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Fishing season begins amid coronavirus

The worst day of fishing is better than the best day of quarantine. How true is that? With all of this happening with the coronavirus, anglers are more than ready to go out for a day of fishing as trout and salmon season began on Wednesday. But it might be a little more difficult ...

Spring in a box

SARANAC LAKE — Following last week’s snowman success, a group of local real estate professionals organized a birdhouse-building contest to give quarantined families something creative to do and share. Making a birdhouse requires a lot more doing than making a snowman, but ...

School meals prepared with safety in mind

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake School District Superintendent Diane Fox said a rumor that two cafeteria staff members have contracted COVID-19 is not true. Fox said two staff members have been in quarantine for the past two weeks, after concerns they may have caught the coronavirus, but ...

Tradition of Spring Break is broken

New York is putting the brakes on Spring Break this year, telling schools to keep up their remote instruction of students during the coronavirus pandemic so they stay up on their studies. Districts that don’t comply may lose state aid. --- Saranac Lake --- Superintendent Diane ...

COVID-19 by the numbers

--- Essex County --- 7 — Confirmed cases, two new 34 — People in mandatory or precautionary quarantine, up from 19 on Sunday 85 — People who have been tested and received results, four more than Monday --- Franklin County --- 8 — Confirmed cases, none new 67 ...

Hand sanitizer being produced by power company

Local renewable energy company Northern Power & Light, Inc. has partnered with Mountain Spirit Distilling to produce hand sanitizer from locally-made high-purity ethanol. “First and foremost, we want to reassure customers that there is no anticipated interruption in electricity ...

Adirondack forest ranger tests positive for COVID-19

A state Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger based in the Adirondack Park has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The forest ranger was deployed downstate to help with the state’s coronavirus response when he was exposed to the ...

Lake Flower boat launch bathroom construction suspended

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has temporarily postponed construction of a new bathroom at the Lake Flower Boat Launch. “Due to the current COVID-19 public health crisis, DEC has temporarily ceased work on construction projects deemed ...

Economic impact payments: What you need to know

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service on Monday announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others ...

NCPR’s Brian Mann will join NPR full-time

WESTPORT — After 21 years of work as North Country Public Radio’s first Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann has been recruited to a new position at NPR. He’ll work first to help the network cover the COVID-19 crisis and will then serve as the network’s first full-time correspondent ...

Prison virus precautions widely described as too little, too late

Coronavirus is spreading through North Country prisons, and though their governing state and federal organizations made several policy changes last week to slow the spread, corrections officers, union representatives, inmate advocates and politicians say these changes are coming too late, ...

Adirondack forest ranger tests positive for COVID-19

A state Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger based in the Adirondack Park has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The forest ranger was deployed downstate to help with the state’s coronavirus response when he was exposed to the ...

Franklin County COVID-19 cases jump to 8

SARANAC LAKE — Despite restrictions on coronavirus testing, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County rose to eight on Monday, up from five cases the day before. Franklin County Public Health is working on contact tracing and evaluating the risk of exposure to others ...

COVID-19 by the numbers

--- Essex County --- ¯ 5 — Confirmed cases, none new ¯ N/A — People in mandatory or precautionary quarantine, 19 as of Sunday ¯ 81 — People who have been tested and received results, 20 more than Friday --- Franklin County --- ¯ 8 — Confirmed cases, 3 more than ...

Some ORDA construction projects to be put on hold

LAKE PLACID — Parts of multi-million dollar improvement projects at Lake Placid’s Olympic sites are expected to come to a halt. An executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo more than a week ago, and revised recently, directs construction companies to stop all “non-essential” ...

No longer 3-way house race as French will not be on the ballot

Jeff French, who had filed with the state Board of Elections to run as a candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat on the Serve America Movement Party, will not be on the November ballot, due to a missed date to accept the SAM Party’s authorization of his ...

NY village elections postponed again, but when?

An executive order from the governor on Monday postponed all village elections in March, April and May. That includes Saranac Lake's, which had already been pushed back from March 18 to April 28. April 28 was also New York's presidential primary, but late last week that was postponed until ...