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Outdoors

Campers face charges for alleged wilderness violations with plane, chainsaw

Two hunters from Oneida County have been charged with misdemeanors and several violations after they allegedly landed a plane in a wilderness area and used a chainsaw to clear trails and cut trees for tent poles, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation They are ...

Whiteface pushes opening day to Dec. 4; Van Ho opens for Nordic skiing today

LAKE PLACID — Due to warm weather conditions, state Olympic Regional Development Authority officials will open the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center a week later than expected, spokesperson Elise Ruocco said Wednesday. However, the Lake Placid Nordic Center at Mount Van Hoevenberg will open for ...

Rangers find illegal camp in southwest Adirondacks

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation found two hunters illegally camping and clearing trees in a protected wilderness area they had flown into by floatplane earlier this month in the southwest Adirondacks. Rangers discovered an illegal camp at a remote pond ...

Hunting, trapping photo-essay contests

Hunters and trappers in New York are being asked to add two more tools to their backwoods arsenal through the rest of this year — a camera and pen. With these they can participate in the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Why I Hunt” and “Why I Trap” photo essay ...

Rocky the Christmas owl back in the wild

SAUGERTIES (AP) — Rocky the stowaway owl is back in the wild. The tiny Saw-whet owl was named Rockefeller after it was found by a worker setting up the holiday tree Nov. 16 at Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center. The owl was apparently trapped in the 75-foot-tall Norway spruce when it was ...

Whiteface changes opening day to Dec. 4

Due to warm weather conditions, state Olympic Regional Development Authority officials will open the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center a week later than expected, spokesperson Elise Ruocco said Wednesday, Nov. 25. "Our snowmaking team has been hard at work, but with the variable forecast this ...

Dewey looks forward to snow

SARANAC LAKE — Dewey Mountain Recreation Center announced Monday that it is gearing up for the winter cross-country skiing and snowshoe season, with some changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The biggest difference will be that the lodge will be closed to the public. Outdoor ...

Tupper Triad gives to Mount Arab

TUPPER LAKE — Tupper Lake Triad continues the tradition of supporting mountain restoration efforts with a $1,000 contribution to the Friends of Mount Arab (FOMA). FOMA is a nonprofit volunteer organization formed in September 1997. Working with the state Department of Environmental ...

Common Ground Alliance sets goals

The Common Ground Alliance has released its 2020 Blueprint for the Blue Line, a set of suggested legislative priorities for the Adirondacks based on the results of its annual forum this summer. The document is intended to advise New York state’s executive and legislative leaders on ...

North Country deer processors ‘full tilt’ in hunting boom

LOWVILLE — Whether it be more free time or weariness of the novel coronavirus, North Country meat processors are busier than they normally are at this point in the year, resulting in at least one having to turn deer away for one day only because their coolers were full. In September, ...

ORDA eyes post-Thanksgiving Whiteface opening

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is eyeing a Whiteface Ski Center opening the day after Thanksgiving. ORDA CEO Michael Pratt briefed members of the authority’s Board of Directors on Friday about when the Wilmington slopes are expected to open and how the authority ...

Ausable River Association hosts virtual film fest

WILMINGTON — The Ausable River Association (AsRA) will host the virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. This event is inspired by the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California, which is curated by the South Yuba River ...

ORDA lowers Van Ho season pass prices after public outcry

LAKE PLACID — Season passes for cross-country skiing at Mount Van Hoevenberg went on sale last month at a higher price than last year. Faced with local backlash over the increase, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority announced on Wednesday that the prices would be ...

Beetle unleashed to fight invasive bug in Lake George basin

LAKE GEORGE — A new weapon has been deployed in the fight against hemlock woolly adelgid in the Lake George basin: a predatory beetle that feeds on the invasive insects. Mark Whitmore, an entomologist with Cornell University’s New York State Hemlock Initiative, released 620 laricobius ...

Tupper group pitches huge rec plan

TUPPER LAKE — An ambitious group of Tupper Lake business and community members pitched the town on a multi-phase, multi-million-dollar plan to build out the town’s recreational infrastructure Thursday, starting with a request for the town to purchase the Big Tupper Ski Area this ...

Rangers help lost hunters, hurt hikers

Lost hunters and injured hikers — state forest rangers helped rescue two of each this past weekend in the Adirondacks. Elsewhere this past week, forest rangers battled a wildfire in southeastern New York’s Livingston County and rescued two lost hikers in western New York’s Erie ...

Harmful algal bloom found on Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID — A harmful algal bloom has been discovered on Mirror Lake for the first time, and it has the potential to sicken people or pets who swim in this waterbody at the heart of this village. The bloom was found on Monday at the south end of the lake, where the public beach is ...

Northern Challenge Fishing Derby frozen until 2022

TUPPER LAKE — The Northern Challenge ice fishing derby has drawn hundreds out onto the frozen surface of Simon Pond — also known as Lake Simond — in recent years, but this year the event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. “Due to not being to meet the Covid guidelines we are ...