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Little, Jones, Stec outline state budget’s North Country ties

It may have been nearly 10 days late, but with the passage of the state’s $153.1 billion state budget late Sunday night, North Country legislators are content with the final product. Longtime North Country state representative Sen. Betty Little views the 2017-18 budget as one that funds ...

Dressed as Mr. Freeze from “Batman” with a snowboard cut in half strapped to his feet, Saranac Lake’s Tim Smith hits the water in Sunday’s International Pond Skimming contest at Whiteface Mountain.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Sink or skim

WILMINGTON — A year ago, the annual spring rite of pond skimming was called off at Whiteface Mountain due to warm temperatures and little snow. In simple terms, it was a bad winter for skiing and boarding throughout the entire Northeast. So when the event was held on Sunday to mark ...

New York plans state campground upgrades

ALBANY (AP) — The state is proposing upgrades at several campgrounds in the Adirondacks and is taking public comments on the plans. The plans are for Buck Pond campground in Franklin County, Caroga Lake in Fulton County, and three state campgrounds on Piseco Lake in Hamilton County. At ...

The cedar log great camp that was built in the 1930s still sits on the shore of Debar Pond. 
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Historic Debar looks toward next step

DUANE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for public input on a plan to manage nearly 90,000 acres of land in the northern Adirondacks. The state is developing the first unit management plan (UMP) for the Debar Mountain Wild Forest, which is comprised of ...

Spring fishing on Ray Brook.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Celebrating opening day with ski boots, brookies and boats

The annual trout season opened on April Fools’ Day, with a majority of the lakes and ponds in Adirondacks still locked in ice. Ice jams continue to clog many of the rivers and streams as well. Spring thaw usually arrives some time between the middle of May and the middle of June, ...

Planning board approves ACR subdivision map

TUPPER LAKE — The Joint Planning Board approved a final “plat,” or map, of Section 1 of the Adirondack Club and Resort project at a special meeting Wednesday night. A plat is a to-scale map outlining the boundaries of saleable lots within a subdivision — in this case Section 1 of ...

The main lodge at the former Frontier Town is seen in January as plans were announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to create a “gateway to the Adirondacks” on this site.
(Enterprise photo — Justin Levine)

Projects get green light under budget extender

Though North Country lawmakers have been frustrated with a 2017-18 state budget process that was nearly a week late and not finished as of this morning, several major Adirondack projects have been officially given the green light thanks to the passage of a $40 billion budget extender. The ...

A peregrine falcon perches on a cliff.
(Photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

DEC announces rock climbing closures for falcon nesting

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that many rock climbing routes in the Adirondacks are now closed due to possible peregrine falcon nesting. Each spring, the DEC closes rock climbing routes that are near or intersect with falcon nesting areas. Once the falcons ...

Nature Conservancy employees Gus Goodwin, left, and Christian Marks admire the branches of a large elm tree at the former site of the red barn at the intersection of state routes 73 and 9N in Keene.
(Photo — Connie Prickett, The Nature Conservancy)

Scientists monitor resilient elm trees

KEENE VALLEY — A once iconic species of tree that has been hammered by a foreign disease may have found some hope in Keene Valley. At the end of February, experts on elm trees came to the Adirondack hamlet to collect pollen from a large tree that has somehow withstood the onslaught of ...

Rushing waters cascade over rocks as the Saranac River picks up speed approaching Franklin Falls.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Slow transition into spring

It’s taking quite a while for the warmth of spring to arrive in the High Peaks region this year, but like it or not, that’s a typical scenario when it comes to the climate of the Adirondack Mountains. Despite the lingering snow, cold and still dormant deciduous vegetation, Mother ...

Fishermen anticipate ice-out to come soon and the trout to follow after the April 1 season-opener.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Chilly waters greet anglers for season-opener

As always, the New York trout season will begin with the sunrise on April 1. The season opener will coincide with April Fools’ Day, which is appropriate since only a fool would expect to catch anything beyond a cold from the icy mountain flows that are still overflowing their banks with ...

New York state Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, speaks at the Adirondack Challenge event in July 2016. (Photo provided by the governor's office)

Senate passes Little’s Forest Preserve bill

ALBANY — It’s now up to the state Assembly to put a constitutional amendment to voters statewide to enable local governments access to a “health and safety” land bank for important bridge, highway and drinking water projects on state Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack and ...

What spring? More snow today for N.Y.

ALBANY (AP) — Several inches of snow have fallen on parts of eastern New York where forecasters say up to a foot of wet, heavy snow could blanket some areas. The National Weather Service says 1 to 3 inches of snow has fallen this morning in an area stretching from the Catskills through ...

Dave and Amy Freeman walk along Minnesota’s Boundary Waters for the film, “Bear Witness.”
(Photo provided by Dave Freeman)

Reel Paddling Film Festival Comes to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The Reel Paddling Film Festival will stop at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 6, for an evening of adventure films. The annual event is hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Adirondack Lakes and Trails. This year’s festival features several ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro
(Photo provided by Rep. Elise Stefanik)

Environmental leaders urge Stefanik to support Clean Power Plan

David Gibson, a regional environmental leader, suggested U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik contact Judith Enck, the former Environmental Protection Agency regional director, as the congresswoman weighs her stance on President Donald Trump’s executive order regarding emissions from coal-fired power ...