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People get ready to ski down Whiteface Mountain in December. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Governor: $20M for Whiteface, Gore, Van Ho ‘mountain coaster’

LAKE PLACID — In the wake of a warm winter and record financial losses, the state is pledging $20 million worth of upgrades to its winter sports facilities at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid and Gore Mountain in North Creek. The plan ...

This illustration shows what a state-sponsored development at the former Frontier Town theme park in North Hudson might look like. The Schroon River is in the background.
(From Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Master Plan by Chazen Companies, Open Space Institute, Saratoga Associates)

Master plan released for Adirondack ‘Gateway’ in North Hudson

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday released a master plan for a $32 million “Gateway to the Adirondacks” at the former Frontier Town theme park in North Hudson. Local newspapers, including the Enterprise, broke the news on Jan. 12 after the governor’s office released its 2017 State of ...

Jake Vennie-Vollrath, his wife Erin and their infant daughter Anya on the Voters for Change bus from Saranac Lake to Washington, D.C. Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington.
(Photo provided)

Tri-Lakers take part in Women’s March on Washington

SARANAC LAKE — From the dark of midnight in this tranquil Adirondack mountain village to the excitement of jam-packed Washington D.C. streets, the inaugural weekend of President Donald Trump was a whirlwind experience for a group of 67 Tri-Lakers who bused more than 1,000 miles ...

APA seeks comment on Moose River Plains amendment

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency is accepting public comment on a proposed amendment to the unit management plan for the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is located in the towns of Webb and Ohio in Herkimer County and the towns of Arietta, ...

Governor seeks $2B to fix some of nation’s oldest pipes

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants $2 billion to address some of the nation’s oldest water and sewer systems — and while that sounds like a lot of money, it’s a drop in the bucket of what the state’s experts say is truly required. They say it would actually cost $80 ...

Lawmakers to begin hearings on state budget plan

ALBANY (AP) — New York lawmakers will soon begin several weeks of hearings on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $152 billion state budget proposal. The first hearing Tuesday is likely to focus on Cuomo’s call to make state tuition free for middle class students. The second hearing, on ...

Josh Clement sings and plays guitar in Saranac Lake’s Berkeley Green around noon Friday during the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Tri-Lakes residents take in presidential transition

SARANAC LAKE — Korean War veteran Ted Morrow sat at the bar at the Veterans Memorial Association on Broadway shortly after noon Friday, and in between sips of Budweiser he looked up at the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, on television. On a warm and clear January day ...

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. 
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump sworn in

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump quickly assumed the mantle of the White House and began setting up his new administration on Friday, signing a bill that allows retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as his defense secretary, as well as the nomination papers for his other Cabinet ...

Former President Barack Obama waves as he boards a Marine helicopter during a departure ceremony on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. 
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama: Presidency proved hope wins out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama exited the presidency on Friday with a message of gratitude to Americans and a plea to his supporters not to be bowed by the inauguration of President Donald Trump. “You proved the power of hope,” Obama said before departing Washington as ...

Trump draws far smaller inaugural crowd than Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Far fewer people attended President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday than his predecessor’s swearing-in eight years ago. Photos of the National Mall from President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 show a teeming crowd stretching from the West Front of ...

Donald Trump is set to become the 45th president of the United States around noon today during the inauguration in Washington, D.C.
(Photo provided)

Locals head to Trump’s inauguration, Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

SARANAC LAKE — The Tri-Lakes region is primed for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump today, whether people are taking overnight coach buses down to Washington, D.C. or if they have planned parties here. This region’s U.S. representative, Republican Elise Stefanik, is ...

Trump set to become 45th president today

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in today as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in ...

Franklin County takes over adult center meal programs

SARANAC LAKE — The Franklin County Office for the Aging has taken over management of meal programs at the eight adult centers throughout the county, including Saranac Lake’s and Tupper Lake’s, from the Franklin County Association of Senior Citizens. Earlier this week, county ...

Assemblyman Billy Jones
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Assemblyman Jones announces committee appointments

ALBANY — Newly sworn-in state Assemblyman Billy Jones announced he has been appointed to five standing committees: Aging, Agriculture, Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism. Jones, D-Chateaugay, said in a press release that membership on the Economic Development Committee will ...

New York state to award $2M to fight invasive species

ALBANY (AP) — New York state is making $2 million available to local governments and non-profit groups to help in the fight against invasive species. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced the funding on Thursday. The grants will support projects which seek to detect, monitor and ...

Sen. Betty Little

Little introduces plethora of bills that could affect Adirondacks

Owners of leased hunting camps would gain the ability to prevent the state from purchasing land under one of a state senator’s proposed bills. Long-serving Sen. Betty Little, whose district covers much of the Adirondack Park, introduced the Adirondack Sportsmen’s Club Preservation ...

Cuomo: $17M to fix North Country bridges

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will spend $17.3 million to rehabilitate and replace 14 bridges and culverts throughout the North Country. None of those bridges are in the Tri-Lakes area, but some are in other parts of Franklin, Essex and Hamilton counties. The ...

Gov. Cuomo wants $35M more for after school programs

ALBANY (AP) — New York state would spend $35 million more on after school programs for some of the most vulnerable children in the state under a plan from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo, a Democrat, included the funding in the $152 billion state budget proposal released Tuesday. The money ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2017-18 Executive Budget to members of the media at the Executive Mansion Tuesday.
(Photo provided by the governor’s office)

State budget plan includes free state tuition and tax relief

ALBANY — Free state college tuition for middle-class students, an expanded child care tax credit and $1 billion in new spending on public schools are among the highlights of a state budget proposal unveiled Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Big-ticket items in the budget plan ...