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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 ...

Churches begin in-person services here and across US

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 ...

NCCC plans mostly online classes in fall

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College classes will be mostly online this fall semester. There will be a few exceptions for classes where “learning outcomes are best supported by face-to-face instruction,” the college announced in a press release Friday. These include ...

North Country CC to host webinars on financial literacy, workplace skills

SARANAC LAKE — Get advice on how to handle your finances, negotiate your salary and benefits, improve your credit and manage the virtual world of working from home with a series of free online webinars during the month of July. North Country Live: Summer Series, presented by North ...

NCCC plans mostly online classes in fall

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College classes will be mostly online this fall semester. There will be a few exceptions for classes where “learning outcomes are best supported by face-to-face instruction,” the college announced in a press release Friday. These include select ...

Prison’s 96 new inmates being tested

RAY BROOK — There are now 96 inmates, age 55 and up, at Adirondack Correctional Facility. They have been transferred from other state prisons over the past month as the one here transitions from being an adolescent offender facility to a medium-security facility for older inmates. While ...