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Storm blasts Warren, Hamilton, Saratoga counties, too

High winds and flooding were expected to be problems through Friday night and into Saturday, and some homes along the Hudson River in Warren County were being evacuated as of mid-morning Friday. Thousands remained without electricity as of early afternoon, as Warren, Saratoga, Hamilton ...

Storms kill 2, including NY priest

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Storms that began on Halloween killed at least two people, caused flooding, downed trees and power lines and damaged homes across the Northeast on Friday. By Friday afternoon, the number of people without power in the Northeast was starting to creep down, but still ...

Another hearing on Hurley Bros. propane tank

LAKE PLACID — The North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board will host a second public hearing Wednesday on a proposed tank-filling station on Old Military Road. Hurley Bros. Inc. is seeking approval to build a 53-by-11-foot, 30,000-gallon fuel storage tank at 132 Old Military Road. ...

Vermont Guard will do night flights with F-35s

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Vermont Air National Guard will conduct night flight operations from Tuesday, Nov. 5 through Friday, Nov. 22. Area residents may see and hear F-35A aircraft taking off and landing from Burlington International Airport during this time. All training operations ...

AT&T service goes down

In the midst of Friday’s heavy wind and rain, AT&T cellular service in the Tri-Lakes area went down before the afternoon. As of 8 p.m. Friday, there was no indication of when service would be up and running.

Wind, rain slam North Country: downed trees, power outages and floods galore

(Last updated at 11:57 p.m.) - North Country infrastructure was rocked by high winds and rising water levels early Friday morning. Downed trees, broken utility poles and sporadic areas of flooding shuttered roads throughout Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties and left thousands of people ...

Hiker rescued from truck in Keene Valley flood

KEENE VALLEY — A hiker was rescued from his vehicle shortly after midnight Friday after he awoke to find the truck he’d been sleeping in was surrounded by water. The rescue came as high winds and rising water levels rocked North Country infrastructure, closing roads, downing utility ...

State Route 73 closed in Keene Valley, then reopened

KEENE VALLEY — State Route 73 here was undermined by floodwaters and temporarily closed, Keene town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson Jr. said Friday afternoon. By evening it had been reopened. State Route 73 is a major artery that connects Lake Placid and Saranac Lake with points south. The ...

DEC: Avoid trails, summits this weekend due to flooding

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning hikers to avoid trails and mountain summits throughout the Adirondacks this weekend. The department announced the advisory Friday afternoon amid widespread reports of road closures, power outages and flooding throughout Essex, ...

Impeachment inquiry OKd by the House, 232 to 196

Since the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine was set into motion in September, northern New York Rep. Elise Stefanik and other House Republicans have demanded a full House vote authorizing the inquiry. On Thursday morning they got that vote, and every ...

Felon voting push sparks uproar

ALBANY — A New York City lawmaker advanced legislation Wednesday to allow the tens of thousands of convicted felons incarcerated in state prisons and county jails to participate in local, state and national elections. The proposal from Sen. Kevin Parker, a Brooklyn Democrat and the ...

Study examines reasons for decrease in boreal birds

PAUL SMITHS — Two new scientific studies recently released by Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute and Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station have detected continuing patterns of decline in boreal birds in the Adirondacks, possibly the result of impacts from climate ...

Negotiations ended for new rail operator in Warren Co.

The company that was hoping to take over railroad operations in Warren County next spring withdrew from contract negotiations late Wednesday, leaving some county leaders to push for a conversion of the rail line to a recreational trail. United Rail of Nevada notified Warren County ...

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Kids took over the streets Thursday as Trick-or Treaters had the run of Broadway in Saranac Lake. Kids also reigned supreme at the Halloween Parade on Main St. in Lake Placid.

Gov. Cuomo announces $60 million in flood funding for river, lake towns

CLAYTON — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on the stage of the historic Clayton Opera House Thursday, announced $60 million in funding for shoreline communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. That is more than any other region. “Congratulations you have won $60 million, more than ...

Hamilton County DA candidates spar over arrests, experience

The Democratic candidate for Hamilton County district attorney is questioning whether his Republican opponent is qualified to hold office in light of revelations about his arrest history, social media behavior and residency claims. The race between Long Lake attorney Paul Roalsvig, ...

Stefanik votes no to impeachment probe

Since the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine was set into motion in September, northern New York Rep. Elise Stefanik and other House Republicans have demanded a full House vote authorizing the inquiry. On Thursday morning they got that vote, and every ...

Hiking season over, planning isn’t

KEENE VALLEY — The steady stream of hiker traffic through this hamlet has slowed to a trickle as the colored fall leaves drop to the ground. But efforts to accommodate the rising tide of tourists, while protecting the natural landscape, aren’t losing steam. Local leaders and the ...

Facility upgrades for USA Luge to wrap up soon

LAKE PLACID — Improvements to the USA Luge facility on Church Street is nearing completion. The organization’s headquarters has been closed since April as the building undergoes $5 million worth of major changes, including the construction of two new additions, a complete overhaul of ...

Happy Halloween! Communities cater to kids today

It’s Halloween, and before children knock on neighborhood doors to trick-or-treat tonight, they’ll have plenty of opportunity to collect candy downtown. Children can get candy from downtown Saranac Lake businesses from 3:30 to 5 p.m. To protect kids, downtown streets will be closed ...