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Vermont Pols Headline Anti-Nuke Rally: Sanders, Sorrell, and Shumlin Respond to Federal Court Ruling (Audio)

Vermont Pols Headline Anti-Nuke Rally: Sanders, Sorrell, and Shumlin Respond to Federal Court Ruling (Audio)

It wasn’t your typical anti-nuke protest — nobody got arrested at the crowded, family-friendly event. And top elected officials, instead of ducking controversy, proudly briefed Vermonters on their battle to send the Entergy Corporation packing.   BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Governor Peter Shumlin, Attorney General William Sorrell, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders rallied a crowd of […]

April 17th, 2012 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Harrison Avenue Neighbors Fight To Save Maple Tree From National Grid’s Chipper

Harrison Avenue Neighbors Fight To Save Maple Tree From National Grid’s Chipper

As residents mobilize to rescue a sugar maple on their street, questions arise about the city and the utility’s compliance with a state law that seems to requires public notification before a mature street tree is cut down.   By MARY SERREZE NORTHAMPTON — A group of Harrison Avenue residents are fighting to save an […]

March 31st, 2012 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Big Night for CPA at City Council

Big Night for CPA at City Council

NORTHAMPTON — With $2.5 million in CPA appropriations, city councilors showed overwhelming support on Thursday for three large projects: new conservation land in the Mineral Hills, restoration of the Academy of Music building, and the Florence Fields sports and recreation facility. The CPA, or Community Preservation Act, lets Massachusetts towns and cities raise funds via […]

December 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Evolution Revolution: A Conversation with Lynn Margulis

Evolution Revolution: A Conversation with Lynn Margulis

Three years ago, local writer Eric Goldscheider sat down with evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis (1938 – 2011) for an article published in the University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni magazine. It is reproduced here by permission of the author. Margulis, a ground-breaking scientist who had been a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, passed away […]

November 27th, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Headlines, News, Videos | Read More »

Shelburne Wind Farm Project Shelved; Northampton Lawyer Represents Opponents Before ZBA

Shelburne Wind Farm Project Shelved; Northampton Lawyer Represents Opponents Before ZBA

Mount Massamaet Windfarm Inc. Yanks Permitting Bid Before Crowded Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing in Shelburne Falls. The ZBA unanimously approves withdrawal of “grossly inadequate” special permit application; proponent says he may be back. SHELBURNE — A developer hoping to build eight wind turbines atop Mt. Massamet, an iconic landscape feature near the tourist village […]

November 19th, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Headlines, News | Read More »

Free Food and Alcohol Party Held at Eclipse Restaurant During Power Blackout Lands Chef in Hot Water

Free Food and Alcohol Party Held at Eclipse Restaurant During Power Blackout Lands Chef in Hot Water

After four seemingly drunk Smith College students said they attended a party at Eclipse on the night of Oct. 30, their dorm supervisor called the police. Now the cops have filed a complaint with the city’s License Commission.   by AMANDA DRANE NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Police Chief Russell Sienkiewicz has requested the city License Commission […]

November 17th, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Headlines, News | Read More »

Repeal of Community Preservation Act on Nov. 8 Ballot: No Means Yes (Audio Playlist)

Repeal of Community Preservation Act on Nov. 8 Ballot: No Means Yes (Audio Playlist)

NORTHAMPTON — A question that would remove Northampton from the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) program will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, thanks to a petition drive where more than 1,000 signatures were collected by a Sept 27 deadline. Ward 7 City Councilor Eugene Tacy said he orchestrated the drive at the request of […]

November 7th, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Snowstorm Leaves City Power-less, Could Be 2-4 Days Until Electricity Is Restored

Snowstorm Leaves City Power-less, Could Be 2-4 Days Until Electricity Is Restored

An emergency shelter is open at the Smith Vocational High School; some city roads remain closed from downed trees; schools and other city offices to remain closed. NORTHAMPTON – Saturday night’s powerful snowstorm has knocked out electrical power throughout the city, officials say, and it may be three or four days before it is restored. Acting […]

October 30th, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

City Bridges and Dams OK After Irene Pounding

City Bridges and Dams OK After Irene Pounding

The City’s Public Safety Departments Racked Up $200,000 in Overtime, Equipment and Clean-up Costs, Which Is Eligible for FEMA Reimbursements. NORTHAMPTON – State officials responsible for checking the safety of the city’s bridges and dams in the wake of Hurricane Irene have reported no problems, Northampton Media has learned. Edward Huntley, director of the city’s […]

September 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Assessment of Flooded Greenfield Sewer Plant Begins; Health Officials Warn of River Pollution

Assessment of Flooded Greenfield Sewer Plant Begins; Health Officials Warn of River Pollution

Flooded pumps shut down secondary treatment of municipal sewage; no telling how long it will take to drain the plant and repair the machinery. By MARY SERREZE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS — Public works officials in Greenfield are scrambling to assess and repair the city’s battered wastewater treatment plant, which has been discharging raw sewage into the Deerfield […]

August 31st, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Swollen Connecticut River To Begin Ebbing by Wednesday Morning; Roads Still Flooded

Swollen Connecticut River To Begin Ebbing by Wednesday Morning; Roads Still Flooded

With the river forecast to start dropping soon, threats to waterside homes will wane and access to the Meadows section of the city will start opening up. By DAVID REID NORTHAMPTON , Aug. 29, 2011 – The Connecticut River is expected to peak at about 117 feet above sea level by tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday […]

August 29th, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

EPA Delays Biomass Climate Ruling as Lawyers Spar Over Springfield Plant Status

EPA Delays Biomass Climate Ruling as Lawyers Spar Over Springfield Plant Status

Feds hedge on greenhouse gas; state grants air pollution permit; Springfield City Council sued by Boston law firm; Conservation Law Foundation at the ready; City Solicitor vows vigorous defense. SPRINGFIELD — Western Mass. biomass opponents suffered a setback in recent weeks as actions by state and federal regulators supported plans by Palmer Renewable Energy (PRE) […]

July 7th, 2011 | Posted in Business, Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Board of Health Takes On Bear-Feeding Man

Board of Health Takes On Bear-Feeding Man

NORTHAMPTON — An irate Northampton resident came to Thursday’s Board of Health meeting to plead for the city to act on her neighbor’s continual feeding of black bears. Janel Jorda lives on Rockland Heights, off of North King Street and at the edge of the Fitzgerald Lake, Marion Street, and Pines’ Edge Conservation areas. For […]

June 17th, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Bean-Allard Farm Breaks Ground; Agriculture, Sports, and Conservation to Share Property

Bean-Allard Farm Breaks Ground; Agriculture, Sports, and Conservation to Share Property

NORTHAMPTON — The sun came out just in time for Sunday’s groundbreaking celebration at the Bean and Allard Farms, a 180-acre land preservation project in the Mill River floodplain here. The large crowd represented both sides of Northampton’s political aisle: there were more bicycles than cars; a bluegrass band was playing; kids wearing team gear […]

May 24th, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News, Podcasts | Read More »

Biomass Plant Permit Yanked by Springfield City Council

Biomass Plant Permit Yanked by Springfield City Council

SPRINGFIELD — Despite a written legal opinion from City Solicitor Edward Pikula — who warned the 13-member City Council here that it doesn’t have “just cause” to revoke a special permit issued in 2008 for a proposed 35-megawatt biomass power plant — the City Council voted 10-2 on Monday to do just that. Palmer Renewable Energy […]

May 24th, 2011 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »