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Jefferson County reports first COVID-19 death

WATERTOWN — The county administrator on Thursday reported the first death due to COVID-19 in Jefferson County. “Regrettably, this is a day that we had hoped would never come,” Robert Hagemann, the county administrator wrote in an email Thursday afternoon. “I must inform you that ...

Tupper Arts exhibits feature sculptor Peter Thomas, woodcrafts

TUPPER LAKE — An exhibit featuring the work of sculptor Peter Thomas opens Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Tupper Arts Center, 106 Park St., Tupper Lake. Thomas is an accomplished wildlife sculptor from New York City who also has a residence in Tupper Lake, where he has spent many summers ...

Rookie Ogdensburg patrolman saves boy who nearly drowned in backyard pool

OGDENSBURG — A rookie patrolman on the Ogdensburg police force was involved in saving the life of a young boy after he nearly drowned in a backyard pool Wednesday. “Just after 4:30 p.m. we had a report of a 2-year-old male drowned in a pool,” Detective Sergeant Mark Kearns said. ...

Green groups call for state preservation of Whitney Park

Shortly after the owner of a historic 36,000-acre Long Lake estate announced on Wednesday that he plans to sell the property for $180 million, conservationists said they wanted the state to step in and buy it. The Whitney Park property — which John Hendrickson, the widower of Saratoga ...

Governor postpones $3B ‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ to next year

The $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act will not be seen on the ballot Nov. 3. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday confirmed the state would postpone a voter referendum on the bond act — one piece of a larger $33 billion, five-year plan to fight climate change — until 2021. If ...

Songs at Mirror Lake cancels free concert series this summer

LAKE PLACID — The Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series announced Thursday that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 15th anniversary of the free concert series has been canceled. Normally, Songs at Mirror Lake organizes a free concert by a national tourism act each Tuesday evening in ...

COVID-19 vaccine topic of discussion at Trudeau

SARANAC LAKE — A leading global health expert said Monday that researchers know they can create a vaccine to protect against COVID-19, but it’s still too soon to predict how effective the first vaccines will be. Barry Bloom, a renowned immunologist who has spent his career easing the ...

Diving for milfoil

SARANAC INN — The Upper Saranac Foundation, having greatly reduced the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Upper Saranac Lake, has turned its attention to clearing the waterways that feed the lake. A three-person dive team has already pulled 3,600 pounds of milfoil from Follensby Clear Pond ...

Part of Route 73 in Keene will be closed 3 days next week

KEENE VALLEY — The state Department of Transportation is advising motorists that a half-mile segment of state Route 73 in the town of Keene, between state Route 9N and the southern end of Hulls Falls Road (Essex County Route 13A), will be closed between Tuesday and Thursday as part of a ...

Tupper Lake library has online story hours

TUPPER LAKE — With traditional children’s story and craft sessions canceled due to COVID-19, the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library has gone virtual with two of its longstanding popular programs. At 10 a.m. on Fridays, the Kiwanis Summer Reading Program appears on the library’s YouTube ...

Gillibrand calls for $50B child care fund

TROY — A $50 billion federal fund for child care would stabilize the essential industry, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday, highlighting the urgent need in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The child care industry needs critical support, Gillibrand and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul ...

Rangers make 7 Adirondack rescues last week

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers conducted seven search-and-rescue missions in the Adirondacks last week. --- Town of Indian Lake --- On Monday, July 20 at 6:28 p.m., Hamilton County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a ...

Many condemn Massena noose incident, seek investigation

MASSENA — A thorough investigation of a noose found on a family’s property in the village is encouraged, the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) said Tuesday, as local lawmakers echoed the need for a rigorous investigation of the “hateful ...

Farmer returns prosthetic leg that skydiver lost during jump

WEST ADDISON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont skydiver who lost his prosthetic leg during a jump has it back, thanks to a farmer who kept an eye out for it and spotted it in a soybean field. Double amputee Chris Marckres, of Hyde Park, went for a jump Saturday at Vermont Skydiving Adventures in West ...

Wildfires continue in Clinton County

ALTONA — Firefighters returned to wildland fires in Altona and Ellenburg today. This was following the response of more than 30 departments from around the North Country, Canada and Vermont to the locations on Sunday. Crews left the fire on the Plank Road in Ellenburg by roughly ...

Whitney Park listed for $180M

LONG LAKE — A historic Long Lake estate is being put up for sale. The price: $180 million. The 36,000-acre property, Whitney Park, is being sold by John Hendrickson, according to the Wall Street Journal. Hendrickson is the widower of Saratoga Springs philanthropist, socialite and ...

SL Village Board meeting highlights police issues

SARANAC LAKE — At Monday night’s meeting of the village Board of Trustees, the police took center stage. Police Chief James Joyce addressed the 5-member board and the near-capacity, physically distanced audience on the subject of police response to mental health calls. The issue had ...

Cobb speaks on COVID-19, funding for school reopening

North Country Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb issued a statement Tuesday voicing displeasure with the Senate Republicans’ HEALS Act stimulus package, which requires that schools open their doors for in-person instruction or else they won’t receive federal financial ...