About KATHERINE ALBERS
After spending the majority of her first 26 years as a Hoosier, Katherine felt she needed to see more than the corn and Colts that make up the Indiana landscape. Moving to Southwest Florida in September 2005 gave her that opportunity.
It also gave her the opportunity to cover K-12 education policies in Collier and Lee counties. The subject matter interests her greatly as her younger sister, Stephanie, is a teacher at their former elementary school in Indianapolis. She covered education until the summer of 2011, when she accepted a change of assignment that has her covering Collier government and transportation.
But the move to Florida will never shake her deep love for the Indiana University men's basketball team, music by Hoosier greats David Lee Roth and John Cougar Mellencamp, or the deep-fried pickles only available at the county fair. A 2001 Indiana University graduate who majored in journalism and political science, Kate — as her friends call her — knew she wanted to be a journalist from the moment her father put a copy of "All the President's Men" in her hands.
An avid reader and proud owner of a signed copy of the Michael Chabon classic "Wonder Boys," Kate likes to spend her free time with her husband, Daily News photographer David Albers, and their cat, Gus; traveling to exotic places like Paris, France, and Montgomery City, Mo.; taking as many books from the Collier County Public Library as she can carry out; and forcing her husband to watch the best show on television, "Gossip Girl."
East Naples fire district OKs consolidation with Golden Gate, looks at Isles of Capri merger
Published 04/24/2013 at 8:58 p.m. 12 Comments
"We want to work together," East Naples Chief Kingman Schuldt said. "I think our commissioners want to be leaders in the consolidation effort, which is why we are taking this proactive approach."
Notebook: Commissioners approved modified ethics ordinance
Published 04/23/2013 at 9:05 p.m.
Commission Chairwoman Georgia Hiller, who brought the issue forward, said the county's ordinance was too restrictive and could lead to 60 days in jail for a simple violation like the county manager buying the assistant county manager a cheeseburger.
Collier commissioners seek compromise with controversial airport tenant
Published 04/23/2013 at 8:11 p.m. 15 Comments
Airport officials have denied Steve Fletcher a long-term lease due to concerns about his safety practices.
Brock, Coyle spar over $540,000 payment to Immokalee mobile home park owners
Published 04/23/2013 at 6:41 p.m. 40 Comments
"This is truly amazing," Collier Clerk Dwight Brock said. "I am so tired of dealing with this nonsense. You fought my ability to audit and now you are complaining I didn't audit enough."
Hiller calls for 10-year lease for longtime airport tenant, campaign contributor
Published 04/22/2013 at 5:15 a.m. 52 Comments
Airport officials say the proposed lease gives Fletcher privileges that are against airport rules and regulations. "I don't think I have ever seen where someone writes a lease and changes the rules and regulations (of the airport) to follow the ...
Visitors pay respects to Everglades Wonder Gardens on final day
Published 04/21/2013 at 6 p.m. 5 Comments
Nearly 80 years ago, Lester Piper opened the Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs with the hope of educating people about Florida’s vanishing wildlife.
Local runner recalls kindness, generosity of Bostonians after bombings
Published 04/19/2013 at 10:42 p.m. 2 Comments
Naples resident Lori Caras was .2 miles away from finishing her second Boston Marathon when a bomb exploded 400 yards from where she was running.
Blockers' donations to Hiller campaign questioned by former candidate
Updated 04/13/2013 at 7:31 p.m. 60 Comments
Commission Chairwoman Georgia Hiller has amassed tens of thousands of dollars for her re-election campaign. Of that, $11,000 came from Blocker family members or their businesses, most of which are in Immokalee.
Hoarding case highlights financial threats faced by landlords
Published 04/11/2013 at 6:25 p.m. 18 Comments
When a tenant destroys a house, it is not only money the landlord loses. It is time. But a rebounding rental market might help curb the problem as fewer properties on the market mean tenants may want to hang onto ...
Effort fails to delay request for Collier medical director applicants
Published 04/09/2013 at 8:29 p.m. 11 Comments
"It's unprofessional, it's unethical and it discourages qualified applicants who want to work with this board," Commissioner Fred Coyle said before the vote.
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