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U.S. plans end to wolf protections

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that’s running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers as its numbers rebound in some regions. The proposal would give states the ...

Larger turnout at job fair; labor gap still an issue

SARANAC LAKE — More than 150 job seekers turned out for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise’s fourth annual Tri-Lakes Job Fair on Wednesday, where more than 50 employers were represented. Recruiters behind the tables offered job descriptions, company information, and free goodies like ...

SLPD: Man found with crack cocaine

SARANAC LAKE — A local man who police say was dealing narcotics in the village was arrested Tuesday, allegedly with crack cocaine in his butt. Police say they arrested Michael A. Miller, 44, of Saranac Lake after a traffic stop in the Tops supermarket parking lot on Church Street around 6 ...

Study of Hamilton County lakes includes road salt, acidity

The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute has released a report on the water quality of lakes in Hamilton County after studying the waterbodies for two-and-a-half decades. "The State of Hamilton County Lakes: A 25 Year Perspective 1993-2017" was developed with the Hamilton ...

Lake Placid forms Climate Smart Community Task Force

LAKE PLACID — The village Board of Trustees announced the formation of a Climate Smart Community Task Force at Monday night’s meeting. Climate Smart Communities is a state Department of Environmental Conservation program where municipalities and organizations can earn certification ...

Tom Waits tribute band plays Friday

SARANAC LAKE — Bob Gagnon never played in a rock band. While friends and classmates wanted to shred and keep rhythm on distorted guitars like Jimmy Page, Gagnon wanted something more melodic with weird time signatures and plenty of space to fill, or not fill. He has found it with Small ...

N.Y. Assembly votes to raise smoking, vaping age to 21

ALBANY (AP) — Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. The legislation, which passed the Democrat-led chamber on Wednesday, prohibits the sale of tobacco, as well as electronic cigarettes, to anyone under 21. That’s already the law ...

Saints earn shot at national hoops title

SARANAC LAKE — When Jerrad Dumont brought the North Country Community College women’s basketball program back to life during the 2008-09 season, he envisioned the good-case scenario being a 10-year process for the team to have a shot at playing for a national title. One decade later, ...

Police: Crack cocaine found on Saranac Lake man

SARANAC LAKE — A local man who police say was dealing narcotics in the village was arrested Tuesday, allegedly with crack cocaine in his butt. Police say they arrested Michael A. Miller, 44, of Saranac Lake after a traffic stop in the Tops supermarket parking lot on Church Street around 6 ...

Tupper man charged with child sex abuse

TUPPER LAKE — State police charged a Tupper Lake man with child sex abuse Monday. State police said the investigation revealed that William R. Facteau, 28, had sexual contact with a 4-year-old child in June 2018 and that the act was originally reported on July 16. Sgt. Donald Gravell ...

Tupper man saves his beagle from attacking dog

TUPPER LAKE — A man and his pet are recovering from bites from a Feb. 28 attack by another dog — the same animal that had been shot by a village police officer while attacking another Tupper Lake dog in September 2018. Dave Bedore of Tupper Lake said he was walking his 9-year-old ...

Kaltenbach makes three for North Elba supervisor

LAKE PLACID — A third candidate has joined the race for North Elba town supervisor: Gary Kaltenbach, an independent. He joins two previously announced candidates: longtime town councilmen Jay Rand and Derek Doty. Rand is running as a Republican and an independent, and Doty is running as ...

Bureau: Farmworker bill would increase labor costs

The New York State Farm Bureau on Tuesday said that proposed legislation on farmworker labor protections would increase labor costs by over 17 percent for New York farmers. The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act (S.2837, A.2750) would guarantee time-and-a-half overtime pay for more than ...

Moriah man gets max for fatal shooting

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Moriah man who shot and killed a friend during a drunken confrontation in a bar parking lot last spring was sentenced to the maximum prison term Monday after acknowledging he made “mistakes” that night. Cody R. Cutting, 31, was sentenced to five to 15 years in state ...

Rangers work snowmobile incidents, wilderness rescues last week

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers responded to several snowmobile-related incidents last week — including a fatality — while also maintaining rescue certification and helping two lost hikers in the High Peaks Wilderness. --- Town of Fine Just before 3 p.m. ...

Stefanik brings Vladimir Putin Transparency Act

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, along with Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., just introduced the Vladimir Putin Transparency Act. The bipartisan legislation would instruct U.S. intelligence to collect and submit a report to Congress on Putin and his allies’ financial assets and ...

Atlantic publishes article on political tolerance in Watertown

WATERTOWN — On Monday, the Atlantic published a story about Watertown titled “The Least Politically Prejudiced Place in America.” Journalist Amanda Ripley spent time in Watertown last fall after Jefferson County was listed as one of the most politically tolerant counties in the ...

Backcountry ski fest set for March 15-17

KEENE VALLEY — The Mountaineer gear store will host its annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15, 16 and 17. The three-day charity event includes guided trips in and around the High Peaks, with some spots still open on that Sunday. There will ...