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Lawmakers OK emission cuts, drop legal pot

ALBANY — New York would adopt the nation’s most aggressive carbon emission reduction goals and give new rights to farmworkers under proposals moving through the state Legislature Wednesday. With the session scheduled to end Wednesday, lawmakers planned to work through the night to ...

Amid urgent climate warnings, EPA gives coal a reprieve

WASHINGTON — Amid scientists’ increasingly urgent warnings, the Trump administration ordered a sweeping about-face Wednesday on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move it predicted would revitalize America’s sagging coal ...

Legal pot hopes go up in smoke at NY Capitol

ALBANY — Despite statewide polling showing increased public support for legalized marijuana, a measure that would allow the sale and possession of recreational cannabis has hit a stone wall at the statehouse, people on both sides of the debate said Wednesday. One of the prime sponsors of ...

Art Walks have new organizers

SARANAC LAKE — The Art Walks begin this Thursday, with new organizers this year. The Art Walks were started 21 years ago by local artist Tim Fortune, an organizer of many events around the village. After two decades of building the program, he said he’s ready to pass it on. He’s ...

US maple syrup production up despite shorter season

MONTPELIER, Vt. — U.S. maple syrup production increased slightly this year, even though the sap-collecting season was shorter than last year’s, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The country produced 4.2 million gallons of the pancake topper, up 1% from ...

State sponsors more downtown facelifts

The Franklin County Local Development Corp. has awarded state funding to improve 12 Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake properties under the Franklin County Main Street Program. The LDC was awarded a New York Main Street grant in 2018, with the support of the community development directors ...

I’ll take ‘Libations’ for $200, Alex

TUPPER LAKE — Well Dressed Food recently cracked open Libations, a wine, beer and cider bar inside its Park Street restaurant, with the hope of attracting a larger dinner crowd. Co-owner David Tomberlin said business has picked up as the restaurant now closes at 9 p.m. instead of ...

Northern New York Newspapers restructure, closing four papers

Tight times are driving serious consolidation at the North Country’s largest newspaper company. The Northern New York Newspapers group announced Thursday that it’s closing four newspapers in this region — the biweekly Ogdensburg Journal and the weekly Carthage Republican Tribune, ...

New bill to be drafted on short-term vacation rentals

LAKE PLACID — Regulation of short-term vacation rentals is one step closer in the town of North Elba and the village of Lake Placid, but, town and village officials share the sentiment that the discussion has lagged. “I hate to say it, but we’re back to where we were January 1,” ...

Plan floated for Lake Placid fiber

LAKE PLACID — A Watertown-based development authority is considering outfitting Lake Placid’s Main Street with fiber optic internet before winter. Before they move forward, the agency wants to hear from local business owners to see whether there’s support for the initiative. The ...

Insurance ad uses Saranac Lake as model

SARANAC LAKE — The downtown setting looks familiar in an ad intended to bring out the neighborly spirit of a workers’ compensation insurance provider. Except for a few notable changes, the painting depicts downtown Saranac Lake, seen as one looks down Main Street toward the town hall ...

No hemp farms established yet in Franklin County

MALONE — In December the 2018 farm bill passed, allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp across the United States. In Franklin County, there are still no farms growing it. On Thursday, employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension presented the facts of hemp to Franklin County ...

Police seek whoever damaged ski trails by driving SUV on them

LAKE PLACID — On Sunday, the New York State Police received a call that a person had damaged cross-country ski trails at Cascade Ski Center by driving a four-wheel-drive SUV on them. The ski center reported an individual drove a Toyota 4-Runner on the Nordic trails, leaving “extensive ...

Canada to announce ban on single-use plastics

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government plans to announce it is moving to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, a senior government official said late Sunday. The official said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would make the announcement Monday. The official spoke on condition of ...

Police seek whoever damaged ski trails by driving SUV on them

LAKE PLACID -- On Sunday, the New York State Police received a call that a person had damaged cross-country ski trails at Cascade Ski Center by driving a four-wheel-drive SUV on them. The ski center reported an individual drove a Toyota 4-Runner on the Nordic trails, leaving "extensive ...

Americade riders celebrate sun

LAKE GEORGE — Heading to points north and east, a steady stream of motorcycles, in staggered formation, rode through Fort Ann, turning left onto Route 4 from Route 149 on Thursday morning. Some were, perhaps, on Americade-sponsored self-guided rides to Vermont’s High Gaps, the ...