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Lane restrictions in parts of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation area begin today as workers begin to install fiber optic cable lines to improve communications in the forest. The work starts today along Forest Road 165 near Wranglers Campground and is expected to last about 30 days. Expect one-lane traffic with alternating flow.

Dr. Steve White joined Murray State University in 1981 about the same time as the local TVA hacking program was underway. Captive-born eaglets were released into the wild without human contact to repopulate the region whose habitat is preferred by eagles. Eagles stay where they learn to fly and today the resident population is stable and thriving. Dr. White gives the historical perspective.

The Kentucky Supreme Court could rule soon on the case of a high school student charged and convicted after admitting to his school principal and the resource officer that he shared prescription pain pills.  The student says he wasn’t read his rights and that the confession shouldn’t have been used against him at trial.  The court’s ruling could change the way school administrators handle discipline problems, and we’ll bring you the details.

Youth Report: LBL Fossil Hunt

Dec 3, 2012
Claire Fuller

Did you know that this region was once part of an ancient body of water called the Western Interior Seaway? A large inland sea pushed countless numbers of fossils into this area in the mid-to-late Cretaceous period. WKMS Youth Reporter Aaron Sikkel went on a fossil hunt at Land Between the Lakes with Naturist Andrea Woody  in search for Brachiopods, Trilobites, and other weird looking creatures that called western Kentucky home over a billion years ago.

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Shoppers today sift through huge inventories of "Black Friday" sale merchandise at area retailers, but shopping for Christmas gifts used to be much simpler 160 years ago. So says Land Between the Lakes Special Events Coordinator Cindy Earls. She says, on Christmas mornings back then, children might only receive an orange, some candy, a pair of socks or, maybe, as a special treat, a doll or a pocket knife. Earls says, after opening their gifts, 19th Century Western Kentucky farm families would visit neighbors. LBL's Homeplace celebrates Christmas 1850 Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Shoppers have been sifting through sales for hours now at area retailers, but shopping for Christmas gifts used to be much simpler 160 years ago. So, says Land Between the Lakes Special Events Coordinator Cindy Earls.  

“Children would expect Christmas morning in their stocking an orange which was a rare treat also some candy which was also a rare treat and then maybe a doll or a pocket knife or a brand new pair of socks or something very simple," said Earls

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Visitors to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be hiking and biking along a new scenic trail between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. The Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail runs east and west, parallel to U.S. 68/Kentucky 80.

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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.

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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.

Extra Water Keeps LBL Animals Cool

Jul 30, 2012

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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