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TNC expands preserve, creates ‘makerspace’

WILLSBORO — The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy announced last week that it is expanding its Boquet River Nature Preserve and adding a new local business to Willsboro at the same time. The nature preserve now sits at 120 acres and includes hiking and running trails, as well ...

Cuomo touts success of Hotel Saranac re-opening

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped by the Hotel Saranac Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a speech about how he has helped the North Country. Cuomo congratulated Fred Roedel III and his family business for buying and reopening the historic hotel, praised the North ...

Man dies after crashing snowmobile into tree

GREENWICH (AP) — A 30-year-old man has died after crashing a snowmobile into a tree in upstate New York. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that the crash happened at 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Greenwich. The Washington County sheriff’s office says Brandon M. Brown was driving a snowmobile ...

Cuomo stops by Hotel Saranac for victory lap

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped by the Hotel Saranac Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a speech about how he has helped the North Country. Cuomo congratulated Fred Roedel III and his family business for buying and reopening the historic hotel, praised the North ...

North Country luge tech

LAKE PLACID — It’s not just the slider who wins Olympic luge races. It’s also the sled. In a sport in which thousandths of a second make the difference between medaling or not, equipment matters big-time. It takes engineering, innovative materials, skilled manufacturing and custom ...

NY: Fewer peregrine nests last year in Adirondacks

RAY BROOK — A report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation says that peregrine falcon breeding was down last year, but also notes that a lack of staffing is hindering monitoring efforts of the cliff-dwelling raptors. The report, put out by the Division of Fish and ...

County mulls suing opioid drug makers

SARANAC LAKE — A team of lawyers suing pharmaceutical companies for damages in the opioid epidemic made a pitch to Franklin County legislators Thursday. Twenty-five counties in New York state and one city (Ithaca) have joined the lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies. Franklin ...

Computer tablet provider expects to make $8.8M from inmates

ALBANY (AP) — Selling downloaded entertainment and email service via tablet computers given free of charge to approximately 50,000 inmates in the New York prison system will bring in nearly $9 million in five years for a Florida-based company. That’s according to the state contract ...

Fire ravages Tupper Lake home

TUPPER LAKE — Fire trucks lined the road along Tupper Lake Thursday morning as dozens of firefighters battled a house fire at 1645 state Route 30 that claimed the home of the Helms family. The family was not injured in the blaze. The Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded ...

Saranac Laker, TV host considers run for Congress

SARANAC LAKE — Former MSNBC pundit, businessman, Saranac Lake native and Lake Placid resident Dylan Ratigan is considering a run for Congress as the 10th Democratic candidate in New York's 21st Congressional District. He said he expects to announce his decision by the end of the ...

Lost skier returns home to Canada

WILMINGTON — The lost Toronto firefighter who had search-and-rescue teams combing Whiteface Mountain for nearly a week has returned home. After a brief stop in the Adirondacks for police questioning, Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis is back in Canada, according to Frank Ramagnano, the ...

Congresswoman talks issues

GLENS FALLS — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said on Monday she disagrees with the current administration’s decision to allow interim security clearances for people who have access to classified information. “I am deeply, deeply concerned with the security clearance issue,” ...

Stefanik touts legislative wins

GLENS FALLS — With some of the government gridlock and the frustration that people feel on both sides of the aisle, focusing on delivering results to the constituents living in New York’s 21st Congressional District is important, Rep. Elise Stefanik said Monday during a meeting with The ...

Flu cases keep rising in N.Y.; hospitalizations down

ALBANY (AP) — State health officials say the number of New Yorkers with confirmed cases of the flu keeps rising but the number of people requiring hospitalization has declined. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that more than 16,800 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza ...

Mazdzer’s masses: Large turnout for luge watch party

SARANAC LAKE — Hundreds of people gathered at the Winter Carnival Ice Palace at 7:30 this morning to watch the Olympic luge team relay and cheer on local hero Chris Mazdzer. The official “watch party” was filmed by NBC, and a clip appeared on this morning’s “Today” show. On the ...

Lost skier back in Lake Placid region for questioning

RAY BROOK — New York State Police held a press conference Wednesday regarding Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, the skier who went missing at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington Feb. 7 and was found six days later in Sacramento, California, still in his ski gear and with an ...

New York gives St. Joe’s $450K for 24-hour addiction center

SARANAC LAKE — St. Joseph’s Addiction and Recovery Center’s plans to open a 24-hour intake and intervention center on John Munn Road and got a big boost from the state Tuesday, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced $4 million in grants to establish “Open Access Centers” ...