Northeast set for late-winter punch of heavy snow, strong wind

NEW YORK (AP) — A powerful nor'easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow from the mid-Atlantic to parts of the Northeast, and officials warned of potential beach erosion, possible coastal flooding and power outages from the late-season snowstorm.

Letter from Birdland: Voice your concerns about health care

I just got home from a gathering at the Community Center in White Heath. It's an old-fashioned meeting room with a spacious kitchen.

Letter from Birdland: Clothesline season comes early this year

Birdland has been mostly balmy with a side of blusterous chill. A few days ago, I woke to tiny crystals of snow swirling in the air, like a snow mist.

PODCAST: Club Krannert with Deke Weaver

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UI Prof. of Art & Design Deke Weaver previews a Culture Talk he participates in with Barry Lopez on Tues., Mar. 7, at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.


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The Great Outdoors: Turkeys, bobcats, mushrooms, adventures

On Wednesdays, staff writer Tracy Crane shows her wildlife side. Email her at tcrane@news-gazette.com.

8: The age of SCOTT BRANCA's son, HUNTER, when he shot his first turkey.

The warmer-than-normal weather has the Branca boys itching to get into the woods for the spring wild turkey hunt.

Letter from Birdland: Getting an early start on spring cleaning

Is it really February? That global warming hoax has me thinking it is springtime in Birdland.

Bulbs are popping up in my flower beds — daffodils, tulips, iris and hyacinths.

On my pie path, garlic shoots push through a litter of leaves in the garlic corner.

The ornamental quince is sprouting buds like pink capers all over its branches.

A walk on Yellowstone's wild side

URBANA — You could call it a memorable meeting of the minds.

It was eight years ago in winter at Yellowstone National Park when University of Illinois Professor Bruce Fouke met famed nature photographer Tom Murphy.

The U.S. National Park Service had hired Murphy to photograph Fouke as he finished up research he'd been doing at Mammoth Hot Springs.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 23-March 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.

Tests for coal-ash contamination keeping Kickapoo pond closed

OAKWOOD — A pond at Kickapoo State Park will remain off-limits to fishermen for the foreseeable future as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources continues analyzing whether a coal-ash dump nearby has contaminated the area.

Pond 6, as it's known, is on the south side of Kickapoo and has been closed to the public for about three years.

Letter from Birdland: Wonderful experiences in nation's capital

We left Birdland this week to drive across the country to the nation's capital.

I was heading to a writers' conference, and Michael went along for the ride. My husband is always up for a road-trip adventure.

We drove across the prairie into the sunrise and were in the mountains by the time the sun was overhead.