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Time to flush hydrants, sweep streets in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The village Department of Public Works will flush fire hydrants Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. People in affected areas will notice a decrease and/or no water for a brief period of time as the flushing on their streets occurs. Once flushing has been ...

Study: Outdoor rec is big business in northern New York

It’s no surprise the congressional district that covers much of the Adirondacks is home to a lot of outdoor recreation, but a group has found that New York’s 21st Congressional District generates an astounding $1.5 billion annually. The Outdoor Industry Association released its report ...

North Country Community College proposes trade school

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College announced a proposal to start a School of Applied Technology yesterday, saying it would serve the Adirondack community and be a financial success for the college. The school would offer two-year Associate of Applied Science degree programs ...

Construction plans may delay Lake Placid’s Main Street sewer project

LAKE PLACID — Some complications with manholes along Main Street could delay the downtown sewer replacement project this village has needed for years. Earlier this year the village board announced that sewer lines beneath Main Street will be replaced and updated to protect Mirror Lake from ...

Tupper Lake’s Mud Ball celebrates spring, funds summer music series

If you go... What: Mud Ball fundraiser to support Summer Concert Series at the new bandshell with live music, food and drinks When: April 21 at 8 p.m. Where: Tupper Lake Train Station, 37 Depot St. How much: $25 --- TUPPER LAKE — As snow flies, melts and turns to muck, the ...

Last day to challenge candidate petitions

Today is the last day to file objections to congressional candidate’s petitions to run in the June primary. So far in New York's 21st Congressional District, although six individuals have filed 28 general objections in total, most are not likely to proceed. These general objections are a ...

Spring will have to follow snow, up to 5 more inches

Spring will have to wait until next week. The National Weather Service predicts snowfall to accumulate on the ground today and Friday: up to 5 inches total in Lake Placid and perhaps 2 or 4 inches elsewhere in the Tri-Lakes area. High temperatures are expected to be in the 30s above ...

Couple watches as coyote kills a deer on frozen Loon Lake

Paulette and David Burns were eating their breakfast Sunday morning when they witnessed a coyote doing the same. The coyote, however, had to chase and kill its food first — on its own, without a pack to help it out. It ended up with a much bigger meal than the Burns — a whole deer ...

APA opens comment periods for several projects

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency has opened public comment periods on a number of proposed changes to state land around the Adirondack Park. Last week, the APA board approved the proposed measures to go to public comment. The plans won’t be given final approval until after ...

Cuomo orders voting rights restored for parolees

ALBANY — New York state will restore the voting rights of parolees under an executive order issued Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo that will impact as many as 35,000 New Yorkers who have served time for felonies. The move adds New York to a list of more than a dozen states and ...

Board votes ‘no confidence’ in NCCC leadership

SARANAC LAKE — The Essex County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution of “no confidence” in the leadership of North Country Community College at its April 9 meeting, stating the college has failed to provide a curriculum that answers local students’ needs. “If you have a ...

State budget increases environmental funding, but not positions

The New York state budget that was passed earlier this month increased overall funding for the state’s three main environmental agencies, but an increase in forest rangers and environmental conservation officers does not appear to be in the cards. The state budget increased funding by 7.5 ...

Boyajian still leads Dems in money race for 21st Congressional District

Democratic congressional candidate Don Boyajian is still holding the fundraising lead among the candidates running in the 21st Congressional District Democratic primary. According to the Federal Election Commission, Boyajian, an environmental lawyer from Saratoga Springs, has raised about ...

Allegiant’s reputation solid with Clinton Co. officials

PLATTSBURGH — Local officials say there have been no major problems with Allegiant Air’s service here despite an alarming report on the safety the airline that flies in and out of Plattsburgh International Airport on a regular basis. “We continue to have a good relationship with them, ...

Tip-credit champion: Wait staff already gets minimum wage

CLIFTON PARK — Servers in the restaurant industry never asked to be saved from the tip credit. That’s what Maggie Raczynski, an Outback Steakhouse bartender from Clifton Park, says at meetings around New York state as she works to educate fellow servers about the potential loss of the ...

Lack of funding to end ADK-P-TECH

PERU — ADK P-TECH will be phased out, ending a highly praised program that lets students take specialized paths to two-year college degrees and specialized job skills. “Over the years, there have been several successes as well as challenges, but overall it has been determined that it ...

Bolton sewage plant operator arrested

BOLTON — The operator of the Bolton town wastewater plant was arrested Tuesday for allegedly falsifying reports as to the effluent discharges the plant was making, and having raw sewage discharged from the plant into the environment, officials said. Thomas A. French II, 37, of Bolton, was ...

Wild Center offers Sensory Friendly Day

TUPPER LAKE — On Thursday, May 10, The Wild Center will offer a low sensory day for individuals and families who prefer a quieter, less stimulating environment. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., sounds throughout the museum will be turned down, attendance is limited, and tactile, sensory ...