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Harrietstown: Sticker shock over airport paving

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SARANAC LAKE — The Harrietstown town board reluctantly approved a change order for paving work at the airport Thursday night, adding $25,219 to the total bill for services. Town Supervisor Mike Kilroy voted no, expressing his annoyance with the contractor, Passero Associates. ...

Lake Placid mayor responds to criticism on events

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LAKE PLACID — In a recent letter to the editor, Charles Walsh of Lake Placid voiced concerns with the Adirondack North Country Global Sports Committee’s $300,000 bid to have the 2023 World University Winter Games in Lake Placid. The ANCGSC has also secured Lake Placid as the location ...

Brighton is first town to endorse forest ranger hiring

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PAUL SMITHS — At its board meeting Thursday, the town of Brighton became the first Adirondack municipality to pass a resolution in favor of increasing the number of forest rangers that patrol the state’s backcountry, most of which is inside the Adirondack Blue Line. Scott Sabo, the ...

Town of Tupper stays under tax cap

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TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake town board voted unanimously Oct. 9 to rescind a proposed local law which would override the tax cap as the final budget will stay under the tax cap. An earlier draft of the town’s budget was approximately $5,600 over the cap according to town supervisor ...

Police investigate after car hits, kills pedestrian

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RAY BROOK — State police are investigating a fatal collision in which a car hit and killed a pedestrian early this morning on state Route 86 at the intersection of Old Ray Brook Road. A man driving a Toyota Matrix with Quebec license plates hit a male pedestrian while driving from ...

Van Nortwicks sent three brothers overseas during WWII

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SARANAC LAKE — Since the Civil War, and possibly before that, the Van Nortwick family of Saranac Lake has been sending its young men to war. Their house, still in the family, stands at what used to be 46 Lake Flower Ave., now 291. In Pine Ridge Cemetery, 21 Van Nortwicks are buried, ...

DEC examines Sentinel Range Wilderness

Outdoors

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its proposed unit management plan for about 23,000 acres of land in Jay, Wilmington and North Elba this week, and is seeking public input on the UMP until late December. The Sentinel Range Wilderness area outside ...

Training under way for Santa Clara fire substation

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SANTA CLARA — This town is introducing its own fire substation, a branch of the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department, to better battle fires and other emergencies for residents living in the triangle formed by the Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Paul Smiths fire departments. The town of ...

Sampling shift

Outdoors

RAY BROOK — A corporation responsible for conducting long-term monitoring of Adirondack lakes, ponds and streams is likely to cease operations at the end of the year, but one state agency is planning to continue the sampling in a reduced capacity. The Adirondack Lake Survey ...

Hunters need to think outside the box

Outdoors

Each breath appeared to crystallize in the cold morning air as I trudged across a long, open field on the way to camp. The view was only slightly infringed by the steam of my own breath. The entire landscape was illuminated by a brilliant full moon that hung high in the dark sky. ...

Congressional hopefuls call for action on rail car storage

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PLATTSBURGH — North Country congressional candidate Katie Wilson says action is needed now to prevent part of the Adirondacks from becoming “a junkyard.” Wilson is calling for an immediate investigation by the federal Surface Transportation Board to help return 22 miles of railroad ...

Railway president snaps back about rail car storage

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MINERVA — Saratoga and North Creek Railway President Ed Ellis fired back at those criticizing his storage of decommissioned railcars in the Adirondack Park. More than 50 box cars and tankers are parked on tracks purchased by Iowa Pacific Holdings in the town of Minerva near the Forest ...

New York to boost scheduling protections for hourly workers

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ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations Friday that seek to crack down on employers keeping hourly workers “on call,” available to be called in at a moment’s notice. The new labor rules would establish a 14-day advance notice standard for scheduling and require ...

Deed throws a wrench into Crescent Bay plan

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SARANAC LAKE — Plans to expand the Crescent Bay Marina on Lower Saranac Lake hit a snag last week, when developers discovered their purchase of the marina didn’t include a critical piece — the bottom of the lake, where the boat moorings are located. A quit-claim deed, dated Jan. 26, ...

Gray gold: Forum highlights elderly economy

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PAUL SMITHS — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosted an educational forum at Paul Smith’s College Thursday on the economic benefits of establishing an aging-friendly community. The forum featured several aging experts who discussed the value elderly populations provide to their ...

AuSable Forks house fire is a ‘total loss’

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The AuSable Forks Fire Department responded to a house fire at 186 Buck Mill Road at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday night. AuSable Forks Fire Chief Howard Drake said 31 crew members were dispatched to the scene and it took 21 firefighters about an hour to contain the flames. He called it a “total ...

Weather Service testing new snow squall warnings

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The National Weather Service is testing a new snow squall warning system designed to help motorists in whiteout conditions avoid deadly chain reaction crashes at high speeds. During the winter, the agency now issues advisories and warnings involving storms that can last ...