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Outdoors

Petition for Big Tupper-ORDA buyout gets hundreds of signatures

TUPPER LAKE — A change.org petition requesting that the state purchase the closed Big Tupper Ski Area and turn it into an ORDA facility received over 1,500 signatures by Wednesday evening. Rick Donah, the man who started the petition, is a local real estate owner, former ski patrol ...

Brew-Ski trails have gotten better with age

TUPPER LAKE — On Tuesday the James C. Frenette Sr. Recreational Trails were filled with driving winds, cross-country skiers willing to brave the weather and dogs bounding through deep snow banks and chasing each other. This was exactly what the trails were built for, said trail volunteer ...

Gov. Cuomo touts snowmobiling, tourism while in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped by the Hotel Saranac to promote tourism and to congratulate 45th District Sen. Betty Little in her last year of service with the state Legislature. Afterward, he went snowmobiling with his daughters and a few of their friends in ...

Love and sorrow for Big Tupper

TUPPER LAKE — Love was in the air on Valentine’s Day at the Tupper Arts Center. More than 50 people milled around the new exhibit, studying photos of skiers for faces they recognized, sharing stories from their childhoods on the mountain and speaking sorrowfully of the love they have ...

Cuomo: State will seek ‘balance’ on snowmobile trail development

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday the state will seek a balance between trail development and land preservation. Cuomo, asked at a press conference Sunday whether the state would continue to fight lawsuits brought forward by Adirondack green groups seeking to curb tree ...

Cuomo: Hiker traffic is good, but state is working to manage it

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday described an influx of hiker traffic to the Adirondack Park as good for the economy — but said the state is “making sure that the tourism that comes in is well-managed.” Reiterating comments he made this past November about encouraging ...

Gov. Cuomo visits SL to announce free snowmobiling day

SARANAC LAKE -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped by the Hotel Saranac to promote tourism and congratulate 45th District Sen. Betty Little in her last year of service with the state Legislature. Afterward, he went snowmobiling with his daughters and a few of their friends in ...

Cuomo: On Airbnbs, state is ‘trying to find the right balance’

SARANAC LAKE -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is still trying to "find the right balance" when it comes to short-term vacation rentals in New York. "The Airbnbs, and how to handle the Airbnb market, is something that the entire country is trying to deal with," he said. "It's something ...

Cuomo: State acknowledges need for trail development, land preservation

SARANAC LAKE -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday the state will seek a balance between trail development and land preservation. Cuomo, asked at a press conference Sunday whether the state would continue to fight lawsuits brought forward by Adirondack green groups seeking to curb tree cutting ...

CATs buys Essex Quarry to create nature park

WESTPORT — Champlain Area Trails has purchased the 35-acre Essex Quarry property in the town of Essex, a historic and ecologically significant site a half-mile south of the ferry landing. The acquisition is the first step in CATS’s creation of the Essex Quarry Nature Park that will ...

Memories of skiing Big Tupper

TUPPER LAKE — For those who love skiing, photography or history, Tupper Arts has a Valentine’s Day event to satisfy. The photo exhibit “Thru the Lens of Kathleen Bigrow: Ski Big Tupper” will be on display through the spring and opens Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. It features over 100 photos ...

Rangers respond to pair of snowmobile crashes, ill hiker

Forest rangers with the New York State Department pf Environmental Conservation responded to two snowmobile crashes, both with injuries, and a dehydrated hiker in the Adirondacks last week. --- Town of Webb --- On Monday, Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Matthew Savarie overheard ...

License-free fishing across the state this weekend

ALBANY — The first statewide free fishing weekend in New York for 2020 will take place this weekend, Feb. 15-16, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced. On these designated days, residents and visitors are permitted to fish without a fishing license. The free fishing days program began in ...

Jackrabbit Trail’s coming of age

SARANAC LAKE — It all started with a letter to the editor. Today, the Jackrabbit Trail is one of the most popular cross-country skiing treks in the area. It is a bright red and yellow line streaking across the Green Goat winter trails map, connecting towns and ski centers to each ...

DEC advises of avalanche risk in High Peaks

Heavy snow can be exciting for skiers, snowboarders and winter mountaineers, but for those thinking of heading into the steep Adirondack backcountry, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a warning Friday: Be careful of avalanches. DEC said snow was 3 to 5 feet by ...

DEC warns of avalanche risk on Adirondack slopes

Heavy snow can be exciting for skiers, snowboarders and winter mountaineers, but for those thinking of heading into the steep Adirondack backcountry, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a warning Friday: Be careful of avalanches. DEC said snow was 3 to 5 feet by ...

Legends of History: Herb Clark

(This year’s Winter Carnival theme “Myths and Legends” brings to mind many legendary men and women in local history, from wilderness guides, to sports legends, to heroes in healthcare. Historic Saranac Lake is providing a series of articles celebrating some of the mythical and ...