Reclaiming ‘Paradise’

Land, Legacy and Promise in Post-Coal Kentucky I n the soft, golden light of an early-evening sun, an elk flinches and hides its head behind spindly brush. The elk’s mangy, chestnut coat blends in with…

Unbridled: A story of Kentucky’s forgotten recreational horses

Free-roaming horses eat long grass planted by coal companies with obligations to reclaim strip mined land in Breathitt County, Kentucky. These horses have been abandoned by their owners in the coal reclamation lands of Eastern…

Community still recovering 15 years after environmental disaster

By Mollie Moore Abraham Chapman started Oct. 11, 2000 like he does most fall days. Planning to go bow hunting, he woke up around 4 a.m. and was out of the house, driving up the…