Outdoors

Amid urgent climate warnings, EPA gives coal a reprieve

WASHINGTON — Amid scientists’ increasingly urgent warnings, the Trump administration ordered a sweeping about-face Wednesday on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move it predicted would revitalize America’s sagging coal ...

Students get canoe lessons

SARANAC LAKE — As Celebrate Paddling — the month-long ode to kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding — continues, local third-graders are getting lessons both in and out of the classroom. Third-graders spent the last week learning about watersports and being outside. For ...

80-year-old hiker rescued from Mt. Washington may have to foot the bill

CONCORD, N.H. — An 80-year-old hiker who was rescued trying to reach the summit of Mount Washington could end up footing the bill for the emergency services, New Hampshire officials said Tuesday, amid efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of the popular tourist ...

McKim presents on paddling through Alaska

SARANAC LAKE — Local resident Scott McKim will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bitters & Bones about a paddle to the Arctic Ocean through Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge. “My paddling roots are in the Adirondacks, and I hope to highlight that, stressing you don’t ...

Kids fish on Father’s Day

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby took place on Sunday at Lake Colby beach. Twenty-eight children signed up this year, winning in multiple fish divisions. First place for most fish caught went to Aaron Stevens, second place to ...

Proceed with caution when taking on a slide

The Adirondacks is becoming quite well-known for its slides and those using those slides to access the summit of many of the High Peaks have multiplied. Is this good? Is this bad? It all depends on who you ask and the types of unnecessary risks that one takes while in pursuit. ...

Paddling trip with a river, three lakes and a carry

PAUL SMITHS — We were not alone. A red eye stared at us through very thin mist and then disappeared. But it was soon back, and it had brought a friend. Or maybe a lover. Early one morning, my friend Jason and I set out to paddle the St. Regis loop, a combination of a river, three lakes ...

Judge halts DEC’s construction of Cedar River bridge

LAKE GEORGE — A state Supreme Court judge granted a temporary restraining order Friday to keep the state from building a bridge over the Cedar River in the Essex Chain Lakes, at least until mid-July. Judge Robert Muller granted the order in Warren County Supreme Court, the latest step ...

APA OKs comment period for tent sites

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board has approved a public comment period for guidance on how the state will site primitive campsites. At its regular monthly board meeting, the APA board approved a permit for a small subdivision and water tower in Mayfield, heard a ...

DEC goes on parking ticket duty

KEENE — Hikers flocked to the High Peaks and Giant Mountain wilderness areas this weekend to capitalize on the warm weather, and at least 70 of them were met with parking tickets. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and local law enforcement agencies have stepped up ...

Plattsburgh police rescue Northern Forest paddler from river

PLATTSBURGH — A potentially terrible situation turned out good as Plattsburgh City Police were able to help rescue a man struggling in the Saranac River Sunday morning. “I’m glad it turned out that way. It could have been real bad,” City Police Cpl. Darin Perrotte, ...

Police seek whoever damaged ski trails by driving SUV on them

LAKE PLACID — On Sunday, the New York State Police received a call that a person had damaged cross-country ski trails at Cascade Ski Center by driving a four-wheel-drive SUV on them. The ski center reported an individual drove a Toyota 4-Runner on the Nordic trails, leaving “extensive ...

Police seek whoever damaged ski trails by driving SUV on them

LAKE PLACID -- On Sunday, the New York State Police received a call that a person had damaged cross-country ski trails at Cascade Ski Center by driving a four-wheel-drive SUV on them. The ski center reported an individual drove a Toyota 4-Runner on the Nordic trails, leaving "extensive ...

Sorting through the wide world of trekking poles

While trekking poles are relatively simple to use, they can be confusing to purchase, and even a bit scary to those with commitment issues. It can be difficult to figure out the difference between the various kinds of poles. Not only are there several different brands out there to choose ...

Easy access to a remote Adirondack experience

LAKE CLEAR — One of the best things about the Adirondacks is how quickly you can get to a place that feels like the middle of nowhere, and the St. Regis Canoe Area offers plenty of opportunities to feel like that. So on a somewhat chilly morning recently, my wife and son met friends of ...

See a moose? Let us know, DEC says

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to report moose sightings as part of a multi-year project to study the Adirondacks’ largest animal. According to a map of 2018 moose sightings by town, the vast majority of moose sightings in New York occur within ...

APA will honor Canon, talk primitive campsites

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board will hold its regular monthly meeting next Thursday and will honor a longtime critic of the agency in its annual tree planting ceremony. At 12:15 p.m., the APA’s annual tree planting ceremony will take place in honor of former ...