Low power prices hold up wind farm's construction

PAXTON — The Dogtown Wind Farm, a proposed 100-megawatt wind farm featuring up to 49 turbines east of Paxton, could be built "within the next year or two," one of the project's co-developers said.

UI research finds surprise inside the earth

What you learned from textbooks in school about the center of the earth may need to be updated, as new research from geologists at the University of Illinois finds that the center of the earth is not what we've thought.

Their conclusions suggest that there's a core inside the inner core of the earth -- an "inner-inner core" -- with different properties.

Environmental Almanac: See nature through new eyes at Allerton

If you were scheduled to lead a lightly advertised tree identification hike on a frigid Saturday morning in January, you might anticipate working with a small group. That was the case last month for Nate Beccue, natural areas manager at the University of Illinois' Robert Allerton Park near Monticello.

Sidney annexes land for septic field

SIDNEY — The village is annexing and rezoning a 0.483-acre tract of land adjacent to Casey's General Store to be used for a septic field lot.

Disposal of radium waste discussed in Thomasboro

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro Village Board discussed the eventual disposal of radium waste from the village's water treatment.

Environmental Almanac: Quad materials: Don't take them for granite

Teachers and learners alike value opportunities for field observation. There's just something about seeing things in the wild that's hard to replicate in a classroom. Teaching Shakespeare? See a play. Teaching ornithology? Step outside.

DeWitt County, landfill to negotiate over unpaid fees

CLINTON — The county of DeWitt and the Clinton Landfill are finally ready to negotiate the non-payment of just less than $1 million in host fees owed to the county by the landfill.

Brown recluse found in crawlspace at Paxton school

PAXTON — The poisonous brown recluse spider has re-emerged in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district after a seven-year hiatus.

Davis pushes EPA on aquifer

WASHINGTON — Clearly perturbed by delays, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is pushing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finish its review of a proposal to designate the Mahomet Aquifer as a sole source aquifer.

Updated: Solar farm construction to start in spring at UI

CHAMPAIGN — This time next year, students at the University of Illinois could be studying under lights powered by energy from the sun — at least in part.

A long-awaited "solar farm" considered a key step in the UI's transition to renewable energy is moving into the design phase, with construction expected to start in the spring.