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I Love Mountains Day

East Kentuckians send love and good advice to Frankfort for Valentine’s Day

EKY legislative letter writingDuring this short 2015 Legislative Session, it can be difficult for many Kentuckians to make the trip to Frankfort and share their good sense with lawmakers. That’s why members of the Harlan, Letcher and Big Sandy KFTC chapters spent time this February writing to their senators, representatives and key leaders of both chambers. More than 50 cards, letters and postcards are on their way to more than two dozen lawmakers in Frankfort! Some were even hand delivered to House members during the Clean Energy Lobby Day late last week.

President proposes major new investments in Appalachian transition

The budget proposed by President Obama today calls for significant new investments in economic transition in Central Appalachia. The President's ideas for the region are being called the "Power + Plan." 

Among the highlights of the President's plan are the following:

  • $1 billion over five years to restore lands and waters degraded by decades-old mining and support related sustainable development projects.

  • $56 million to invest in job training for laid-off miners and to support economic development efforts in Central Appalachian mining communities. This figure includes an additional $20 million in job training for miners and power plant workers; an increase of $25 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission's annual budget, to be directed at "communities most impracted by coal economic transition"; $6 million more to the Department of Commerce for "place-based regional innovation efforts," including grants to economically distressed communities; and $5 million more for the EPA's brownfields program to help communities deal with the closure of coal-fired power plants.

  • $3.9 billion over 10 years to shore up health and retirement benefits for many retired miners.

I Love Mountains Day Poster-Making Party

Come make your homemade I Love Mountains Day rally poster, mingle with fellow mountain lovers and enjoy Heine Brothers' Coffee. Poster-making supplies will be available but feel free to bring your own. This event is free. Coffee and food available for purchase. Bring your homemade poster to I Love Mountains Day on February 12.

Community Film Screening of Deep Down

The Jefferson County Chapter of KFTC, GRASS - Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions, and University of Louisville Sustainability Council present a community screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary film Deep Down.

Louisville Loves Mountains Week

Louisville Loves Mountains Week is a series of community events leading up to the 10th Annual I Love Mountains Day rally and lobby day at the State Capitol in Frankfort on Thursday, February 12, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Concerned citizens of all ages come together at I Love Mountains Day to call attention to the need to begin a just transition to a more diverse, sust


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