Outdoors

Quiet vs. shared waters

More photos available for purchase SARANAC LAKE — One peculiarity of the Adirondack Park politics is that sometimes people bring life jackets and fishing poles to the rallies. A protest and counter-protest passed each other peacefully Saturday in Hungry Bay, on the north side of Middle ...

Music on the rocks

TUPPER LAKE — People in pontoon boats, speedboats and personal watercraft pulled up to a small rock in the middle of Big Tupper Lake and listened to the music. For the next five hours or so, on that overcast Saturday, the musicians belted out songs such as Tom Petty’s “Breakdown,” ...

Tale of two hikes

BRANT LAKE — On an overcast morning, as my family slept, I snuck away for a quick hike out to Sand Lake, near the town of Speculator. Since we were visiting family in the area, I figured why not take advantage and check out a place I’ve never been to. I pulled up to the trailhead on ...

Trustee warns of coyotes in Tupper

TUPPER LAKE — Village Trustee Clint Hollingsworth wants residents and their pets to be wary of the coyote population in the French Village neighborhood. Several of the small dog-sized canines have been seen around the neighborhood this summer, and Hollingsworth personally had a run-in with ...

Revamping old connector routes could thin the crowds

Following another full week of outstanding weather, the summer season continues to provide visitors and locals alike with an unending list of recreational options. Although the local hiking trails continue to attract a lot of traffic, they have been holding up quite well so far. Of course, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Examining potential threats to monarch butterfly migration

The monarch butterfly may be the most recognized butterfly in the world. With the exception of the polar regions, the medium-size butterflies can be found on every continent on Earth. Their spectacular migration in eastern North America, from breeding locations in Canada and the United ...

Explorer editor eyes retirement

SARANAC LAKE — Phil Brown, the 19-year veteran editor of the Adirondack Explorer magazine, will put his last issue to bed this month, but a pending legal battle and a bevy of book ideas will keep the Saranac Lake resident busy for the foreseeable future. Brown came to the Explorer ...

Rangers rescue sick, injured, lost people

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued a rock climber after a fall and several other sick and injured people in the Adirondacks last week. - Town of Johnsburg - On Saturday, Aug. 4, ranger Arthur Perryman was investigating a supposed illegal ...

Most visitors here are white, upper middle class

A study of tourists to Hamilton, Franklin and Essex counties last year found that hiking is the most popular activity for visitors to the area, and that a whopping 95 percent of tourists are white. In its 2017 Leisure Travel Study, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism conducted a ...

Governor’s eagle feather tale lands with legal thud

ALBANY — At an event in the Adirondacks last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recounted a treasured memory of the time his family retrieved an eagle feather from Saranac Lake and kept it after one of the beautiful birds swooped near his canoe. In telling the story, the New York Democrat was ...

Placid gets new hiking challenge — the 9er

LAKE PLACID — Another hiking challenge has been started in the Adirondacks, and the Lake Placid 9er is meant to get people physically prepared to hike bigger mountains. Founder James Appleton — who grew up in Lake Placid and lives in Saranac Lake — said he came up with the idea ...

Moose census estimates about 400 in the park

BOLTON — Three men are in a helicopter, approaching a running moose. One is shooting cracker shells on either side of the animal, herding it to a clearing. Another has a net gun ready. He shoots the net in front of the moose and it wraps around its large head and long legs. The animal ...

Hikers salute Mount Arab fire tower’s centennial

PIERCEFIELD — Saturday morning, the stream of hikers heading to the summit of Mount Arab had an opportunity to stop and chat with some of the folks who make the trek up the little mountain so enjoyable. The Friends of Mount Arab were celebrating the centennial of the mountain’s steel ...

St. Regis tower gets 100th birthday party

LAKE CLEAR — The fire tower atop St. Regis Mountain is 100 years old, and several dozen people gathered Sunday at the Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat to celebrate and reminisce. The original tower, built in 1918, has been largely rebuilt over the last three years by the Friends of St. ...

Digging in the dirt

BRANT LAKE — People who live in cities like Washington, Los Angeles and New York spend an average of about an hour traveling to and from work each day. That commute can cause stress and anxiety, while taking folks away from their friends and family. But in the Adirondacks, where ...

Schumer takes on acid rain

LAKE CLEAR — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, was at Bear Pond Friday to talk with local environmentalists, residents and media about acid rain and recent proposals by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that would repeal the Clean Power Plan. Flying into the ...