Outdoors

DEC offers college internships

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging college students to apply for internships in a variety of fields. Most of the internships are located in Albany at DEC headquarters. “DEC’s summer internship program connects the Capital Region’s college ...

Turkey tracks can be seen in the snow.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Waiting for spring to appear

Over the course of the past week, I’ve enjoyed a few days skating on the local lakes and ponds which were recently resurfaced by another cycle of thaw-rain-refreeze. I also had an opportunity to enjoy a few days of skiing in the backcountry, where the deep woods offered shelter from last ...

DEC alters freshwater fishing regulations

With the opening day of trout season just around the corner, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced numerous changes to freshwater fishing regulations that will go into effect this year. --- 2017 changes While there are many changes to the regulations that ...

Skiers take to the slopes of Whiteface Mountain Thursday after Winter Storm Stella dropped 44 inches of snow on the mountain, making for perfect conditions.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Whiteface skiers enjoy 44 inches of snow cover

WILMINGTON — Lynn Heidi and a group of her friends were supposed to be on a beach in Cancun Thursday, soaking up the sunshine and 80-degree temperatures. Instead, the Saranac Lake woman was at Whiteface Mountain, carving turns in deep powder snow and enjoying every minute of it. Her ...

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Lake Placid got most snow at 42 inches

It’s not 100-percent official, but the National Weather Service says Lake Placid had the most snow of any community in northern New York or Vermont — 42 inches. In a revised map of snow totals posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon, the weather service’s office in Burlington, Vermont, ...

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How Trump’s budget could affect northern New York

Some ways Trump’s budget could affect New York's North Country - Increases: ¯ Military, which may include the Army base at Fort Drum ¯ Homeland Security, which includes staff at the U.S.-Canada border ¯ Veterans Affairs, which could increase VA medical offerings - Cuts — ...

Two people walk up a desolate Broadway in Saranac Lake Wednesday near a pile of snow in the middle of the street. The village’s downtown was closed for most of the day so village crews could remove snow from the streets and sidewalks.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

‘Most snowfall I’ve seen’

SARANAC LAKE — Where was all this snow three weeks ago? That’s one of the thoughts that ran through Jeff Dora’s head as his village Department of Public Works crews worked feverishly Tuesday and Wednesday to remove more than three feet of snow from the village’s streets and ...

DEC issues backcountry warning

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning backcountry users of dangerous conditions in light of yesterday’s blizzard. The DEC is warning people that trails will likely not be broken until the weekend, and that breaking trail takes more time and energy. There were also ...

Surrounded by neck-deep snow, Scott Young digs out his van around 8 a.m. today in the parking lot next the No. 1 Chinese Restaurant in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Digging it? Adirondacks get up to 40″ of snow

LAKE PLACID — The people of the Tri-Lakes are digging out from under more than 3 feet of snow this morning as Winter Storm Stella forced Essex and Franklin counties to declare states of emergency, schools to close and officials to mandate drivers to stay off the roads. The Lake Placid ...

DEC issues backcountry warnings

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning backcountry users of dangerous conditions in light of this week's blizzard. The DEC is warning people that trails will likely not be broken until the weekend, and that breaking trail takes more time and energy. There were also ...

Saranac Lake seeks grant for rail trail connection

SARANAC LAKE — The village is seeking more grant money to make a connection to the state’s proposed rail trail. Meanwhile, the state is holding off on seeking contractors to remove the railroad tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid because of a court-issued stay. - Funds for ...

DEC closes walleye waters in St. Lawrence County until May

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has closed all fishing access on several tributaries of popular walleye fishing grounds in St. Lawrence County from March 16 until the opening of walleye season in May. “Over the years there has been an increase in illegal harvesting ...

State forest rangers sled an injured hiker out from Whiteface Mountain Friday. (Photo provided by DEC)

Rangers rescue another hiker near Whiteface summit

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued two injured hikers and a lost woman last week, including the second person with severe injuries near the summit of Whiteface Mountain. - Town of North Elba - On Wednesday, March 8, a 38-year-old female from Wilmington ...

Firefighters hose down a wildfire north of Tupper Lake on May 4, 2015. Fire officials said at the time they thought the blaze was caused by people burning things at a remote hunting camp, even though a statewide burn ban was on at the time and it was a dry, windy day.
(Enterprise photo — Tom Salitsky)

DEC burn ban in effect beginning this week

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s annual burn ban begins Thursday and runs through May 14 this year. The ban was implemented as a measure to limit the number of wildfires that occur most often in the spring. The DEC said in a release that the number of wildfires has ...

APA, DEC taking comments on bridge-building guidelines

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the state Adirondack Park Agency are accepting comments on a guidance document that would control how the state builds bridges in Wild Forest areas. At last week’s agency meeting, the board “approved changes to the ...

The woman attempting to break the Winter 46er speed record, Stefanie Bishop, far right, is seen Saturday at the summit of Nye Mountain along with the two local women who helped her stay on course during her hike Saturday, Elizabeth Izzo of Lake Placid, second from left, and Brittany Friedrich, far left, and their friend Jake.
(Photo provided — Brittany Friedrich)

Bishop aims to break Winter 46er speed record

LAKE PLACID — Curious minds from across the Adirondacks and the world followed the Garmin GPS coordinates of Stefanie Bishop this weekend as the Long Island endurance athlete continued her pursuit of breaking the supported Winter 46er speed record. Bishop started out Thursday morning, ...

Northeast blizzard could dump 18 inches of snow

NEW YORK — The Northeast is bracing for winter’s last hurrah — a blizzard expected to sweep the New York region starting today with possibly the season’s biggest snowstorm dumping up to 18 inches on Central Park. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch Sunday for ...

State probes into utilities’ windstorm response sought

BUFFALO (AP) — Local officials are joining New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in calling for state regulators to investigate how utilities responded to last week’s windstorm that knocked out power to more than 200,000 customers in the western part of the state. Erie County Executive Mark ...

Larry Master took this photograph of a great gray owl in flight earlier this week in Keene, where the large bird had been feeding on voles and mice. The owl has drawn birders from around the country to the area.
(Photos provided by Larry Master — Masterimages.org)

Eye for nature

LAKE PLACID — Larry Master chuckled softly as he talked about his boyhood and how his mom and brothers noticed early on how much he liked to look out the window at the birds and squirrels. “My brothers were quite a bit older than me, and they had to babysit,” Master said over lunch ...

Fishermen huddle around their pop-up shanty during last week’s Lake Colby Classic on Lake Colby in Saranac Lake.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Recaptivating youth interest in outdoors

I spent a majority of the past week skiing through the local woods, where I found snow conditions ranging from bare ground to bulletproof, with a few pockets of crust and dust and just a hint of fresh powder. Although I’d like to get in one last ski trip this season, the current ...