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ECOs help moose, canoeists who tipped swatting at fly

State Department of Environmental Conservation officers (ECOs) recently helped a trapped moose in Clinton County and rescued a pair of paddlers who flipped their canoe while trying to swat a fly. - Clinton County - On Wednesday, Aug. 1, ECO Matthew LaCroix received a call about a ...

Trucker dies of heart attack on I-87

PLATTSBURGH — A heart attack caused the death of a Port Kent man whose tractor-trailer left Interstate 87 southbound between exits 36 and 37 on Wednesday. Stacey L. Mitchell, 62, was found unconscious in the cab by troopers who began cardio pulmonary resuscitation, State Police Public ...

Aid from North Country finally gets through Nicaraguan customs

PLATTSBURGH — A shipping container filled with more than 250,000 meals for malnourished children has at last been released from customs in Nicaragua. “Now we have enough food at least through February to feed the children,” North Country Mission of Hope Executive Director Sister ...

New court date in murder case

ELIZABETHTOWN — The man accused of fatally shooting a fraternal brother in the parking lot of their social club will appear in court again Sept. 7. Cody Cutting, 30, of Moriah was in Essex County Court Thursday, but the case was adjourned at the request of his attorney, Kevin ...

New tick, virus threaten

New species of ticks are reaching the shores of the United States, bringing with them deadlier diseases, rapid reproduction processes and a whole bunch of uncertainty for the researchers and environmentalists who monitor their parasitic spread. - Overseas invader - The Asian ...

Universiade is fully official after FISU signing today in Switzerland

LAKE PLACID — The International University Sports Federation (FISU) in Lausanne, Switzerland, completed signing the host city contract Thursday, making Lake Placid the official site for the 2023 Winter Universiade, otherwise known as the Winter World University Games. FISU's agreement ...

What the hail?

SARANAC LAKE — A storm that rolled through the area Wednesday night hit some places particularly hard, knocking down trees and bringing hail. Gretchen Gregware submitted a photo of a large white pine tree blown down at her camp on the Saranac River. It fell right between a newly ...

SLCSD will now hold other kindergartens to NY standard

SARANAC LAKE — The local school district will begin upholding a state enrollment regulation it had previously been unaware of. For a public school district to accept perspective first-grade students from a home school, private school or parochial school, there needs to be evidence that ...

Village says it’s waiting on contractor for Woodruff project

SARANAC LAKE — The Woodruff Street siphon project remains in limbo as the village awaits word from a construction company on an updated schedule of completion. Meanwhile, local businesses and residents are looking for answers as to when the project will be completed. Don Schmidt, owner ...

Abuse victims want full reckoning in Catholic church sex scandal

Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their ranks. But in dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning, leading victims to wonder if the church ...

NY-21 Week in Review: State teachers union endorses Cobb

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s votes on health care and the federal money to education likely cost her the endorsement of the New York State United Teachers. Last week, Democratic NY-21 candidate Tedra Cobb picked up the endorsement of the union after Stefanik, R-Willsboro, had secured it ...

Warren County to seek proposals to take over railroad

Warren County is looking to see if anyone wants to lease or purchase the county-owned rail line. As the company that formerly ran tourist and freight trains on the line continues to miss deadlines to remove its equipment from the line, the county Board of Supervisors plans to put out a ...

Mercy Living Center seeks cafe volunteers

TUPPER LAKE — Mercy Living Center is looking for volunteers to help operate its new cafe and gift shop as well as to run activities. Thursday, at noon in the center’s Happy Days Cafe, organizers from Mercy will meet with anyone who is willing to work two to three hours a week attending ...

Cuomo, on Trump slogan: America ‘was never that great’

ALBANY — America “was never that great” and won’t be great until all Americans share true equality, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday in a speech blasting Republican President Donald Trump and his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Cuomo, who is considered a potential ...

Key Bank is leaving

SARANAC LAKE — Key Bank plans to close its branch here this fall, citing a shortage of customers as the reason. On Nov. 9, a Friday, the bank will close the branch at 75 Main St. as well as its drive-through outpost at 151 Church St. The bank made the announcement in a letter mailed to ...

Rail bikes won’t return this year

SARANAC LAKE — Despite a press conference earlier this summer announcing the start of rail bike operations out of Saranac Lake, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will have to postpone the effort until next year at the earliest. A number of questions remained unanswered when the proposal was ...

Lake Placid school district still hasn’t hired high school principal

LAKE PLACID — With 22 days left till school opens, the Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education has yet to hire a principal for the Lake Placid High School. At Tuesday night’s board meeting, district Superintendent Roger Catania said nine people applied for the job ...