KSP Dispatching For Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Conservation Officers

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

(Frankfort, Ky.) —On April 1, Kentucky State Police telecommunicators started providing dispatching service to 131 Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) Conservation Officers throughout the state.

According to Lt. Col. Jack Miniard, director of the KSP Operations Division, KDFWR approached KSP last fall regarding the new arrangement. “Conservation officers across the state were being dispatched from a central location in Frankfort,” he said. “They wanted to dispatch their officers from local KSP posts to enhance local law enforcement interaction and enhance safety for their officers.”
With a proven network of telecommunicators already in place at 16 posts throughout the state and one headquarters location, KSP was a logical and economical choice to provide communication services for KDFWR’s nine districts. “Communication distances are shorter and since KSP dispatchers live and work in the areas, they have better knowledge of the specific areas,” explains Miniard.
A pilot program initiated at KSP Post 15 in Columbia during February of this year to evaluate the arrangement went well. With a little extra training on KDFWR codes and procedures, KSP telecommunicators rose to the challenge and post technicians installed radios and vehicle repeaters in 140 KDFWR trucks and 60 boats.
“The new arrangement is a big win for all,” notes Miniard.  “It enhances conservation officer safety and provides more situational awareness between KSP and KDFWR in the field, which has mutual benefits for officers of both agencies.”
KDFWR is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. Its officers patrol fields, forest lands, streams, lakes and rivers enforcing state and federal hunting, fishing and boating laws throughout the Commonwealth for resource protection and public safety. They also conduct drowning investigations, investigate and reconstruct boating accidents and perform rescue duties.
KSP employs 163 telecommunicators throughout the state. In 2013, they answered a total of 529,179 requests for assistance. Often called the “unsung heroes of public safety,” these men and women provide a lifeline to both citizens in need and officers in the field. They serve as an unseen, but vital link in keeping law enforcement officers and the public safe at all times of the day or night.

Raymond Joseph Gutt Obit

Raymond Joseph Gutt, 94, Jackson passed away Thursday, April 3, at his residence.  He is survived by his wife,  Lillie Gutt of Jackson; one son, Ray Gutt of Florida; Marilyn Kontol of Florida.  Memorial services Sat., April 5, 11:00AM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Father Reynolds officiating.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Bertha Stamper Obit

Bertha Stamper Obit
Bertha Stamper Obit

Bertha Stamper, 77, Irvine passed away Wed., Apr. 2, at the Irvine Nursing Home.  She was the daughter of the late Newton and Emmaline (Arrowood) Stamper.  She was also preceded in death by 4 brothers, Hiram Stamper, Paul Stamper, Roger Stamper, James Stamper; four sisters, America Grassmyer, Elizabeth Turner, Clarie Mae Turner, Julie Ann Stamper.  She is survived by two brothers, Elihue Stamper of Winchester, Kelly Stamper of Winchester; host of nieces and nephews.  Funeral services Sat., April 5, 2:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul Turner officiating. Burial in Arrowood – Turner Cemetery at Canoe.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Carol Sue Combs Obit

Carol Sue Combs
Carol Sue Combs

Carol Sue Combs, 65, passed away Tuesday, March 25 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.  She was the wife of the late Luther Columbus Combs and the daughter of the late James Eugene and Ida (Puckett) Faulkner.  She is survived by son, Luther Charles Combs; daughter, Regina (Jerry) Stamper; brother, Charles Eugene (Mary) Faulkner; sisters, Brenda Kay Banks, Wilma Faye Crase. Funeral services Sat., March 29, 1:00PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Bunn officiating.   Burial in Jackson Cemetery at Jackson.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence Gerald Little Obit

Lawrence Gerald Little
Lawrence Gerald Little

Lawrence Gerald Little, 64, passed away Sun., Mar. 23, at his residence.   He was the son of the late Floyd Little and Virgie (Vires) Weaver.  He is survived by wife, Linda Little of Belcher Fork; son, Anthony(Courtney) Little of Tomahawk; daughter, Kelli(Justin) Gross – Belcher Fork; sons, Patrick Little, Tony Little, Tommy Little; daughter, Sioux Napier; two brothers, Glenn (Lois) Little of Erlanger, Paul Ray (Vivian) Weaver of Lost Creek; two sisters, Bobbi Little of Erlanger, Sherri (Thomas) Marshall of Jackson; two grandchildren, Ryder Kanon Little, Jensen Cole Gross; host of nieces and nephews.  Funeral services Thurs. Mar. 27, 2:00PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Archie Combs officiating. Burial in the Little Family Cemetery at Belcher Fork.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Danny Gillum Obit

Danny Gillum Obit
Danny Gillum Obit

Danny Gillum, 63, passed away Thursday, March 20, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Katie (Fugate) Gillum.; one brother, Rondell Gillum; one sister, Bertie Frazier.  He is survived by his wife, Donna Gillum; two sons, Timothy Gillum, Caleb “Buckshot” Gillum; two daughters, Amy Jo (Hizim) Okasha, Jennifer (Steve) Banks; two brothers, Carl Gillum, Sherman Gillum; two sisters, Gladys Haddix, Linda Hollon; three grandchildren, Ibrahim Laith Okasha, Jalen Banks, Jared Banks; two special friends, Russell Banks, Charles Moore.  Funeral services Sat., Mar. 22, 11AM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Armon Nichols officiating.  Burial in Spencer Cemetery at Frozen.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Lisa Hollins Obit

Lisa Hollins Obit
Lisa Hollins Obit

Lisa Hollins, 49, passed away Thurs., Mar. 20, at Ky. River Medical Center in Jackson.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Patsy Taylor; her father, Joab Taylor;  her grandmother, Cora McDaniel; her brother, Mike “Tator” Taylor.  She is survived by her husband, Matthew Hollins of Jackson; her son, Nick Hollins of Jackson; her daughter, Aimee Hollins of Jackson; three brothers, Robert Paul “Bub” Taylor of Rowdy, Edward Jay “Ed” Taylor of Rowdy, James Burns “Jimbo” Taylor of Lost Creek; one sister, Charlotte Grace “Charlie” (Ernie) Pennington of Hazard. Funeral services Monday, March 24, 11AM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Hollon officiating.  Burial in the Mt. View Memorial Gardens in Hazard.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Respond to Life Rather Than React

“Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” ~ John Maxwell


It is true that we often do not have much control over what happens in our lives.  We like to think we do, but things surely do not always unfold the way we would like. The ego part of our consciousness likes to make rules about how things should go our way, and how others should treat us.  When events in the world, or people do not conform to ego’s expectations, this is seen as a problem.


Ego then either turns the frustration or disappointment inwards, becoming sad, depressed, feeling unworthy or rejected; or outwards.  When turned outwards, ego’s reaction may be one of anger, judgment, criticism, blame, or rejection.


Given that the world is unpredictable, and others have their own agendas that do not revolve around us, ego’s approach could leave us feeling angry, let down, and disappointed-in, or critical of others.  This could lead to a very stress-filled, conflict-laden and rather miserable existence.


If instead, we choose to create a harmonius, relaxed and peaceful existence, this can only be accomplished by either leaving the world and going to live in a monastery where we mediate all day, or else by changing the way we react to things in life.


Since the monastery option is not so practical for most of us, we need to focus instead on changing the way we react to life. We need to realize there are two sides to every story, and others will often not think or see things the way we do. We need to listen and be flexible.


We also must realize that life is not fair, and bad things happen to everyone.  As much as possible we need to take those things in stride, and be grateful for what is right and good in our world. We need to differentiate between big things and small things and learn to let most of the small things go. Finally, we must always make the relationship more important than the issue.  We may “win” on all of the issues, but lose the relationship.


If life is ninety percent how we react to it, then changing how we react can have a major positive impact on the quality of our lives.


Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

Fear of Change

Fear of Change


“Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.”  Somerset Maugham


Many people have a difficult time adjusting to change. Generally this is due to some level of anxiety as to what the new situation will entail, and how they will manage with it. We get comfortable with the familiar. It seems easier to deal with the known.

In fact, it is this very comfort with the known, and fear of the unknown that keeps people in situations that may not be good for them. A person may be unhappy with a job, geographical location or a relationship. They may complain endlessly about all they dislike about their situation, yet do nothing to change it.

Fear of change may also prevent people from taking advantage of opportunities, or taking risks that could take them to a whole new level of experience. In this case there may be a fear of failure. Once again, fear of change leaves us locked into the old way.

This is an unfortunate way we limit ourselves, because change is precisely how we grow and learn. Think of an infant or young child They are constantly exploring their environment. In fact, it is often the new or novel that attracts their attention. They may have their favorite toys, but put something new in front of them and they go straight for it. This is why you can spend a fortune on educational toys, but the cupboard with the pots and pans is far more interesting to them. You have to put safety locks on cupboard doors, because little ones have an infinite curiosity about the unknown. The more they explore and experience, the more they learn, and, I believe, the smarter they become. New experiences create new pathways in the brain.

The advantages of change and new experiences do not disappear when we become adults. Learning and growing can be a lifelong process if we choose it. Seniors who take classes, meet new people, learn to use a computer, and get out in the world stay more vibrant and alert than those who stay at home repeating the same daily routine over and over.

And what of the fear of failure? Well, that is also how we learn. The child learning to walk at first takes more falls than steps, but keeps getting up to try again. The one learning to read says the wrong word, and soon realizes that the sentence does not make sense. So they go back and try the word again.

I never use the word failure. For me, there is no failure, only experience. If things do not work out, then there is undoubtedly some valuable learning. This is not our cue to give up, but rather to take that learning into our next attempt.


Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca


Arlington, Texas – April 5, 2014 – Brendon D. Miller, East Kentucky Media –

Kentucky overcame Wisconsin 74 to 73 in the second national semi-final on Saturday night before a crowd of 79,444, the largest crowd ever to see a Division 1 college basketball game, in an electric AT&T Stadium. In its fourth “instant classic” in a row these young “tweaked” Wildcats did what they hadn’t done at any point during this season prior to the SEC tournament, but has now become common place, be clutch when it is time to be clutch on the grandest of stages. “Aaron’s been doing that all tournament” said Wisconsin’s Sam Decker afterward, “He’s got that clutch gene. And props to him for hitting that shot. . . He came through big for his team and put them ahead.”

Aaron Harrison is not alone. The “Clutch Gene” is present in each of these young CATS and they have now developed that gene and have come of age and are now young men who have nerves of steel and have become Stone Cold Killers in a strictly basketball sense. Succeed and Proceed is the rule of this group and they are doing things that we have not seen in Big Blue Nation before. Of Kentucky’s 74 points, 66 were scored by freshmen, the most in a Final Four game since the Fab Five in 1992 who had 61. The Fab Five were only that – five, these CATS played seven freshmen in an eight man rotation on Saturday night, with all seven playing double digit minutes. For teenagers, that is CLUTCH.

The usual suspects were there with the five starters. Mr. Big Shot, Aaron Harrison with is third game winning dagger from deep to get the CATS into Monday night’s Championship Game will be the highlight we all will remember, but his 36 turnover free minutes were huge. Julius Randle going for 16 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes and two huge free throws with 3:48 left, all after rolling his ankle earlier in the game. James Young putting up 17 points and five rebounds, and after being turnover prone during the season, committing only one turnover in 37 minutes. Dakari Johnson posting 10 p0ints and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes while helping hold Frank Kaminsky to eight points. Andrew Harrison with a steady nine points, four assists, and only two turnovers, with the biggest assist getting his brother the ball for the game winner. All CLUTCH.

The CATS’ path to Monday’s National Final has been laid by their bench. Without Willie Cauley- Stein, the performances of Marcus Lee and Dominque Hawkins during this run have been outstanding. Lee followed up his breakout performance in the Midwest Regional Final with two dunks in 10 minutes while also helping defensively on Kaminsky. Hawkins, the only Kentucky native playing significant minutes, followed up this defensive displays in regional games with zero turnovers in 11 minutes. For two guys who got limited minutes throughout the year, simply CLUTCH.

The one non-freshman has taken time to develop his gene, but it has arrived. Alex Poythress played 29 crucial minutes highlighted by two sequences in the final 5:00. With Wisconsin ahead 67 – 65 Poythress was called for goal tending after menacingly swatting away a Frank Kaminsky shot in the lane, putting the CATS down 69–65. The next possession, Poythress drove the lane with 4:45 and finished with an aggressive, emphatic two-handed slam that sent the crowd into a frenzy and brought momentum back to the CATS side. Then with 2:34 left, and the score tied at 69 and Wisconsin in possession, Ben Brust fumbled the ball in the lane and Poythress saved the ball back in to Randle while falling out of bounds. Poythress then ran the floor and was able to make a difficult, athletic layup to put the CATS up 71-69. Calipari said in his Thursday Press conference that if the CATS were to do something special this weekend, it would be with Poythress making a difference. Stepping up when you get called out, CLUTCH.


Mr. Andrew Harrison Sr. - Photo by Brendon Miller - East KY Media
Mr. Andrew Harrison Sr. – Photo by Brendon Miller – East KY Media

After the game this reporter shook Andrew Harrison, Sr.’s hand, the man who, along with Ms. Marian Harrison, is the source of the clutch gene for Aaron and Andrew, and he held up his index finger and said “One More”. Dad is clutch too. Lets hope Monday Night the “Clutch Gene” present in these CATS, will bring the Bluegrass State “One More” which will be National Championship number Nine.



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