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Deer rescued from icy lake dies despite hours of care

SARANAC LAKE — A deer fell through the ice on Lake Flower Sunday morning and emergency workers spent hours rescuing and trying to rehab the animal. According to village police, they received a call at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning reporting the deer’s plight, trapped in the narrows on ...

From good wood to excellent instrument

SARANAC LAKE — Looking at a piece of good wood, a guitar maker is faced with all kinds of questions. There are worries to be had about thickness and bracing. Of essential concern is tone and playability. How stable will the construction of the instrument be in five years ... 10? After ...

North Country House member buys a home

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Climate change report shows pros, cons for the Northeast

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

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

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

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

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 ...

DEC to host children’s holiday party Dec. 18

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation will host its 42nd annual Children’s Holiday party on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the DEC office. DEC holds this event for the enjoyment of children in the community. Santa Claus and ...