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Winter storm warning Tuesday

Heavy snowfall and some sleet are expected Tuesday and Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday for northern New York and south-central Vermont. The Weather Service predicts a total snow and sleet accumulation of 6 to ...

APA to tackle Frontier Town, Saranac Lake Wild Forest

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will have an abbreviated monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook this week, but all three items on the agenda are likely to draw interest. Beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, the Regulatory Programs Committee will vote on whether to approve ...

Saranac Lake schools out of snow days

SARANAC LAKE — Snow days and delays — how does inclement weather affect instructional time for our local educational institutions? Closing on Thursday used the Saranac Lake Central School District’s last scheduled snow day. “I am recommending to the Board at it’s 2/20 meeting ...

Whiteout causes tractor trailer, car crash on Moody Flow in Tupper Lake

(Editor's note: There was some confusion over whether or not this crash was a tractor trailer jackknifed, as first reported. We learned around 9 p.m. that the tractor trailer did, indeed, jackknife, but was then hit by the Subaru Outback amid whiteout conditions.) --- TUPPER LAKE — A ...

Ice Palace exterior open

SARANAC LAKE — Warm weather from the February thaw canceled a tube racing event Friday morning and deteriorated the Winter Carnival Ice Palace on the shore of Lake Flower. The enormous ice structure with a staircase, several dinosaur sculptures and an ice maze was constructed over the ...

Board not ready to make decision on art teachers

SARANAC LAKE — Over the last week, the Saranac Lake Central School District board and superintendent have received much community input regarding the position of art teacher at the high school. There were rumors that Valerie Patterson’s art teacher position, one of two at Saranac Lake ...

DEC, 46ers, ADK join forces to reduce search-rescues

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is launching a new program aimed at reducing the number of search-and-rescue missions in the High Peaks through preventative measures. The effort, announced Friday, is a joint campaign with the Adirondack 46ers and ...

APIPP celebrates 20 years

KEENE VALLEY — The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program is celebrating two decades of fighting off unwanted invaders with numbers that show — in some cases literally — how the far the program has come. The Nature Conservancy’s APIPP has inspected more than 110,000 miles of ...

State reps want more money for cell service

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country representatives in state government say there is still a need for more cellular telephone service in the region, and there are still many questions to be answered about legalizing recreational marijuana. “The last few years, when you look at some of the ...

Feds choose SkyWest airline for Ogdensburg, Massena

OGDENSBURG — SkyWest Airlines has been chosen by the United States Department of Transportation to provide essential air services at Ogdensburg and Massena airports. In an order issued by federal officials today, the U.S. DOT said SkyWest has been selected to service both Massena and ...

Ice flips snowmobile onto rider on St. Lawrence River

Ice floes heaved up from the St. Lawrence River sent a snowmobile flying on Friday afternoon in Hogansburg, throwing its rider onto the ice and landing on top of him. Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team made quick work of getting the man to shore and off to ...

Adirondack Snowshoe Fest Feb. 23-24

SARANAC LAKE —  Two years ago, Saranac Lake hosted the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships, with its Shoe-Be-Do 5K and world class races. This Adirondack village continues to build on this international experience by hosting its second snowshoe weekend, dubbed the Adirondack Snowshoe ...

Dew Drop renovation canceled

SARANAC LAKE — It looks like the former Dew Drop Inn on Broadway will remain vacant for now. The co-owner of the former Dew Drop Inn, Calli Shelton, has announced she is walking away from the project, with no intention to sell the property. “As of today I’m walking away from the ...

DEC, 46ers, ADK join forces to reduce search-and-rescues

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is launching a new program aimed at reducing the number of search-and-rescue missions in the High Peaks through preventative measures. The effort, announced Friday, is a joint campaign with the Adirondack 46ers and ...

Seggos will stay on as DEC commissioner

State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that he will stay on as head of the department, reversing a previous decision to leave. Shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo was re-elected last year, Seggos said he would step away from the DEC. However, in a ...

Politicians, most police oppose Cuomo’s arrest info bill

A portion of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 Executive Budget proposal seeks to ban the release of arrest information and mugshots in an attempt to create a more just justice system, but some North Country politicians, law enforcement and journalists believe the act would bring more problems ...

Patterson captures past and present in painting series

SARANAC LAKE — Valerie Patterson believes in ghosts. She may not be able to see them, but she can feel them — a spirit, an energy, something not of this plane. Whether it’s a bloody tuberculosis patient or dozens of Silent Generation guys and gals waiting in line for a movie at the ...