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Nelson: Dems must break free of corporate interests

GLENS FALLS — Patrick Nelson is intimately familiar with New York’s 21st Congressional District after having spent the last two election cycles working on campaigns for the House seat. Nelson worked as an intern for Aaron Woolf in 2014 and as a staffer for Mike Derrick in 2016, and he ...

EMS bill remedies staffing problem in rural N.Y.

The state Senate has approved legislation sponsored by state Sen. Betty Little to help address a growing crisis of insufficient Emergency Medical Services coverage in rural regions of New York. Little, R-Queensbury, like many of her upstate colleagues, has heard increasing concern from ...

Patrick Nelson battles someone else’s reputation online

Patrick Nelson of Stillwater is encountering an unusual source of opposition to his race to be the Democratic nominee for New York’s 21st Congressional District — confused anti-Nazi trolls. Nelson happens to share a first name with Patrick Little, a self-proclaimed anti-Semite who ran ...

Dems debate cryptocurrency

PLATTSBURGH — A spirited debate over the future of cryptocurrency in the region highlighted Tuesday’s Democratic candidate forum for New York’s 21st Congressional District. Some candidates think this new technology-based business is a potential economic bonanza for rural communities, ...

State grant funds land trust’s new hire

KEENE — An $80,000 state grant and generous matching donation will allow the Adirondack Land Trust to hire a new land manager. ALT announced this week that it had received the grant, along with an additional $40,000 from a private donor, has led to the hiring of Bill Brown as stewardship ...

Waterfowl hunting dates by zone

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced waterfowl hunting season dates for this fall. Duck season in the Northern Zone will run from Oct. 6 to 28 and then again from Nov. 3 to Dec. 9. In the Lake Champlain Zone, duck hunting will go from Oct. 13 to 21 and Nov. 10 to ...

Federal judge: EPA responsible for New York smog

A federal court has ruled in favor of a state lawsuit against E. Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for failing to enforce the Clean Air Act. In January, New York and Connecticut jointly sued the EPA in a lawsuit separate from one filed to the same purpose by the ...

Ski jump plans take off

LAKE PLACID — Permit? Check. Design? Still coming for the planned upgrades at the Olympic Jumping Complex on state Route 73. The changes will help with athlete development and international standards for competition, according to state Olympic Regional Development Authority officials. ...

Jumpers like planned ski jump improvements

LAKE PLACID — The Olympic Jumping Complex recently got approval from the state Adirondack Park Agency for a whole mess of renovations. While a zip-line attraction and snow tubing hill are expected to be fun for the casual visitor, the actual jumps hold plenty of opportunities for the future ...

Boil order follows water main break on Lake Flower Avenue

SARANAC LAKE — A boil-water order was issued Wednesday for the southeastern corner of this village due to a nasty water main break on Lake Flower Avenue. Village Department of Public Works Superintendent Jeff Dora announced a boil water order for the following areas: Lake Flower Avenue ...

NCCC renews President Steve Tyrell’s contract

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College’s board of trustees unanimously voted to renew embattled college president Steve Tyrell’s contract for one year, with his salary of $149K to remain unchanged. Tyrell has been the target of a vote of “no confidence” passed by the ...

Somethin’s brewin’ at Bloomin’ Market

BLOOMINGDALE — Although co-owner Nicholas Delaney of Hex & Hops Brewing cautioned “no decisions have been made yet,” there may be a craft brewery coming soon to the old Bloomin’ Market. Issues about the waste generated by the brewery have been addressed since the idea was ...

ORDA formally commits to Winter Universiade

LAKE PLACID — The North Country is one step closer to hosting a major winter sports event. The board for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority passed a resolution Wednesday that will allow its CEO, Mike Pratt, to sign an attribution contract with the International Sports ...

Tupper Lake village provides water, sewer to town

TUPPER LAKE — On Monday this village’s board passed a law rescinding the requirement that properties receiving water or sewer service must be in the village. The decision, which came after a public hearing that no one attended, ends the practice of annexing into the village homes and ...

State Senate passes child hair follicle drug test bill

ALBANY — A bill proposed by state Sen. Betty Little, aiming to protect young children who may be at higher risk of exposure to dangerous drugs, was approved by the state Senate Wednesday. Little, R-Queensbury, proposed the legislation following the death of Kayleigh Mae Cassell, a ...

46ers pledge money to ADK stewards

The Adirondack 46ers have pledged tens of thousands of dollars over the next three years to support Adirondack Mountain Club stewardship programs in the High Peaks. The ADK announced yesterday that the 46ers — a hiking club for those who have climbed the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks ...

APA to take comments on Wild Forest plan

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency has announced a public comment period regarding Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan compliance with its plans for the Saranac Lakes and Grass River wild forests. The agency will accept public comments on the plans, released by the state ...

Health groups push to raise the smoking age to 21

ALBANY (AP) — Prominent health groups including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association are pushing to raise the smoking age to 21 across New York state. The organizations on Wednesday urged lawmakers to act on the proposal before adjourning ...

Canada-U.S. relations at a low after Trump-Trudeau trade tiff

TORONTO — For the first time in decades, one of the world’s most durable and amicable alliances faces serious strain as Canadians — widely seen as some of the nicest, politest people on Earth — absorb Donald Trump’s insults against their prime minister and attacks on their country’s ...

While gross, leeches aren’t actually dangerous

SARANAC LAKE — Perhaps the best way not to find leeches is to go looking for them. There are some 700 species of leeches in the world, and about 500 of them live in freshwater. Not all of them have been catalogued, but as far as we know, Macrobdella decora is the only hematophagic, or ...