The Kentucky Caver Quarterly Proceedings of the
Bluegrass Grotto: the North Central Kentucky Area Chapter of the National Speleological Society
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 vol. 41. iss. 1, March 2006
a filthy moneygrubber, a sport caving hater, and a bad guy.  As I said, I could no longer sell gates in good conscience.

Instead, I have taken up a different profession.  I am a cave gate locksmith.  I am adept at helping cavers enter gated caves, mostly by clandestine means after dark such as internally threaded hinge pins, designing tunnel by-passes with rockpile concealment, and sometimes by use of the winch on my Hummer.  I have not had to use chemical agents yet, but I can learn.

If you have a cave gate you need “serviced”, please call me.  I’m available most nights.  And if you want to attract extinct bats back to your favorite cave, I’m cultivating 27 varieties of noxious bugs that you can release around your cave next spring.  Bats love ‘em.  I suggest you wear a head net when releasing my bug packet. It will be shipped postpaid after a week of 50-degree F weather.  The price is only $234.77 for three pounds.

Celebrating the Karst and Natural Beauty of Pulaski and Laurel Counties Not the smartest place for a new interstate highway!
An Editorial by Hilary Lambert.

A  version of this article is appearing in the March 2006 issue of The Cumberland, newsletter of the Sierra Club in Kentucky.

If you look at a map of south-central Kentucky, you’ll see what some regard as a “gap” in interstate highway coverage between London and Somerset. The wild and scenic stretch between the two cities

is presently served with the more than adequate four- and two-lane KY Highway 80. Well-placed political powers want to build an interstate highway across this “gap,” as a link or segment of I-66, a proposed coast-to-coast interstate highway that would begin on the west side of Washington D.C. and end at the California coast. (Note: There is no connection between this project and the original legendary Route 66.)

Although deemed “infeasible” by the feds in the mid-1990s, the I-66 project is touted as buildable, segment by segment, as “locally needed” highway projects within each state along the route. It is spun both as an evacuation route from D.C. and as a road to bring the nation’s population “closer to its national parks.” A darker opinion wonders if this would be America’s toxic and nuclear waste interstate transport system. The Sierra Club’s stance has been and remains that “segmenting” a

(Karst scientist Dr. Ralph Ewers and local landowners, the Taylors, at Short Creek Cave, Pulaski County, directly adjacent to the I-66 corridor. Photo H. Lambert)

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