Outdoors

School mourns boy killed by boulder

Connor McLaughlin had made friends quickly in his first year at Greenwich Middle Grade School, and his classmates had a hard time Monday dealing with his death.In a freak accident, the 12-year-old and and his uncle/guardian - he lived with his uncle and aunt - were admiring the grand Roaring ...

Rangers help injured hiker

LAKE PLACID - State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were called to assist an injured 29-year-old man on Phelps Mountain this past Saturday.DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from the man at 3:10 p.m. He was wearing microspikes but still slipped and got injured in ...

Falling rock kills 12-year-old boy at Roaring Brook Falls

A falling boulder killed a 12-year-old boy from Greenwich, New York, Sunday at the base of Roaring Brook Falls near St. Huberts.Connor McLaughlin was with his uncle Jesse Malone, 40, also of Greenwich, at the base of the falls when the large rock dislodged from above and fell about 100 feet ...

Colton town board backs state rail-trail plan

COLTON - The Colton town board resolved last week to support a controversial state rail-trail plan and asked that it be started soon.In a 3-0 vote - two members were away on vacation - the board passed a resolution Wednesday endorsing Option No. 7, an addition to the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel ...

Three Adirondack campgrounds will get makeovers

ALBANY (AP) - Three state campgrounds in the Adirondacks are getting a makeover.The Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed upgrades for Limekiln Lake, Eighth Lake and Lake Durant campgrounds. The work is to be done over the next five years.The agency is accepting public comments ...

Spring trout stocking sites named

ALBANY (AP) - With trout-fishing season just a few weeks away, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has spring stocking lists available.Trout stocking begins in mid-March and runs through May. The DEC website provides a list of stocked waters, anticipated number of fish to be ...

A hard day for schoolmates of boy killed by boulder

Connor McLaughlin had made friends quickly in his first year at Greenwich Middle Grade School, and his classmates had a hard time Monday dealing with his death the day before.In a freak accident, the 12-year-old and and his uncle were admiring the grand Roaring Brook Falls near St. Huberts ...

Man dies after falling through ice on Union Falls Pond (update)

UNION FALLS - A local man died today after falling through ice on Union Falls Pond, authorities said this evening.Authorities have not yet named the man, but he was 59 years old, lived in the Union Falls area and was pronounced dead this afternoon at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, ...

12-year-old dies at Roaring Brook Falls

LAKE PLACID - A 12-year-old boy from Greenwich was killed today at the base of Roaring Brook Falls on Giant Mountain, outside of Keene Valley. According to Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw, the boy was with his uncle at the base of the falls when a large rock dislodged from above ...

Falling rock kills 12-year-old boy at Roaring Brook Falls

A falling rock killed a 12-year-old boy from Greenwich, New York, today at the base of Roaring Brook Falls near St. Huberts.The boy was with his uncle at the base of the falls when the large rock dislodged from above and hit the pair, according to Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw. The boy ...

Fitness program tracked fatal hike

An avid hiker who perished in the High Peaks last weekend liked to keep track of her trips using a fitness tracker that can be viewed online. The program shows not only her remarkable fitness accomplishments, but also her final hike on Friday, March 4.Hua Davis, 61, of Wilmington, Delaware, ...

APA allows bikes in Essex Chain, Pine Lake lands

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency decided Friday morning that bicycling in two primitive areas conforms to the State Land Master Plan.The full agency board voted to approve a measure that would allow mountain biking on old logging roads in the recently acquired Essex Chain Lakes and ...

‘A fatal mistake’

LAKE PLACID - Anger. Grief. Love. Thankfulness.The family of Hua Davis, who died from hypothermia last Friday while hiking in the High Peaks, went through a range of emotions Thursday morning at their hotel in Lake Placid.But one emotion was notably absent: surprise.Davis, a 61-year-old from ...

Placid plans to use new earth-friendly de-icer

LAKE PLACID - At the end of a winter when this village tested a road salt alternative that did not live up to expectations, officials hope another product will work next winter on Main Street sidewalks.Deputy Mayor Art Devlin said Thursday the village Department of Public Works plans to try out ...

DEC closes all snowmobile trails this weekend

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Thursday it will close the gates to all snowmobile trails and seasonal roads by this weekend.Citing a lack of snow, the DEC said riding snowmobiles on the trails now damages both the machines and the trails. The closures will apply to ...

APA allows bikes in Essex Chain and Pine Lake tracts

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency decided Friday morning that bicycling in two primitive areas conforms to the State Land Master Plan.The full agency board voted to allow a measure that would allow mountain biking on old logging roads in the recently acquired Essex Chain Lakes and ...

Maple syrup-makers say warm winter may hurt spring production

PORTLAND, Maine - Producers in the U.S. "Maple Belt" say a mild winter has allowed them to tap trees early, but the harvest could be down from last year due to the early onset of spring warmth.Some producers in maple-rich states such as Maine and New York tapped trees as early as January, ...

Bikes, bridges top APA agenda

RAY BROOK - Thursday morning, the Adirondack Park Agency board will discuss possible changes to the State Land Master Plan regarding the use of bicycles in primitive areas, and the use of non-natural construction materials for bridges.Both of these issues may have wider impacts in the ...

Short season for skiing

SARANAC LAKE - Monday's new snow was too little, too late for some of the area's ski centers.After a bleak, rainy and snow-less winter, the ski season is ending sooner than normal.Mount Pisgah, the village-run downhill ski center, may have had its last day of the season on Sunday, although ...

Hiker was experienced but ill prepared

LAKE PLACID - Even though she was an avid and well-versed hiker, a 61-year-old woman who died of hypothermia in the High Peaks over the weekend was ill prepared for a winter hike, according to the coroner who handled the case.Hua Davis perished from hypothermia due to exposure, according to ...