Outdoors

Rangers rescue lost hikers on Algonquin; other search resumes

For the second week in a row and the third time in as many months, state Department of Environmental Conservation employees rescued people who became lost on Algonquin Peak. On Sunday, Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC dispatch in Ray Brook from a trio of hikers who lost the trail ...

Matt Horner in December 2013
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)

Keene ice climbing guide seriously hurt in fall

A Keene climbing guide suffered grievous injuries when he fell about 50 feet while ice climbing at Chapel Pond last Wednesday. Matt Horner, who is a professional scultor as well as a climbing guide, fell while bringing a client up the Rhiannon route. The client was able to help ...

Rangers rescue lost hikers on Algonquin

For the second week in a row and the third time in as many months, state Department of Environmental Conservation employees rescued people who became lost on Algonquin Peak. On Sunday, Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC dispatch in Ray Brook from a trio of hikers who lost the trail ...

A state police helicopter hovers over the bodies of two men who died after going through the ice on snowmobiles in Tupper Lake last weekend. Forest rangers and a state police dive team used air boats to recover the bodies.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Apparent safe ice can be most dangerous

Nine people fell through the ice on area waters last weekend. Nine. And two of those folks are never going home again. Early Saturday morning, three men went through the ice of the Raquette River in Tupper Lake. They were on a four-wheeler and two snowmobiles when they broke through. ...

The proposed Lake Flower Resort in Saranac Lake is seen from the perspective of Lake Flower Avenue in this architectural drawing from the developers.

APA approves Lake Flower Resort

RAY BROOK — A proposed resort in Saranac Lake passed its final major government review hurdle Friday. Now all it faces is a lawsuit from another Saranac Lake hotel owner. The state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners voted to approve a permit for the Lake Flower Resort and ...

Weighing assumed risk during adventurous travel

It was bound to happen sooner or later. It is an occupational nuisance that continues to linger in the back of my mind whenever I take to the woods or waters. Although I’ve always managed to heed its call, I’ve never allowed it to scare me off. It is a notion known as “assumed risk,” ...

Association: Salt remains biggest threat to Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID — The Mirror Lake Watershed Association submitted its annual report to this village’s board Monday, and road salt remains the top concern for the body of water Mayor Craig Randall has called “this village’s crown jewel.” “Road salt may be the most significant threat ...

N.Y. urges safe snowmobiling after fatalities

ALBANY (AP) — New York officials are reminding snowmobilers to take precautions after a series of fatal accidents this winter. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging snowmobilers to wear helmets, stay on designated trails and make sure the ice is thick enough before ...

Cuomo announces free fishing days

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced that the first of several free fishing events in New York state for 2017 will take place Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19. During these designated days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing ...

APA approves plan for Lake Champlain Islands Complex

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board approved a plan for management of six islands in Lake Champlain Friday morning. The state Department of Environmental Conservation developed the Lake Champlain Islands Complex Unit Management Plan to provide guidance on how to manage ...

Dewey Mountain recreation center gains more acreage

SARANAC LAKE — Dewey Mountain Recreation Center is gaining more acreage. Dewey Mountain Friends has negotiated a deal to acquire, using funds it raised, a 13-acre parcel of land on the eastern border of the country ski, snowshoe and mountain bike center. The town of Harrietstown will take ...

67-year-old Stephen Sattler and 64-year-old Edward Sattler, who died when their snowmobiles went through the ice over the weekend on Raquette Pond  in Tupper Lake.
(Photo provided)

Families in shock after brothers are killed in snowmobile accident

BLASDELL — Family members of two Blasdell men are still in shock after the brothers died in a snowmobiling accident in Tupper Lake. The bodies of 67-year-old Stephen Sattler and 64-year-old Edward Sattler were found around 10:30 a.m. Monday in Raquette Pond. Family members knew ...

Autopsy reveals drowning killed snowmobilers

Two brothers from western New York died of drowning after their snowmobiles went through the ice on Raquette Pond in Tupper Lake over the weekend, according to autopsy results released Tuesday by state police. Franklin County Coroner Shaun Stuart rules the deaths accidental. Dr. C. Francis ...

Keith Kathan, right, and Aiden Martell of Northville show off a 2.2-pound northern pike they caught during the annual Northern Challenge Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Simon Saturday in Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Northern Challenge tourney draws more than 1,300 fishermen

TUPPER LAKE — Under cloudy skies with hints of blue here and there, a veritable city popped up on the ice of Lake Simon Saturday. Organizers said more than 1,300 people registered to fish, and that doesn’t include the non-fishing family and friends. As snowmobiles and ...

Public meeting Tuesday for World University Games delegation

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid/Adirondacks World University Games delegation will discuss their impressions of the 2017 games from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Conference Center at Lake Placid, 2608 Main St. The group returned on Sunday, Feb. 5, following a four-day, fact-finding ...

Autopsy: Snowmobilers died from drowning

Two brothers from western New York died of drowning after their snowmobiles went through the ice on Raquette Pond in Tupper Lake over the weekend, according to autopsy results released Tuesday by state police. Franklin County Coroner Shaun Stuart rules the deaths accidental. Dr. C. Francis ...