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Getting Outdoors and Active

Outdoors

SARANAC LAKE — It’s no secret that a whole lot of people live in the North Country because it’s a region where the great outdoors is nothing short of amazing. For those who haven’t discovered how wonderful our Adirondack Mountain environment really is, Saranac Lake’s Marijke ...

Public speaks on the Peaks

Local News

LAKE PLACID — Plans for a proposed housing complex at the former W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center are gradually moving through the review process. The Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board held a public hearing on plans for the new Peaks at Lake Placid complex last Wednesday, one ...

COVID jump in Franklin County

Local News

Franklin County Public Health reported a spike in COVID-19 cases on Friday. Thirty-nine new cases of COVID-19 were identified between Thursday and Friday. That is abnormally high for this rural county, which has recently reported around 20 new cases each day. The new cases bring the total ...

NY nears nursing home vaccine goal

Coronavirus

ALBANY — New York is close to reaching a vital early goal of its coronavirus vaccine campaign: getting a first dose to every nursing home resident, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. But the effort to protect those residents has unfolded more slowly than some administrators and relatives hoped. ...

Fate of Biden agenda rests with Schumer in 50-50 Senate

Politics

WASHINGTON — Chuck Schumer is used to drinking from a firehose. But the incoming Senate majority leader has never taken on such a torrent of challenges, with the opening days of both the Biden administration and Democratic control of the Senate coming at the very moment an impeachment ...

Governors complain over pace of vaccine shipments

Coronavirus

Governors bitterly accused the Trump administration Friday of deceiving the states about the amount of COVID-19 vaccine they can expect to receive as they ramp up vaccinations for senior citizens and others. But the government attributed the anger to confusion and misguided expectations on ...

Sinfonietta plucks forward in uncertain times

Local News

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Sinfonietta reinvented itself on the fly like many performing arts organization when it was winged by the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s kind of amazing to think that I’m already almost a year and a half into my tenure as musical director of the ...

SL Marina expansion docked in court

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Marina’s two-site dock expansion project on Lower Saranac Lake is again stalled after a lakeside resident on Ampersand Bay sued the marina and two state agencies. The suit stops construction until at least Feb. 10 and possibly until a court can determine ...

Corporate donors pull support from Stefanik and others

Local News

Large companies have started suspending political donations to members of Congress who objected to the certification of the 2020 election last week, just hours after a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol. They include one of the largest benefactors of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in the ...

North Country to play big role in Cuomo’s green energy agenda

Local News

The North Country figures to play an important — and possibly controversial — role in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s green energy agenda, which he laid out in his third State of the State speech Wednesday. “We can establish ourselves as the nation’s leader for renewable energy innovation and ...

More vaccine sites coming to Plattsburgh, Potsdam

Local News

MALONE — Large-scale, New York state-run vaccination sites are anticipated in the near future in Plattsburgh and Potsdam, Franklin County Public Health announced Thursday. They will be held at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall and the Plattsburgh International Airport. The sites will be open by ...

Petrova students go remote today

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — Students attending Petrova Elementary School are going remote Friday after a member of the school community tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday afternoon. Students are expected to return to class Tuesday, after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, according to Saranac ...

Hurley will temporarily stay on as review board chair

Local News

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board Chairman Bill Hurley will stay in his position for at least a few more weeks. The outgoing chairman, who planned to leave the board at the end of his term on Dec. 31, will instead stay on as chairman to help the board as it nears ...

Cobb launches PAC to support rural Democratic candidates

Local News

WATERTOWN — Tedra Cobb thinks rural Democrats have been left behind, and she’s doing something to change that. Cobb, the former Democratic candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District, is launching a political action committee called BackRoads PAC to support Democratic ...

‘Scenes from a Book’ at LPCA this month

Local News

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts has announced the latest exhibit in the Gallery @ LPCA, located on the main campus at 17 Algonquin Drive. “Scenes from a Book: The Mind’s Eye” began Thursday and will run through Saturday, Feb. 27. In-person gallery hours will be ...

More security at NY state’s Capitol, no ‘specific threat’

Politics

ALBANY (AP) — Security was tightened around the New York state Capitol on Thursday and law enforcement officials around the state were focusing on potential threats even as they continued to track down people involved in last week’s mob attack on the U.S. Congress. The FBI warned ...

Ex-presidential candidate Andrew Yang joins NYC mayoral race

Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang officially entered the race for mayor of New York City on Thursday, joining a crowded Democratic primary field that includes longtime elected officials and veterans of the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is barred by the ...