News

Winter is settling in for the season

Outdoors

During the winter season, it often appears as if the Adirondacks are a vast land of ice and snow that will remain locked forever in an eternal battle for the heart of the land. However, while a calendar is often used to confirm the official change of seasons, the current condition of the ...

Skiing with a smile

Outdoors

I’ve never cross-country skied. OK, that’s a lie. I did last year, but I fell most of time, so I don’t really like to count it as an actual outing. Most folks today are aware of the funnily named SAD, which stands for seasonal affective disorder. It’s a form of depression caused by ...

Wooley book is a study of Adirondack photography

Outdoors

A new book of historic photographs offers much more than just a glimpse into the post-Gilded Age-era Adirondacks as it seeks to highlight the importance of one particular “town photographer.” Jesse S. Wooley was a photographer and shop owner based in Ballston Spa. However, with his ...

North Country House member buys a home

Local News

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik and her husband Matt Manda recently bought and moved into a house in Schuylerville, her Deputy Chief of Staff Tom Flanagin announced in an email Friday evening. The couple’s new home in the town of Saratoga, Saratoga County, is in the southeastern corner of New ...

State warns Tupper of uptown water

Local News

TUPPER LAKE — Residents of this village received a notice last week that the municipal water, which was switched over to well water sourcing in June, exceeded the safe zone of by-products of the disinfection process. While all village customers received the notice, which is mailed out ...

Sunmount resident release proves a challenge

Local News

An incident involving a man released from the state Sunmount facility in Tupper Lake caused tension for several days this week at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, as well as for state and local police. He had been evaluated at Sunmount, an institution that’s part of the state ...

Hotel Saranac wins historic preservation award

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — The Hotel Saranac received a Historic Preservation Award from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on Thursday. The hotel, designed by architectural firm Scopes and Feustmann, was constructed in 1927. It was sold to Paul Smith’s College in ...

House burns in Bloomingdale, but family can stay there

Local News

BLOOMINGDALE — Bloomingdale firefighters said flames were shooting out of the west side of a house when they arrived Friday evening and that they had the fire under control within 30 minutes. The homeowners are able to stay the night in the house. The Bloomingdale, Saranac Lake and ...

Landmark protections falling for air, land, and soon, water

Local News

WASHINGTON — One after another, landmark U.S. protections for climate, air and land are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration as his agency leaders move past early fumbles and scandals to start delivering on a succession of promised environmental rollbacks. On Thursday, the ...

Invasive Asian longhorned tick spreads to 9th state

Outdoors

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In the year since the Asian longhorned tick was officially spotted in New Jersey, it’s expanded to eight more states, including Virginia. David Gaines with the Virginia Department of Health tells The Virginian-Pilot the invasive species has been found primarily in ...

Climate change report shows pros, cons for the Northeast

Local News

The iconic seasons the Northeast and Adirondack region are known for are slowly disappearing as climate change continues to wreak havoc on the planet. While the latest United Nations report on climate change released in October highlighted doomsday events looming across the globe, a report ...

New York lawmakers to get first pay raise in 20 years

Local News

ALBANY — New York lawmakers will soon make the highest state legislative salary in the country after a state compensation panel voted Thursday to raise their pay for the first time in 20 years. The 63 percent increase will be phased in over three years, with legislative pay going from the ...

Franklin County coroner requests budget update

Local News

MALONE — Fees for handling unattended deaths are expected to rise for Franklin County now that it has no pathologist on hand. Ron Keough of Saranac Lake, head of the county’s Coroner Department, went before the county legislature on Thursday to discuss standardizing coroner fees, and ...

Watertown ski area to open despite fire

Local News

WATERTOWN — Timothy McAtee will open Dry Hill Ski Area for the season on Friday despite losing a crucial piece of snowmaking equipment in a fire Tuesday. Electrical wires in the resort’s pumphouse short-circuited and ignited a blaze that burned the building down and destroyed everything ...

Massena airline debated after decision

Local News

MASSENA — Not everybody in the audience agreed with Monday’s decision by the Massena Town Council to recommend Boutique Air for another two-year contract as Massena’s Essential Air Service provider. Officials from Boutique Air, Cape Air and SkyWest Airlines had made presentations to ...