Bald eagle found in coyote trap will be released here

An immature bald eagle found injured in Dry Fork last week will be released near the Letcher County Extension Office today (Wednesday). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials gave the okay on Tuesday afternoon to release the bald eagle back to the wild. Employees of the extension office are inviting the public to watch the eagle fly. “Bald eagles are […]

Magazines to feature woman’s work

An Ermine woman who started scrapbooking about a year and a half ago will have seven scrapbook layouts printed in coming editions of magazines. Jamie Long’s first scrapbook creation to be published in a magazine will appear in the Scrapbook Trends “Idea Book” in March under the quick and easy category. It’s a twopage layout titled “Birds of a feather […]

Deadline grows near for Valentine photos

The Mountain Eagle is again publishing Valentine photos in the ‘Cupid’s Picks’ section. The deadline to submit photos is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4. The section will appear in the Feb. 9 issue. Cost is $15 for a photo containing one person. Add $4 for each additional person in the photo.

Sheriff’s office forced to lay off employees

Citing a lack of money, the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department will suspend its 24-hour dispatching services beginning Saturday. “ The funds have been cut so much and it is just getting harder and harder to keep the office going the way I am doing it,” said Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb. “It costs so much to keep it running […]

Alpha: Deal about coal exports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Alpha Natural Resources’ proposed $7.1 billion buyout of struggling rival Massey Energy Co. would create a global power built on exporting U.S. coal for steelmakers, Alpha’s chief executive said Monday. Combined, the pair should produce 27 million tons a year of higher-priced metallurgical coal by 2013 and start adding to profits next year, Kevin Crutchfield said during a […]

MSHA addresses repeat violators

Federal regulators proposed new safety rules this week that would result in speedier enforcement for mines that have shown a pattern of serious violations. The proposal by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which calls for eliminating warning letters, comes in response to a deadly explosion last spring that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch mine in West […]

Rep. Yarmuth donates all of his salary

LOUISVILLE U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth has donated his congressional salary to help support several Louisville charities. A statement from Yarmuth says he donated varying amounts to 27 nonprofit organizations including the Center for Women and Families, Easter Seals of Louisville, the Jewish Community Center and Metro United Way. Yarmuth says at a time when several charities are facing funding cuts, […]

State gets funds for protecting streams

Kentucky has received $1 million in federal funding to help protect streams in coalfield regions. State Department of Natural Resources officials say the funding will be used to develop and construct projects to reduce acid mine drainage into the waterways. The funding is coming from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining. Natural Resources Commissioner Carl Campbell said […]

Whitesburg man charged after UNITE investigation

A Whitesburg man suspected of selling large amounts of prescription pills in the Cumberland area was arrested January 27 after an undercover investigation by Operation UNITE. Michael D. Morton, of Bicycle Lane, Whitesburg, was charged with one count of first-degree traffi cking in a controlled substance after Cumberland Police Chief Mike Franks, Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipford, Chief Deputy Winston […]

Erasing Massey

While stock investors large and small have already profited handsomely from Alpha Natural Resources’ proposed buyout of Massey Energy Co., a group of underground coal miners in Letcher County will soon get their own sale-related bonanza — the peace of mind that comes with working for corporate bosses who actually care about employee safety. As United Mine Workers President Cecil […]