| Dec 24, 2013
The Stanislaus National Forest was a thickly forested wonderland of streams, wildlife and campgrounds until last summer's Rim fire — started by a hunter's illegal campfire — scorched more than 250,000 acres of it and the adjacent Yosemite...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 9:58 AM
If you're planning a New Year's Eve visit to Angeles National Forest tonight, then you need to leave the fireworks behind, sheriff's officials announced.
The fireworks ban is year-round at the forest, regardless of weather condition or holidays,...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 7:58 PM
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing an extensive salvage operation to log dead trees on about 46 square miles of timberland charred in last year's massive Rim fire in the Sierra Nevada.
The project would be one of the largest federal salvage efforts in...
| Jan 9, 2014
I'm talking to my daughter.
Even better, she doesn't have that annoyed don't-nag-me-mom tone in her voice. It's one of those vacation afternoons I wish would last forever -- sunny skies, no place to be, no arguing and best of all, my youngest daughter...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 9:34 PM
Despite the cold weather — and also because of it — thousands of people are grabbing their binoculars this winter and heading out to find bald eagles in Illinois.
Chances are better than ever they'll see scenes like the one Thursday near...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 10:38 PM
The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods with long-standing health risks....
| Apr 22, 2014
| 10:38 PM
The California Environmental Protection Agency released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution and it appears the Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge areas have one major source of pollution: high levels of drinking water...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 6:34 PM
The Adlai Stevenson Farm received national landmark status Wednesday, a prestigious designation that the former Illinois governor’s family hopes will remind people about the importance of public service and political civility.
Located in Mettawa,...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 12:59 PM
The big wheel on the outside of Graue Mill has stopped turning, at least for the time being.
The engine rotating the water wheel was turned off in April 2013 after flood waters from a record-setting rain damaged it. It was discovered that the 162-year-...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 7:02 PM
A couple weeks ago, dead fish started floating up through ice-fishing holes in some of Cook County's smaller lakes and ponds. As ice has melted in recent days , more fish — in some cases, thousands of them — have been appearing.
| Mar 19, 2014
Joe Cantore, an 11-year veteran of the board of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, captured the Republican nomination for president of that board, according to unofficial election results.
With 753 of 756 precincts reporting as of press time...