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Now-closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant maintains emergency plan, security measures

Saturday, January 31, 2015

VERNON, VT. — Although the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down permanently in December and later laid off one-third of its employees, emergency plans and security measures remain in place. The plant shut down Dec. 29, after about 40 years operation. Last month, its workforce was cut from 528 to 329. Its fuel has been removed from its reactor, mixed with older, used fuel in canisters and placed in …

Valley Views: Nonotuck Park Winter

Friday, January 30, 2015

Nonotuck Park Pond, Winter Bill Halford Way, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bob Solosko, Easthampton Several months ago, while walking through the woods at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton, I came across a small pond that I thought would be interesting to photograph. After a recent snowfall, I went back to the pond and …

HEADING OUTDOORS: Upcoming outdoor activities in the area

Friday, January 2, 2015

∎  DCR Accessible Winter Recreation — The state Department of Conservation and Recreation hosts accessible winter recreation for persons with disabilities, their families, and friends. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wendell State Forest, Montague Road, Wendell. Skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, more. Free. Pre-registration is required. All Out Adventures, 584-2052.  ∎ Snowshoeing for Seniors — All Out Adventures sponsors snowshoeing for ages 60 …

Lawyer representing Deerfield Board of Health raises questions about destination of natural gas that would flow through controversial pipeline

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a portion of the natural gas that would flow into New England through the pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Co. is for export, that could support the town’s ban on pipeline construction within its borders, according to the lawyer representing the Board of Health. …

Sale of ‘Preserve the Trust’ license plates generates $21 million for environmental projects

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

While driving in Massachusetts, it is not uncommon to see vehicles bearing a “Preserve the Trust” license plate depicting the prominent tail of a diving right whale. What is remarkable, however, is that the sale of this particular …

Black Lab likes to take solo bus ride to dog park

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SEATTLE — A black Labrador named Eclipse just wants to get to the dog park. So if her owner takes too long finishing his cigarette, and their bus arrives, she climbs aboard solo and rides to her stop …

Activist Ric O’Barry sees public shift in keeping dolphins free of captivity

Monday, January 12, 2015

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. — Ric O’Barry feels the tide turning in his long quest to change the public’s mind about dolphins in captivity. He went from being a dolphin trainer on the beloved “Flipper” TV series in the …

Valley Views: Path of Hope

Friday, January 9, 2015

PATH OF HOPE Route 9, Belchertown Text and photo by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown It was cold as I walked my dog through the woods one morning last January. We maneuvered along the well-travelled path. The air was still …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two barnacle geese have been present the last few mornings near the sandbar off West Road in Longmeadow. A snowy owl is still being …

Author and avian song expert Don Kroodsma to speak in Amherst Jan. 12

Friday, January 9, 2015

Author and avian song expert Don Kroodsma will takes listeners to the hour before dawn when birdsong is at its best at the Hampshire Bird Club’s meeting on Jan. 12. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran …

Cynthia and Gary Phelps of Granby preserve 186 acres of Holyoke Range woodland from development

Thursday, January 8, 2015

GRANBY — The decision to sell development rights to 186 acres of wooded land behind their log-cabin house at 137 Bachelor Street was not a difficult one for Cynthia and Gary Phelps. The land, which lies along the …

Winter gets down to business across US

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Snow followed by a wave of frigid air is plodding eastward, bringing warnings well ahead of time for people to take precautions and stay warm. The storm snarled traffic across much of the country and is threatening to …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IN THE NEWS Kentucky blasts EPA carbon-pollution rule Officials with the state of Kentucky say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to rethink a carbon-pollution rule that could have the “most significant and far-reaching impact to environmental and energy policy that we have seen in 40 years.” In …