News Briefs 11.06.2003

News Briefs 11.06.2003


News Briefs 11.06.2003

Civil Commemoration
Lexington civil rights workers will be honored in a reception of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, which will mark the Human Rights Commission’s 40th anniversary. The reception will be held Thursday, November 6, from 5-7pm in the ballroom of the Government Center, at 200 E. Main Street. At 6pm, the ceremony will recognize those who played important parts in the first local civil rights enforcement agencies in the South.

A call to colors
The Bluegrass Military Affairs Coalition will hold the fourth Veterans Day Observance of Central Kentucky Saturday, November 8. The church is located at 2800 Tates Creek Road, and all are invited. A concert will begin at 9:30am.

Those active with the military or on reserve, members of ROTC, National Guard, and JROTC, veterans of the military and veterans of service organizations are all encouraged to wear uniforms and attend in full decoration. Info, visit

Platform Politics
In response to the US House and Senate’s recent passage of George W. Bush’s Healthy Forest Initiative, a giveaway of public forests to corporate logging interests, there will be a tree-sitting workshop November 8th and 9th.

As a result the winter ice storm, there is a now a proposal for a 20,000 acre logging project in the Morehead District of the Daniel Boone National Forest that would cut any tree that has lost 1/3 or more of its branches The project would also cut and remove nearly all trees that have been pulled down and uprooted by the weight of the ice.

Tree-sitting involves activists occupying platforms in the canopies of trees in order to protect forested areas from logging. The workshop will take place near Morehead in the Daniel Boone National.

Info, contact Perrin de Jong at Kentucky Heartwood, 859/ 253-2697

In Favor Of Fletcher
This Tuesday, US Rep. Ernie Fletcher and running mate Steve Pence won the gubernatorial election, with 55% of the vote. Fletcher is the first Republican govenor in Kentucky since 1967, when Louie Nunn was elected. Fletcher will be sworn in on December 9.

Dem. Greg Stumbo won the Attorney General race; Democrat Crit Luallen will be the new Auditor; Rep. C.M. “Trey” Grayson will be the new Secretary of State; Dem. Jonathan Miller as Treasurer, Rep. Richie Farmer as Agriculture commissioner, and Larry VanMeter to the Court of Appeals.

Suckin’ It up
The LFUCG Division of Property Management starts leaf vacuuming campaign on Monday, November 10. Info, LexCall at 425-2255