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Invasive species program launches new education effort

KEENE VALLEY – The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary by trying to educate more people about the dangers of invasive species, and the steps that can be taken to limit the impacts non-native species can have. With the Keep Invasives Out initiative, ...

North Country REDC meets in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The North Country Regional Economic Development Council held its second meeting of the year here Friday, receiving updates from various work groups and reviewing strategies ahead of the Consolidated Funding Application deadline for state grants. “The REDC has now finalized ...

NCCC selects firm for trade school viability study

SARANAC LAKE — The North Country Community College Board of Trustees voted Thursday to hire JMZ Architects and Planners of Glens Falls to complete a viability study on a proposed School of Applied Technology in Ticonderoga. JMZ was one of two companies that responded to a request for ...

Forest rangers busy with hiker rescues this week

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers in the Adirondacks, rescuing lost and injured people all over the Blue Line, as well as battling a fire in the southeast part of the park. Town of North Elba On Monday, June 18, staff at the Adirondack Loj reported an overdue ...

Clinton Co. credits Canadian visitors for economic growth

PLATTSBURGH — The rift between President Donald Trump and Canada on trade issues seems to have had no affect on the local economy. Numbers for the year so far show a strong impact from Canadian travelers in the North Country. “I really do think the U.S. and Canadian economy are ...

ADK announces free summer programs

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has announced its lineup of free summer programs, with hikes, lectures and interactive opportunities happening now through August. All of the programs are based out of ADK’s Heart Lake Lodge or High Peaks Information Center at the end of ...

Police seek man who robbed Tupper liquor store with knife

TUPPER LAKE — Village police are asking for the public’s assistance in a search for a man responsible for an armed robbery at Ray’s Discount Liquor & Wine store Friday morning. Police say the man entered the store at 9:45 a.m., wielding a knife and threatening Mary Chapman, 90, ...

Suspect still at large after robbing liquor store owner at knifepoint

TUPPER LAKE — Village police are asking for the public’s help to find a man who they say robbed Ray’s Discount Liquor & Wine store Friday morning. “We’re still following up on several hopeful leads that we’ve received,” Tupper Lake police Chief Eric Proulx said. The ...

After five years, resort buys motels

SARANAC LAKE — The Lake Flower Resort and Spa finally has all three pieces of property to start building. The hotel, which is slated to have 93 rooms, two restaurants and a spa, would be built on Lake Flower Avenue, where three motels — the Lake Side Motel, the Adirondack Motel and ...

Stefanik blames Congress for ‘punting’ on immigration

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has consistently laid responsibility for immigration issues — from family separation to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — on Congress, repeatedly accusing them of “punting” on reform. On Wednesday, the House drop kicked the immigration issue once ...

Ways to stay safe in weekend heat wave

SARANAC LAKE — The weekend forecast is calling for temperatures reaching scorching highs, potentially in the mid to upper 90s. According to the Climate Prediction Center, “there’s a 70 percent chance of hotter-than-normal weather for the first week of July.” The National Weather ...

Bitcoin welcomed by USA Luge before cryptocurrency controversy

LAKE PLACID — There’s been much controversy over cryptomining in the North Country in the past few months. The lack of jobs it creates and the amount of electricity it consumes have caused this village, the city of Plattsburgh, Tupper Lake and the New York Power Authority to place ...

DEC warns of heat, nuisance bear and trail changes

The state Department of Environmental Conservation warned hikers and backcountry users of high heat, packed trailheads and a bear issue in the High Peaks in its weekly backcountry conditions report. “A nuisance bear with an ear tag has been active in Eastern High Peaks recently,” the ...

College’s Weekender has offerings for visitors and locals, too

As many as 100 cyclists are expected to hit the roads here Friday for the three-day road cycling event, the Weekender at Paul Smith’s College. Coming from as far away as the Midwest, many will be visiting the Adirondacks for the first time, Cycle Adirondacks said in a press ...

Railroad unveils rail bike design

SARANAC LAKE — In front of a small crowd at the Adirondack Carousel Wednesday, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad unveiled its design for rail bikes the company hopes to use later this summer, but many details of the operation still remain up in the air. Jack Roberson — the new executive ...

ARISE plans heritage trail walk in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — A new project from the Tupper Lake nonprofit group Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy will introduce a heritage walk to the town in the fall of 2019, focusing on the industries that built the town and the immigrant communities that built those ...

It’s on between Elise Stefanik and Tedra Cobb

Tedra Cobb did not have even 24 hours to celebrate her victory in Tuesday’s congressional Democratic primary before she was the subject of her first attack ad. The campaign of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, sent out a news release criticizing Cobb’s votes as a St. Lawrence ...

Music on the Green kicks off with Big Slyde

SARANAC LAKE — The sound of steady rain was drowned out by the soulful voice of Big Slyde’s singer Hannah Doan as the band kicked off Saranac Lake’s Music on the Green summer concert series Wednesday night. Young and old faces filled empty spaces beneath tents set up to ward off ...

Local bug dope maker lands big license with Old Farmer’s Almanac

SARANAC LAKE — In December 2017, Randy Cross said he expected his bug repellent products to be in 1,200 stores within the next year. By June, Cross had reached that goal, and he expects to add a whole lot more. In a garage located behind Nori’s Village Market, Cross runs Carpe Insectae ...