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Outdoors

Reasons for closed door rail-trail meetings

RAY BROOK - A stakeholder group says it wants the public to see its consensus rails-to-trails decisions and not be distracted by its members' disagreements along the way.That's one reason why it's reinforcing its decision to keep its meetings closed to the public and press, according to notes ...

Jackrabbit Trail anniversary

LAKE PLACID - The Barkeater Trails Alliance will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Jackrabbit trail next Saturday.The celebration will take place on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Cascade Ski Center outside of Lake Placid.The event is free for BETA members, and BETA Executive Director ...

DEC: Remaining Deer Management Permits available

ALBANY (AP) - The New York Department of Environmental Conservation says there are still deer hunting permits available in several wildlife management units.Permits are available in units where the target quota has not been reached. The application process re-opens Tuesday and is on a ...

A pursuit firmly woven into our fabric

Hunting is an activity that permits enthusiasts to interact with the natural world in a manner that is difficult to achieve through any other means. It is a traditional, all-natural pursuit that allows woodsmen to utilize basic instincts that have been refined over the long course of human ...

American woodcock remains elusive and unique

With names like the timberdoodle, bog sucker, mud snipe and mud bat, the American woodcock can maybe draw some immature giggles when it's mentioned. But this reclusive little bird is a fascinating addition to the Adirondack wildlife repertoire.The only woodcock native to North America, it is in ...

Notes give view into private rail trail meetings

RAY BROOK - If a rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake is completed as it's now being planned, it may look similar to a plan previously put forward by Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates.State Department of Environmental Conservation officials were hesitant about using resources ...

Loon Lake Mountain trail closed

LOON LAKE - The Loon Lake Mountain trail will be closed until the end of the year due to logging activity, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said in a press release.The trail is on privately owned conservation easement lands, and Lyme Timber Company, which owns the land, is ...

Community group meets amid Hudson cleanup review

SARATOGA SPRINGS (AP) - A community group is set to get an update regarding the federal Superfund project to clean up the Hudson River.The Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing the effectiveness of a six-year project by General Electric to dredge 2.75 million cubic yards of ...

Rescuers help mountain hiker overcome by blowing snow, cold

FRACONIA, N.H. (AP) - Rescuers have come to the aid of a hiker who lost his way on a trail in New Hampshire's White Mountains after he met with blowing snow, poor visibility, and low temperatures.Conservation officers say 23-year-old Tyler Pase of Mattituck, New York, was able to provide ...

Bigger crowd, more input at second rail trail meeting

SARANAC LAKE - A second open meeting held by a village trustee drew more than a dozen people, and created a lot of suggestions for how this village should handle the proposed rail trail.Village Trustee Rich Shapiro, who is also the village representative to the stakeholder group coming up with ...

Rangers assist spate of lost hunters

With hunting season in full force, state forest rangers have shifted from rescuing lost and injured hikers to locating lost and injured hunters. Here is a wrap up of recent search and rescue missions in the Adirondacks.---Town of SteubenA 78-year-old man from New Hartford became lost while ...

Whiteface Mountain looks to open Nov. 25

WILMINGTON - The expected opening of Whiteface Mountain Ski Center's 22 miles of trails is still a month away, but some people have already skied down it unofficially.With up to 6 inches of fresh snow, several people hiked up the mountain Sunday to telemark ski down its trails, and others ...

Mount Pisgah ski rates may increase

SARANAC LAKE - Rates for day and season passes at Mount Pisgah Ski Center are expected to increase this winter.The only question is how much.During Monday's Saranac Lake village board meeting, Mayor Clyde Rabideau raised concerns with the amount of the proposed increases for the 2016-17 ...

Snowmobile concerns raised at rail trail meeting

SARANAC LAKE - At a public meeting village Trustee Rich Shapiro hosted last week, several members of the public raised concerns about snowmobile use on a proposed rail trail.The multi-use trail would replace 34 miles of railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, according to a plan ...

HPIC closed until late December

LAKE PLACID - The High Peaks Information Center at Adirondak Loj will be closed for renovations until late December according to the Adirondack Mountain Club, which owns the property.Staff will operate out of a heated tent and will still offer snowshoe and microspike rentals, along with some ...

N.Y.’s trapping season begins, with changes

ALBANY (AP) - The hunting and trapping season for furbearing animals including bobcats, foxes, raccoons and fishers is about to begin.The state Department of Environmental Conservation says coyote hunting season began Oct. 1 in much of the state, but hunting and trapping seasons for other ...

Heavy, wet snow causes power outages, car crashes

Heavy, wet snow and high winds toppled trees into roads and power lines this weekend, triggering a string of power outages across the region.The first snowstorm of the season also coated local roads, contributing to a series of car crashes and collisions, none of which appear to have been ...

Snowmobile concerns raised for rail trail

SARANAC LAKE - At a public meeting village Trustee Rich Shapiro hosted last week, several members of the public raised concerns about snowmobile use on a proposed rail trail.The multi-use trail would replace 34 miles of railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, according to a plan ...

High Peaks Info Center closed for renovations until late December

LAKE PLACID - The High Peaks Information Center at Adirondak Loj will be closed for renovations until late December according to the Adirondack Mountain Club, which owns the property.Staff will operate out of a heated tent and will still offer snowshoe and microspike rentals, along with some ...