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Asian Carp Found Near Lake Monroe


Fish and Wildlife officials are urging residents to obey fishing laws in hopes of keeping Asian carp out of Monroe Lake. Fisheries biologist Dave Kittaka, at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, says Asian carp have recently been discovered in the tailwater area near the lake. The fish can grow larger than 40 pounds and are known to jump out of the water as motorized boats approach. Kittaka says carp have caused problems in nearby rivers.

It is illegal to bring carp into the lake. But, Kittaka suspects anglers have been cast-netting in the tailwater area recently, looking for small fish to be used as bait. Several dead carp were found on rocks in that area, and Kittaka believes the fish were left there by anglers. The fish are known to have ventured into the tailwater area in the past.

Kittaka says anglers are allowed to use cast nets to collect small fish for bait. But he says they are not allowed to use bait from the tailwater area to fish in Monroe Lake. And he says there are laws against possessing Asian carp.

Asian carp were first introduced in the United States in the 1970s by commercial fishermen. They were used to eat fish pond algae. Since then, they have spread to many large bodies of water, and there is concern they will soon affect the ecosystem in the Great Lakes.

Daily Local News – July 9, 2015


An antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department against two multinational corporations could decide the fate of 300 workers in Bloomington; The City of Bloomington’s Information and Technology Services Department has announced that inRoads, a new road status information tool, is now available to the public; Bloomington residents should not see an increase in water usage rates until at least next year; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Variance heard a request last week to build a house-deck that would extend into a county protected ecological area on the shore of Lake Monroe; The City of Bloomington has recognized several local people working to preserve historic buildings in the city; Homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations that have experienced uninsured damage from severe storms and flooding starting on or after June 7th can fill out a damage report online.


On Saturday the Blockhouse and the Backdoor will host the second annual Mutant Fest. The event features 16 punk rock bands from the Midwest, including some of the original Bloomington punk artists as well as newer acts. Headliners include Timmy’s Organism, The Panics, and the Gizmos. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with event coordinator Meagan Scruggs and band members of the Panics and KP&Me for today’s WFHB community report.

Our weekly public opinion segment.

Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jerrod Dill and Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Free driving tour of Lake Monroe offered for geology buffs


Anyone interested in geology will have the opportunity for a free driving tour of Monroe Lake on December 1st. Beginning at the Paynetown State Recreation Area on South State Road 446, there will be stops highlighting the Mt. Carmel Fault, Leesville Anticline, Edwardsville Formation, Harrodsburg Limestone, and Salem Limestone. Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist at Monroe Lake, is the tour guide. She will explain geological features, the area’s history, and the many influences on its present landscape. You can register by calling the Paynetown Activity Center at 812-837-9967 by November 25th.


Visitors to Lake Monroe will have the chance to observe winter eagles as ‘Citizen Scientists’


Anyone interested in helping track winter eagle activity at Lake Monroe will have the opportunity to attend Citizen Scientist training next week, on November 17. Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist at Monroe Lake, gives details about the training.

“This is our second year and we’re inviting people to come out and learn the different phases of life for the bald eagle and the Golden Eagle,” Vance says, “Then they can come out to the lake this winter and track any eagles they see. This will help us track our eagle population on the lake and let our visitors know where the best place to see these eagles are.”

The training also covers the difference between adult and juvenile eagles, common eagle behavior, and how best to observe the bird.

“The more people we have out there looking for eagles the better our data is on how many eagles we have out there on the lake,” Vance says.

The observation period for this project lasts from December 1 to March 31. Anyone who decides to participate is expected to volunteer at least two hours per month, to help personnel record the information.

The training session for Monroe Lake eagle observers will take place next Sunday, November 17 at 6 p.m, at the Paynetown State Recreation Area.


Daily Local News – November 5, 2013


The Strike Mic; Local volunteers will again help people understand and navigate the enrollment process for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act; After eighteen months of construction, the northwest Bloomington YMCA will have an open tour this Sunday afternoon; Anyone interested in helping track winter eagle activity at Monroe Lake will have the opportunity to attend Citizen Scientist training next week, on November 17th.

Howard Zinn-In
During his US History class today, Indiana University associate Professor Alex Lichtenstein held what he deemed a “Howard Zinn-in.” The date coincides with the birthday of famous Hoosier Eugene V. Debbs, a prominent Socialist and proponent of union rights during the turn of the twentieth century who Zinn admired. The event was held in conjunction with similar Zinn-ins held throughout the state, all in protest of former governor Mitch Daniels attempts to ban the author’s works from Indiana classrooms. We bring you that speech for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Colder temperatures are here! Learn how to prepare your home to be warm, energy efficient, and cost effective, for WFHB’s weekly financial segment the Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances flourishing.

Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Yvonne Cheng, and Yin Yuan.
Our feature was produced by Harrison Wagner, with correspondent Alycin Bektesh.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer was Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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