Alaska drops charge against Leyden hunter

BETHEL, Alaska – The case against a Leyden man facing a wildlife charge in Alaska has been dismissed. The state opted last week to drop the Class A misdemeanor count of wanton waste of moose charged against Michael Dagilus, 44. The charge stemmed from a hunting trip in late September, when Dagilus and Matthew Kelley, 42, of Bolton, hired a wilderness adventure company to bring them to a backcountry field in Bethel, toward the western...

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Wetter weather weighing on local farmers
Dec12

Wetter weather weighing on local farmers

Michael Docter has been farming for 28 years. His farm in Hadley, Winter Moon Roots, grows carrots, beets, radishes and turnips. But this year — one of the wettest on record — has been rough. “Some of our yields were well under half of what they should have been,” he said. In some cases, yields were a third of what he expected. “I’ve never had a year like this, never.” For the previous eight years at Teddy C. Smiarowski Farm in...

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Wetter weather weighing on Pioneer Valley farmers
Dec12

Wetter weather weighing on Pioneer Valley farmers

Michael Docter has been farming for 28 years. His farm in Hadley, Winter Moon Roots, grows carrots, beets, radishes and turnips. But this year — one of the wettest on record — has been rough. “Some of our yields were well under half of what they should have been,” he said. In some cases, yields were a third of what he expected. “I’ve never had a year like this, never.” For the previous eight years at Teddy C. Smiarowski Farm in...

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Guest columnist Alex McKinley: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is a call to arms for grassroots activists
Dec12

Guest columnist Alex McKinley: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is a call to arms for grassroots activists

I learned the meaning of the phrase “think globally, act locally” two months ago. In October, alongside other community members, I begged Northampton’s city council to stop prioritizing their economic interests over my health, safety and well-being. And they listened. That night, the city ended the Columbia Gas pipeline expansion project.  I am too young to remember 9/11. The first tragedy of my lifetime was Hurricane Katrina. Then,...

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In case you missed it: Dawn Siebel’s animal portraits are where the wild things are
Dec10

In case you missed it: Dawn Siebel’s animal portraits are where the wild things are

It’s no secret that many forms of wildlife are under siege. From habitat loss to poaching to climate change, animals great and small face myriad threats to their existence. The ones that likely get the most attention are the big ones, the majestic animals such as elephants and lions in Africa, tigers in Asia, and perhaps polar bears in the Arctic. They’re the most visible examples of humanity’s fouling of the planet, though there are...

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Audrey Preer: Youngster encourages peers to act on climate change
Dec07

Audrey Preer: Youngster encourages peers to act on climate change

Youngster encourages peers to act on climate change I am a 10-year-old girl who lives in Northampton, and I greatly enjoyed reading the recent article in the Gazette, “Young people work to stop climate change at summit.” Small actions like these can make a big difference. In addition to local action at our high schools, we need national-level action. This week, U.S. Reps. Francis Rooney and Ted Deutch and others introduced an...

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