Outdoors

Winter storm poised to strike New York state

ALBANY (AP) - Much of upstate New York is bracing for some snow.Forecasters say a cold air mass from Canada could dump three to six inches of snow on the Albany area by Tuesday, and the National Weather Service in Binghamton has announced a winter weather advisory for tonight.The Albany region ...

Dreaming of a wet Christmas

As temperatures soared above 60 Christmas Eve, people added golf and boating to their list of things to do.A waterskier was spotted on ice-less Lake Flower in Saranac Lake Thursday, and plenty of people have been out on stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and other watercraft.And golf on Christmas ...

Study shows how salt is harming fish in Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID - A month after the village Board of Trustees voted to test a liquid de-icer on a stretch of Mirror Lake Drive sidewalk, the Mirror Lake Watershed Association is trying to gain support for more than $4,000 worth of extra tests, citing the latest research by the Ausable River ...

Coreys Road partly closed due to logging

COREYS - Part of Coreys Road, between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, is closed to public motor vehicle traffic due to logging operations at Ampersand Park.The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced the closure Wednesday morning.The road is not closed completely, just the ...

At 60+ degrees, golf, boating join Christmas Eve activity list

As temperatures soar above 60 today, add golf and boating to their list of things to do.A waterskier was spotted on ice-less Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, and people have been out on stand-up paddleboards and kayaks there and on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.And golf on Christmas Eve? In the ...

Season’s heatings

LAKE PLACID - Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Greg Borzilleri propelled his stand-up paddleboard a tenth of a mile down Mirror Lake. On the Winter Solstice, with not a chunk of ice in sight, Borzilleri paddled from Mid's Park to his Mirror Lake Boat Rental business in the 45-degree rain and ...

New hiking challenge offered in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE - In the spirit of the Adirondack 46ers and the Saranac Lake 6ers, Tupper Lake now has its own hiking challenge to take part in.Retired Tupper Lake physical education teacher Charles Hoffer has organized the Tupper Lake Triad, giving hikers and snowshoers looking for a ...

Wacky weather linked to El Nino

SEATTLE - Astrid Rau just baked 16 kinds of Christmas cookies, including a batch in the shape of snowflakes. But she's nevertheless having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, thanks to forecasts that have the temperature in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, hitting 72 degrees on ...

Tug Hill region gets 3 feet of snow

LYONSDALE (AP) - It took longer than usual to arrive, but the first big storm of the season has left parts of central New York buried under three feet of snow.The National Weather Service says the weekend's lake-effect storms dropped 12 to 36 inches of snow on areas of the Tug Hill Plateau, ...

New to the game, but not the subject

Sitting at my new desk this morning, I have to admit I am slightly overwhelmed.I have never written for a daily newspaper before, although I have had a few articles published in the Enterprise. I have never been a reporter, but I have written extensively about my own life and outdoor ...

Throwback look at paddling and health

The following information was taken from an original issue of "Forest & Stream," a weekly sporting journal that was published from the 1870s through the turn of the century. The publication was devoted to "Field and Aquatic Sports, Practical Natural History, Fish Culture, the ...

Green group supports state’s rail-trail plan

The Park's biggest environmental group is going on the record in support of the state's plan for the Adirondack railroad corridor.The Adirondack Council issued a press release Thursday urging the state Adirondack Park Agency to approve an amendment to the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor that ...

Senate sends president bill to ban microbeads

WASHINGTON - Plastic microbeads used in soaps, body washes, toothpaste and other personal-care products will be phased out starting in 2017 under legislation approved by Congress and sent to the president.The Senate approved the bill Friday following House approval last week. Lawmakers said the ...

EMBARK: Winter’s next corner

The winter climbing season quickly comes upon us every year like a surprise, even though you'd think we'd be used to the transition by now.Hiking and climbing in the winter is very exciting, and when the conditions are good the climbing is exceptional. However, in late fall to early winter, the ...

Trees damaged on Main, Pine streets

SARANAC LAKE - Vandals apparently struck at two locations recently, and in both instances, the victims were trees.One of the destroyed trees was located on Main Street right in front of the Harrietstown Town Hall; it was snapped at the stem. The other was a blue spruce about 12 feet tall and ...

Congress backs bill banning microbeads

WASHINGTON - Plastic microbeads used in soaps, body washes, toothpaste and other personal-care products will be phased out starting in 2017 under legislation approved by Congress and sent to the president.The Senate approved the bill Friday following House approval last week. Lawmakers said the ...

EMBARK: Floodwood loop

We were getting ourselves amped up to get out and do our longest ski tour of the year, but deep in the back of our minds we had this worry about what to expect on such a long loop that we predicted received very little skier attention.We did some research and knew that it was indeed a ...