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Beetle scourge forces ash loggers to race against time

WALTON — Loggers in snowy forests are cutting down ash like there’s no tomorrow, seeking to stay one step ahead of a fast-spreading beetle killing the tree in dozens of states. The emerald ash borer has been chewing its way through trees from Maine to Colorado for about two decades, ...

Bipartisan Congress OKs major conservation bill

WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments has won congressional approval. The measure is the largest public lands bill approved by Congress ...

Whiteout conditions prompt crashes, travel ban in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — Severe whiteout conditions on major roads led to several car accidents and prompted this village and town to issue a declaration of emergency on Monday. Tupper Lake emergency manager Carl Steffan said on Monday that with the wind and snow reducing visibility, people ...

Stefanik joins House majority on bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

WASHINGTON — Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump's bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall, escalating a clash over whether he was abusing his powers to advance his paramount campaign ...

Bipartisan Congress approves major conservation bill

WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments has won congressional approval. The measure is the largest public lands bill approved by Congress in ...

Police: Sunmount worker made up abuse

State Police arrested a Tupper Lake woman after a lengthy investigation of alleged abuse at Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office in Tupper Lake, where she worked. What they found, though, Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said in a press release, ...

Road rage in Jay, police say

JAY — A local man thought another driver passed his house at an unsafe speed, so he responded with threats, a baseball bat and road rage, police say. State Police charged John D. Smith, 61, with menacing in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree and criminal ...

PSC hopes Universiade helps it become ‘winter sports school’

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College hopes to capitalize on the 2023 Winter World University Games as it looks to make itself a school for student-athletes. The Universiade, as the World University Games are known, is an international Olympic-style event for university student athletes. ...

Kohl’s takes serious look at Plattsburgh mall

PLATTSBURGH — Kohl’s department store is seeking a variance for exterior signs at Champlain Centre mall. Those signs would advertise a 43,600-square-foot store the retailer is looking to potentially open in there. A 195-square-foot sign is requested for the front of the store, and ...

Man charged in Tail O’ the Pup theft

A Saranac Lake man forged and stole checks amounting to more than $3,000, State Police say. William L. Roberts, 39, was arrested Jan. 29 for allegedly stealing the five checks from the Tail O’ The Pup restaurant in Ray Brook. Four were forged and made payable to “cash” and ...

Cuomo teams up with other states to fight Trump tax changes

Fresh off his meeting with President Donald Trump, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is continuing his push to repeal the $10,000 cap on the amount of state and local taxes people can deduct on their federal returns with his announcement Friday of the formation of a multi-state alliance to fight for tax ...

Initial probe discounts possible threat to Beekmantown High

BEEKMANTOWN — Investigation into a “potential threat made to student safety” here seemed to indicate Monday evening that it was “a social media issue between specific students,” Beekmantown Central School officials said. Earlier in the day, the district posted a message on its ...

Cuomo: Cheaters should be barred from property tax credit

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Como says people found to fraudulently claim a state property tax credit should be barred from reapplying for the benefit for six years. The Democrat announced the proposal on Tuesday and said he’ll ask lawmakers to include the provision in next ...

Citizen Advocates recognizes top employer for career visions

MALONE — Citizen Advocates recently took time out to recognize one of the most crucial components of its Career Visions program: the employers. The Career Visions Program at Citizens Advocates, through its offices in Malone and Saranac Lake, offers multi-faceted employment and ...

High winds and lakeside ice pileups plague the Buffalo area

BUFFALO — High winds raised water levels and sent giant ice chunks spilling over the banks of the Niagara River across from Buffalo, New York, creating a jagged barrier between the river and a scenic road. Footage captured by Canadian parks police shows massive chunks tumbling over each ...

Cuomo drops proposal to ban all modified stretch limousines

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dropping a proposal to ban all modified stretch limousines, an idea prompted by last fall’s crash that killed 20 people. The Times Union of Albany reports Monday that the provision was stricken from Cuomo’s state budget proposal. Cuomo is ...

Whiteouts lead to crashes, travel ban in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — Severe whiteout conditions on major roads led to several car accidents and prompted this village and town to issue a declaration of emergency. Tupper Lake emergency manager Carl Steffan said that with the wind and snow reducing visibility, people should stay home unless it ...

Crashes, school closings amid snow, wind

Howling winds and blowing snow made driving dangerous Monday morning and prompted Tri-Lakes area schools to cancel classes. Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Lake Placid schools are closed today. That goes for the public school districts as well as private schools that follow the districts’ ...

Nearly 500 for Brew-ski with sunshine and snowy trails

TUPPER LAKE — Thick snow and blue skies brought a record number of skiers to the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Brew-ski at the town’s James C. Frenette Sr. Recreational Trails and Fire and Ice golf tournament at the town golf course. As of 3:40 p.m., 476 people had signed in to ...

Road rage in Jay, police say

JAY — A local man thought another driver passed his house at an unsafe speed, so he responded with threats, a baseball bat and road rage, police say. State Police charged John D. Smith, 61, with menacing in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree and criminal ...