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Italy’s Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Riding a wave of widespread Italian enthusiasm to be an Olympic host, Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo won the vote Monday to stage the 2026 Winter Games. International Olympic Committee members voted 47-34 for the long-favored Milan-Cortina bid over Stockholm-Are from ...

Primaries tomorrow: North Elba, Keene, Jay

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Republican and Democratic voters in three local towns will decide their candidates for town boards Tuesday. In both North Elba and Keene, three candidates are seeking ballot access on the Republican line for two town board seats. Democratic voters will pick one of two candidates for Jay ...

Early bird gets the parking spot on 73

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KEENE VALLEY — Parking restrictions on state Route 73, aimed at limiting the number of cars and hikers, may be having an effect, even if the message isn’t getting to everyone. On Sunday morning, parking lots along the 4-mile stretch of Route 73 — from the Rooster Comb parking lot ...

DEC reopens river after dam vandalism

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SARANAC LAKE — A section of the Saranac River has reopened after vandals damaged the sluice gate at the Lower Locks last week, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The department closed the river Thursday between Second Pond and the Lower Locks when the sluice ...

New LGBTQ youth group planned in Saranac Lake

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SARANAC LAKE — A partnership between the Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance and the Saranac Lake Youth Center will aim to bring a safe space for LGBTQ youth. Kelly Metzgar, executive director for ANCGA, said the partnership will feature several events throughout the year that ...

Electric vehicle chargers installed in Keene

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KEENE — Two new electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in this town. The Keene Clean Energy Team, a volunteer environmental advocacy organization, installed the stations across from the town hall in Keene and in the parking lot at McDonough’s Valley Hardware in Keene ...

Officials react to NY climate change bill, EPA rollbacks

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This week, the state Legislature passed a landmark climate change bill while the federal government rolled back regulations on coal-fired power plants. The two starkly different decisions mark the ongoing struggle between the environment and business, and what can be done to curb climate ...

Stefanik wants 1,846 new staff members at US-Canada border

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PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is pushing for the addition of 1,846 new positions within Customs and Border Protection, including 1,200 new officers. The additional staffing, she says, will help curtail the need to transfer officers from the northern border ...

Barker exploration in Township 19

Outdoors

Barker Mountain is apparently an unofficial name for this small 2,100-foot peak east of Barker Pond in the recreational easement referred to as Township 19. I have only seen it named on a large green Central Adirondack Mountains wall map produced in Keene Valley. Aside from that, there is ...

Stellar tourism

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Every year the Adirondack Mountains attract tourists from around the world for their renowned hiking and camping opportunities, but in the past month, several have hiked them with a different purpose in mind: photographing the Milky Way. On clear nights, far away from the light pollution ...

‘Eager’ details the inner and outer workings of beaver

Outdoors

Beavers are an almost ubiquitous sight within the Blue Line. There are few river paddles that don’t take one over or around a beaver dam, and the large stick and earth lodges can be seen on hundreds of Adirondack waterways. But it wasn’t always this way, as a book by Ben Goldfarb ...

Stefanik has strong words for Iran

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Rep. Elise Stefanik called Iran a “rogue regime” Friday after President Donald Trump called off U.S. military strikes he had previously approved against that country. “The recent acts of aggression by Iran are exactly why I firmly opposed the misguided Iran Deal under the Obama ...

Conservation Fund protects 51,000 acres of timberland

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The Conservation Fund, which works to conserve working forests around the country, recently put more than 50,000 acres of Adirondack forests under protection so the land can continue to support local jobs and allow recreational access. The nonprofit purchased about 33,000 acres and ...

NY lawmakers lessen penalty for pot possession

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ALBANY — Lawmakers in New York state have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize pot stalled. The measure would reduce low-level criminal charges for unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation, which comes with a ...

Lawmakers vote to curtail use of solitary confinement in NY prisons

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ALBANY — New York is going to restrict the use of solitary confinement in state prisons, despite failing to pass legislation that would have prohibited putting a prisoner in isolation for more than 15 consecutive days. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and ...