Outdoors

Centennial celebrations for St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower

The Friends of St Regis Mountain Fire Tower are celebrating the Centennial of the St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower. The work of the Friends group, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Students Conservation Association, the Adirondack Watershed Institute and their many ...

Crews continue search for Bangor man

PAUL SMITHS — Searchers from several state agencies continued to look for a missing Bangor man in the woods around Slush Pond Road Tuesday with no new findings, according to Department of Environmental Conservation officials. Bruce K. Waite, 48, has been missing for over three weeks now ...

APA plans big agenda for this week’s monthly meeting

RAY BROOK — After months of scheduling just one-day monthly meetings, the state Adirondack Park Agency plans on a whopper of a meeting later this week, tackling some of the biggest and most controversial decisions in recent memory. The APA board will vote this week on whether plans for ...

Council calls for parking permits

KEENE VALLEY — The Adirondack Council Monday applauded state efforts at High Peaks parking areas, but said painting lines and prohibiting roadside parking is not enough to protect the overburdened areas of the Adirondacks. “The Governor’s Adirondack Park Agency is now poised to ...

Police, rangers search for man missing 3 weeks

PAUL SMITHS - State police and the Department of Environmental Conservation are conducting a wilderness search in the Paul Smiths area for a man last seen on June 18. Bruce K. Waite, 48, of Bangor was last seen in the St. Regis Falls area, according to Capt. Robert LaFountain, head of the ...

Stay cool with a dip in the lake

SARANAC LAKE — With sweltering heat and high humidity unabashedly announcing that summer is here, the area known for its cold winters is, luckily, also home to a number of beaches and swimming areas where locals and visitors can try to beat the heat. Although there are a few beaches ...

Summer days spent with pack, paddle and poles

As the long Fourth of July holiday arrives to usher in the the summer season, there is no reason for anyone to miss out on the multitude of outdoor adventures that are currently available across the Adirondack region. I spent a majority of last week wading small streams in pursuit of large ...

Bug death buzz

PAUL SMITHS — When Paul Smith’s College Professor Curt Stager wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about decreasing bug populations in Germany, he did not expect a massive international response, but that is what he got. His May 26 essay, titled “The Silence of the Bugs,” is ...

Wakely Mountain fire tower reopens

An Adirondack fire tower that had been closed for almost two years was reopened after extensive repairs, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday. The Wakely Mountain fire tower was closed in December 2016 after extensive damage was documented. The DEC also ...

Common Ground Alliance holds 12th annual forum

LAKE PLACID — The Common Ground Alliance will hold its 12th annual forum, where members of the community and business owners are invited to participate in action-oriented conversations about a variety regional issues. The forum is Thursday, July 19, at the Lake Placid Golf Club House, ...

Backpacker Magazine calls Aug. 4 National Summit Day

Backpacker, a popular national magazine focused on hiking and backpacking, is encouraging people to get out and hike on Saturday, Aug. 4 in honor of National Summit Day. “Everyone with a pair of shoes and nearby hill or mountain is invited,” the magazine said. The magazine has ...

Green group calls for High Peaks permits

RAY BROOK — An Adirondack environmental group has called for the state to implement a permit system for the High Peaks but says permits should be limited in scope. Meanwhile, another has also submitted comments to say a new management plan is not in compliance with state law. Adirondack ...

DEC offers tips on avoiding bear conflicts

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has offered a bevy of recommendations on avoiding conflicts with bears, including in the backcountry where at least one bear has been a repeated issue this year. Since local berry crops aren’t quite ripe and young bears are setting out on ...

Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. With Pruitt's departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives ...

Various Adirondack leaders cheer EPA chief’s resignation

From environmentalists to the area’s Republican congresswoman, a range of leaders in the Adirondack Park expressed gladness at the resignation of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik was among the first Republicans, in ...

Fish Creek transforms into small city during holiday week

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation operates dozens of pubic campgrounds around the Adirondacks, but few are as well known — and none as large — as Fish Creek Campground. Fish Creek, just south of Saranac Inn on state Route 30, has 355 campsites. ...

DEC announces expanded safety, protection effort

With the Fourth of July holiday this week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced several measures aimed at increasing the safety of backcountry users while also protecting natural resources. “To improve public safety and reduce impacts to natural resources in ...