Fancy Farm 2008 – Should We Go?

Well, should we? Will it be worth our time?

A campaign or two needs to drop us a confidential note letting us know what will go down. We can guarantee confidentiality. But we’re not gonna suffer through a lack of healthy vegetarian options for two sweat-filled days unless we know it’s worth our time.

Will there be wi-fi? Any kind of internets? Electricity? Does Sprint even have towers out there? Will we die of the starvation and lack of connectivity?

Also, who will be driving us from Louisville?

Lt. Governor Visiting Western Kentucky

Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo will spend this Wednesday and Thursday in western Kentucky getting to know the community. He’ll be talking with local media and will give the general public the opportunity to get to know him. So, if you’ve been looking for the time to interview him or speak to him one-on-one, here’s your chance.

Before you take a look at Mongiardo’s schedule, don’t forget this fancy aerial image system he helped launch last week! We can’t stop wasting time with it. It may not be the best thing to happen to Kentucky, but try telling that to our crew of geeks.

Schedule after the jump…

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Awesome Aerial Photography of Kentucky

Speaking of Mongiardo, he announced during the 15th Annual Kentucky Geographic Information Systems Conference that that Kentucky has acquired full-color aerial photography of the entire state. The purchase was made in part with through grants from the United States Geological Survey.

Beyond aiding the adventure tourism industry, this is a great thing for Kentucky.

Images from all 120 counties in Kentucky have been made available online HERE. The data consists of nearly 12,000 separate images that can be downloaded for personal or business purposes. Kentucky’s other mapping sites are accessible via the Kentucky Geography Network.

This is the most awesome thing to ever happen to Kentucky. Maybe. At least in the past few days. Come on, you KNEW I was a huge geek. Now you know how we’ll be spending our weekends and 100% of our free time.

We’re officially breaking up with Google Earth and are now exclusively dating The Commonwealth Map.

The image at the top of the story is just something funny we spotted while digging for aerials “back home.” Below are just a few screengrabs of important locations in our personal lives. Don’t stalk us. We pack heat.

Good Guys Win One on Arena

This isn’t the only piece of the downtown Louisville Arena puzzle that Jim Host has tried to ramrod down our (citizens) throats, but it’s maybe the first time anyone has stood up to the powerful arena czar and won.

As we reported in February, Host’s arena committee awarded a demolition contract to O’Rourke Wrecking for $2.8 million, even though the Cincinnati company’s bid exceeded that of local CRS Demolition by $1.2 million. CRS filed a protest with the state, but it appeared the state was ready to roll over and let Host get his way. Turns out Host had written the bid specs in a way that favored O’Rourke, and Host claimed the CRS bid was not written correctly.

Today’s news is that the state Finance and Administration Cabinet, based on the CRS complaint, has ordered the Arena Authority to issue new bid specs and allow five companies to compete for the business. Those companies will have less than a week to submit new proposals. O’Rourke, which has had personnel on the site preparing for the demolition, will be allowed to continue working through that date.

Let’s give some credit here. Kentucky Finance Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller, though not named in the Courier-Journal’s story, is standing up to Host. He found it was a bit unreasonable for the Arena Committee power brokers to award a bid that was $1.2 million more than a competitor. It must have found that the bid writing engaged in by Host’s folks was suspect.

The result: at worst, O’Rourke may come in with a lower bid and still win the business. Or another of the four companies will be fairly awarded the contract.

Visiting a Memorial on Memorial Day Weekend

Cliché, right? Maybe a little. But it’s okay in this instance.

We were out enjoying the great weather on Saturday and happened to be in the neighborhood of the Patriots Peace Memorial in Louisville. Stopped by to take a few photos and relax for a few, just as you should do the next time you’re near Thurman-Hutchins Park on River Road.

Situated right next to the Ohio River in one of the most beautiful areas in Louisville, the memorial truly is a peaceful spot. It’s also a fitting tribute to all who have fallen.

Peep the rest after the jump…

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Kentucky Derby Results

Okay. We can stop with the political jokes now. Heh.

Big Brown, the horse Barack Obama picked to Show, won the Kentucky Derby. Hillary’s pick, Eight Belles (the filly), finished second and had to be euthanized just after the race.

Then Steve Beshear got all nervous during the trophy presentation and forgot (we’re being generous) to offer condolences to the folks affiliated with Eight Belles.

Yay. The Kentucky Derby.