Friday, August 28, 2015

I-24 traffic to be restricted

The Paducah Police Department plans to restrict westbound traffic to one lane along Interstate 24 in McCracken County on Saturday.

Westbound motorists should be prepared to encounter one lane traffic along I-24 at mile point 6.2 starting at 7:00 a.m., CDT, to allow follow-up work on a crash reconstruction investigation.

This work zone is expected to be in place for just over an hour.

Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and police personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

High-traction surface placed at Rosebud

Motorists traveling between Marion and Sullivan along U.S. 60 in northeastern Crittenden County will notice a new look to pavement on a curve near the top of what is commonly known as Rosebud Hill.

A contractor is putting the finishing touches on high traction coating that is designed to reduce wet-weather crashes at the site. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet installed LED enhanced signage at the curve several years ago. The enhanced signage has helped reduce crashes. However, wet-weather crashes have persisted.

Over the last 5 years there have been 30 crashes at the site; 20 included property damage with 10 injuries and no fatalities. A total of 26 crashes or 86 percent occurred when the pavement was wet.  Statewide about 20 percent of crashes occur during wet driving conditions.

This week, employees of Ram Construction Services have been coating the roadway with a high strength adhesive material, then spraying on a layer of special aggregate that has traction enhancing qualities. The high traction coating is expensive, so use of it is being limited to specific areas where wet-weather crashes have persisted.

Education commissioner candidates named

By Allison Ross
The Courier-Journal
The Kentucky Department of Education has released names of the five candidates currently on the short list to be the state's next education commissioner.

They are:
  • Kathleen Airhart, a deputy commissioner and chief operating officer for the Tennessee Department of Education;
  • Buddy Berry, superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools in Eminence, Kentucky;
  • Christopher Koch, interim president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP);
  • Lloyd Martin, chief executive officer for Universal Schools Solutions LLC, an education consultancy firm;
  • Stephen Pruitt, senior vice president of Achieve Inc., a nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization.
The position for commissioner is opening as Terry Holliday, who has served in that capacity for about six years, retires at the end of this month.

Friday Night Lights: Rockets host Storm

Rockets vs. Hopkins Central
Rocket Stadium | 7 p.m.

Young Rockets Night

Rockets to honor military,first-responders

Crittenden County will host Caldwell County on Sept. 11 for a Rocket/Tiger Salute football game, honoring the area’s military personnel and first responders, all of whom will get into the contest free. There will be a hospitality room and tent prior to the game for these individuals beginning at 5:30 p.m. They will be recognized at halftime.

In addition to recognition of military and first responders, Crittenden County schools are holding a contest to collect care items for the Hugs Project of Western Kentucky. The goal is to bring in items, including snacks, personal care items, and games for deployed soldiers. The classrooms collecting the most donations at each school will earn free admission to the Rocket/Tiger Salute game, as well as recognition at the game that evening.

Businesses are also encouraged to participate.

For more, contact Tiffany Blazina at (270) 969-0773 or Tiffany.Blazina@crittenden.kyschools.us.

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Commission proposes waterfowl seasons

Beginning with the 2015-16 waterfowl seasons, waterfowl hunters on Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area in Union and Crittenden counties must cease hunting by 2 p.m.

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The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has proposed waterfowl seasons for 2015-16.

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission must set waterfowl seasons within frameworks mandated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because all migratory game birds are under federal control.

The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by two legislative committees before they become law.

Season dates begin in 2015 unless otherwise noted. Proposed seasons voted upon by commission members at their quarterly meeting include:

Duck, Coot and Merganser
  • Duck, coot and merganser: Nov. 26-29; Dec. 7 to Jan. 31.
Canada Goose
  • Western Goose Zone: Nov. 26 to Jan. 31.
  • Pennyrile-Coalfield Goose Zone (including West-Central Canada Goose subzone): Nov. 26 to Jan. 31.
  • Eastern Goose Zone: Nov. 26 to Jan. 31.
  • Northeastern Goose Zone: Dec. 19 to Jan. 31.
White-fronted Goose, Brant
  • Statewide: Nov. 26 to Jan. 31.
Snow Goose
  • Regular season: Nov. 26 to Jan. 31.
Snow Goose Conservation Order Season
  • Eastern Duck Zone: Feb. 1 to March 31.
  • Western Duck Zone: Feb. 1-5; Feb. 8 to March 31.
Youth Waterfowl Season
  • Eastern Zone: Nov. 7-8.
  • Western Zone: Feb. 6-7.
Daily bag limits for ducks, coots, mergansers, geese and brant remain the same as last year for the 2015-16 waterfowl seasons with one exception: Hunters may now take two canvasback ducks as part of their six duck daily bag limit.

Commission members proposed removing the 2 p.m. closure time for Canada goose hunting in the Northeast Goose Zone for private lands. Canada goose hunting on private lands in the Northeast Goose Zone will now close at sunset, but those public lands with a 2 p.m. closure will retain that closing time.

In other waterfowl-related business, three additional permanent blind sites will be added in the Town Creek Moist Soil Unit at Doug Travis WMA in Carlisle and Hickman counties. These new blinds sites will be included in the Aug. 29 preseason drawing for blind sites.

In other wildlife-related business, the commission also recommended implementing some safety measures at shooting ranges owned by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Commission members proposed eliminating pistol use at the tube shooting ranges as well as smoking. These ranges will close one day per week for maintenance and event scheduling.

The commission also recommended restricting the use of unsafe calibers that exceed the limitations of the current design of these shooting ranges.

The commission proposed allowing the use of any rimfire handgun or .410-gauge handgun for small game hunting.

In fisheries-related business, the commission recommended permitting the use of pneumatic air bow systems for bow fishing. They also proposed to discontinue private farm pond stocking and redirect public requests for fish to the private hatcheries.

New procedures for HIP benefit future hunting

By Lee McClellan
Kentucky Afield Outdoors
Hunters possess a long history of taking actions that benefit wildlife conservation. They tax themselves and buy licenses, permits and stamps that support the vitality of both game and non-game animals.

The Harvest Information Program (HIP) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is an evolution of these long-standing practices. This year, changes to the program caused some consternation among outdoors enthusiasts who must answer a few questions after purchasing their Kentucky Migratory Game Bird- Waterfowl Hunting Permit.

"People are always concerned about change," said John Brunjes, migratory bird program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "We previously collected this information in a manner that produced insufficient harvest data. So, we are changing how we do it."

Brunjes explained the changes are not made to place an additional burden on hunters. "We are doing this because we need this data," he said. "We wouldn't ask people to do a little extra if this data wasn't critical for the scientific management of these species."

The HIP program came about because biologists and management professionals at both the state and federal level realized they didn't have an accurate number of migratory bird hunters.

"We could guess by the number of migratory bird - waterfowl hunting permits sold," Brunjes said. "But, those who purchase a senior/disabled license or a Sportsman's license get a permit with their license, whether they hunt migratory birds or not."

A similar situation exists for the federal migratory bird hunting permit, commonly called a duck stamp. Many purchase them to help with conservation of waterfowl, but don't hunt. You can also use a current duck stamp for free entry into national wildlife refuges that charge a daily use fee.

"Consequently, we didn't know how many birds were being harvested," Brunjes said. "The HIP survey gives us a tool to tell us how many hunters we have in Kentucky. It also shows us how many of each species is being harvested as well as the age and sex ratio of the harvested birds."

Completing the HIP survey allows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to classify hunters into a sampling group based on the species hunted and the number of migratory birds harvested in order to get more comprehensive, voluntary information later.

"They may contact you via mail to participate in these surveys or they may ask you to participate in a wing collection survey," Brunjes said. "This information gives biologists at the state and federal level more accurate data to help better manage these populations."

Inconsistent data in Kentucky and across the nation usually means more conservative dove, duck and goose seasons.

The fluctuation in the daily duck bag limit for canvasback ducks over the past 10 to 12 years is an example of the impact of insufficient data. This data also showed a dove harvest estimate of about 633,000 birds in 2013, but only 255,000 birds last year. This wild fluctuation is likely rooted in inconsistent HIP data.

"It costs Kentucky hunters more opportunity afield," Brunjes said.

The HIP process is simple and it takes less than five minutes. On the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife webpage at fw.ky.gov, click on the "My Profile" tab on the upper left section of the page. This will bring you to a page that asks for some basic information to confirm your identity. After completing the HIP questions, you will receive a confirmation number that must be written on your hunting license or Kentucky Migratory Game Bird - Waterfowl Hunting Permit.

When you purchase licenses and permits online, you are given the option to go to the My Profile page, via a box that appears on the screen. If you buy them from a license vendor or over the phone, you'll have to go the "My Profile" page to fill out the HIP questionnaire or call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to complete it.

"We prefer hunters to do it online if possible," Brunjes said. "We want Kentucky hunters to have quality hunting in the future. That is why we need this important information now."

(Editor's note: Lee McClellan is a nationally award-winning associate editor for Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. He is a life-long hunter and angler, with a passion for smallmouth bass fishing.)

Demo derby racing slated for Sept. 12

Not sure what derby racing is?
Follow this link to YouTube to watch
a short video that explains it all.
It’s not a demolition derby, but it’s pretty close. Crittenden County Lions Club will be hosting a variety of circle track racing Sept. 12 at the fairground in Marion. Demolition derby cars will be racing – and bumping – in the feature event of the evening, which begins at 7 p.m. The cost for spectators is only $5, and the concession stand will be open.

Also racing will be four-cylinder “warrior” cars, stock cars and ATV/UTVs. Entry fees are only $40.

Entry details can be found at Facebook.com/kenny.hardestyjr. For more information on entering the races, contact Kenny Hardesty Jr. at (270) 704-2818 or Tim Cosby at (270) 704-9241.

Reception held for new Extension agents

A welcome reception for Dee Brasher and Thays Flores will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Crittenden County Cooperative Extension Service located at 1534 U.S. 60 E. in Marion. 

Brasher has been named the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, and Flores has been named as the Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. Both are expected to assume their new positions on Monday.