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State will reduce speed limits near some trailheads Columbus Day weekend

For the third year in a row, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that it will take measures to increase safety during the busy Columbus Day weekend — including reducing the highway speed limit near some hiking trailheads. The DEC, along with the state ...

Court upholds Cross State Air Pollution Rule

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, which regulates states’ pollution emissions to keep them from harming downwind states. The decision also came with a requirement of the Environmental Protection Agency to set a ...

Woman found dead at AuSable Chasm

A woman was found dead in AuSable Chasm Sunday morning, according to State Police. On Sunday morning, after reports that the woman was missing, State Police were allowed on the AuSable Chasm premises by staff. Police later found the woman dead, according to a case report read by Sgt. ...

New York moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a ...

NY is 1st state to give schools ‘red flag’ power on guns

ALBANY — Schools across New York began the academic year with a new tool intended to prevent student suicides and violence: the ability to ask a court to remove a troubled person’s access to firearms. About a third of U.S. states have so-called “red flag” laws, which allow courts ...

State officials will talk in Raquette Lake about Climate Leadership law

RAQUETTE LAKE — Two state officials will visit this hamlet in Hamilton County on Friday, Sept. 20 to talk about the state’s new Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a bill passed by the Legislature in June, designed to address and mitigate climate change impacts. The ...

Police arrest person who allegedly posted ‘Saranac’ threat

PLATTSBURGH — A person is in police custody regarding a threatening social media post, according to State Police. According to a State Police press release, the State Police, the Plattsburgh City Police Department and SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department were alerted to a social media post ...

Police investigate as woman is found dead at AuSable Chasm

A woman was found dead in AuSable Chasm Sunday morning, according to State Police. On Sunday morning, after reports that the woman was missing, State Police were allowed on the AuSable Chasm premises by staff. Police later found the woman dead, according to a case report read by Sgt. ...

Leaves are starting to change, and peepers are coming

Leaf peeper season is here. The state released its first Fall Foliage Report of the year this week: Roughly 10% of fall foliage throughout the Adirondacks is expected to change by this weekend. Local watchers in Saranac Lake are predicting that people will see “touches of red leaves ...

APA opens public comment period on Sentinel Range Wilderness plan

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board on Friday unanimously approved a public comment period for the Sentinel Range Wilderness Area outside of Lake Placid, but there was some debate over the review process. The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently ...

APA approves campsite guidance, with changes

RAY BROOK — On Friday, the state Adirondack Park Agency approved a guidance document that will help determine how primitive campsites in backcountry locations should be designed, monitored and managed. The guidance — created by the state Department of Environmental Conservation — is ...

Rail trail plan filed with Park Agency

RAY BROOK — Adirondack Park Agency staff said Friday that a state plan for a rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake could come before the board next month. APA staff said they have received a draft unit management plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor, and said it was ...

Town council candidate has many questions for board

TUPPER LAKE — A candidate running for a town council seat in the November election aired out a long list of his questions, complaints and grievances at a town board meeting Thursday night. Daniel “Boonie” Carmichael spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, asking ...

Ti man pleads guilty to murder

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Ticonderoga man who shot and killed a friend in December pleaded guilty to a murder charge late Thursday, and the two men who assisted him in getting rid of the victim’s body pleaded guilty to felony charges as well. Michael E. LaRock, 39, pleaded guilty to ...

More Asian clam sites found in Lake George

The annual effort to determine whether invasive Asian clams have spread in Lake George led to the discovery of three new sites with clams earlier this month, bringing the total number of infested areas to 27. The small clams, which can cause water quality problems, were found at Fort Ann ...

Small game seasons to start

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that numerous small game hunting seasons will begin on Oct. 1. Turkey, rabbit, hare and pheasant hunting all begin in the Northern Zone, which includes the North Country, on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Squirrel season ...

Blues at Timbuctoo moved indoors due to weather forecast

LAKE PLACID — The location of today’s Blues at Timbuctoo music festival has been moved due to weather concern. The event is being moved from the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, which is outdoors, to to an indoor venue nearby, the recently rebuilt base lodge at the nearby Olympic ...