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A woman writes on a sign outside Dr. Walter James Palmer's dental office in Bloomington, Minn., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Palmer reportedly paid $50,000 to track and kill a black-maned lion, just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Lion killer stays away from protests at his Minn. dental office

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a “divisive and emotionally charged topic.” Walter James Palmer remained secluded in the face of protests at …

Giant panda is oldest ever in captivity

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HONG KONG — The oldest giant panda ever in captivity has tasted a vegetable ice cake and, of course, bamboo in celebration of her 37th birthday. Jia Jia was recognized Tuesday as holding two Guinness World Records, the oldest ever and the oldest living giant panda. Born in 1978, Jia Jia has lived …

Minn. man accused in African lion’s death

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the end of the hunt.” Walter Palmer, who has a felony record in the U.S. related to shooting …

Website offers civilized solutions to wildlife woes

Monday, July 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Looking for a civilized solution to a wildlife problem? Residents of 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia have a new online resource. The site — wildlifehelp.org — was created by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Northeast Wildlife …

Scotland in the park

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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Valley Views: Injured Hummingbird

Friday, July 17, 2015

Injured Hummingbird Route 63, Leverett Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown This poor little thing flew into a screen. I was at my massage therapist’s house last month wandering around outside with my camera, as I had …

Earth Matters: Storms, sprites and other sky oddities

Friday, July 17, 2015

July is a time for fireworks, both man-made and natural. To me, one of summer’s most exciting light shows is the thunderstorm, with its amazing lightning displays and the promise it brings of cooling rain. As I write …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Fitzgerald Lake Invasive Plant Removal — Broad Brook Coalition sponsors removal of water chestnut Sunday, 10 a.m., Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton. No experience required. Meet at North Farms Road entrance. bhart2000@aol.com, 584-4176. ∎ Northampton Cross-Country Races — 5K …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A pair of common gallinules with five chicks, a sora, and 10 marsh wrens were found at the Konkapot-Agawam marshes in Stockbridge and Great …

Your Photos

Friday, July 17, 2015

Bear activity in the yard is unusual for the Faireys of Shutesbury even though they live ¼ mile west Lake Wyola on the Leverett/Shutesbury town line. They’ve never had a bear visit during the day, but this bear …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reduces capacity sought for Northeast Energy Direct project

Friday, July 17, 2015

The company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would pass through Plainfield and eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania’s shale fields to Dracut has announced that its formal federal application for the project in October will call for 1.3 billion cubic feet per day, requiring …

Calif. raises stakes in water tussle with farmers

Thursday, July 16, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. — California water regulators flexed their muscles on Thursday by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state …

State Energy Facilities Siting Board schedules hearing in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The public will have another opportunity to sound off about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project — this time before the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board. The board, which is among state agencies participating in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of the proposed pipeline …