Second solar farm planned at UI

SAVOY — Farm fields along Curtis Road in Savoy would be converted into the next University of Illinois solar farm under a proposal winding its way through campus.

The UI is planning its second solar farm just north of Curtis, west of First Street, and it would be roughly triple the size of the current 21-acre installation a mile directly north along Windsor Road.

Letter from Birdland | Don't let time change get your goat

Whenever we change the clocks, forward or back, I can count on getting an email with a haiku from my friend Mickey from California.

20-year deal planned for UI's 2nd solar farm

The UI's first solar farm was built on university-owned land through a public-private partnership with Phoenix Solar Inc. of California. The firm designed, built and is operating the farm for the first 10 years.

Just Askin' | Leftover pumpkins

Q: What's done with all those leftover pumpkins?

A: At Curtis Orchard in southwest Champaign, they're used as fertilizer.

"We put them out in the patch, and some will become pumpkins for next year," said Kelsey Jestis, a manager at Curtis Orchard.

She said there's still some pumpkins for sale, though.

Another Keystone XL setback; environmental review ordered

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentalists cheered a federal court order that blocks a Trump administration permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, pending an environmental review.

The pipeline would begin in Alberta and shuttle as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude through a half dozen states to terminals on the Gulf Coast.

The latest: Malibu reduces city's wildfire evacuation zone

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The latest on wildfires in northern and southern California (all times local):

8:25 a.m.

The city of Malibu has reduced the scope a mandatory evacuation order for the beachside community as a wildfire approaches.

Champaign County Board committee advances solar-farm proposals

URBANA — Five solar farms proposed for three properties in rural Champaign County have advanced another step toward becoming a reality.

On Thursday evening, the Champaign County Board's environment and land-use committee voted to advance all three proposals to the full county board for final approval at its Nov. 27 meeting.

Airline volunteers pack food for Florida hurricane relief

CHICAGO (AP) — American Airlines volunteers are gathering to pack 5,000 boxes of food for Florida communities affected by recent hurricanes.

Team members planned to gather Thursday at one of the airline's O'Hare International Airport hangars. They planned to work in assembly line-fashion to pack up 75,000 pounds (34,019 kilograms) of food.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 8-15, 2018


This weekend


What: Featuring the work of Craft League of Champaign-Urbana's artists exhibiting new, original works in basketry, ceramics, fiber, fiber/batik, glass, jewelry, painting/printmaking, photography and woodworking.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11.

Solar-farm developer withdraws request to build one in Fisher

FISHER — The process worked, Mayor Mike Bayler told those attending a public hearing about a proposed solar farm that it turns out didn't need to be held after all.

The solar company that had requested a special-use permit for a farm within the Fisher village limits formally withdrew its request prior to the board's meeting.