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Budget gives $105M for ORDA venues

LAKE PLACID — New York’s new budget includes $105 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. The money in the 2021-22 budget is about $39.5 million less than what the state approved last year. The funding will again go toward improvements to ...

Fun in a future brewpub

SARANAC LAKE — It used to be a warehouse for vending machines and pool tables. Soon it will be a brewhouse. But for now, it’s essentially a roller rink. The former Amusement and Vending building on Woodruff Street was recently purchased by Lake Placid Pub and Brewery owners Chris and ...

Week 2 of Lake Placid overhaul begins with water main

LAKE PLACID — Downtown Lake Placid is five days into a Main Street reconstruction project that is expected to continue, on and off, two-and-a-half years. As a result of the early good weather, detours and construction for the Main Street overhaul began on Monday, according to Kate ...

Lake Placid code updates suggested

LAKE PLACID — Suggested alterations to the local land-use code were presented to the North Elba Town Council and Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees during a joint meeting on Friday. The local land-use code hasn’t been substantially reviewed and rewritten since 2011. Dean ...

Local organizations will team up to clean up AuSable River

WILMINGTON — The AuSable River Association and the Rotary Club of the AuSable Valley — in partnership with Rotary Club of Lake Placid, One Tree Planted, the Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Adirondack Riverwalking — are hosting an AuSable River cleanup on Saturday, April ...

Enterprise, LP News win awards in New York Press Association contest

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise received eight honors, including two first-place awards, as the New York Press Association announced the winners of its 2020 Better Newspaper Contest Thursday and Friday. The Lake Placid News, the Enterprise’s weekly sister paper, received four ...

Saranac Lake fire department reelects Keough as chief

SARANAC LAKE — Members of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department reelected Brendan Keough as chief for the 12th straight year as they held their annual elections on Tuesday. Keough was first elected chief in April 2010 and has served in that capacity ever since. No prior chief has ...

Gillibrand, in Watertown, announces plan to lower drug prices

WATERTOWN — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced a plan to lower prescription drug prices during an appearance in the city Thursday. Standing between the Jefferson County Court Complex and the county office building, Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced a package of three bills, each ...

Is someone else filing unemployment in your name?

A woman from Saranac Lake received a letter from the state Department of Labor telling her she had unemployment insurance money to collect — and then another and another. All of them looked very official. The woman, whom the Enterprise is not naming to protect her from retribution, said the ...

Whiteface moves closing up to Saturday

LAKE PLACID — The last day of the ski season at both Whiteface and Gore mountains will be this Saturday, weather permitting. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates both ski areas, announced the end of the mountains’ 127-day 2020-21 ski season in an email blast ...

North Country health officials urge vaccinations

PLATTSBURGH — A North Country Chamber of Commerce webinar gathered regional healthcare professionals Wednesday morning and the message was clear: Get the COVID vaccine ASAP. University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Vice President of Population Health and ...

Hospital hosts public vaccine clinic Monday

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health will conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic open to the public on Monday. The clinic will administer Pfizer vaccine and run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Annex building behind Adirondack Medical Center, 2233 state Route 86, Saranac Lake. The clinic is open ...

SUNY allotting vaccines for students

ALBANY — With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanded to all New Yorkers at least 16 years old as of Tuesday, the State University of New York is launching its own distribution program. SUNY Chancellor James Malatras on Tuesday announced the effort to deliver thousands of single-dose ...

NY lets 12-year-olds hunt deer with guns, and supervision

ALBANY — Tucked into the new state budget is a law that lets 12- and 13-year-olds hunt deer with a gun or crossbow, rather than just a bow. Previously, 14 was the minimum age to hunt big game with a gun. Young people aged 12 and 13 could already hunt small game with a firearm, but for ...

LPCA reopens theater for Oscar-nominated short films

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is reopening its theater for the first time in more than a year for in-person screenings of all of this year’s “Oscar Nominated Short Films” from Thursday, April 15 to Saturday, April 17. In a press release, the LPCA says it is ...

North Country tourism in the COVID era

Tourism is a huge part of the North Country economy, and it’s been just over a year since the coronavirus pandemic changed almost everything about it here. The Canadian border closed, interstate travel dried up, and what visitors were looking for changed drastically. But the region did ...

Registration open for Great Adirondack Garage Sale

TUPPER LAKE — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and local leaders are inviting residents to register for the 11th annual Great Adirondack Garage Sale. For 2021, the event is moving back to its Memorial Day weekend schedule. The dates this year are May 28 to 30. The garage sale ...

Bike season gains traction

Tri-Lakes cycle shop workers agree that biking conditions are better than usual for this time of year. Roads are dry, dirt trails are less muddy than usual, the sun has been shining, and daytime temperatures are creeping into the 60s. Sand left over from winter can be an obstacle, but ...

Budget passes late; few local details for now

The full details of New York’s 2021-22 budget are not yet fully known, but it includes new funding for environmental protection, including overuse in the Adirondacks. According to Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the budget sets aside $1.55 million to address overuse in the ...