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Canada extends border restrictions for 11th month

ALBANY — The closure of the border between the United States and Canada to non-essential travel is now extended until at least Feb. 21, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. The restrictions have had an impact on tourism-related businesses in New York’s North ...

Wilmington board accepts longtime clerk Gerald Bruce’s resignation

WILMINGTON — Wilmington’s town council conducted its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday. At the beginning of the meeting, the board accepted the resignation of town clerk and tax collector Gerald Bruce. The longtime office holder had hoped to serve out his four-year term, but ...

North Country hospitals have fewer empty beds

WATERTOWN — Hospital occupancy increased last week across the North Country with some facilities reporting serious influxes of patients, including an uptick of COVID-19 hospitalizations. For the week beginning Jan. 1, an average of 462.6 adult inpatient beds were in use out of 765.9 ...

Trump impeached again

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office. With the Capitol secured by armed ...

Stefanik votes against second Trump impeachment

For the second time in as many years, North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik voted against impeaching President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying she “vehemently opposed” what she called a “snap impeachment.” Nevertheless, the House impeached Trump on one count of “incitement of ...

Saranac Lake grades 7-12 go remote for rest of week

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake students in grades 7 through 12 are going remote Thursday and Friday, Superintendent Diane Fox said in a call to parents at around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Fox said a member of the middle-high school community had tested positive for COVID-19 but did not specify ...

College hockey player dies in Whiteface ski crash

WILMINGTON — A SUNY Fredonia student and hockey player died from a ski crash on Whiteface Mountain on Tuesday. Bernhard “Tanner” Kahlau, 22, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, was skiing on the Approach trail at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center when he lost control, veered off the trail and ...

‘Green Amendment’ passes Senate

On Tuesday Dan Stec and 13 other Republican state senators voted against a constitutional amendment known as the “Green Amendment,” which would guarantee New Yorkers the right to clean air, clean water and a healthy environment if the Assembly and voters agree. Stec said the language of ...

Canada extends border restrictions for 11th month

ALBANY — The closure of the border between the United States and Canada to non-essential travel is now extended until at least Feb. 21, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. The restrictions have had an impact on tourism-related businesses in New York’s North ...

Tupper schools go remote

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake Central School District temporarily reverted to remote learning Tuesday after a staff member tested positive, with plans to return to in-person learning on Thursday if staffing levels allow, according to Superintendent Russ Bartlett. Bartlett said he learned ...

Crowds expected this MLK weekend

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain winter playground is gearing up for a busy Martin Luther King Day weekend and beyond, especially if the weather cooperates to provide ideal conditions for outdoor activities. On Tuesday, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and the Regional ...

Harvard kicks Stefanik off committee, saying she spread lies

North County U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s alma mater, Harvard University, removed her from its Institute of Politics’ Senior Advisory Committee Tuesday, saying her false allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election “have no basis in fact.” Stefanik, part of the Harvard ...

Sheriffs say questions swirl about jail vaccinations

ALBANY — The head of the New York State Sheriffs Association said Monday that county jails have been given no clear guidance from the state as to when the thousands of prisoners housed in those facilities will qualify for COVID-19 vaccinations. “We have asked, and we did not get an ...

New York take on billions in debt without voter approval

ALBANY — The state Constitution has long prohibited New York from taking on debt without first seeking approval from voters, but through a process known as “backdoor borrowing” lawmakers routinely dodge that requirement and finance billions of dollars through public authorities. The ...

Affordable internet, arts focus of 2nd State of the State address

ALBANY — Low-cost high-speed internet service for all New Yorkers and rejuvenating the arts will be top state priorities through 2021 to rebuild a post-COVID-19 economy, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday in a continuation of this year’s four-part State of the State address. More ...

Stefanik continues to oppose impeachment push

House Democrats on Monday morning unveiled a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection,” accusing him of instigating those who carried out the breach of the U.S. Capitol building last Wednesday. The riot that overtook the building left ...

‘Green Amendment’ passes Senate; Stec says it’s too vague

On Tuesday Dan Stec and 13 other Republican state senators voted against a constitutional amendment known as the “Green Amendment,” which would guarantee New Yorkers the right to clean air, clean water and a healthy environment if the Assembly and voters agree. Stec said the language of ...