Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Bugs go boom

In anticipation of the 33rd Annual Insect Fear Film Festival, which they will host Saturday on the UI campus, this week's column is written by three members of the Entomology Graduate Student Association: Joshua Gibson, Todd Johnson, and Tanya Josek

Sunrise Coal likely to get one-year extension on state application

SIDELL — With a deadline looming, it's likely the state will grant Sunrise Coal another year to address changes in its Bulldog mine application.

Health department again promotes from within

DANVILLE — The director of environmental health will become the next top administrator at the Vermilion County Health Department in April.

Doug Toole, 47, was appointed Tuesday night by the board of health to take over as public health administrator on April 18, succeeding current administrator Jenny Trimmell, who will retire April 17 after nearly 19 years, two years at the helm.

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Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Birding abroad, part 2

Although the other members of my family enjoy a range of outdoor activities when we travel together, I like to spend more time birding than they do. I especially enjoy staking out a spot near where we stay where I can spend some quality time with my camera early in the morning.

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Area update: Lead tests show no need for cleanup at Rantoul site

RANTOUL — Ground samples taken at the playground at Rantoul's Multicultural Community Center tested well below the level that would require cleanup.

Sandra Mason: Worm watch

Worms are a good thing. Right? Well, it all depends. As gardeners, we think of earthworms as happily improving our soil with their aerating tunnels and highly fertile poop. Red wrigglers devour our kitchen leftovers to make rich compost. But a new worm on the horizon can leave parched earth in its path.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Birding abroad

The city of Dakar, which is the capital of the West African nation of Senegal, is not a birding destination. Some two and a half million people live there, and the streets are crowded with traffic that includes everything from foot traffic and horse drawn carts to motor scooters, taxis, private cars and a variety of buses, among them the colorful and jam-packed cars rapide.

Mold found growing in Cannon's basement

DANVILLE — An environmental consulting firm found mold growing in the basement of Cannon Elementary during its initial inspection of the flood-damaged school, conducted the day before Vermilion County schools officials ordered its temporary closure because of safety concerns.