Outdoors

A building sits dormant at the former Camp Gabriels prison in the town of Brighton in February 2014. The state has twice tried to sell the property, but has been unsuccessful due to its land classification.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Proposed amendment would ease sale of Camp Gabriels

State Sen. Betty Little has again introduced a state constitutional amendment that would ease the sale of the former Camp Gabriels prison. The proposal has the support of at least one Adirondack environmental group. Protect the Adirondacks issued a press release this week saying it’s on ...

Cops: Director of environmental group stole $69,000

LAKE GEORGE (AP) — The head of an Adirondack environmental conservation group has been charged with stealing more than $69,000 from the organization. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office says 67-year-old David Decker, of Burnt Hills in Saratoga County, was arrested Thursday on charges ...

Winds knock out power to 40K-plus in New York

ALBANY (AP) — More than 40,000 homes and businesses across New York state are without electricity as winds gusting to 60 mph bring down trees and power lines. NYSEG reports more than 22,000 customers are without power this morning, with RG&E and National Grid each reporting more than ...

Public meeting set on Payeville Lane cleanup

SARANAC LAKE — A public meeting will be held next week on a $14 million plan to clean up environmental contamination at the former Saranac Lake Gas Company site on Payeville Lane. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region ...

Groups to urge lawmakers to OK Cuomo’s mega-trail plan

ALBANY (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts and activists from across New York will gather in Albany to urge state lawmakers to back Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for a 750-mile trail system. The Democrat announced in January that his state budget proposal would include a plan to complete and connect ...

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, right, presents Dewey Mountain Recreation Center Manager Jason Smith with a gold medal for leading the volunteer effort to ready Dewey’s trails for Saturday’s World Snowshoe Championships.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Village thanks snowshoe race volunteers

SARANAC LAKE — The village saved a World Snowshoe Championships gold medal for the man who led the effort to save the race course for the event. Mayor Clyde Rabideau presented Dewey Mountain Recreation Center Manager Jason Smith with a gold medal at Monday’s village Board of Trustees ...

From left, Adirondack Fish Hatchery fish culturalists Ken Klubek and Doug Peck and Lake Colby Classic Chairman Dustin Martin pose with a couple of the roughly 15 fish the trio stocked in Lake Colby Monday morning, including brown trout, rainbow trout and splakes.
(Enterprise photo — Brittany Proulx)

Colby Classic gears up for this weekend with 13 inches of ice

SARANAC LAKE — The Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby is set to take the ice Saturday and Sunday on Lake Colby. The contest is for fish caught between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. with no fish weighed in later than 4:15 p.m. each day. The cost to participate is $7 per day or $10 for both days ...

Pisgah remains closed, could re-open Tuesday

SARANAC LAKE — Mount Pisgah Ski Center has been shut down since Saturday but could reopen by Tuesday. The mountain was closed on Saturday due to warm temperatures and rain, and closed on Sunday due to icy conditions. Manager Garrett Foster said he hopes warmer weather in the forecast ...

Neilson Snye of Tupper Lake skis past the site of a historic barn that burned down in 2004 at the Camp Santanoni Historic Area in Newcomb on Presidents Day.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Touring historic Santanoni as winter lulls

NEWCOMB — After two straight days of sunshine and above-freezing temperatures, my friend and I decided we better get out skiing again before the snow is completely gone. So on Monday, we drove down to Newcomb and donned our cross-country skis for the 10-mile round-trip out to the ...

Cross-country skiers kick and glide in fresh snow on the Jackrabbit Trail on their way to Lake Placid from Cascade Cross Country Center on Jan. 29.
(Photo provided — Josh Wilson, Barkeater Trails Alliance)

A big winter, until this week

SARANAC LAKE — Yes, it’s supposed to rain today. A lot. And yes, the area has seen a string of 50-degree days and no new snow over the past week. Before that, however, local cross-country and downhill ski centers were enjoying a strong season, thanks to snow-filled holiday periods ...

Although snow cover is meager, many of the mountain streams and brooks have retained ice.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Land-use debates pervasive across the country

Last year, organizers of the annual Outdoor Retailer Expo, which is likely the largest outdoor equipment trade show in the world, threatened to pull the plug on their popular trade show. The popular event has long been the anchor of Salt Lake City’s convention-based economy. The Outdoor ...

Hunter pleads guilty to hurting En-Con officer

HUDSON (AP) — A 55-year-old New York man has pleaded guilty to assault in connection with the wounding of an environmental conservation officer last fall. Alan Blanchard, of Gallatin, pleaded guilty Friday to a Class D felony in Columbia County Court. Troopers say 39-year-old Officer ...

Volunteers gather at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center Friday morning to help organizers prepare for Saturday's World Snowshoe Championships, which were moved entirely to the mountain.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Volunteers sought for snow shoveling preparation for Snowshoe Championships

SARANAC LAKE — Volunteers will be at work today at Dewey Mountain, shoveling snow from the woods onto the course for Saturday's World Snowshoe Championships. “Help is needed for the World Snowshoe Championships as the Saranac Lake hosts are determined the race will go on,” village ...

Hikers walk alongside Route 73 in Keene Valley Monday morning, Noonmark Mountain in view.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

1,000 hike ADK Loj, Cascade during Presidents weekend

LAKE PLACID — Sunny weather atop snowcapped High Peaks this Presidents Day weekend resulted in nearly 1,000 hikers and other backcountry recreationists signing into the area’s two most popular trailheads over a four-day stretch. From Friday to Monday, 667 people signed in at New York ...

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau outlines the World Snowshoe Championships course with defending snowshoe champion Stephane Ricard of France, right, and Julien Lachance of Canada.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

World Snowshoe Championships moved entirely to Dewey Mountain

SARANAC LAKE — The race course for the World Snowshoe Championships has been moved entirely to Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, organizers announced late Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to approach 60 degrees Saturday with rain in the forecast. The base of snow for the course ...

Which fish lived in Mirror Lake ages ago?

LAKE PLACID — Paul Smith’s College students will be out on Mirror Lake late Saturday morning collecting a sediment core from the village’s central body of water. The group of students are part of Curt Stager’s Paleoecology class and will be joined by Brendan Wiltse, Science and ...

Flood watch in effect this weekend

The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a flood watch for the North Country from Friday evening through Sunday evening. Record warm temperatures and a period of moderate to briefly heavy rainfall is expected on Saturday. “Minor to locally moderate flooding is possible ...