Outdoors

Freedom fighters

LAKE PLACID - "Brother Yusuf Abdul Wasi Burgess lives."That chant hung in the air even as the wind attempted to carry it into the mountains where Brother Yusuf found solace.Abolitionist John Brown found solace here, too. While Brown sought to free black people from slavery, Brother Yusuf worked ...

John Brown Day honors a different kind of freedom fighter

LAKE PLACID - "Brother Yusuf Abdul Wasi Burgess lives."That chant hung in the air even as the wind attempted to carry it into the mountains where Brother Yusuf found solace.Abolitionist John Brown found solace here, too. While Brown sought to free black people from slavery, Brother Yusuf worked ...

Find the right kayak to fit your needs

You love the outdoors and have had a great winter being outside doing whatever you do - skiing, skating, snowshoeing or ice fishing - but now your thoughts have turned to the warmer weather. Perhaps, like many people, you envision yourself paddling at dawn, discovering wildlife and enjoying the ...

River monsters provide a much different challenge

While many North Country anglers have been celebrating the arrival of ice-out and a chance to put a few fresh brookies on the grill, there are others who were equally thrilled to be back on the hunt for pike, following the season opener May 2.Although trout generally receive top billing among ...

Fire scorches Placid field

LAKE PLACID - A few sparks from a grinder - that's all it took, in the dry conditions the area has seen lately, to ignite a grass fire Thursday next to TMax-n-Topo's Hostel on state Route 73.The blaze scorched about half an acre of open field before it was extinguished.David Gomlak, who owns ...

Small fire scorches Lake Placid field

LAKE PLACID - A few sparks from a grinder.That's all it took in the dry conditions the area has seen lately to ignite a grass fire Thursday next to TMax-n-Topo's Hostel on Cascade Road, or state Route 73. The blaze scorched about half an acre of open field before it was extinguished.David ...

Burn ban for good reason

TUPPER LAKE - Despite a public warning about dangerously dry conditions, officials say a member of the Carry Falls Club accidentally caused a 21-acre wildfire Monday that required the efforts of 55 firefighters and seven forest rangers to contain."We've issued two tickets," state Forest Ranger ...

Fire danger around the region

Scant rainfall in woodlands still more brown than green has made for ideal wildfire conditions in northern New York, the Hudson Valley and northern New England.Gov. Andrew Cuomo deployed emergency crews Tuesday to help firefighters battle a ridge-top wildfire in Sullivan and Ulster counties ...

Rangers rescue pair in High Peaks

LAKE PLACID - Two Plattsburgh residents were rescued by helicopter from the High Peaks Wilderness Tuesday morning after they ran into high water and melting snow and one of them injured his leg.Kevin Gannon, 34, and Christine Schnier, 27, left the Upper Works trailhead south of Newcomb at noon ...

Rangers help lost, injured hikers

RAY BROOK - State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers responded to the following search-and-rescue incidents the week of April 27 to May 3:---Essex CountyHigh Peaks Wilderness, Town of North ElbaOn April 28 at 6:50 p.m., Essex County 911 contacted the DEC's Ray Brook ...

Feeling the burn

TUPPER LAKE - Firefighters from 13 departments successfully contained a 21-acre wildfire at the Township 19 Carry Falls Club Monday.Occupants of the camp alerted the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department to the blaze at 11:31 a.m."I think the people in the camp might have been burning ...

Fire danger remains high

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Officials said fire warnings for much of the Northeast have expired, but the fire danger still remains.The red flag warnings for much of the Northeast expired Monday evening, and small amounts of rain fell overnight in some areas. But any rain will provide little ...

Rangers rescue Plattsburgh pair in High Peaks

LAKE PLACID - Two Plattsburgh residents were rescued by helicopter from the High Peaks Wilderness this morning after they ran into high water and melting snow and one of them injured his leg.Kevin Gannon, 34, and Christine Schnier, 27, left the Upper Works trailhead south of Newcomb at noon ...

Dry conditions raise fire danger throughout Northeast

Dry conditions, warm weather, low humidity and gusty winds set the stage for a wildland fire north of Tupper Lake and brush fires that have broken out all over Vermont.Firefighters from numerous North Country departments have been fighting a fire today that span several acres in the Township 19 ...

Wildfire battled at camp north of Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE - Firefighters from numerous departments are struggling to contain a wildfire on Kildare Road, near the Carry Falls Camp.Occupants of the camp alerted the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department to the fire at 11:32 a.m., Chief Carl Steffen said."I think the people in the camp might ...

Never so happy to see a black fly

Finally, spring is here. It has become increasingly obvious, despite the regular appearance of spitting snow, cold winds and a reoccurring white lawn.The surest sign was a fresh brook trout in the boat, and the sight of a single black fly in the air (which I never thought I'd welcome). I was ...

DEC says no chronic wasting disease found

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released some good news - chronic wasting disease wasn't discovered during the 2014-15 big game season.Chronic wasting disease is fatal and highly contagious. It affects deer, elk, moose and other members of the cervid, or deer, family, and ...

State Senate OKs new environmental crime

ALBANY (AP) - The New York state Senate has voted to create a new crime to go after those who damage the environment while committing another offense.The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday. It now heads to the Assembly for consideration.The bill would seek to make environmental damage a separate ...