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42 arrested as police bust cockfighting ring

FRANKFORT (AP) — Authorities say more than three dozen people have been arrested after police busted a cockfighting ring in central New York. State police say a six-month investigation into illegal bird fighting led to Saturday’s raid at a landscaping business in the Herkimer County ...

‘Human Project’ study will ask 10,000 to share life’s data

NEW YORK — Wanted: 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood samples and life-changing events. For 20 years. Researchers are gearing up to start recruiting participants from ...

Josh Wilson, executive director of Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA), rides a mountain bike at Dewey Mountain Recreation Area in Saranac Lake in July 2016. Dewey and the Mount Pisgah Ski Center added mountain bike trails in recent years in the Saranac Lake area, and now the state, with BETA’s help, plans to add more in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Bike boosters

Some of the major proposals in the state’s ambitious plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest would likely not have been included if not for a local group that has shown the ability to build and maintain mountain bike trails that draw visitors in from all over North America. Barkeater ...

Whiteface Mountain can be seen to the north from the Lake Placid Airport, where planes are parked Friday evening.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Airport battle brews

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba is hurtling toward a possible aviation showdown as its longtime airport operator seeks a lease extension while a new operator insists on using the airport alongside him, citing Federal Aviation Administration Law. At Tuesday’s monthly town council ...

A lone, larger-than-life rubber duck floats sideways in Lake Placid’s Mill Pond, reflected above the dam on Thursday — a preview of the annual Lake Placid Dam Duck Race, put on by the Rotary Club of Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Giant duck rests up for Rotary race

LAKE PLACID — On Saturday, 1,200 little rubber ducks will be lined up in Mill Pond and released toward a finish line downstream as part of the annual Lake Placid Dam Duck Race. The Father's Day weekend event is the Rotary Club of Lake Placid's largest fundraiser. First prize for the ...

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  (AP photo — Richard Drew)

NY: ‘Sham’ breast cancer charity will close, pay $350,000

ALBANY — A breast cancer charity that claimed to raise money for medical care will close and pay $350,000 following a state investigation into its fundraising and operations, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Friday. State investigators found that instead of ...

NY allows family-DNA searches for suspects

NEW YORK — New York is becoming the latest U.S. state to let police hunt for suspects by identifying their relatives through DNA, after officials voted Friday to allow a practice that authorities call a crime-solver but civil libertarians consider a DNA dragnet. The technique, known as ...

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Locals’ messages to Trump

If you could only say one thing to President Donald Trump, what would it be? That was the question we posed to people at random throughout the Tri-Lakes villages on Thursday. Halfway through June, the polarizing Republican president from New York has served nearly 150 days, many of which have ...

Village of Saranac Lake workers check a water main break near the Saranac Lake Middle School gym Thursday night.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Water main breaks near Saranac Lake Middle School

SARANAC LAKE — A water main break near the Saranac Lake Middle School sent village Department of Public Works crews into action Thursday night. DPW Superintendent Jeff Dora said the village was notified of the break around 9 p.m. It took place near the corner of the Middle School ...

A fundraising sign outside St. Bernard’s School in Saranac Lake shows the school has so far raised $50,000 toward an overall $750,000 goal.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

St. Bernard’s School starts building campaign

SARANAC LAKE — St. Bernard’s School wants to raise $750,000 by the time it celebrates its centennial to pay for major upgrades to its River Street facility. “We’re hoping to do a lot of construction work on the building,” Principal Ray Dora said Wednesday. “It’s an old ...

Excavation equipment sits idle as workers take a break from clearing a 2-acre parcel of land the Wild Center is turning into a so-called “parking meadow.” It will be decidedly more “parking” and less “meadow” when it first opens, which is expected by July 1.
(Enterprise photo — Ben Gocker)

Wild Center, school agree on ‘parking meadow’

TUPPER LAKE — The Wild Center is expanding its parking options with a new, so-called “parking meadow” to be built on Tupper Lake Central School District land. In a lease agreement for zero dollars, the nature museum will gain an additional 2 acres of land next to its grounds. The ...

Owners Cherie and Daniel Whitten stand before the buffet line and salad bar at the Health Hub with children, from left to right: Paul, Joy, Christa Grace and Abigail.
(Enterprise photo — Ben Gocker)

Relocated Health Hub aims to educate as well as nourish

TUPPER LAKE — With local organic fare on the menu and communal tables in the dining room, the newly relocated Health Hub is looking to change the way Tupper Lakers think about food. Owners Cherie and Daniel Whitten recently moved their natural food store from the old C.J.’s Tavern ...

Woman gives birth on side of road as ECO tries to help

By the Enterprise staff A woman gave birth on the side of the road recently in St. Lawrence County after a state environmental conservation officer tried in vain to escort her to the hospital. The state Department of Environmental Conservation reported that on Thursday, June 1, ECO Jon ...

Village of Saranac Lake workers check a water main break near the Saranac Lake Middle School gym Thursday night.
(Enterprise photo - Chris Knight)

Water main breaks near Saranac Lake Middle School

SARANAC LAKE - Water was gushing out of the ground Thursday night from a water main break near the Saranac Lake Middle School gymnasium. Village Department of Public Works employees were on the scene as of 9:30 p.m. trying to locate the shutoff valve. The break took place near the corner ...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Max Weinberg, left, speaks in front of the North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board at a June 7 meeting.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Hall of Fame rocker Weinberg plans for Placid home

LAKE PLACID — Plans are in for the Lake Placid property Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Max Weinberg purchased last year for nearly $1.1 million-per-acre — the highest ever at the time for a single lot without buildings in the Adirondack Park. Weinberg, the longtime drummer for ...

North Elba seeks grant for Ray Brook water improvements

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba will seek to pay for water infrastructure improvements in its Ray Brook district through a grant. The town will formally apply for the grant after its councilmen unanimously authorized the signing of a WIIA grant application at its monthly meeting, ...