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Hiker parking is top election issue in Keene

Hiker parking is the hottest topic among Keene Town Council candidates this election. Councilman Bob Biesemeyer called it “the number-one issue right now,” and it was the first thing fellow Councilman Paul Martin and challenger Teresa Cheetham-Palen brought up in interviews this ...

A summit steward talks to two of numerous hikers atop Mount Marcy, New York’s highest point, on Sept. 23.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

46ers pledge big money to ADK High Peaks programs

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack 46ers hiking group has pledged more than $70,000 over the next three years to help support the Adirondack Mountain Club trail crew and summit steward programs. The ADK announced the plan Monday, saying that the 46ers will provide $15,000 per year for the next ...

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Rangers rescue injured mountain biker in Wilmington

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and volunteers returned from a two-week deployment to California to fight wildfires this week, while other rangers rescued an injured mountain biker at a popular local trail system, found a lost hiker and located a hunter in ...

Tanker cars from the UTLX train car company are stored on ancillary lines in Minerva, north of North Creek. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has opposed the storage of these 28 cars, saying they are out of place in the Adirondacks.
(Photo provided — Brendan Wiltse)

Cuomo condemns tanker car storage north of North Creek

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spoken out against the Saratoga and North Creek Railway’s storage of tanker cars on its unused tracks near North Creek, siding with environmental groups after the controversial train cars rolled into the Adirondacks Oct. 17. “We oppose it 100 percent, and we will do ...

ECOs bust numerous illegal hunters in Adirondacks

State Department of Environmental Conservation officers (ECOs) busted a series of hunters who were taking game out of season in the last couple of weeks in the Adirondacks, including using a decoy deer to nab a hunter shooting from his vehicle. --- Town of Webb On Monday, Oct. 16, ECO ...

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Searchers find hunter missing for four days

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers worked on wildfires in both New York and California last week, while also helping lost and injured people in the Adirondack counties, including one hunter who spent four nights in the wilderness. --- Town of Harrietstown On ...

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Cuomo signs Little’s snowmobile safety law

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law on Monday that will help to improve safety on more than 8,000 miles of public snowmobile trails across the state. The new bill was co-sponsored by North Country state Sen. Betty Little [R-Queensbury] and came at the request of local snowmobile ...

Trapping season opens today across N.Y.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation reminded residents that furbearer hunting and trapping season opens throughout most of the state today. Coyote hunting has been open since Oct. 1, but Oct. 25 is the start date for the hunting and trapping seasons for other animals such as ...

Louis Ferrone, of East Syracuse, descends Coney Mountain on his way to a first place finish in the Tupper Triad Challenge Saturday morning.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Top Tupper Triad finisher conquers challenge in an hour and a half

More photos available for purchase in our CU gallery TUPPER LAKE — The first ever Tupper Triad Challenge drew an almost capacity crowd to three small mountains near Tupper Lake Saturday, and among the crowd were runners, walkers and strollers. Organizer Jim LaValley said the event was ...

Bob Rose pilots his 1949 Piper Clipper airplane in the High Peaks Wilderness on Oct. 17.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

To live is to fly

KEENE VALLEY — Jeff Rose would have told his father this was a “CAVU” day. It’s the kind of “clear and visibility unlimited” morning void of clouds that the 71-year-old Bob Rose grew to adore for a half-century as a military and commercial pilot. Bob and I crammed into his ...

The Goodman Mountain trailhead is seen Thursday. Goodman is one of three Tupper Lake area mountains that are part of the Tupper Triad challenge Saturday that asks hikers to traverse Mount Arab, Goodman and Coney Mountain in one day.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Tupper Triad to challenge trekkers Saturday

TUPPER LAKE — Nearly two years after the designation of the Tupper Lake Triad, the three peaks around this village will host their first one-day challenge race Oct. 21. The race, presented by Big Tupper Brewing, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Mount Arab trailhead in the town of Piercefield. ...

Erin Hanczyk, a public participation specialist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, looks at an oil sheen on the Saranac River Thursday afternoon in downtown Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

DEC handles oil spill in Saranac River

SARANAC LAKE — State Department of Environmental Conservation staff worked to contain a mysterious oil spill in the Saranac River Thursday afternoon. The spill, which spread from the Broadway Bridge past the pedestrian bridge behind Left Bank Cafe, smelled like and appeared to be fuel ...

Jed Dukette, left, and Rep. Elise Stefanik look over data at the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation’s lab behind the state Department of Environmental Conservation headquarters in Ray Brook.
(Photo provided by ALSC)

Water testing may end soon

RAY BROOK — The long-running field operations of the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation are likely to cease at the end of the year due to a lack of funding. Beginning in the 1980s, ALSC began collecting water quality samples from around the Adirondack Park. Since then, it has conducted ...

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Rangers still busy with rescues

The state Department of Environmental Conservation sent another crew of forest rangers and volunteers to help battle wildfires out west this week, but those who are still in New York were kept busy helping lost and injured people throughout the Adirondack counties. Town of Indian Lake On ...

Rangers help battle wildfires out west

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is sending 20 employees and volunteers to California to help battle wildfires that are raging out of control. The crew includes at least two Tri-Lakes forest rangers. The DEC regularly sends rangers and others trained in wild land fire ...

Jordan Hosmer and Stephen Cerbone stare into the fog as they sit on the top of Haystack Mountain after knocking the Saranac 6er peak off the list of mountains needed to complete the 6er Relay.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

6er Relay: Trials, ‘goats’ and pies

One-hundred-and-fourteen people gathered in Berkeley Green on a chilly Saturday morning, waiting for the signal to spread out and conquer the mountains surrounding this village. The first ever Saranac 6er Relay race drew hikers from British Colombia, Canada, Elmira and around the North ...

Measure would cut red tape on ‘forever wild’ land

PISECO LAKE — This tiny mountain town in New York’s Adirondack Mountains wants to add a bike lane to a narrow lakeside road, but it would need the permission of voters from Brooklyn to Buffalo to do it. That’s because of a provision in New York’s constitution protecting state-owned ...

A forest tent caterpillar
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Caterpillars bite into syrup production

LAKE PLACID — A native caterpillar is wreaking havoc on sugar maple trees across northern New York, and one local expert said it could have a big impact on maple syrup production next year. The forest tent caterpillar is a native species that normally spends its days quietly munching ...

NCCC instructor Tyler Meriam teaches, from left, Tarah Schlueter, Julie Landry, Henry Uzdavinis, Aaron Rosati, Mike Woolheater, Garett Winters and Mike Brewer the anatomy of a tandem canoe in Blue Mountain Lake.
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Learning, Adirondack style

SARANAC LAKE — When people think of college education, thoughts of crushing debt, library study sessions and raucous parties may come to mind. But one local college turns those ideas on their heads by throwing students into the wild for a 30-day stretch twice a year. Students at North ...