Business

Cryptomining seminar doesn’t sway village officials

PLATTSBURGH — At this point, cryptomining is still an ambiguous subject with no clear benefit to some North Country officials. The Adirondack North Country Association, the office of state Sen. Betty Little, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and the City of Plattsburgh ...

Cambridge commune responds to child labor report

CAMBRIDGE — Children in a commune factory were just visiting their parents on a Sunday morning, Twelve Tribes said in a statement after a hidden camera investigation of the factory aired on national television. But the state Department of Labor said 12 children were working in the factory ...

Business leaders decry ‘wrongful trade war’ on Canada

PLATTSBURGH — New tariffs on Canadian products and counter-tariffs by Canada could have a major impact on North Country business. Local business leaders say the outcome could mean a loss of more than $1.1 billion to the economy of New York, making it one of the states most impacted by the ...

Enterprise wins 14 AP awards

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Daily Enterprise won 14 awards, including four for first place, in the New York Associated Press Association’s contest for 2017. The awards were announced at a banquet Saturday night at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. The Enterprise competed in the ...

Loan fund officers defend actions in face of problems

QUEENSBURY — Members of the Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board’s loan committee defended their actions in overseeing the agency’s revolving loan fund, but elected officials from two counties bombarded them with questions and criticism of their operations ...

Stefanik opposes tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, now in effect

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik sent out a statement Thursday condemning the Trump administration’s imposition of tariffs on metals imported from the United States’ closest neighbors and allies. Tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum from the European Union, Canada and ...

Community Store sells shares to rejuvenate

SARANAC LAKE — The Community Store, founded by Saranac Lakers six years ago, announced this week that it will update its inventory and marketing to push more local products and sell more items online. The store is looking for small investors through the Wefunder crowd-funding site, ...

Fourth-graders lobby for plastic bag ban

SARANAC LAKE — Fourth-grade students from Petrova Elementary School lobbied the village board to ban the ubiquitous plastic bags provided by grocery stores and other retailers. The students brought documentation with them, and many of them felt brave enough to address the board aloud. ...

North Country REDC plans for this year’s state grants

POTSDAM — The North Country Regional Economic Development Council held its first meeting of 2018 to start planning for state funding competitions. The meeting, held recently in Potsdam, also provided the council with an opportunity to welcome new members and kick off strategic ...

Slowing down the fashion machine

SARANAC LAKE — Living in a place where winter lasts six months a year can be a challenge to the fashion-conscious. Adirondackers can’t just throw something on and saunter out the door — even if it’s beautiful and warm at the moment, the temperature may drop 40 degrees between the ...

Slic takes over Keene Valley internet

KEENE VALLEY— Slic Network Solutions, an internet provider based in Nicholville, has entered into a contract to purchase Keene Valley Video & Internet. A notice on the door of KVVI’s building in Keene Valley directs people to send their bill payments to Nicholville after May 14. ...

FBI charges 12 with Medicaid Fraud

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has charged 12 people with Medicaid fraud in Ticonderoga, alleging that taxi company owners and employees fraudulently billed the Department of Health for rides for Medicaid patients. The charges are the culmination of a two-year investigation into ...

Playing with fire: Blacksmiths keep ancient art alive

TUPPER LAKE — On a rainy Saturday, a group of men in sooty, work-worn hoodies and jeans stood around a forge, talking about tools. It’s a select group united by their common love of an ancient craft: blacksmithing. “We all have different backgrounds, different experience, different ...

Police charge five in health-care-fraud, bribery probe

TICONDEROGA — The chief executive officer of a taxi business here and four others face federal charges that include conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Qaiser Gondal, listed as CEO of Ti Taxi, and Khalid M. Chadder, 48, both of Ticonderoga, and Anthony Armstrong, 29, of Port Henry ...

Gas pump skimmer found in Keeseville

Wayne Taylor was doing his regular gas pump inspection at a Mobil gas station in Keeseville. The last part involved looking over the electrical work on each pump for suspicious activity. When he opened pump No. 3, he quickly found a skimmer, a device that steals credit card information. ...

Sewer project disrupts Woodruff Street businesses

SARANAC LAKE — In spite of the dump trucks, the excavator, the orange traffic barrels strung together with blaze-orange ribbons surrounding the construction site on Woodruff Street, Riverside Pet Supply is still open for business. Store co-owner Don Schmidt came out into the rain to ...

NCCC’s SUNY Potsdam partnership is popular

SARANAC LAKE — A new program at North Country Community College won’t have any problem filling slots. Path to Potsdam, which begins in the fall 2018 semester, allows students to take NCCC courses on the SUNY Potsdam campus with NCCC instructors. Upon completion of the two-year ...

$10 million wish list for Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Local officials have assembled a wish list of projects for a $10 million Downtown Revitalization grant application and are looking for public input on the projects. The public comments are an important part of the grant application’s appeal, said Jamie Konkoski, the ...

Gas pump skimmer found in Keeseville

Wayne Taylor was doing his regular gas pump inspection at a Mobil gas station in Keeseville. The last part involved looking over the electrical work on each pump for suspicious activity. When he opened pump No. 3, he quickly found a skimmer, a device that steals credit card information. ...