Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Some highlights from Colorado

"So, you're going to fish up on the Poudre?" asked the enthusiastic young man at the counter of the fly shop where I had stopped in Ft. Collins, Colo. "We're getting fantastic reports. Everybody's catching fish everywhere."

It's Your Business: Boxing gym for women opens in Urbana

URBANA — A Champaign woman has opened a boxing gym for women in Urbana.

Jessie Bushman launched CU Women's Boxing at 1908 N. Linview Avenue, Unit 1E, to meet a growing demand in the area.

Recent rains increase soil moisture across Illinois

CHAMPAIGN (AP) — Scientists at the University of Illinois say recent rainfall has increased soil moisture significantly in all parts of the state.

Jennie Atkins of the Prairie Research Institute at the UI says Illinois received nearly 2 inches of rain from Aug. 11 to 14. Earlier in the month, the state rainfall total was less than an inch.

Study: Most of methane hot spot comes from natural gas leaks

DENVER (AP) — A puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas methane over the Southwestern United States appears to come mostly from leaks in natural gas production, scientists said Monday.

Judge lets VW test program to scrap cheating diesel vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge is letting Volkswagen study the feasibility of scrapping 2-liter diesel cars that cheat on emissions tests.

Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco signed an order Friday authorizing a test program involving 20 cars now owned by VW or its finance company.

1st U.S. offshore wind farm to usher in new era

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nation's first offshore wind farm is set to open off the coast of Rhode Island this fall, ushering in a new era in the U.S. for the industry.

DACC gives fitting tribute to man who helped horticulture building bloom

DANVILLE — Last spring, Danville Area Community College President Alice Jacobs and Julius W. Hegeler were having a casual conversation when Hegeler unceremoniously asked Jacobs what she needed — something of a practice with his closest associates in recent years.

Jacobs mentioned the college's aging ornamental horticulture building needed help.

Champaign getting rid of 1,481 ash trees at cost of $700,000

CHAMPAIGN — The city has already removed 659 ash trees because of the emerald ash borer and anticipates spending at least $700,000 to remove the remaining 1,481 trees, the public works department told the city council Tuesday.

Tom Kacich: Glimmer of hope for Clinton plant

An agreement in New York state to require utility customers to pay at least $500 million a year to keep Exelon nuclear power plants open has given supporters of the Clinton nuclear power plant a bit of optimism.

But the outlook for the plant is still anything but sunny.

The Clinton plant, also owned by Exelon, is slated for closing on June 1, 2017.

Park district, schools could share Spalding

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District board has agreed to allow Unit 4 to use land at Spalding Park for shared athletic space, but with a few pricey provisions.

Any changes to Spalding would have to "meet the park district's mission and future plans," park board President Tim McMahon wrote in a letter that Unit 4 board President Chris Kloeppel read aloud at this week's meeting.