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Outdoors

SL Marina expansion docked in court

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Marina’s two-site dock expansion project on Lower Saranac Lake is again stalled after a lakeside resident on Ampersand Bay sued the marina and two state agencies. The suit stops construction until at least Feb. 10 and possibly until a court can determine ...

College hockey player dies in Whiteface ski crash

WILMINGTON — A SUNY Fredonia student and hockey player died from a ski crash on Whiteface Mountain on Tuesday. Bernhard “Tanner” Kahlau, 22, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, was skiing on the Approach trail at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center when he lost control, veered off the trail and ...

Bobcats are shy, elusive, nocturnal, successful 

In the weeks before Christmas, friends of a friend told me about a bobcat sighting they had while hiking on a trail in southern Essex County. And not long after that, a very dear friend of mine who lives in the same area sent me a couple of photographs she’d taken of a mound and scratch ...

College hockey player dies in Whiteface ski crash

WILMINGTON — A SUNY Fredonia student and hockey player died from a ski crash on Whiteface Mountain on Tuesday. Bernhard “Tanner” Kahlau, 22, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, was skiing on the Approach trail at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center when he lost control, veered off the trail and ...

Crowds expected this MLK weekend

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain winter playground is gearing up for a busy Martin Luther King Day weekend and beyond, especially if the weather cooperates to provide ideal conditions for outdoor activities. On Tuesday, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and the Regional ...

‘Green Amendment’ passes Senate; Stec says it’s too vague

On Tuesday Dan Stec and 13 other Republican state senators voted against a constitutional amendment known as the “Green Amendment,” which would guarantee New Yorkers the right to clean air, clean water and a healthy environment if the Assembly and voters agree. Stec said the language of ...

Pisgah primed for skiing, snowboarding

SARANAC LAKE — The snow machines were blasting away on Mount Pisgah Sunday and as soon as the snow hit the ground on the White Stag Trail, skiers and snowboarders carved through it, enjoying the sunny day, the fifth day the ski area has been open this year. Ski hill manager Andy Testo ...

Want to help spot invasives? Then APIPP wants you

KEENE VALLEY — The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program is hosting five new education events to be held January through April related to invasive species threats to habitat integrity and the economies of Adirondack communities. The public’s help is needed to map and manage invasive ...

Snowmobiles the latest hard-to-find item amid pandemic

CAPITAL REGION — A tantalizing early snowfall was initially followed by a disappointing meltoff, but interest remains high in snowmobiling, according to the local snowmobile dealers and the statewide advocacy group for the sport. As novices shopped for their first sled and experienced ...

Cornell will fell 1,700+ ash trees infested by beetle

ITHACA (AP) — An invasive insect that kills ash trees is prompting Cornell University to fell 1,700 of the trees on its lands, a step it says will visibly alter the campus’s appearance. The trees infested by the emerald ash borer will be felled between January and the end of March and ...

Sledders reminded to use safety measures at trailheads, during breaks

During the COVID-19 pandemic, snowmobile safety courses continue to be offered. Successful completion of this course, results in the issuance of a state Snowmobile Safety Certificate. This certificate is required for youth between ages 10 and 18 to operate a snowmobile, but all riders can ...

Weekend events at Camp Santanoni canceled

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Friends of Camp Santanoni announced on Wednesday that the 2021 Winter Weekend events at Camp Santanoni in Newcomb are being canceled out of an abundance of caution to prevent the community spread of COVID-19. Three Winter ...

DEC awards land trust grants

ALBANY — On Friday the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced more than $2.2 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 50 nonprofit land trusts across the state, including seven in the North Country. A total of 69 grants come from New York’s Environmental ...

Wilderness advocate quits APA board

Chad Dawson, an environmental advocate who has served as a member of the state Adirondack Park Agency board since 2016, resigned from the board on Thursday. Dawson resigned citing frustration with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. He said the department isn’t sufficiently ...

APA moves Debar rec plan to public comment

The state Adirondack Park Agency board on Thursday voted 9-2 to advance a draft unit management plan for the Debar Mountain Complex, opening a 60-day joint public comment period that ends Feb. 12, 2021. Board members Chad Dawson and Zoe Smith cast the no votes. John Ernst, Mark Hall, Andrea ...

Wilderness advocate quits APA board in frustration

Chad Dawson, an environmental advocate who has served as a member of the state Adirondack Park Agency board since 2016, resigned from the board on Thursday. Dawson resigned citing frustration with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. He said the department isn't ...

St. Lawrence County helps town fight Adirondack Council suit on ATV use

CLARE — County assistance has been authorized this week for the defense of the town of Clare in a pending legal fight against the Adirondack Council in state Supreme Court. For the second year in a row, the Adirondack Council has petitioned for a judicial review of a local all-terrain ...