Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Trump pardons ranchers whose case spurred 2016 occupation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Theory on massive fish kill at Lake Iroquois: 'Lake turnover'

LAKE IROQUOIS — If there was a silver lining to last weekend's massive fish kill at Lake Iroquois near Loda, it was that the 80-acre lake had not yet been stocked with new fish this year.

Thousands of fish were found dead Sunday morning — everything from carp to bass to catfish to walleye to crappies to blue gill.

Fisher Fair 2018: Donkeys, Feudin' Hillbillys and more fun

The 77th edition of the Fisher Fair kicks off today with a pair of worthy causes.

Tonight is "Giveback Night," with patrons' choice of admission fees — cash ($2 per head) or food (five boxed items, or 10 per family) — benefit the Fisher Food Pantry.

Also happening today: a 4 p.m. blood drive.

The Reluctant Townie | How to ID4 when you're just not feeling it

"I can hear da bugs chompin' on me," said my 3-year-old, near the end of a two-day commune with nature.

Letter from Birdland | Time to enjoy old favorites and garden surprises

We are looking for rain in Birdland, but the forecast keeps getting pushed ahead like the clouds crossing the prairie that don't have time to stop. First, the rain was supposed to come Friday, then today, and now they're saying Tuesday.

Top of the Morning, July 8, 2018

Always a good sport, Lou Henson didn't need much of a nudge to help the Stephens Family YMCA break in its new lift chair that helps swimmers in and out of the lap pool.

The UI Hall of Famer was the first to use it earlier this week. Asked how his morning workout went, Henson said "better than usual."

Moultrie-Douglas County Fair: 'The best week in the summer'

Maybe it's the pay-one-price carnival rides that bring thousands of people to the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair every year. Or it could be the livestock shows, queen pageants or live entertainment that make people want to come out to the weeklong event. Whatever it is, it all starts Sunday.

Champaign Park District's mini-triathlon moved up to avoid conflict

CHAMPAIGN — Multi-sport athletes won't have to choose between annual Mahomet runs and Champaign's mini-triathlon after all.

Champaign Park District board members moved the date of the 36th annual mini-tri from the first week of August to this Saturday, eliminating a direct conflict with the Mahomet half-marathon, 10K, 5K and fun run.

Weekend Top 10, July 6, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Sparks in Tuscola

Saturday's "Sparks in the Park" is reason enough to head to Tuscola. Feed your face with pancakes, watch the parade, listen to the Kitchen Band, play mud volleyball and take in a fireworks display: Perfect.

Steam-threshing show set Aug. 3-4 at Illinois Amish Heritage Center

ARTHUR — A steam-threshing show will be held Aug. 3-4 at the new Illinois Amish Heritage Center on Illinois 133, 3 miles east of Arthur.

Event hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4.