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Stefanik, Cobb call for transparency on Ukraine call

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik and her 2020 Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb released statements on the presidential impeachment inquiry Congress opened Tuesday, expressing a shared desire for “transparency.” Stefanik also took a stand opposing impeachment of President Donald Trump. Cobb’s ...

Shelter bids adieu to Dr. Z

SARANAC LAKE — The Tri-Lakes Humane Society said thanks and bid a fond farewell on Monday to Dr. Karl Zaunbrecher, who retired from his veterinary practice in Saranac Lake this week. With smiles and utterances of “We’ll miss you,” workers and some friends at the Saranac Lake-based ...

EPA denies ‘Good Neighbor’ aid to NY

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently denied a petition to help the state of New York reduce pollution from other states that causes smog and acid rain and endangers the health of millions of New Yorkers. In March 2018, the state Legislature requested federal funding from the ...

DEC buys former school for ECO, ranger academy

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that it had purchased a former elementary school to host its forest ranger and environmental conservation officer training academies in central New York. The change has been about a year in the making, with DEC ...

Glens Falls National Bank helps pay for ADK trailhead stewards

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) announced Wednesday that Glens Falls National Bank has agreed to fund the ADK’s volunteer host program at its High Peaks Information Center outside of Lake Placid. Volunteer stewards help with parking, introduce Leave No Trace ...

Sewer work prompts road closure in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Brandy Brook Avenue, from state Route 86 (Lake Flower Avenue and River Street) to Pine Street, will be closed to traffic Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for sewer reconstruction. Local traffic will remain open during the workday, and homeowners in the area may ...

Volunteers are needed for tax assistance program

PLATTSBURGH — A service that helps low- to moderate-income people file their taxes is looking for volunteers. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and AARP Tax Aid program in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties helped 4,150 low-income individuals and families last year get their taxes ...

Pelosi has launched impeachment inquiry. Now what?

WASHINGTON — Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, what’s next? In some ways, the investigations of the Trump administration won’t look too different from those underway in the House, but now they’ll have a ...

Son remembers father who died fishing in Lower Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Searchers found a 75-year-old New York City man dead in Lower Saranac Lake Monday morning, submerged in the water with his fishing tackle, not far from his overturned canoe. Since the early 1970s, Kenneth M. Bijur had been one of the six cottage owners at the Knollwood ...

Garden parking lot opens Friday

KEENE VALLEY — The Garden trailhead parking lot, which has been closed all summer due to construction, will reopen on Friday. The parking area, which is owned and operated by the town of Keene, is one of the most popular places to access the High Peaks Wilderness. But due to bridge ...

Tupper Lake hotel meets early investment goal

TUPPER LAKE — The developers of the Tupper Lake Crossroads Hotel confirmed they have reached the $150,000 funding goal they set for the first week of September by late August. Now they are moving on to the permitting stage. On July 23, Wild Center Museum founder Betsy Lowe and former ...

Rangers fight wildfire in Giant Wilderness, rescue hikers and paddlers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers fought a wildfire near the Giant’s Washbowl and assisted several lost or stuck hikers and paddlers last week in the Adirondacks. - Town of Brighton - On Sept. 18 at 10:46 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch received a ...

Many travels, many stories

BLOOMINGDALE — For years, Judith Coopy chronicled her adventures in journals. She spoke to strangers freely, just like her father had. And when she held her golden fly swatter, an award for winning a story slam at Bitters & Bones, she knew her tale was worth telling and that she had ...

Son remembers dad who died fishing in Lower Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Searchers found a 75-year-old New York City man dead in Lower Saranac Lake Monday morning, submerged in the water with his fishing tackle, not far from his overturned canoe. Since the early 1970s, Kenneth M. Bijur had been one of the six cottage owners at the Knollwood ...

Garden trailhead parking lot opens Friday

KEENE VALLEY — The Garden trailhead parking lot, which has been closed all summer due to construction, will reopen on Friday. The parking area, which is owned and operated by the town of Keene, is one of the most popular places to access the High Peaks Wilderness. But due to bridge ...

Keene Valley man dies in Lake Colby after hospital discharge

SARANAC LAKE — A Keene Valley man was found dead in Lake Colby by a State Police bloodhound early Sunday. Police said the man apparently drowned after being discharged from the Adirondack Medical Center across the road. Zachary R. Smith, 32, was discharged from the Saranac Lake ...