Outdoors

Sagal’s running book provides laughs, inspiration

Many people know Peter Sagal as the host of NPR’s Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me news quiz, but Sagal is also a marathon runner. His new book is part memoir, part inspiration and part running advice. Yes, you’ll have to muddle through a chapter on his pooping-while-running habits, but ...

Clear-cutting bill hacked from both sides

A bill introduced in the state Assembly and Senate for the second year in a row would change the way the state Adirondack Park Agency issues permits for clear-cutting, but both loggers and environmental groups say the bill could lead to poor forestry practices unless it addresses some ...

Winter is a good time to check hemlock trees for invasive

BOLTON — The Adirondacks are covered in Eastern hemlock trees, evergreens that take nearly three centuries to reach maturity. But in just a fraction of that time — four to 20 years — an invasive insect could kill it. State and local conservation groups are hoping the public will ...

Deer rescued from the lake

LONG LAKE — A yearling deer stuck out on the ice of Long Lake was rescued on Monday by local logger Branden Tokarz, who carried the young buck off the ice and to shore, where it was reunited with other deer. Tokarz said he was getting home from work when a friend called him to tell him ...

Huge winter tourism week starts today

LAKE PLACID — Presidents Day may mean a three-day weekend to some, but to folks in this area, it’s a booming week of winter tourism. This coming week is winter break for many schools, and Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO and President Jim McKenna said the holiday business ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rangers rescue two men after emergency beacon activated

ST. HUBERTS — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued two men who activated an emergency beacon late on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The two Kingston men, aged 41 and 44, requested assistance to find the trail between Upper AuSable Lake and Lower AuSable Lake at 9:24 ...

APA to tackle Frontier Town, Saranac Lake Wild Forest

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will have an abbreviated monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook this week, but all three items on the agenda are likely to draw interest. Beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, the Regulatory Programs Committee will vote on whether to approve ...

Ski tour to a summer favorite

BLOOMINGDALE — Over the summer, Moose Pond is a favorite place to go paddling and swimming for many locals. But in the winter, with a ban on ice fishing and no less than a mile hike to get to the pond, the water body — located between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale — is largely ...

Gliding into a new sport

LAKE PLACID — I fell. After a good half-hour of ice skating, I was only a couple hundred feet away from the shores of Mirror Lake when I bailed and busted my knee. My partner in crime, Jesse Adcock, took photos as I gripped my leg and winced in pain. With that out of the way, ...

Play it safe during the Adirondack deep freeze

Although the winter season officially arrived back in December, the new season wasn’t confirmed until a recent cold snap, packing gale force winds and sub-zero temperatures settled over the region for a few days. The deep freeze could be heard from deep in the woods, where the crack, ...

DEC, 46ers, ADK join forces to reduce search-rescues

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is launching a new program aimed at reducing the number of search-and-rescue missions in the High Peaks through preventative measures. The effort, announced Friday, is a joint campaign with the Adirondack 46ers and ...

Adirondack Snowshoe Fest Feb. 23-24

SARANAC LAKE —  Two years ago, Saranac Lake hosted the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships, with its Shoe-Be-Do 5K and world class races. This Adirondack village continues to build on this international experience by hosting its second snowshoe weekend, dubbed the Adirondack Snowshoe ...

DEC, 46ers, ADK join forces to reduce search-and-rescues

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is launching a new program aimed at reducing the number of search-and-rescue missions in the High Peaks through preventative measures. The effort, announced Friday, is a joint campaign with the Adirondack 46ers and ...

Seggos will stay on as DEC commissioner

State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that he will stay on as head of the department, reversing a previous decision to leave. Shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo was re-elected last year, Seggos said he would step away from the DEC. However, in a ...

Seggos to remain DEC commissioner

State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that he will stay on as head of the department, reversing a previous decision to leave. Shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo was re-elected last year, Seggos said he would step away from the DEC. However, in a ...

Rollercoaster temperatures

Ice buildup is expected anywhere there is standing water as the weather around the North Country is forecast to drop 40 degrees heading into the weekend. Temperatures rose from below freezing to the mid 40s on Monday and Tuesday, causing snow and ice to melt before single-digit ...

DEC spots nearly 100 moose in 4 days

In its fifth straight year of aerial surveying for moose in the Adirondack Park, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said nearly 100 healthy moose were spotted over a four-day period. The annual survey is part of a collaboration between the DEC, Cornell University and the ...

State forests keep sustainable certification

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that its state forest management programs had won national sustainable certification for the 11th year in a row. The DEC manages more than three-quarters of a million acres of forests outside of the Catskill and ...