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Two new industries eyeing Portage

PORTAGE | Two new industries, both in the recycling business, are eyeing Portage.

September 24, 2014 6:30 pm
EPA releases plan to improve Great Lakes

EPA releases plan to improve Great Lakes

CHICAGO | The Obama administration announced an updated five-year plan for restoring the Great Lakes on Wednesday, calling for accelerated efforts to address toxic pollution, invasive species and farm runoff and restore plant and wildlife habitat.

September 24, 2014 1:23 pm

Obama urges world to follow U.S. lead on climate

UNITED NATIONS | In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Tuesday to follow the United States' lead on the issue, even as a United Nations summit revealed the many obstacles that still stand in the way of wider agreements t…

September 23, 2014 6:15 pm Related

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Creating Groundhog Day: Constant gardening at Green Sense Farms

Creating Groundhog Day: Constant gardening at Green Sense Farms

I had always wanted to go. Then the ads pushed me, inescapably, in the right direction.

September 19, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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FDA tweaks food safety rules due next year

WASHINGTON | The government will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that earlier proposals could hurt business, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

September 19, 2014 1:10 pm
EDITORIAL: Lay groundwork before hiring solid waste boss

EDITORIAL: Lay groundwork before hiring solid waste boss

As the Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board prepares to hire a new director, it should focus not just on reducing costs but also on setting a new direction for the agency.

September 16, 2014 12:00 am
Health concerns at center of EC lead, arsenic cleanup

Health concerns at center of EC lead, arsenic cleanup

EAST CHICAGO | Removing the risk to human health caused by more than a century of lead and arsenic contamination in soil in one East Chicago neighborhood is the top priority of a $26 million settlement reached this week, officials said.

September 04, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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'Shifting Sands' film shown Sunday at National Lakeshore

GARY |  Get a preview of the upcoming documentary film “Shifting Sands” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N. Lake St. A 10-minute trailer for the film will be shown. Then, join the film’s executive producer, …

August 29, 2014 12:00 am
Study finds environmental injustice in Northwest Indiana

Study finds environmental injustice in Northwest Indiana

The Hoosier Environmental Council has found what it is calling environmental injustices in Northwest Indiana.

August 24, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: South suburbs are becoming greener

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: South suburbs are becoming greener

The south suburbs will become a little greener this year thanks to an effort by the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and its partners to plan, promote, and construct green infrastructure throughout the region.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Porter County farmers form On Farm Network

VALPARAISO | Seven Porter County farmers, backed by the Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District, recently formed an On Farm Network group to learn more about how to apply nitrogen to their fields more efficiently through the use of cornstalk testing for nitrates and other tools.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

County waste fee targeted for 25 percent increase

VALPARAISO | The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is poised to boost the annual fee charged of each household from $15 to $20.

August 23, 2014 11:00 pm

Valpo offers free bag dispensers for pet waste

VALPARAISO | The city is again offering free pet waste bag dispensers to city residents.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am
Birthday balloons

Birthday balloons

Birthday balloons are trapped under driftwood on the beach at the Portage Lakefront Park and Riverwalk.

August 05, 2014 11:40 am
Environmental groups want prairie protected from Illiana

Environmental groups want prairie protected from Illiana

The 19,000-acre Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie has emerged as the chief roadblock to the planned Illiana Expressway, with environmental groups and federal officials raising concerns.

August 04, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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Mayors: Action on Clinton landfill 'lightning' fast

CHICAGO | Less than three months after a group of mayors called on Gov. Pat Quinn to ban the dumping of toxic waste at a central Illinois landfill, his administration took two significant steps to address their concerns this week.

August 02, 2014 12:00 am
City to turn prairies near Lake Calumet into quality recreation site

City to turn prairies near Lake Calumet into quality recreation site

CHICAGO | Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday said the city plans to develop about 300 acres around 116th Street and Stony Island Avenue into a series of trails for hikers and mountain bikers — giving them a challenging, yet natural, terrain to ride.

July 31, 2014 1:38 pm

GUEST EDITORIAL: Stop spinning wheels and fund highway system

It is important that Congress act quickly to maintain sufficient funding levels in the Highway Trust Fund to pay for necessary highway projects.

July 30, 2014 12:00 am
Deterrence a goal and challenge at Texas border

Deterrence a goal and challenge at Texas border

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

July 25, 2014 11:00 pm
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