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Reclamation slow at Murdock coal mine

MURDOCK — In the late 1980s, Zala Swigart worked at the Murdock coal mine, weighing the trucks hauling coal out of the underground operation that's less than a mile from where she lives.

Now, Swigart, 67, watches trucks hauling material into the former Douglas County mine even though it's more than 20 years since it operated as a coal mine.


Snag pops up in coal company's water request in Homer

HOMER — Discussions over Sunrise Coal's request for treated water from the village of Homer hit a snag Thursday night over who will own the approximately five miles of water and sewer lines between the proposed mine site and the village limits.


Champaign's recycling program gaining ground, but slowly

CHAMPAIGN — At the two-year anniversary of the city-run recycling program, officials say residents are filling the blue recycling toters outside of apartment complexes and condominiums at increasing rates, but the numbers still have a way to go before reaching their goals.


Homer board sets meeting to finalize 1 deal with Sunrise Coal

HOMER — The Homer Village Board's water committee is scheduled to meet Thursday night in hopes of finalizing details of an agreement with Sunrise Coal for treated water and sewer services only, but not raw water.


Environmental Almanac: A couple of exciting days counting birds

On the morning of the Champaign County Christmas Bird Count, I awoke at 5. But rather than hurrying out, I lay in bed for another hour. I had no enthusiasm for rushing into the rain and wind I could hear outside.


Eagle found near Sadorus rehabilitating broken wing in Decatur

By The Associated Press and The News-Gazette

DECATUR — A rare golden eagle found in a rural Sadorus field with a broken wing has been undergoing rehabilitation at the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur.

The 8-pound bird, now named Midas, was found Oct. 25.


Election likely shifted DeWitt County Board's aquifer stance

CLINTON — If Champaign and other local officials are relying on the DeWitt County Board to block a proposal by the Clinton Landfill to store hazardous waste above the Mahomet Aquifer, they might be in luck.


Invenergy's new wind farm up, running and generating

The big turbines are now turning in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

After months of construction, Chicago-based Invenergy announced on Wednesday that the California Ridge Wind Farm is up and running. The project saw around 30 turbines placed in northeastern Champaign County and 104 more in Vermilion County.


California Ridge Wind Farm up and running

The big turbines are now turning in Champaign and Vermilion Counties.

After months of construction, Chicago-based Invenergy announced on Wednesday that the California Ridge Wind Farm is up and running.  The project saw around 30 turbines placed in northeastern Champaign County and just over 100 more in Vermilion County.


Christmas tree collection begins Dec. 31

CHAMPAIGN — City crews will be collecting Christmas trees and bringing them to the Landscape Recycling Center beginning Dec. 31 and continuing through Jan. 11.

Each residence is designated for two pickup days, free of charge, based on location. Residents may have their trees picked up by placing them within 4 feet from their curbs before 6 a.m. on their scheduled collection days.