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Stefanik opposes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elise Stefanik on Friday planned to vote against a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package President Joseph Biden proposed last month. Stefanik called the bill a “partisan spending package,” filled with “pork projects, special interest giveaways, and the ...

Rights groups target sponsors for Beijing Winter Games

In one corner are the 15 leading Olympic sponsors, many household names like Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Visa, Toyota, Samsung and General Electric. Together they pay at least $1 billion to the International Olympic Committee, and in the next four-year Olympic cycle the payments could reach $2 ...

Farm Bureau backs path to citizenship for dairy workers in US illegally

New York’s largest farm lobby group supports President Biden’s plan for a path to “permanent legal status” for people in the country illegally, including hundreds of dairy farmworkers in the North Country. The New York Farm Bureau also is pushing to make farmworkers eligible to get ...

Adirondack Council offers farmers $1,500 grants

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute will offer grants up to $1,500 per applicant for environmentally beneficial and sustainable projects on Adirondack farms and by value-added producers. The environmental advocacy group and its agricultural institute are ...

ROOST makes changes on board of directors

LAKE PLACID — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism recently announced changes to the board of directors effective Jan. 1. ROOST’s board of directors, responsible for governing the organization, is comprised of 12 individuals, with at least one director from each region ROOST ...

Scholarship club raises money with doughnuts and coffee

SARANAC LAKE — Jill Zagrobelny, member of the Women’s College Scholarship Club and owner of Early Dawn Confections, will support the club’s fundraising efforts for the month of March. Each week she will offer customers a package of six freshly prepared apple cider crullers paired ...

Plans submitted for Wilmington Dollar General

WILMINGTON — A new Dollar General could be coming to Wilmington. The project already has some vocal opponents. A developer submitted plans to the Wilmington Planning Board last week seeking to build a new Dollar General on state Route 86, a busy strip that winds through the center of ...

Lockdowns accentuate upstate’s broadband gaps

ALBANY — The heightened reliance on distance learning, the shift to telecommuting by many employers and the expansion of telemedicine have combined to highlight the gaps in high-speed broadband coverage in many communities in upstate New York. In 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed that ...

Jefferson County solar panel plant could create hundreds of jobs

Jefferson County could be onto one of the biggest job creation projects in the North Country in decades. ACO Investment Group, a company with projects in Asia and Africa wants to build a solar panel manufacturing plant and a software development company in the Watertown area. Developers say ...

Health experts warn against spreading COVID-19 variants as states reopen

NEW YORK — As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variants that are quietly spreading through the U.S. Scientists widely ...

NY to open summer camps, amusement parks in coming months

ALBANY — New York is set to let amusement parks open in early April and overnight camps open this summer as long as they submit reopening plans to the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that arcades and other indoor family entertainment centers can open with 25% capacity starting ...

Texas outage prompts questions about NY grid’s reliability

DUNKIRK — How does New York’s power mix compare to Texas, where 2 million residents on Tuesday were struggling without power following an unusual winter storm and freezing conditions? According to the Austin American-Statesman, the Texas power supply relies chiefly on natural gas plants. ...

NY sues Amazon, saying it didn’t protect workers from virus

NEW YORK — The New York attorney general is suing Amazon over COVID-19 safety protocols, accusing the company of being more concerned with making money than protecting its workers from getting sick. The lawsuit, filed late Tuesday, involves two Amazon facilities in New York City that ...

Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable

As panicked Americans cleared supermarkets of toilet paper and food last spring, grocery employees gained recognition as among the most indispensable of the pandemic’s front-line workers. A year later, most of those workers are waiting their turn to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with little ...

Saranac Lake Community Solar farm celebrates opening

SARANAC LAKE — “Three, two, one, here comes the sun,” elected state leaders and Adirondack Medical Center administrators counted as Robert Hassman cut the ribbon on the Saranac Lake Community Solar farm on Friday. Hassman, of RER Energy Group, was the site manager and installer of ...

APA OKs Lake Placid apartments

LAKE PLACID — The state Adirondack Park Agency board unanimously approved a project for a supposedly affordable housing complex on Wesvalley Road at its monthly meeting Thursday. MacKenzie Outlook is a proposed apartment building to be constructed by Ardsley-based Regan Development, ...

Governor loosens closing time restrictions for New York eateries

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has further loosened coronavirus restrictions on New York restaurants as part of his efforts to reopen the state’s economy. The Democratic governor said on Friday that restaurants and bars will now be able to stay open until 11 p.m. starting Sunday. The ...

Regional Youth Training and Education Program launched

PLATTSBURGH — There is a new resource for youth looking for training and employment in the North Country. The OneWorkSource Center developed the Regional Youth Training and Education Program website to provide youth accessible information on training programs for certified nursing ...

Good Guy wins wedding award

BLOOMINGDALE — Good Guy Productions, an event company based in Bloomingdale, has won the Wedding Wire and The Knot “Best of Couples’ Choice Award” for the sixth consecutive year. Founded in 2007, Wedding Wire’s portfolio of sites helps couples around the world compare and book ...