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Residents want River Walk on river

SARANAC LAKE — People really would prefer for the River Walk to go along the river. That was the consensus at the informational meeting Thursday night at the Saranac Lake Public Library, where more than 20 people showed up to give their opinion on the design of the River Walk going ...

Stefanik says lawyer was sexist to her in House session

In the transcript of a Oct. 29 impeachment inquiry deposition, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik had an exchange with the lawyer of a witness that she later said was sexist on the lawyer’s part. The document, which was unclassified Friday, shows the testimony of Alexander Vindman, a decorated ...

Van Ho ski center set to open next Saturday

LAKE PLACID — The cross-country ski center at Mount Van Hoevenberg is set to open for the season Saturday, Nov. 16. Snowmaking ramped up at the facility Friday, according to state Olympic Regional Development Authority Communications Director Jon Lundin. Between the snow manufactured ...

Some road washouts will persist into spring

If you are trying to drive on Padanarum Road in Bolton, you aren’t going to get far. A short distance from the Route 9N intersection, flooding by Round Pond Brook tore the road away from around the bridge during last week’s storm, so the bridge sits suspended with a 4-foot drop on ...

Canada case poses question: Is US immigration system safe?

CHAMPLAIN — In the looming darkness, the Nigerian family of four, including two children carrying stuffed animals and a violin case, climbed out of a taxi at the end of a dead-end road in upstate New York as Canadian law enforcement officers watched a short distance away, across a ditch ...

Peak planners picked

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced the creation of a committee to recommend solutions to problems spurred by increased tourism to the Adirondack High Peaks region. The 13-member committee is being asked to put together a ...

New look for SL website

SARANAC LAKE — This village has redesigned its website, saranaclakeny.gov. The website has several new features, such as a calendar of upcoming events, summaries of current projects, and information about village parks and recreation amenities. Accessing documents and forms from each ...

Take a trip

SARANAC LAKE — Before a show, bands tend to practice. Mark Hofschneider didn’t want to do that. “I’ve written some themes and chord changes and some structure,” he said. “We haven’t gotten together yet, which is why it’s an experiment.” Hofschneider, Gene Baker, Alan ...

Man rescued from frigid rapids above Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Rescuers on Thursday pulled a man from rushing, frigid water less than 100 yards from the brink of Niagara Falls. No one could say how or when the unidentified man entered the Niagara River rapids. Witnesses on shore called 911 with reports of a man clinging to ...

Stefanik believes impeach vote is certainty

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik stood by claims she made last week that her Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb supports impeaching President Donald Trump, despite Cobb’s statement that she isn’t sure about impeachment, although she approves the inquiry. Stefanik defended her assertion by saying ...

Cuomo: High Peaks overuse ‘legitimate issue’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calling High Peaks overuse “a legitimate issue” at a press event in Colonie Wednesday, acknowledged problems roiling the region as a result of increased tourism. The governor’s comments, first reported by the Daily Gazette in Schenectady, come after one of the ...

Bug spray maker looks to move to sanatorium site

SARANAC LAKE — The village Development Board approved a special-use permit and site plan review for a bug spray manufacturer on the grounds of the former Trudeau Sanatorium. Randy Cross currently produces Carpe Insectae — a line of all-natural bug repellents for both humans and pets ...

Outgoing town councilor named LP village justice

LAKE PLACID — The village has appointed a new justice, but the decision wasn’t unanimous. At the board’s meeting Monday, two trustees voted to affirm Mayor Craig Randall’s appointment of North Elba town Councilman Bob Miller to fill the village justice vacancy left by David ...

Keene preliminary budget is under cap

KEENE — If approved, Keene’s preliminary budget would be under the state tax cap, according to town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson Jr. The town has proposed a $1,255,455 general fund spending plan for 2020 — which includes employee pay and benefits, debt payments and money for things like ...

Stefanik differs with Trump on Paris climate accord

On Monday the U.S. officially withdrew from the Paris climate accord, an international agreement between the world’s leading nations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing the tide of climate change. Under President Donald Trump’s direction, Secretary of State Mike ...

Woodruff bakery gets review for site plan

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Development Board approved a site plan review for a bakery on Woodruff Street at Tuesday night’s board meeting. Mark and Susan “Jill” Zagrobelny, who run Early Dawn Confections, said with their property at 28 Woodruff St., they would convert the ...

Four Republicans win Supreme Court seats

Though one last election district and the absentee ballots for the Supreme Court Fourth District election have still not all been counted, the breakdown of 638,192 votes definitively shows the four Republican candidates winning the seats on the bench. Jim Walsh, Rebecca Slezak, Michael ...

Stec opposes de Blasio inmate gift plan

Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, voiced his opposition of a plan announced this week by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to release roughly 900 inmates early, ahead of bail reform changes that will take effect Jan. 1. De Blasio announced that in an effort to entice the newly-released ...