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Stefanik given ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award by U.S. Chamber

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented northern New York’s congressional representative Elise Stefanik with its annual “Spirit of Enterprise” award. The “Spirit of Enterprise” award is given in recognition of members of Congress who support a pro-growth ...

Diversity leader moving out of Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative is packing her belongings and moving out of this village, saying she hasn’t felt safe living here as a Black person since racist graffiti was found spray-painted on a railroad bridge a week-and-a-half ago. The other ...

One inmate at Adirondack Correctional has COVID-19, is asymptomatic

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has confirmed that one inmate at Adirondack Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19. According to DOCCS spokesman Thomas Mailey, this man is asymptomatic and has been isolated, and anyone who has ...

Protestors rally for older inmates’ release from Adirondack facility

RAY BROOK — More than 30 activists stood Monday at the corner of state Route 86 and Ray Brook Road, calling on New York state to release the nearly 100 older inmates recently moved to the nearby Adirondack Correctional Facility. Standing below the “Adirondack C.F.” sign a mile from ...

Lake Placid board adopts budget with flat tax levy

LAKE PLACID — The village Board of Trustees adopted a budget for 2020-21 last week that carries a slight tax decrease. The village initially proposed a preliminary budget that carried a slight tax increase, with the municipality planning to levy, or collect, $3,923,351 from village ...

Police are investigating Keene farmstand robbery

KEENE — A Keene farm was robbed on Sunday. New York State Police are investigating and no one has yet been charged in connection with the case. Police say a man entered the Black Rooster Maple farmstand on state Route 73 Sunday morning and made off with $250 in cash and a bottle of ...

NY requires visitors from 3 more states to quarantine 14 days

ALBANY (AP) — New York is now requiring people from three additional states to quarantine for 14 days as more individuals are testing positive for COVID-19 nationwide. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a Tuesday press release that Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma now join a total of 19 states that ...

Stefanik, fellow reps call for plan to reopen the border

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, and fellow representatives are pushing for the United States and Canada to develop guidance for a phased reopening of the border. “We are asking that the United States and Canada immediately craft a ...

Cuomo admin report defends nursing home rules for the pandemic

ALBANY — The Cuomo administration concluded in a report issued Monday that while more than 300 nursing homes statewide took in coronavirus-positive patients during the pandemic, the employees of the facilities were the main conduit for the virus into the homes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

Firework accident leads to Mooers house fire on July 4

MOOERS — A Fourth of July fireworks mishap here led to a house fire on Independence Day and ended in a total loss. “One of the fireworks tipped over and blew into the garage,” Second Assistant Fire Chief Ben Lapham told the Press-Republican. “That’s where it started. “It ...

Frederick Douglass speech read at John Brown Farm

LAKE PLACID — The words of Frederick Douglass’ speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” echoed off the walls of Corinthian Hall in Rochester on July 5, 1852. On Sunday they echoed amid the Adirondack High Peaks at the farm and grave of another famous ...

DEC: Bear euthanized after repeated ‘aggressive behavior’

LAKE PLACID — State Department of Environmental Conservation staff killed a black bear on Monday following what the department described as “a documented escalation of the bear’s aggressive behavior since 2018.” Campsites and lean-tos in the Lake Colden area of the High Peaks ...

NY State Fair is canceled

NEW YORK — The New York State Fair, held each year in Syracuse, has been canceled. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made the announced during a Monday press conference in Manhattan. “This is a really tough one,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Fairs all across the nation are reopening.” The ...

Tupper Arts postpones remainder of Summer Sunset Series to 2021

TUPPER LAKE — Tupper Arts will be postponing its 2020 Summer Sunset Series until 2021. The Tupper Arts Board of Directors made this decision over concerns of creating overcrowding during the current pandemic and other considerations. The board had already canceled the July 3 performance ...

10th Mountain Division soldier dies in Afghanistan

FORT DRUM — The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Spc. Vincent Sebastian Ibarria, 21, from San Antonio, Texas, died Friday, July 3, in Farah province, Afghanistan, during a vehicle rollover accident. The incident ...

Union rep says carpentry jobs on rise

PLATTSBURGH — It could be time to learn the tools of the carpentry trade. Some industry sectors were still rebooting in the wake of COVID-19’s economic shutdown, but the local carpenters union said its field was booming with business around the North Country. “The availability of ...

State moves to release, test prisoners

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has taken some steps to release and test inmates at state prisons during the coronavirus. Local and statewide prison reform groups have requested the elderly inmates at Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray ...

Pair of lumber workers in Jay test positive

JAY — Two people who work at a local lumber company’s Jay location have now tested positive for COVID-19. Two others were placed in precautionary quarantine and are awaiting test results. The news of the employees’ positive results were announced by the owner of Ward Lumber, Jay ...

Two cars collide at trailhead parking lot

KEENE VALLEY — Two cars collided in Keene Valley on Saturday when a driver attempted to leave a trailhead parking lot and rear-ended another vehicle. No one was injured. The Fourth of July weekend is usually one of the busiest weekends of the season for tourism here. The collision ...