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NY sales tax collections perk up, though less briskly upstate

ALBANY — Sales tax collections, an important source of revenue for local governments, rose a brisk 6.3% in New York in the quarter ending Sept. 30 compared to the same period a year earlier, new state government data shows. Out of the 57 counties outside New York City, 51 posted gains in ...

Annual Long Lake, Raquette Lake holiday decor contest announced

LONG LAKE — The town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the annual Holiday Decorating Contest for Long Lake and Raquette Lake. In Long Lake judging will be on Tuesday, Dec. 17 after sunset, and the contest is open to both businesses and residents. There will be cash ...

Can New York start apprenticeships?

PLATTSBURGH — Germany’s apprenticeship model could be coming stateside. North Country Workforce Development Board Executive Director Sylvie Nelson, of Saranac Lake, went overseas in early November, alongside 10 other New York- and Michigan-based Workforce Development ...

Stars on Ice to feature Browning, Davis and White

LAKE PLACID — They don’t call it Stars on Ice for nothing. Legendary Canadian figure skater Kurt Browning will lead the Emmy award-winning production of Stars on Ice when it returns to Lake Placid’s Olympic Center on Monday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Joining Browning will be ...

Locals weigh in on Lake Placid housing crunch

LAKE PLACID — Between 50 and 70 locals turned out Tuesday for an informal meeting gathering input on Lake Placid’s housing crunch. The general consensus: More housing and short-term rental regulations are needed, and residential neighborhoods should be preserved. The meeting was ...

False statements, few statements

As New York’s 21st Congressional District candidates receive national attention and donations during the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, one issued few statements and the other issued several false statements. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, came into fame ...

Cobb: Stefanik is Washington insider

QUEENSBURY — Democratic NY-21 candidate Tedra Cobb criticized U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, as a Washington insider who cares more about her corporate donors and helping other candidates than her constituents. “I have spent my entire career trying to make sure people get ...

Stefanik asks about Hunter Biden, concern for corruption

Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik again questioned witnesses in the third installment of impeachment hearings on Monday, focusing on Joe Biden’s son and the United States giving aide to Ukraine. In part one of the impeachment hearings, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing ...

Witnesses call Trump’s Ukraine call improper

Kicking off the second week of public hearings of the impeachment inquiry, two White House experts testified Tuesday morning that President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine was “inappropriate” and “unusual.” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National ...

Task force to meet about overhauling Lake Placid’s Main Street

LAKE PLACID — A task force on Main Street upgrades is set to meet Thursday. The 16-member task force’s Appearance Committee will meet at 11 a.m. in the North Elba Town Hall to discuss possible changes to the Main Street streetscape as they work toward formulating a comprehensive ...

Winter weather delays, cancels classes Tuesday

Most local schools delayed classes Tuesday morning due to icy conditions and a wintry mix of precipitation. North Country Community College canceled all its classes at its campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga, due to worsening weather conditions in the Malone area. Paul ...

ANCA wraps up two clean energy programs this year

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack North Country Association recently wrapped up two clean energy programs for municipalities. Since 2015, the ANCA Clean Energy Program has worked with municipalities and residents to help implement two New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ...

Stefanik suggests Trump’s concern about Hunter Biden was justified

Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik again questioned witnesses in the third installment of impeachment hearings on Monday, focusing on Joe Biden’s son and the United States giving aide to Ukraine. In part one of the impeachment hearings, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing into ...

Firsthand witnesses: Trump’s Ukraine proposal was improper

Kicking off the second week of public hearings of the impeachment inquiry, two White House experts testified Tuesday morning that President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine was “inappropriate” and “unusual.” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National ...

Wood pellets keep state workers warm

RAY BROOK — For the first winter, a biomass fuel plant is heating three agency headquarters in a pilot run of this emerging technology. A 45-ton pellet storage silo stands in the back parking lot between three state agency headquarters: the Adirondack Park Agency, Department of ...

Winter weather makes roads slick, delays or cancels classes

Most local schools delayed classes this morning due to icy conditions and a wintry mix of precipitation. North Country Community College canceled all its classes today at its campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga, due to worsening weather conditions in the Malone area. Paul ...

Chimney fire spreads briefly to house on Fish Hatchery Road

LAKE CLEAR — Three volunteer fire departments responded to a fire on Fish Hatchery Road that took three hours to manage Monday afternoon. The Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded first to the call at 70 Fish Hatchery Road at 1:08 p.m. The property is owned by Jay Dawson and ...

Tupper town budget passed with 2.8% tax levy hike

TUPPER LAKE — The 2020 town budget passed unanimously in a board vote Thursday. It is under the state tax cap, according to town Supervisor Patti Littlefield. The $2,646,236 budget plans to spend a little over $50,000 more than this year. The tax levy is $1,771,890, which is $48,545 ...

Gillibrand, in Canton, plugs $50B in rural grants

CANTON — In a last-minute addition to St. Lawrence University’s 17th annual North Country Symposium, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced her $50 billion Rebuild Rural America Act, which she said would prioritize federal investment for rural communities and small towns across ...