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Outdoors

Keene suspends hiker shuttle indefinitely

KEENE — The hiker shuttle run by the town of Keene will not operate for the foreseeable future. The shuttle, which transports hikers from Marcy Field to the popular Garden trailhead, will not start service for the upcoming season amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, ...

Fishing season begins amid coronavirus

The worst day of fishing is better than the best day of quarantine. How true is that? With all of this happening with the coronavirus, anglers are more than ready to go out for a day of fishing as trout and salmon season began on Wednesday. But it might be a little more difficult ...

Feed the soul: In chaotic times, gardening becomes therapy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dig. Plant. Breathe. As spring’s arrival in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with government stay-at-home orders, the itch to get outside has turned backyard gardens into a getaway for the mind in chaotic times. Gardeners who already know that working ...

Adirondack forest ranger tests positive for COVID-19

A state Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger based in the Adirondack Park has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The forest ranger was deployed downstate to help with the state’s coronavirus response when he was exposed to the ...

Ex-wildlife chief: Trump rule could kill billions of birds

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — At a former open pit copper mine filled with billions of gallons of toxic water, sirens and loud pops from propane cannons echo off the granite walls to scare away birds so they don’t land. After several thousand migrating snow geese perished in the Berkeley Pit’s ...

Adirondack forest ranger tests positive for COVID-19

A state Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger based in the Adirondack Park has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The forest ranger was deployed downstate to help with the state’s coronavirus response when he was exposed to the ...

How do you relax during a pandemic?

Over the last two weeks, I’ve forgotten more than once that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. There are little moments of life that still feel untouched, even as we find ourselves out of work, stuck at home, and trying to adjust to the constant stream of updates and grim news from ...

Moose euthanized following capture in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — The moose that was seen in downtown Plattsburgh and ultimately captured by officials Wednesday had to be put down. Department of Environmental Conservation officials said that after assessing the animal’s health, it was determined that the moose had become exhausted and ...

Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Jim Klug’s office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It’s a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and domestic expeditions due the coronavirus ...

Stegemann retires from DEC to spend more time with nature and his wife

RAY BROOK — Friday was state Department of Environmental Conservation Region 5 Director Robert Stegemann’s last day on the job, and he was cleaning out his office so he could leave it in a shape “that my successor cannot be intimidated by.” Stegemann chuckled and said most of the ...

Northwood School: Campus closure includes Cobble Mountain trailhead

LAKE PLACID — The Northwood School campus — including the Cobble Mountain trailhead access from Northwood School property — is closed to the public, as per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York State On PAUSE” order, school officials announced Thursday. The school said Lake Placid ...