Business

Spending, tuition up in NCCC budget

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College’s proposed budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year includes a spending increase of more than $1.1 million and a 4% increase to student tuition. The college is projected to spend 8.6%, or $1,143,690 more, in the next fiscal year. Approximately ...

Speaker Heastie downs first michigan at P’burgh eatery

PLATTSBURGH — Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie got a taste of the North Country on Tuesday afternoon. The Bronx Democrat paid a visit to the Bombardier Transportation plant in the Town of Plattsburgh and, following a press conference, Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, suggested he grab ...

Assembly speaker: MTA connects North Country to New York City

PLATTSBURGH — New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the MTA is a major economic engine for places like the North Country. Covering 5,000 square miles throughout New York City, Long Island, southeastern New York state and Connecticut, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ...

Placid, Tupper radio stations merge as ‘Mix’

North Country Radio and Border Media have announced that, starting July 1, 93.3 WSLP-FM and 102.1 WRGR — known as Lake FM — will merge. The stations will be rebranded as “The Mix.” North Country Radio, based in Lake Placid, will take over the day-to-day operations of the Tupper ...

NCCC, St. Joseph’s partner on employee advancement

SARANAC LAKE — Employees of St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers will have the opportunity to grow their career skills and gain college degrees through a new partnership with North Country Community College. This unique educational model will allow St. Joseph’s staff ...

Aerial Adventure Park to open at West Mtn. ski area

QUEENSBURY — Gabriel Goss, 14, was completely confident that the ropes would hold him if he fell on West Mountain’s new Aerial Adventure Park. So he took them to their limits, leaping through the air and taking risks that would have landed him in a heap on the ground if it weren’t ...

Officials react to NY climate change bill, EPA rollbacks

This week, the state Legislature passed a landmark climate change bill while the federal government rolled back regulations on coal-fired power plants. The two starkly different decisions mark the ongoing struggle between the environment and business, and what can be done to curb climate ...

Conservation Fund protects 51,000 acres of timberland

The Conservation Fund, which works to conserve working forests around the country, recently put more than 50,000 acres of Adirondack forests under protection so the land can continue to support local jobs and allow recreational access. The nonprofit purchased about 33,000 acres and ...

Cure Porch on Wheels allows residents to record their stories

SARANAC LAKE — The mobile version of this village’s cure porches will allow people to remember the past while recording the present. Kayt Gochenaur, oral history coordinator for Historic Saranac Lake, said cure porches in the past had been so those sick with tuberculosis could still ...

Exhibit to spotlight TB artists

SARANAC LAKE — The curing of tuberculosis made this village famous, but for some, the cure made them famous. A new exhibit spotlights this. For a year, the new exhibit in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum has been thought out and prepped. Kaytlin Gochenaur, Historic ...

Longtime Cascade Inn owners take it back after deal to sell falls through

LAKE PLACID — The Cascade Inn and Restaurant has reopened. The Warren family, the previous proprietors of Lake Placid’s Cascade Inn and Restaurant, took back the 31-year-old business this month and have slowly begun welcoming customers back. The motel and restaurant was temporarily ...

Chamber honors Watts, Czelusniak-Servisee, Branch at annual dinner

SARANAC LAKE — At Wednesday night’s 98th annual dinner of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, several people were recognized for their contribution to the chamber and the community. The Citizen of the Year Award went to Martha Watts for the work that she does for many groups ...

Historic Cornell Uihlein Farm to close in 2020

LAKE PLACID — After 59 years, the Uihlein Farm of Cornell University on Bear Cub Lane will shut down, effective June 30, 2020, according to Farm Manager Chris Nobles. The closure decision was made in March. “We are currently growing out our last greenhouse crops this growing ...

Lion kills peacock that flew into its Utica Zoo enclosure

UTICA (AP) — A peacock at an upstate New York zoo was killed by a lion after it flew over a fence into the African Lion enclosure. Utica Zoo officials say the white peacock named Merlin was captured by a lion Wednesday morning after being unable to fly back out of the exhibit. Zoo ...

Essex County bed tax, EMS bills pass

Two bills, one that gives Essex County the authority to raise its occupancy tax and another that authorizes the county to contract with towns and fire districts to provide emergency medical services, both passed the state Legislature Wednesday, the last day of this year’s legislative ...

Lawmakers OK emission cuts, drop legal pot

ALBANY — New York would adopt the nation’s most aggressive carbon emission reduction goals and give new rights to farmworkers under proposals moving through the state Legislature Wednesday. With the session scheduled to end Wednesday, lawmakers planned to work through the night to ...

Amid urgent climate warnings, EPA gives coal a reprieve

WASHINGTON — Amid scientists’ increasingly urgent warnings, the Trump administration ordered a sweeping about-face Wednesday on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move it predicted would revitalize America’s sagging coal ...

Legal pot hopes go up in smoke at NY Capitol

ALBANY — Despite statewide polling showing increased public support for legalized marijuana, a measure that would allow the sale and possession of recreational cannabis has hit a stone wall at the statehouse, people on both sides of the debate said Wednesday. One of the prime sponsors of ...

Art Walks have new organizers

SARANAC LAKE — The Art Walks begin this Thursday, with new organizers this year. The Art Walks were started 21 years ago by local artist Tim Fortune, an organizer of many events around the village. After two decades of building the program, he said he’s ready to pass it on. He’s ...

US maple syrup production up despite shorter season

MONTPELIER, Vt. — U.S. maple syrup production increased slightly this year, even though the sap-collecting season was shorter than last year’s, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The country produced 4.2 million gallons of the pancake topper, up 1% from ...