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Children’s Games stories to appear on Teen Kids News

LAKE PLACID — Stories of 2019 International Children’s Winter Games in Lake Placid will air on Teen Kids News at 9 a.m. Saturday on WPTZ-TV, NBC 5. Recently, Lake Placid hosted the first ever winter ICG in the United States, where more than 400 student-athletes from 33 different cities ...

2019 candidate petitions need fewer signatures

The state Senate is sending the governor a bill reducing the petition signatures required for local primary and general election ballots for this election cycle — and this election cycle only. The bill was previously sponsored by Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, and passed the ...

400 Broadway doesn’t sell again

SARANAC LAKE — An auction for two lots of village land between Saranac Lake Baptist Church and Taylor Rental on Broadway received one closed bid that village officials said, once again, was too low. The auction was held at 4 p.m. Monday on the Harrietstown Town Hall steps. The ...

Sparks honored for 20 years of service

TUPPER LAKE — Tracy Sparks, the Franklin County Republican election commissioner, was honored Monday for 20 years of work with the county by Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun. Sparks, who started in the Department of Social Services in Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, said when she was ...

Ice fisher search leads to empty submerged truck

ORWELL, Vt. (AP) — State police searching for an ice fisherman in Vermont say they’ve found his silver pickup truck submerged in 22 feet of water in icy Lake Champlain. Police searching for 61-year-old Lee Wiktorski, of Benson, said the crew of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection ...

Local Development Corp. to administer microenterprise grant

MALONE — Officials from the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency met with county legislators on Thursday to review the status of ongoing projects. IDA CEO Jeremy Evans and Economic Development Director Russ Kinyon started off the meeting by outlining the priorities for the ...

Rangers rescue two men after emergency beacon activated

ST. HUBERTS — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued two men who activated an emergency beacon late on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The two Kingston men, aged 41 and 44, requested assistance to find the trail between Upper AuSable Lake and Lower AuSable Lake at 9:24 ...

Village outlines green progress

SARANAC LAKE — At the village board meeting Monday night, officials outlined steps the municipality has taken to become more green. “When you look at some of these as an individual action, they may not seem significant,” Community Development Director Jamie Konkoski said, “But taken ...

Lumber Jack and Jill Weekend at Big Tupper Brewing this weekend

TUPPER LAKE — Big Tupper Brewing is bringing back their Lumber Jack & Jill event this weekend on Cliff Avenue. A full weekend of lumbering activities will take place, celebrating an important part of Adirondack history. From storytelling to demonstrations, the weekend will offer ...

School cops could be coming to Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — Teachers, law enforcement and parents met Monday evening to discuss the school district potentially hiring two school resource officers to keep the two main school buildings safe. With a national eye on school safety, especially regarding gun violence, many districts have ...

Hotel would double in size

LAKE PLACID — Saranac Avenue could get a new hotel in the future with more than double the rooms and two more stories. Dual Development LLC is looking to tear down the Quality Inn at 2125 Saranac Ave. and replace it with Tru-Homewood Suites from Hilton. The hotel would add nearly 20 ...

Police: K-9 nabs runaway driver

A Jay man received medical treatment and more than 10 charges Saturday night after allegedly leading police on a chase and being brought down by a police dog in the town of AuSable. It began at 6:09 p.m. Saturday when State Police conducted a traffic stop on Ernest B. Dockum, 48, of Jay, ...

Village officials: Sign up for emergency alerts

SARANAC LAKE — In the event of unexpected inclement weather, utility failures or other emergencies, the village of Saranac Lake is encouraging residents to sign up for Hyper-Reach. It’s a messaging service run by Franklin County Emergency Services that delivers localized alerts when an ...

St. Armand more than doubles water-sewer rates

BLOOMINGDALE — The town of St. Armand has more than doubled its water-sewer bill rates to pay for state Department of Environmental Conservation-mandated wastewater system upgrades, according to the town supervisor. “We’re under DEC mandate to put a chlorination system in,” said ...

Lyon Mountain man killed by fire was trapped by flames in bedroom

Investigators Monday continued probing the cause of the house fire that killed Codi Smithers early Sunday in Lyon Mountain. The young man was trapped by the flames on the second floor of the home at 6 Second St. His father, Christopher Smithers, suffered burns and smoke inhalation as he ...

Small protest urges Stefanik to keep government open

GLENS FALLS — Four people protested outside U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s Glens Falls office on Monday, urging her to “stop playing games” with people’s lives and keep the government open. The protesters urged Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, to support a funding bill to keep the ...

Ratliff to challenge for Essex County clerk post; Provoncha unsure

ELIZABETHTOWN — Kari Ratliff is looking to move from the Department of Motor Vehicles to the position of Essex County clerk. She hopes to snag the Republican Party endorsement; she has already won the nod from Moriah town Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, a Republican. “She’s been a ...

Bluebird day for Prehistoric Gala Parade

SARANAC LAKE — Dinosaur suits and Cro-Magnon apparel, floats pulling mammoths and active volcanoes — thousands of people came out Saturday for the annual Gala Parade at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Petrova Elementary School won the Louis Forbare Memorial Trophy for best in show ...

Police dog brings down Jay man after chase

A Jay man received medical treatment and more than 10 charges Saturday night after allegedly leading police on a chase and being brought down by a police dog in the town of AuSable. It began at 6:09 p.m. Saturday when State Police conducted a traffic stop on Ernest B. Dockum, 48, of Jay, ...

Flames trapped man upstairs in Lyon Mountain house fire

LYON MOUNTAIN - Codi Smithers died in the house fire here early Sunday morning after getting trapped on the second floor of the home at 6 Second St. His father, Christopher Smithers, suffered burns as he tried to rescue him. Mr. Smithers called 911, telling dispatchers his son was trapped ...