Outdoors

Officials: Upstate NY man died from rare tick-borne virus

ALBANY (AP) — New York health officials say an upstate resident has died after contracting a rare tick-borne illness. The state Department of Health announced Wednes-day that the victim was found to have had the Powassan virus after dying last month, but the illness hasn’t been ...

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Spate of drownings keep rangers busy throughout Adirondacks

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers recovered the bodies of several people who drowned in Adirondack waterways, and also assisted numerous people over the last week who became lost or injured in the backcountry. - Town of Wells - On July 3, DEC staff at ...

Alcohol contributed to kayaker’s drowning death (update)

SARANAC LAKE — Alcohol intoxication contributed the drowning death of a Watervliet man whose body was found in Kiwassa Lake Sunday. An autopsy of Keaven W. Green, 66, was performed Monday by Dr. C. Francis Varga at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. It found he died of “asphyxia ...

New boat wash at Saranac Inn

SARANAC INN — The Upper Saranac Foundation is touting a new high-temperature, high-pressure boat wash that the group says will help further protect the lake from invasive species. The wash station is located at the state boat launch on Upper Saranac Lake at Saranac Inn. The Upper Saranac ...

From left, Bob Marrone, Doug Fitzgerald, Scottie Adams, Janelle Hoh, David Petrelli and Richard LaBombard pose at the Saranac Laboratory Museum Monday night after a public informational meeting on the status of the St. Regis Mountain fire tower.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

St. Regis Mountain fire tower open, but work still needs to be done

SARANAC LAKE — Last fall, the fire tower on the summit of St. Regis Mountain in Paul Smiths opened to the public for the first time in 26 years, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of people. Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower is an all-volunteer nonprofit group that has ...

Kayaker’s body found in Kiwassa

SARANAC LAKE — The body of an Albany-area kayaker who went missing Friday night on Kiwassa Lake was found late Sunday morning. A state police dive team located Keaven W. Green, 66, of Watervliet, around 11:30 a.m. in 28 feet of water, according to state police Capt. Robert LaFountain. He ...

Joe Hackett hoists a nice largemouth bass he took on a flyrod popper.
(Photo provided)

Early season high water and wet travel

As the seasonal shift from spring to summer continues, water levels on the local rivers and streams remains quite high. A deluge of rain that hit the area early last week again forced the closure of several hiking routes in the High Peaks Wilderness Area. The recent closures come fast on ...

Spencer Morrissey smiles at the summit of Peaked Mountain while overlooking Peaked Mountain Pond on June 24. It was the 1,000th named peak in the Adirondacks that he had climbed.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Thirst for exploration

We all milled about in the parking lot, saying hello to old friends and meeting new ones. We were an eclectic group, from all over the upstate area. Despite the differences in age and location, we all had one thing in common. We were there to partake in what could be a historic hike. Now, ...

A bald eagle perches in a white pine over the Saranac River near the Lower Locks outside of Saranac Lake on July 4.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

New York’s bald eagle numbers continue to grow

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is celebrating reaching a new record number of breeding bald eagle pairs around New York. The DEC undertook an eagle restoration effort in 1976 and began tracking the nation’s mascot at that time. And just last week, the DEC announced ...

Concerns about lack of oxygen in Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID — After another year of testing the health of Mirror Lake, the AuSable River Association reports oxygen levels for lake and rainbow trout remain a concern as more data is compiled. “Right now there is no oxygen in the very bottom of the lake,” said the association’s ...

Paul Smith’s College professor: Project endangers rare new toad species

By the Enterprise staff PAUL SMITHS — A Paul Smith’s College professor who helped discover a rare species of toad is urging the public to help save it from extinction. Eric Simandle, professor of natural sciences, and his colleagues at the University of Nevada, Reno say a proposed ...

Rangers aid in ongoing search for missing man

By the Enterprise staff The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s forest rangers conducted numerous search and rescue missions throughout the Adirondack counties last week, as well as ticketing a couple who were allegedly feeding bears. --- Town of Diana Forest rangers, ...

Rescue personnel use a Zodiac inflatable fire rescue boat and cameras attached to the end of poles in the raging whitewater of the AuSable River near the popular Wilmington Flume swimming hole Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to find the body of a 31-year-old man from Ithaca who they say drowned at the location Monday afternoon when swimming with fellow friends who were camping in the area.
(Photo provided — Essex County Coroner's Office)

Ithaca man, 31, drowns at ‘Wilmington Flume’

WILMINGTON — Just before recovery efforts hit the 24-hour mark, rescuers were able to retrieve the body of a man who is believed to have drowned in the AuSable River Monday afternoon. Essex County coroner Frank Whitelaw confirmed that the body of Matthew Miller, 31, of Ithaca had been ...

Man drowns while tubing in Sacandaga River

WELLS — A Johnstown man drowned while tubing in the Sacandaga River Monday afternoon. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department issued a news release reporting the drowning of 64-year-old Corlous T. Fisher, no street address available. Deputies said Fisher was tubing on the Sacandaga ...

Tick towns: Researchers target neighborhoods in Lyme effort

RED HOOK — Maybe it will take a village to fight Lyme disease. Or a bunch of them. With a bumper crop of blacklegged ticks possible this season, researchers in a Lyme disease-plagued part of New York’s Hudson Valley are tackling tick problems across entire neighborhoods with fungal ...