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Workers clear ice and snow from switches at the East Deerfield Rail Yard. Recorder/Paul Franz

Concern over proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline passing through contaminated rail yard in East Deerfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — With projects to clean up pollution at the Pan Am Railways yard in East Deerfield underway, some town residents are worried that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline route will pass through the property and further spread contaminants. Lynn Rose, a former member of the town’s Planning Board who has been working with Pan Am for 15 years to get …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to host Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A conference Saturday will showcase some of the best conservation and ecological preservation work in the Pioneer Valley. The Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary at 127 Combs Road will host its first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference Saturday. Free and open to the public, the conference will highlight some of the conservation and ecological work being done by local organizations such as Trustees …

Ice slows business, traffic on NE, Midwest waterways

Monday, March 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Waterways around the Northeast and the Midwest are beset by ice more than a foot thick in some places, making life miserable for people who make their living on the water. Portland resident Scott Werner said this winter has been “a horror show” for him and other lobster fishermen. He …

Mount Holyoke College physics professor Alexi Arango seeks new ways to produce solar cells

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — In the custom-designed, state-of-the-art solar cell fabrication laboratory at Mount Holyoke College, Alexi Arango and his students are performing cutting-edge research on new semiconducting materials. Arango, 39, an assistant professor of physics, is exploring ways …

Researchers who use bees to study neuroscience suggest social imbalances cause sudden collapse of colonies

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Environmental stressors that push honey bees to begin foraging earlier in life can cause a domino effect on hives, accelerating their sudden collapse, a new study suggests. The study, based on hive experiments and computer models, showed that any stress that causes younger bees to begin leaving the …

Four Rivers Charter Public School seniors produce documentary about Cape Wind project

Saturday, February 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — Throughout the school year, seniors at Four Rivers Charter Public School have been researching the Cape Wind offshore wind project, talking to stakeholders and traveling to Cape Cod to study energy and its politics and economic …

Acapulco, Mexico, officials find 60 abandoned bodies at funeral home

Friday, February 6, 2015

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Sixty rotting bodies have been found at a shuttered crematorium near Acapulco after neighbors complained to authorities about a foul smell coming from the building, officials said Friday. The bodies, including those of men, women …

Valley Views: Northern Shrike, Arcadia

Friday, February 6, 2015

Northern Shrike, Arcadia Coombs Road, Arcadia Wildlife Refuge, Easthampton Photograph and text by Jeff Pilger, Easthampton While walking down a dirt road in November at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, this not-so-common northern shrike perched on a vine …

UMass Football Performance Center, US Fish and Wildlife headquarters in Hadley win LEED certification

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The football training facility at McGuirk Alumni Stadium at the University of Massachusetts and improvements to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife headquarters on Westgate Center Drive in Hadley are two of 99 projects across the state that have pushed Massachusetts to near the top of a national ranking …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to answer questions in Greenfield Thursday about Northeast Energy Direct project

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. will host an open house at Greenfield Community College at 6 p.m. Thursday to answer questions about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The meeting in the college’s commons is one of a series of such events that the company is …

Deerfield to file claim against US government over proposed gas pipeline

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Town of Deerfield plans to file a negligence claim against the United States government Wednesday as it continues to battle the planned natural gas pipeline through Franklin County. The tort action claims that a 2005 change in the federal Natural Gas Act that gave the …

UN weather agency says 2014 hottest year

Monday, February 2, 2015

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The U.N. weather agency says 2014 was the warmest year on record, though the temperature difference with 2010 and 2005 is so small that it’s impossible to say for sure which of the three years was the hottest. The World Meteorological Organization’s analysis Monday mirrored …

Toboggan Championships offer a swift, snowy thrill ride

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Seventy feet up, tobogganing newbies suddenly appreciate the gravity of their situation: They’re about to approach 40 mph on something that looks like it belongs on an old fashioned postcard. Hundreds of teams will fill up the Maine …