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Cuomo: $8M to upgrade ORDA-run Belleayre

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the state to invest an additional $8 million for upgrades at the Belleayre Ski Center in Highmount in the Catskills. The Belleayre investment, which the governor announced Thursday, includes installation of a new, high-speed gondola, multiple lodge expansions and new ...

Police divers find body of 2nd Vermont snowmobiler in lake

PUTNAM (AP) — Authorities say they’ve recovered the body of the second of two Vermont men believed to have fallen through the ice on Lake Champlain while snowmobiling last week. New York State Police say police divers on Thursday found the body of 32-year-old Jonathan Ryan, of Shoreham, ...

ECOs say they caught hunters jacking deer

State Department of Environmental Conservation officers (ECOs) caught a trio of illegal hunters in Herkimer County at the beginning of the month. Two ECOs, Darryl Lucas and Lt. Matthew Jacoby, were investigating complaints of illegal deer jacking in the town of Danube, near Utica, on ...

State parks system unveils Empire Pass card for families

ALBANY (AP) — The state parks system is selling a plastic card version of its Empire Pass that’s accepted at state-owned parks and recreation areas across New York. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced Thursday that the Empire Pass card is now available ...

Members of the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department throw a grappling hook into the Raquette River in Tupper Lake Feb. 4 in an attempt to locate a snowmobile and four-wheeler that went through the ice.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

10 snowmobilers die so far this winter on thinly frozen lakes

ALBANY — Ten snowmobilers have died in thinly frozen lakes across the Northeast so far in a relatively mild winter. Most of the accidents happened in New York state, where officials warned that, despite recent snowfalls, many lakes have not had enough cold days to develop ice thick ...

An Adirondack Scenic Railroad train travels on Oct. 22 through Saranac Lake’s North Country Community College campus, where the land ownership has been in dispute.
(Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

Judge orders more info from state on railroad title issues

A judge has ordered the state to provide more information on title issues and historic preservation of 34 miles of a travel corridor that the state plans to turn into a multi-use trail. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Main is dealing with a lawsuit the Adirondack Railway ...

Divers recover body during search for 2 missing snowmobilers

PUTNAM (AP) — Divers have recovered a body during the search for two snowmobilers who are believed to have fallen through the ice on Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York. Authorities say a body was found Wednesday wearing a snowmobile helmet and clothes north of where the ...

Matt Horner in December 2013
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)

Ice climbing guide seriously hurt in fall

A Keene climbing guide suffered grievous injuries when he fell about 50 feet while ice climbing at Chapel Pond last Wednesday. Matt Horner, who is a professional sculptor as well as a climbing guide, fell while bringing a client up the Rhiannon route. The ...

Name of man killed in St. Lawrence County snowmobile crash released

MACOMB (AP) — State police have released the name of a suburban Rochester man who was killed in a snowmobiling accident on a lake in northern New York last weekend. Troopers say 38-year-old Gregory Barr, of Pittsford, was driving a snowmobile on Black Lake when he hit a large rock pile ...

Rangers rescue lost hikers on Algonquin; other search resumes

For the second week in a row and the third time in as many months, state Department of Environmental Conservation employees rescued people who became lost on Algonquin Peak. On Sunday, Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC dispatch in Ray Brook from a trio of hikers who lost the trail ...

Matt Horner in December 2013
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)

Keene ice climbing guide seriously hurt in fall

A Keene climbing guide suffered grievous injuries when he fell about 50 feet while ice climbing at Chapel Pond last Wednesday. Matt Horner, who is a professional scultor as well as a climbing guide, fell while bringing a client up the Rhiannon route. The client was able to help ...

Rangers rescue lost hikers on Algonquin

For the second week in a row and the third time in as many months, state Department of Environmental Conservation employees rescued people who became lost on Algonquin Peak. On Sunday, Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC dispatch in Ray Brook from a trio of hikers who lost the trail ...

A state police helicopter hovers over the bodies of two men who died after going through the ice on snowmobiles in Tupper Lake last weekend. Forest rangers and a state police dive team used air boats to recover the bodies.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Apparent safe ice can be most dangerous

Nine people fell through the ice on area waters last weekend. Nine. And two of those folks are never going home again. Early Saturday morning, three men went through the ice of the Raquette River in Tupper Lake. They were on a four-wheeler and two snowmobiles when they broke through. ...

The proposed Lake Flower Resort in Saranac Lake is seen from the perspective of Lake Flower Avenue in this architectural drawing from the developers.

APA approves Lake Flower Resort

RAY BROOK — A proposed resort in Saranac Lake passed its final major government review hurdle Friday. Now all it faces is a lawsuit from another Saranac Lake hotel owner. The state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners voted to approve a permit for the Lake Flower Resort and ...

Weighing assumed risk during adventurous travel

It was bound to happen sooner or later. It is an occupational nuisance that continues to linger in the back of my mind whenever I take to the woods or waters. Although I’ve always managed to heed its call, I’ve never allowed it to scare me off. It is a notion known as “assumed risk,” ...

Association: Salt remains biggest threat to Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID — The Mirror Lake Watershed Association submitted its annual report to this village’s board Monday, and road salt remains the top concern for the body of water Mayor Craig Randall has called “this village’s crown jewel.” “Road salt may be the most significant threat ...

N.Y. urges safe snowmobiling after fatalities

ALBANY (AP) — New York officials are reminding snowmobilers to take precautions after a series of fatal accidents this winter. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging snowmobilers to wear helmets, stay on designated trails and make sure the ice is thick enough before ...

Cuomo announces free fishing days

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced that the first of several free fishing events in New York state for 2017 will take place Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19. During these designated days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing ...

APA approves plan for Lake Champlain Islands Complex

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board approved a plan for management of six islands in Lake Champlain Friday morning. The state Department of Environmental Conservation developed the Lake Champlain Islands Complex Unit Management Plan to provide guidance on how to manage ...