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People get ready to ski down Whiteface Mountain in December. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Governor: $20M for Whiteface, Gore, Van Ho ‘mountain coaster’

LAKE PLACID — In the wake of a warm winter and record financial losses, the state is pledging $20 million worth of upgrades to its winter sports facilities at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid and Gore Mountain in North Creek. The plan ...

This illustration shows what a state-sponsored development at the former Frontier Town theme park in North Hudson might look like. The Schroon River is in the background.
(From Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Master Plan by Chazen Companies, Open Space Institute, Saratoga Associates)

Master plan released for Adirondack ‘Gateway’ in North Hudson

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday released a master plan for a $32 million “Gateway to the Adirondacks” at the former Frontier Town theme park in North Hudson. Local newspapers, including the Enterprise, broke the news on Jan. 12 after the governor’s office released its 2017 State of ...

Jake Vennie-Vollrath, his wife Erin and their infant daughter Anya on the Voters for Change bus from Saranac Lake to Washington, D.C. Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington.
(Photo provided)

Tri-Lakers take part in Women’s March on Washington

SARANAC LAKE — From the dark of midnight in this tranquil Adirondack mountain village to the excitement of jam-packed Washington D.C. streets, the inaugural weekend of President Donald Trump was a whirlwind experience for a group of 67 Tri-Lakers who bused more than 1,000 miles ...

Students grab a snack from the Snack Shack in the AuSable Valley Middle/High School cafeteria in 2014. The cafeteria was damaged by fire Saturday night, closing the school today. (Enterprise photo — Andy Flynn)

Cafeteria fire forces AuSable school closure

Classes were canceled today for all students in the AuSable Valley Central School District after a fire Saturday night in the middle-high school cafeteria. The fire started in the cafeteria’s storage area, in an area known as the Snack Shack, and appears to have been caused by an ...

APA seeks comment on Moose River Plains amendment

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency is accepting public comment on a proposed amendment to the unit management plan for the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is located in the towns of Webb and Ohio in Herkimer County and the towns of Arietta, ...

Contractors sought for downtown Saranac Lake building renovations

SARANAC LAKE — Downtown property owners are seeking contractors to fund their facade upgrades. The Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation says a series of projects have been awarded partial funding through the New York Main Street program, but property owners are having a hard time ...

Governor seeks $2B to fix some of nation’s oldest pipes

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants $2 billion to address some of the nation’s oldest water and sewer systems — and while that sounds like a lot of money, it’s a drop in the bucket of what the state’s experts say is truly required. They say it would actually cost $80 ...

Lawmakers to begin hearings on state budget plan

ALBANY (AP) — New York lawmakers will soon begin several weeks of hearings on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $152 billion state budget proposal. The first hearing Tuesday is likely to focus on Cuomo’s call to make state tuition free for middle class students. The second hearing, on ...

Tupper Lake man gets five-year prison term for drug sales

A local man has been sentenced to five years of state prison time on drug sale charges. Edward Mitchell, 37, of Tupper Lake, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in state prison on each of two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The terms are to run ...

Plattsburgh woman gets jail, probation for drug possession

A Plattsburgh woman who was arrested in one of the largest heroin busts in Saranac Lake history has been sentenced to jail time and probation. Katherine Beebie, 30, was one of five people charged after village police raided a house on Shepard Avenue in April of last year and seized 95 grams ...

Josh Clement sings and plays guitar in Saranac Lake’s Berkeley Green around noon Friday during the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Tri-Lakes residents take in presidential transition

SARANAC LAKE — Korean War veteran Ted Morrow sat at the bar at the Veterans Memorial Association on Broadway shortly after noon Friday, and in between sips of Budweiser he looked up at the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, on television. On a warm and clear January day ...

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. 
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump sworn in

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump quickly assumed the mantle of the White House and began setting up his new administration on Friday, signing a bill that allows retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as his defense secretary, as well as the nomination papers for his other Cabinet ...

Former President Barack Obama waves as he boards a Marine helicopter during a departure ceremony on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. 
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama: Presidency proved hope wins out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama exited the presidency on Friday with a message of gratitude to Americans and a plea to his supporters not to be bowed by the inauguration of President Donald Trump. “You proved the power of hope,” Obama said before departing Washington as ...

Trump draws far smaller inaugural crowd than Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Far fewer people attended President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday than his predecessor’s swearing-in eight years ago. Photos of the National Mall from President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 show a teeming crowd stretching from the West Front of ...

Fire contained to basement of Saranac Lake home

SARANAC LAKE — An electrical malfunction is being blamed for starting a fire in an Old Lake Colby Road home basement Friday. Saranac Lake firefighters responded to 390 Old Lake Colby Road at 12:33 p.m. after homeowner Matt Bartholomew reported a fire in his unfinished basement. “They ...

Donald Trump is set to become the 45th president of the United States around noon today during the inauguration in Washington, D.C.
(Photo provided)

Locals head to Trump’s inauguration, Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

SARANAC LAKE — The Tri-Lakes region is primed for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump today, whether people are taking overnight coach buses down to Washington, D.C. or if they have planned parties here. This region’s U.S. representative, Republican Elise Stefanik, is ...

Trump set to become 45th president today

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in today as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in ...

Pendragon Theatre’s board is looking at the Tousley Storage Building, also known as the Madden’s Transfer and Storage building, in downtown Saranac Lake as a possible location for a new, 175-seat theater to replace its existing one on Brandy Brook Avenue.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Feasibility report due soon on Pendragon’s relocation to downtown

SARANAC LAKE — Pendragon Theatre’s Board of Trustees should know soon whether it would be feasible to relocate the theater downtown. North Woods Engineering was hired in October to conduct a feasibility study of Pendragon’s proposal to convert the Tousley Storage Building, ...

Uber touts Vermont launch; focus turns to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — North Country elected officials and tourism leaders are seizing on an Uber launch event today at a Vermont ski town to illustrate why they think this Adirondack village would benefit from ride-sharing transportation services. Current New York law prohibits ride-sharing ...