Outdoors

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 ...

Injured hiker rescued on Little Haystack

LAKE PLACID - In the middle of a search for a missing woman in the High Peaks on Saturday, forest rangers were called to assist an injured hiker on a nearby mountain.A 35-year-old man from Brooklyn slipped and injured his lower leg while hiking Little Haystack Mountain. He was able to make his ...

DEC reminds anglers to move ice shanties

The state Department of Environmental Conservation reminded anglers that ice shanties have to be removed by March 15. This law is in effect regardless of the thickness of the ice.Shanty owners who fail to move their shanties by that date face a fine of up to $100.DEC also recommends that owners ...

On the Iditarod trail

SARANAC LAKE - "Awwwwwwww."That's the sound nearly 20 second-graders made as Peter Reuter put pictures of his dogs up on the screen Monday afternoon. From lounging on deck chairs to sleeping on hay while covered in blankets, the kids in Jen Rondeau's class loved seeing Reuter's dogs.But then ...

Judge overturns law letting ATVs on public road

ALBANY (AP) - A state judge has overturned a local law that would have allowed all-terrain vehicles on a public road after the Adirondack Council sued.Adirondack Council Executive Director William Janeway said the nonprofit group filed the lawsuit against the Oneida County town of Forestport to ...

Author’s land donated to New York state

ALBANY (AP) - "Woodswoman" author Anne LaBastille's 32-acre parcel on Twitchell Lake in the western Adirondacks has been donated to New York state to be protected as part of the Forest Preserve.The writer and conservationist, who died in 2011, dedicated her life to conserving wildlife and wild ...

Hiker dies of hypothermia in High Peaks

LAKE PLACID - A 61-year-old woman from Delaware died of hypothermia near the summit of MacNaughton Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness late Friday or early Saturday, Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw confirmed Sunday.Hua Davis, an avid hiker, set out on a solo trip up MacNaughton on Friday ...

Classic ice fishing

SARANAC LAKE - The 32nd annual Colby Classic fishing tournament took place over the weekend, and organizers and participants alike basked in the sunny, spring-like weather.Two-hundred-and-thirty-eight people entered the tournament this year, which is about average, according to organizer ...

Hiker who died in High Peaks 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 ...

DEC reminds anglers to move ice shanties

The state Department of Environmental Conservation reminded anglers that ice shanties have to be removed by March 15. This law is in effect regardless of the thickness of the ice.Shanty owners who fail to move their shanties by that date face a fine of up to $100.DEC also recommends that owners ...

Rangers rescue injured hiker on Little Haystack

LAKE PLACID - In the middle of a search for a missing woman in the High Peaks on Saturday, forest rangers were called to assist an injured hiker on a nearby mountain.A 35-year-old man from Brooklyn slipped and injured his lower leg while hiking Little Haystack Mountain. He was able to make his ...

Delaware hiker dies of hypothermia in High Peaks (3rd update)

LAKE PLACID - A 61-year-old woman from Delaware died of hypothermia near the summit of MacNaughton Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness late Friday or early Saturday, Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw confirmed Sunday.Hua Davis, an avid hiker, set out on a solo trip up MacNaughton on Friday ...

Woodsmen strap in for season

PAUL SMITHS - Chainmail isn't usually part of an athletic uniform, except maybe if you go to one of those foo-foo schools that offers fencing as a sport.But at Paul Smith's College, chainmail is a requirement for certain sports."It's better to have a bruise than to cut off a toe," assistant ...

Time to start focusing on early ice-out

I don't think I'll be going out on a limb in predicting an early ice-out this year. In fact, I've still been waiting for the lakes to finally ice up, and so have many other hard water anglers.With the fabled Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby on the schedule this weekend, it is important for ...

Fundraiser at Whiteface for Keene Kids X-C Ski Club

LAKE PLACID - The Mountaineer store in Keene will host a new fundraiser at Whiteface Mountain this year to raise money for the Keene Kids X-C Ski Club.The inaugural Dawn Patrol Charity Uphill Tour will be held on Friday, Mar. 18, starting promptly at 6 a.m. The cost to attend is $20, and ...