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Second time’s the charm for anti-racism resolution

TUPPER LAKE — The town board passed a resolution opposing racism and affirming inclusion on Thursday. This resolution is a rewrite of one Councilman John Quinn presented at an Oct. 8 board meeting. His resolution did not get seconded by another board member, meaning it could not be ...

Braymer wants to help environment, property taxpayers

Claudia Braymer, a Democrat from Glens Falls, says she is running to represent New York state’s 114th Assembly District to protect the environment, property taxpayers and working families. She is an environmental lawyer, a wife and mother, and a former world-class rugby player, and she ...

Early voting starts today; here’s how it works locally

Early voting for this year’s general election begins today. Early voting began in New York state last year. Here are answers to some common questions about how it works. - Where and when? In Essex County, voters can cast their ballots early at the county Public Safety Building in ...

Senate candidates Davis, Stec debate

PLATTSBURGH — Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, and Clinton County Treasurer Kimberly Davis, D-Plattsburgh, strongly differ on whether the next North Country state senator should be in the Republican minority or Democratic majority. “It’s not in our interest to have a one-party ...

Local unemployment rate falls

SARANAC LAKE — The unemployment rate in Essex and Franklin counties fell in September, but that doesn’t mean the job market is rapidly recovering, according to a local labor market analyst. The unemployment rate in Essex County fell to 4.7% in September, down from 7.7% in August. In ...

DEC: Let bats get their sleep

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging New Yorkers to avoid visiting caves and mines that might serve as homes for hibernating bats. The warning came amid Bat Week, an annual event to raise awareness about bats and their role in the environment. Bats need their ...

PetAPalooza event goes virtual

Instead of hosting in-person events at which people can meet dozens of animals in need of forever homes, Curtis Lumber’s PetAPalooza will be virtual this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 11th annual pet-adoption event is normally held on a single day at Curtis Lumber locations ...

Rolling lane closures on I-87 in Peru this weekend

PERU — The state Department of Transportation advised motorists Friday that they will encounter rolling lane closures in support of a utility installation over Interstate 87 in the area of Exit 35 in Peru, Clinton County. The rolling lane closures will be carried out by the New York State ...

Breaking ground on the Rail Trail

TUPPER LAKE — After years of negotiations that were often as stalled as the trains that used to run on the now-overgrown tracks between Utica and Lake Placid, the New York State Department of Transportation finally broke ground on the Adirondack Rail Trail this week. The $1.9 million ...

Simpson runs to reduce spending but fund DEC, infrastructure

Matt Simpson is running to represent New York state’s 114th Assembly District on a platform of funding environmental conservation, reevaluating grant programs and keeping young people in the North Country. He is a Republican, looking to take over the seat current Republican Assemblyman ...

Something to do for Halloween — drive-in movies

The pandemic has led communities to cancel downtown trick-or-treating, but it has also conjured up a new kind of Halloween entertainment in the Tri-Lakes area — drive-in movies. Tupper Lake will have three — one rated PG and two R-rated horror films — thanks to the Wild Center nature ...

New art school set to open in Saranac Lake in January

SARANAC LAKE — When one door closes, another opens. In the case of three local women, that new door will lead into a new art school. Jessica Ackerson, Julia Csanko and Brittany Sternberg had long dreamed of teaching art classes, but when the pandemic hit, they thought the idea would be ...

Five bid on Lake Placid’s Main Street overhaul

LAKE PLACID — Five companies have submitted bids for Lake Placid’s Main Street overhaul. The companies’ bids were being reviewed by the village engineer on Monday, Mayor Craig Randall told the Board of Trustees. The board is expected to vote on a contract at its next meeting. ...

Tupper Lake village trustee says he has cancer

TUPPER LAKE — On Wednesday, village board Trustee Clint Hollingsworth revealed he is beginning chemotherapy to treat a cancer diagnosed in September. He said he had a tough couple of weeks after his diagnosis but, after starting chemotherapy he is feeling strong and ...

Tupper Lake village mayor reads statement on discrimination, diversity

TUPPER LAKE — Mayor Paul Maroun read a statement on discrimination and diversity at Wednesday’s village Board of Trustees meeting. Maroun’s following statement was read in full at the meeting. “The village of Tupper Lake is an all-inclusive, family-friendly, ...

Visits restricted at 2 southern NY prisons

ALBANY — The Cuomo administration imposed new restrictions on inmate visits at two maximum security prisons Wednesday after state lawmakers and leaders of the corrections officers union warned of surges in COVID-19 infections at the facilities. An advocate for suspending visitation for ...

Stefanik, Cobb spar in final debate

PLATTSBURGH — Much was made over the word “banning” during Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb’s second and final debate hosted by NBC5 at the Strand Center Theatre Wednesday night. During questions surrounding Second Amendment rights, Cobb, of ...

Lake Placid launches e-billing for electric customers

LAKE PLACID — The village of Lake Placid is launching an e-billing service for municipal electric customers next week. The service, expected to launch on Monday, will allow residents to stop receiving their traditional paper bill through the mail and instead receive a digital copy through ...

Film shows how Indigenous women influenced suffrage movement

SARANAC LAKE — The community is invited to learn the untold story of how Indigenous women influenced early suffragists in their fight for freedom and equality through a virtual screening of a new documentary film by Akwesasne resident Katsitsionni Fox. North Country Community College, ...