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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – Last Thursday, Sharon Gorham and her husband were enjoying a boat ride on Lake Cumberland

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – It was a very busy weekend on Lake Cumberland as people headed south to celebrate

Despite Congressman Hal Rogers’ efforts to block funding for a reallocation study to determine fees cities and industrial users must

There was some concern during a dry period the first of April that lack of precipitation would keep Lake Cumberland

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – Last Thursday, Sharon Gorham and her husband were enjoying a boat ride on Lake Cumberland when they saw something swimming in the water. “I thought well it’s a deer, but it was too big to be a deer,” Gorham said. “When we got closer, I noticed that it was black and that it was a bear,” Gorham said. Gorman says the roughly 300 pound black bear was about 20 feet away from her boat. “He wasn’t interested in us at all really,” Gorham said, “To see a bear on land is something, you know, I

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – It was a very busy weekend on Lake Cumberland as people headed south to celebrate Memorial Day. The holiday weekend came quickly for many marina operators who were still scrambling to make repairs after ice and snow caused a lot of damage last winter. There are still large piles of metal and damage from back in January when the weight of snow caused damage to more than 80 slips. Hours of ice, followed by more than a foot of snow, caused the marina bock docks and slip roofs to come crashing down. Since then, Jamestown

Despite Congressman Hal Rogers’ efforts to block funding for a reallocation study to determine fees cities and industrial users must pay for using water out of Lake Cumberland and share the cost for future repairs to Wolf Creek Dam, the study at the moment is continuing. Scheduled for completion in 2018, the study will proceed unabated until, if and when, a provision to defund the study, inserted by Rogers in a 2017 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, becomes law, according to Loren McDonald, project manager at the Corps’ Nashville District office. Rogers’ provision to shut off

There was some concern during a dry period the first of April that lack of precipitation would keep Lake Cumberland from reaching pool stage as scheduled on May 15. Not to worry. Five to 7 inches of rain the last of April and first of May sent the lake above the tree line. The sudden flush of water in the Cumberland River Basin got the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scurrying to bring the water level back down to pool stage in line with an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the duskytail darter. The agreement

The sudden turn to summer-like weather triggers thoughts of fun on Lake Cumberland and the 101-mile-long body of water is expected to be in perfect shape for the Ohio Navy and other visitors. U.S. 127 will be paved atop Wolf Creek Dam this summer, but absolutely “ … nothing is occurring at the dam that would keep Lake Cumberland from being at a normal level,” said Bill Peoples, chief of public affairs at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nashville District. “Except for precipitation,” Peoples added. “Lack of rain might keep the lake from reaching summer pool by May 15,”

Trout anglers will soon be fishing in a man-made creek that looks so real the fish won’t even notice the difference. Less than 21 months after ceremonially breaking ground, Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, along with partners U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kentucky Division of Water, state legislators and other officials, will dedicate and open the new Hatchery Creek below the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and Lake Cumberland in Russell County. Opening day is Friday, April 29. State, federal and local officials, conservation groups and dedicated anglers will join Kentucky Fish and

SOMERSET, Ky. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers has pulled funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer study of Lake Cumberland. The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1T1K9sK) reports Rogers inserted a provision into a $37.4 billion spending bill his committee approved last week that would cut funding for the project. The move comes as the corps looks to bring municipalities and others using Lake Cumberland’s water supply in line with federal law, which requires those drawing the water to pay for storage and the cost of operating and maintaining dams. Other corps-managed reservoirs already collect those fees, but those using Lake Cumberland have

The director of tourism activity in Pulaski County expects a banner year for tourist-related businesses this coming summer with a definite increase in money left behind by visitors to the area. Carolyn Mounce, executive director, Somerset-Pulaski Convention & Visitors Bureau, said “ … our numbers are up … and (in addition to Lake Cumberland) … there are numerous events to entice tourists.” Somerset and Pulaski County attract more than 1.5 million tourists who spend nearly $150 million a year. Lake Cumberland is the main attraction but there are also the annual Master Musician’s Festival, Somernites Cruise car show, the largest

A Dallas company has bought State Dock on Lake Cumberland. Suntex Marinas announced the purchase of State Dock, in Russell County, in a news release Thursday. The company and Bill Jasper, former president of State Dock, did not disclose the price. Jasper said the purchase will include Wolf Creek Marina, but the companies have not closed that part of the deal. Jasper said State Dock has more than 60 rental houseboats, the most of any of the nine marinas now operating on the giant lake, a key tourism destination in southern Kentucky. The lake ranks fourth in the nation in

The Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would give public school districts an incentive to start school in late August. Senate Bill 50, sponsored by Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, was approved 33-4. Several lawmakers said they appreciated that the bill was a compromise. Originally, the bill proposed to set the statewide opening date for schools no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26. Many Kentucky districts return to school in early August so the academic year can end by Memorial Day. Girdler has said the early August start hurts tourism in the state. Under the bill that the