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Annual birdwatching challenge begins

ALBANY (AP) — New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is launching its annual birdwatching challenge, with versions for beginners and experts alike. The “I Bird NY” beginner’s challenge is open to anyone 16 years old or younger. Participants must identify 10 common ...

China’s ban on scrap imports helps US recycling plants

ALBANY — The halt on China’s imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. U.S. paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap scrap. Some facilities that ...

Social equity part of pot legalization strategy

NEW YORK — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New ...

Schools’ economic impact

Despite declining enrollment and increasing expenses, local public schools remain an economic driver in small North Country communities, a new report from the statewide Association of School Business Officials shows. The first-of-its-kind ASBO report was released Monday, generated by ...

‘Help wanted, J-1 students only’ sign irks some locals

LAKE PLACID — A “help wanted” sign posted at the front door of a downtown clothing store this past week has sparked controversy for being what some perceive as discriminatory against local residents. The sign, posted by business owner Tom Dalton on the door of his store ADK ...

In the zone: Tupper Lakers discuss coming codes

TUPPER LAKE — More than 30 town residents turned out to the first public unveiling of the town’s draft of a new joint zoning land use code Thursday. They heard from the urban planning firm Randall and West, which oversaw the creation of the draft, and expressed concerns with a few of ...

Teen inmates charged with attacking CO

RAY BROOK — Two teenage inmates accused of attacking a corrections officer at the Adirondack Adolescent Offender Facility here were charged May 10 with assault and strangulation, almost three months after the alleged attack. State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision ...

Jones: North Country prisons won’t close

PLATTSBURGH — North Country prisons have been spared from the chopping block as the state will close two units elsewhere. According to State Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, Livingston Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in western New York, and Lincoln Correctional ...

DEC updates public recreation plan for Cedarlands

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released its finalized recreation plan for almost 5,000 acres of conservation easement land near Long Lake, and it includes expanded hiking, camping and mountain biking opportunities. The Cedarlands easement was secured by the DEC in ...

DEC starts restoration by Pontiac Bay, Brandy Brook Monday

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that its contractors will begin the final stage of restoration and rehabilitation work in and along Pontiac Bay and Brandy Brook on Monday. The project, which removed contaminated soils and sediment from ...

Saranac Lake chamber seeks Citizen of the Year nominations

SARANAC LAKE — In planning for its 98th Annual Dinner, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is requesting nominations from its members and the community for the Don Duso Citizen of the Year. The award, which will be presented at the Annual Dinner on June 19, will go to a community ...

Dancing for treatment

TUPPER LAKE — Everyone was dressed up, the ceiling of the Wild Center’s Big Wolf Great Hall was lit up purple, and dozens of family and friends waited for 13-year-old Aubrey Sparks to enter the room. “Stop,” said her mother, Meaghan. Meaghan wanted her daughter to drink it all ...

Jones: North Country prisons spared from closures

PLATTSBURGH — North Country prisons have been spared from the chopping block as the state will close two units elsewhere. According to State Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, Livingston Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in western New York, and Lincoln Correctional ...

Railroad switches director

UTICA — Jack Roberson has resigned as executive director of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization that oversees the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, and Justin Gonyo, former general manager of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, has been appointed interim ...

LPHS alumni launch scholarship

LAKE PLACID — For Artur Novoselsky, a 30-year-old musician based in New York City, growing up in Lake Placid is an experience that has never left him. Though he no longer lives in the village, Novoselsky still feels rooted here. “As much as the city is now my home, whenever ...

Lake Placid school robotics team seeks sponsors

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s Board of Education had just completed a budget hearing on Tuesday when a robot rolled in the door. The robot was 3 to 4 feet tall — a carefully crafted cluster of wires, pulleys and belts all contained within a sparse metal framework atop a motorized ...

Gillibrand wants to set enforceable standards for water contaminants

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is among those attempting to install bipartisan legislation that would address contaminants in drinking water like those found in groundwater around the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The legislation Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is pushing with ...