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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.

Attorney general joins opposition to Clinton landfill proposal

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has joined with a number of central Illinois governments to ask the state Pollution Control Board to send a proposal for a chemical waste unit at the Clinton landfill back to the DeWitt County Board for review.

Heavenly 7 Christmas Party 2012

The Heavenly 7 Christmas Party at the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center in Urbana, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. 

Car wash owner sees payback from solar technology

TILTON — A Vermilion County business owner is adding solar technology to the Super Wash car washes in Tilton, Catlin and Georgetown.

Richard Nevels, the Super Wash franchisee for those locations, is adding a solar voltaic system to the Tilton car wash and installing solar voltaic and solar thermal systems to the Catlin and Georgetown locations.

Boil order issued for downtown Rantoul

RANTOUL — Some areas of downtown Rantoul will be under a boil order beginning Tuesday morning.

The boil order will start at 6 a.m. Tuesday in the following areas:

— 100 block of North Garrard Street.

— 100 block of South Garrard Street.

— 100 block of East Sangamon Avenue.

— 100 block of West Sangamon Avenue.

— 100 block of South Century Boulevard.