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Outdoors

Saranac Lake considers hosting World Snowshoe Championships again

SARANAC LAKE — Will Saranac Lake host the World Snowshoe Championships in 2024? That’s the question the village board here is considering. Paul Smith’s College Director of Athletics Jim Tucker approached village Trustee Rich Shapiro with the idea and board members say they are ...

‘Round the Mountain boat race returns

SARANAC LAKE — The ‘Round the Mountain Canoe and Kayak Race is set to return to Saranac Lake on Saturday, May 8. This is one of several boat races the Northern Forest Canoe Trail bought from Brian and Grace McDonnell’s Adirondack Watershed Alliance. Others include the more famous ...

Alzheimer’s Association launches Adirondack 29-peak challenge

ALBANY — The Alzheimer’s Association’s Northeastern New York chapter announced its inaugural 29 Peak Challenge in the Adirondack Mountains as part of The Longest Day event. The Longest Day is a do-it-yourself event held annually on the day with the most light — the Summer Solstice. ...

Interpretive centers get funding in state budget

The 2021-22 state budget includes funding for the Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s College and the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb, run by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The budget’s Environmental Protection Fund allocates a total of $300,000 ...

Stec visits Debar Lodge to hear appeals to save it

DUANE — A state senator and officials from the town of Duane paid a visit to Debar Lodge Monday afternoon as the state Legislature mulls a constitutional amendment that could save the building. Sen. Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, visited the Duane fire station before proceeding to the lodge with ...

Lost, injured hikers rescued

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation helped a lost hiker near OK Slip Falls and an injured hiker on the Cascade Mountain trail this past week in the Adirondacks. - Lost near OK Slip Falls - On Friday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch ...

Local organizations will team up to clean up AuSable River

WILMINGTON — The AuSable River Association and the Rotary Club of the AuSable Valley — in partnership with Rotary Club of Lake Placid, One Tree Planted, the Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Adirondack Riverwalking — are hosting an AuSable River cleanup on Saturday, April ...

Whiteface moves closing up to Saturday

LAKE PLACID — The last day of the ski season at both Whiteface and Gore mountains will be this Saturday, weather permitting. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates both ski areas, announced the end of the mountains’ 127-day 2020-21 ski season in an email blast ...

NY lets 12-year-olds hunt deer with guns, and supervision

ALBANY — Tucked into the new state budget is a law that lets 12- and 13-year-olds hunt deer with a gun or crossbow, rather than just a bow. Previously, 14 was the minimum age to hunt big game with a gun. Young people aged 12 and 13 could already hunt small game with a firearm, but for ...

Bike season gains traction

Tri-Lakes cycle shop workers agree that biking conditions are better than usual for this time of year. Roads are dry, dirt trails are less muddy than usual, the sun has been shining, and daytime temperatures are creeping into the 60s. Sand left over from winter can be an obstacle, but ...

Whiteface slated to close Sunday

LAKE PLACID — It’s transition time in the Adirondacks, and skiing at Whiteface Mountain and Mount Van Hoevenberg is winding down. It could be the final week of Alpine and Nordic skiing at these two venues operated by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. Whiteface is ...

APIPP welcomes new aquatic invasive species coordinator

KEENE VALLEY — Brian Greene has joined the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program as its new aquatic invasive species coordinator. His career has focused on citizen-science monitoring of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. He most recently served as the director of trails and conservation ...

Intern to apply GIS skills to Adirondack Land Trust projects

KEENE — Zoe Turner-Debs has been selected for the Adirondack Land Trust’s 2021 Internship for the Future of the Adirondacks. She will work this summer to apply geographic information system (GIS) skills in the field and in the office. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, ...

Two-Fly Challenge returns, with challenges

WILMINGTON — Planning this year’s Ausable Two-Fly Challenge has been just that — a challenge — yet at least the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau will be able to host the fishing derby this year. Fishing is not the problem with the COVID-19 guidelines. It’s outdoors, ...

DEC: Hold off on high-elevation hiking during mud season

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging hikers to postpone hikes on trails above 2,500 feet in elevation until these trails have dried and hardened from muddy spring conditions. As snow and ice melt at high elevations, steep trails can pose a danger to ...

Hiker parking reservation system coming

ST. HUBERTS — A new parking reservation system is coming to a popular trailhead parking lot in the Keene hamlet of St. Huberts. The new three-year pilot system at a parking lot operated by the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, a private entity associated with the Ausable Club, was announced by ...

Take a break from hiking in mud season

Hopefully you’ve already seen the numerous posts and articles noting that mud season 2021 has arrived. Last week’s warm up brought on a big melt and was then compounded by rain, making liquid out of much of the deep snowpack from this winter. Hopefully, this column will come across to you ...

Woman says Cuomo forcibly kissed her

ALBANY — An upstate New York woman said Monday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo grabbed her face and kissed her cheek at her home during a visit to inspect local flood damage, becoming the latest woman to accuse the embattled governor of inappropriate behavior. Sherry Vill made the ...

Trout management: New state regs using 21st century approach

ALBANY — Brook, brown and rainbow, wild or stocked, trout are at the center of new state regulations taking effect when the annual season opens next week. For 30 years, New York environmental officials have followed existing guidance for managing wild and stocked trout streams, but after ...

Trout season starts next week, with new rules

Brook, brown and rainbow, wild or stocked, trout are at the center of new state regulations taking effect when the annual season opens next week. For 30 years, New York environmental officials have followed existing guidance for managing wild and stocked trout streams, but after an ...