Outdoors

13 years after selling, Grimones open a new hunting-fishing store

SARANAC LAKE — Sam Grimone says he missed the people, and that’s why, 13 years after selling the Blue Line Sport Shop, he and his wife Nancy opened a new hunting, fishing and camping store called Woods and Waters. He spent his last 12 years working for the American Management ...

DEC seeks input on southeast Adirondack forests

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input on the management of seven state forests in Saratoga and Warren counties. The DEC will hold a public meeting on what the public would like to see in recreational opportunities for the Southern Boreal Management Unit, ...

McDonnell to talk about history of the 90-Miler

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Canoe Classic has grown from an event that attracted four dozen boats and less than 100 people in the early 1980s to one that has drawn 275 boats and 600 people in recent years. Along the way, the event has been the inspiration for even more stories about the ...

Father’s Day tradition

SARANAC LAKE — Local residents flocked to Lake Colby beach this radiant Sunday for the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby. “Whereas the Colby Classic is for people from all over, this event is intended for locals,” club Treasurer Theresa Trudell ...

New York state launching two bird challenges for 2018

ALBANY (AP) — State environmental officials are launching two birding challenges for 2018, which has been dubbed the year of the bird. The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a beginners birding challenge that’s open to anyone 16 years of age and younger. It’s an effort ...

Applications open for outdoors-woman workshop

CORTLAND (AP) — Bowhunting, wild food foraging and yoga on a stand-up paddleboard are some of the classes included in the Department of Environmental Conservation’s upcoming “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” workshop. The workshop is scheduled for Sept. 7-9 at Greek Peak in Cortland and ...

Paddlesports Trivia Night Tuesday at Bitters and Bones

In a 1980s-era article in the Enterprise, Charlie Decker wrote the following about an Icebreaker paddling race on the Saranac River: “The star of the race was the mysterious Mr. X, who not only posted the fastest time of the day, but also delighted spectators and fellow racers with his ...

Loon greeting on Rollins Pond loop

It was a little late to hear the call of the loon by the time Jason and I hit the water, but within a few minutes of paddling, a pair of the black-and-white birds were straight ahead, diving in tandem and silently resurfacing just a few feet apart. Although the railroad tracks of the ...

Risk-taking clearly has its limitations

As youngster, l was an avid risk-taker. I rarely turned down an opportunity to take on a dare. I viewed the outdoors as one big, wild obstacle course, where the waters were always deeper, the mountains always steeper, the ice thinner and my mind forever filled with thoughts of what was going on ...

Another judge rules EPA must stop air pollution

For the second time this week, a federal district court ruled against the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, saying the EPA needs to uphold the Clean Air Act. Specifically, the court said the EPA must enforce the act’s “good neighbor” provision, which requires the agency to stop ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rangers rescue a half-dozen hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were involved in search-and-rescue missions around the Adirondacks last week, including helping a disoriented man and people on several different High Peaks. --- Town of Keene Just before 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, ...

Green group: Remove hunting camp as planned

More than a dozen buildings on state land near Newcomb are slated to be removed later this year, but a push from historic preservation activists has at least one environmental group pushing back, publicly pressuring the state to say buildings will be taken down as scheduled. The Inner ...

Landowner closes Little Porter Mountain trail

KEENE VALLEY — A short and popular trail in Keene Valley has been closed by a landowner whose property the trail crosses. The trail from The Garden parking area in Keene Valley to the top of Little Porter Mountain has been closed due to hikers trespassing on the private land the trail ...