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Trout anglers will soon be fishing in a man-made creek that looks so real the fish won’t even notice the

SOMERSET, Ky. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers has pulled funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer study of Lake Cumberland.

The director of tourism activity in Pulaski County expects a banner year for tourist-related businesses this coming summer with a

A newly created, mile-long Hatchery Creek below Wolf Creek Dam will open for trout anglers following a dedicatory ceremony at

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

JAMESTOWN, Ky. – A determined group of Army Junior ROTC cadets from Pulaski County High School and Southwestern High School planted 4,000 seedlings as part of a once-in-a-lifetime environmental restoration opportunity at a disposal area near Wolf Creek Dam today. Over the span of a seven-year rehabilitation project at the dam, the Corps disposed rock and soil removed from the earthen portion of the dam into a 30-acre plot of land nearby the dam. Planting trees in the disposal area now serves to reestablish the area back to its original state. Early in the morning, 53 cadets received a safety

SOMERSET-Cities and businesses that have long used Lake Cumberland as a free water source will have to begin paying once the federal agency that controls the giant reservoir finishes a study of the issue. The price of using the lake as a water source has not been established, but local officials said water systems would likely have to raise rates to cover the additional costs. The bigger concern for some, however, is a requirement under which users would have to pay a share of any future repair costs on Wolf Creek Dam, which impounds the lake. The $600 million price

By Lt. Col. Stephen Murphy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander SOMERSET, Ky. – A recent article in the Commonwealth Journal alleged that I said (in the author’s words) that water users around Lake Cumberland would soon have to dig a well or take a bucket to the creek to get water as the result of an ongoing Army Corps of Engineers water supply storage reallocation study. The Commonwealth Journal article titled “Corps plans to begin charging for lake water” was in response to a letter I recently sent to municipal and industrial water supply users drawing from

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – It’s been more than two weeks since heavy snow caused millions of dollars in damages to marinas on Lake Cumberland. Marina owners are now rushing to make repairs, before boaters arrive in the spring. Lee’s Ford Marina was among those damaged, and the managers are wasting no time making repairs. “First priority for us was to get the metal off of the boats, so that our customers could get in and assess their damage and get their insurance claims going,” J.D. Hamilton, of Lee’s Ford Marina, said. “It runs the gamut from minor damage to

The Rowan County Board of Education at its last board meeting approved the 2016-17 school calendar. The first day for students is set for Thursday, Aug. 11.  But a bill pending in the Kentucky Senate would push the start date back another two weeks. Senate Bill 50, sponsored by Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset; Sen. Damon Thayer. R-Georgetown; Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville; and Sen. Robin L. Webb, D-Grayson, would require schools to schedule the first attendance day no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26. The proposed legislation had been known as the state fair bill in the past because