Outdoors

DEC: 2017 deer harvest took more bucks, fewer overall

The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its tally for last fall’s deer hunting season and found that while the number of bucks shot increased, the total number of deer taken has fallen off from the five-year average. Statewide, hunters killed 203,427 deer, including ...

Whiteface skier died from crash into tree

WILMINGTON — A 22-year-old St. Lawrence University student died after crashing into trees at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center Saturday, according to state police. Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw said that at approximately 11 a.m. Lukas Harvey of Castleton, Vermont, and a group of his ...

Local forest rangers given awards

The state Department of Environmental Conservation honored several local forest rangers for their work in an annual awards ceremony in Albany last week. Forest rangers are the state’s first line of defense in the protection of public Forest Preserve lands, responding to wildfires and ...

Appeal filed in fatal boat collision

Lawyers for Alexander West have filed an appeal of his convictions and sentence for the July 2016 fatal boat crash on Lake George, arguing that numerous legal issues warrant a new trial or dismissal of the weightiest charges and that the sentence imposed on West was “excessive.” West is ...

Winter Classic doles out big prizes

ALEXANDRIA BAY — The 2018 NYS Winter Classic Tournament wrapped up Saturday, March 24 with an awards ceremony event held at the Bonnie Castle Resort. Anglers walked away with more than $23,500 in cash and prizes, indulged in the prime rib buffet dinner and stayed overnight at the resort. ...

St. Lawrence U. mourns as student dies at Whiteface

LAKE PLACID — A promising geology student died in a skiing accident on the Lower Northway trail on Whiteface Mountain Ski Center around 10:30 Saturday morning. Lukas Harvey, who would have graduated this spring from St. Lawrence University, was skiing with friends at the mountain in ...

Keene view protected through land trust

KEENE — A couple whose families have owned land in the Keene area for a century have donated nearly 5 acres to the Adirondack Land Trust for eventual transfer to the state Forest Preserve. Howard and Darcy Fuguet gave the Land Trust 4.6 acres at the intersection of state Routes 73 and 9N, ...

Mountain Club launches volunteer Adirondack media program

The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is launching a new volunteer program that will utilize people who are already out enjoying the Adirondacks, selecting some of them to contribute words and images to the club’s cause. “ADK Stewardship Ambassadors will inspire ADK’s community to ...

‘Snow train’ continues after shutdown remark

Operations continued Friday at Saratoga & North Creek Railway despite the company owner’s pledge Thursday to shut it down amid mounting losses. Ed Ellis, president of the railway’s parent company, told Warren County supervisors that it would cease operations unless he is able to ...

Spring is perfect time to catch up on reading

It seems like spring may be settling in, and with the loss of snow comes the opening of the Adirondacks’ famous mud season. And with the onset of mud season, skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and hiking all pretty much get put on hold. In a difficult time of year to enjoy the ...

Rebirth, renewal and a few ‘woodsisms’

While winter weather will remain in command of the local landscape, there has been a slow but sure warming trend in the forecast. Although winter conditions will likely remain intact in the upper elevations, spring will burst first in the valleys as mud season gives way to the annual ...

Rock climbing closures begin Sunday, snowmobile trails closed

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced in its weekly backcountry conditions report that rock climbing route closures will begin April 1, and that many snowmobile trails will be off limits. Every spring, the DEC closes rock climbing routes that are located near peregrine ...

State extends sale of $65 parks pass

ALBANY (AP) — The state parks office is extending the sale period for its 2018 Empire Pass Card that gives holders access to all New York state parks for one price. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says the $65 sale is being extended through April 8. After that ...

Crossings approved for Tupper x-country trails

TUPPER LAKE — This town’s board approved a proposal to design five wetlands crossings on the town-owned golf course’s cross-country ski trails at a special meeting Monday afternoon. The $4,500 proposal from GYMO Engineering is for boardwalk-style crossings with no handrails designed ...

DEC to host High Peaks management plan meeting

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation will host a public meeting as it gets set to amend the management plan for the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Since the original unit management plan (UMP) was written in 1999, tens of thousands of acres of land have been added ...

CATS to host moonrise hike

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will host a moonrise hike this coming weekend on the group’s newest trail, located in Chesterfield. The hike will coincide with the second blue moon of 2018. The hike will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at Trembleau Mountain. CATS said in a press ...