam.

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Environment
1:16 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Drought Good for Honey Farmers

While most farmers can expect reduced yields this year, beekeepers look forward to a bumper honey crop. Flowering plants produce thicker nectar when moisture is scarce, and that makes a bee’s job a little easier. 

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