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States look to boost oversight of struggling small colleges

POULTNEY, Vt. — After 185 years of educating students on its campus of brick buildings on Poultney’s main street, Green Mountain College announced last month it would close after this academic year, leaving hundreds of students scrambling to figure out where to go next. The liberal ...

N.Y. gives sex abuse victims more time to sue, press charges

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Thursday long-sought legislation that gives the victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to seek criminal charges or file lawsuits against their abusers. The law, known as the Child Victims Act, loosens one of the nation’s ...

Flames destroy Brainardsville home

BRAINARDSVILLE — A Brainardsville resident was left homeless after a fire at 5965 State Route 374 resulted in a total loss Thursday. Chateaugay Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the address along with several others at 11:24 a.m., and the house was fully involved when ...

Adirondack Land Trust protects 250 acres, cliffs

CHESTER — The Adirondack Land Trust and a family have partnered to protect 250 acres of Moxham Mountain and its lofty cliffs between Minerva and North Creek in the town of Chester. The Adirondack Land Trust Tuesday purchased the south face of Moxham Mountain from the Brassel and Zack ...

ORDA puts state millions to work on winter sports venue upgrades

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority plans to start upgrading multiple winter sports venues this summer. In the past two years, ORDA has received $80 million in state money for capital improvements to winter sports venues it runs. Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

Lawmakers urge state to fix gaps in broadband

ALBANY — Several upstate lawmakers complained Tuesday that many rural New Yorkers lack access to high-speed broadband despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to extend the coverage to all parts of the state. The concerns arose at a legislative oversight hearing scrutinizing the state’s ...

Franklin County Democratic commissioner retires

MALONE — Wednesday was Franklin County Democratic Election Commissioner Kelly Cox’s last day in her office, and Saturday is her last day living in the North Country. The longtime member of the county Democrats got involved with the party in 2001, started working with the county Board of ...

St. Armand residents ask for more info on water-sewer options

BLOOMINGDALE — At a town council meeting on Tuesday night, residents asked questions about water-sewer bill hikes and discussed other ways to pay for upgrades to the waste water treatment plant. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has mandated upgrades to St. Armand’s ...

Lyon Mountain dad mourns son lost in fire

LYON MOUNTAIN — “Flames were climbing up the wall; all you could see was a black cloud and then an orange flame.” This is the scene Chris Smithers says he keeps playing over in his head, ever since his son, Codi, died in the fire that badly damaged their rental home at 6 Second ...

No license needed to fish this weekend in New York

ALBANY (AP) — The first of a series of free fishing days are scheduled this weekend across New York state. The Department of Environmental Conservation says anyone can fish without buying a license on Saturday and Sunday. Other free fishing days are scheduled at the end of June, Sept. 28 ...

Dropped digit puts wrong house in foreclosure

KEESEVILLE — Christina Dominy’s house at 6 Cedar Court here is not in foreclosure; it never was. An error repeated many times since last June gave the address of the Keeseville home on court documents and legal advertisements. In truth, the property at 61 Cedar Court was supposed to ...

Body of missing ice fisherman recovered in Lake Champlain

ORWELL, Vt. — The body of a missing ice fisherman was recovered Wednesday afternoon after he was missing since Monday, according to Vermont State Police. Police said the divers located a body at about 3:30 p.m. matching the description of Lee Wiktorski, 61, of Benson, Vermont. He was last ...

How to sign up for emergency alerts

Franklin County Emergency Services is set up to help the residents and visitors in the event of an emergency. To take advantage of their “Hyper-Reach Sign Up,” visit the official Franklin County Emergency Services website, http://www.frcoemergencyservices.org. 1. Click the ...

Father, two children die in Watertown house fire

WATERTOWN (AP) — Authorities say a father and two children have died in a house fire in Watertown, New York. Fire Chief Dale Herman tells WWNY that a teenage girl escaped and alerted a neighbor when the fire broke out Thursday around 1:30 a.m. Firefighters carried two other survivors ...

Analysis of human bones found at Lake George work site on hold for now

LAKE GEORGE (AP) — Experts say it likely will be several weeks before they can properly examine human skeletal remains found at an upstate New York construction site where workers accidentally dug up a gravesite that may be from the Revolutionary War. Lisa Anderson, curator of ...

Village plans to renovate 3 Main St.

SARANAC LAKE — The village of Saranac Lake may be moving its offices back into 3 Main St. in the future. On Monday night, the village Board of Trustees approved contracting with an engineering firm for drawing up plans for renovations to their old home. Also included in the contract is a ...

Snowstorm not as bad as predicted for Tri-Lakes

Despite a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service, the Tri-Lakes wasn’t hit that bad by Tuesday night’s storm. The North Country is still in a warning until 4 p.m. today. According to Weather Underground, another 1 to 3 inches of snowfall is expected and temperatures with ...

Children’s Games stories to appear on Teen Kids News

LAKE PLACID — Stories of 2019 International Children’s Winter Games in Lake Placid will air on Teen Kids News at 9 a.m. Saturday on WPTZ-TV, NBC 5. Recently, Lake Placid hosted the first ever winter ICG in the United States, where more than 400 student-athletes from 33 different cities ...