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Outdoors

Shaq in the backwoods

LAKE PLACID - Monday night between 10 and 11 p.m. 4.29 million Americans turned their attention to the Adirondacks as they watched an episode of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" that featured 2016 NBA Hall of Fame inductee Shaquille O'Neal.The viewership, according to The Nielsen Company, made ...

Week of overnight searches for hikers

Six night searches for hikers - several of them overnight - marked the week for state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers in the Adirondacks.---Town of DannemoraState police requested DEC assistance in the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 23. A 70-year-old woman from Ellenberg had ...

DEC releases temporary access plan for Boreas Ponds

Technically, the 20,700-acre Boreas Ponds tract has been open to the public since the state bought it in May, but there was no state guidance on how to use the land until Wednesday afternoon, when the Department of Environmental Conservation released a temporary access plan.The plan calls for ...

Seeking 6

Like hundreds of others, my time in the Tri-Lakes area is split between the two villages of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, but until last weekend, I hadn't been somewhere where I could view each of my new homes at the same time.Descending the northeastern summit of McKenzie Mountain's saddleback ...

Spiny waterflea found in Indian Lake

INDIAN LAKE - An Adirondack lake that was touted as one of the last outposts free from invasive species is now confirmed to no longer hold that mantle.The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) confirmed this week that the spiny waterflea has been found in Indian Lake. An astute angler ...

Trying to hang on to the fleeting summer season

Although there are sure to be a few Indian Summer days left in the Adirondack calendar, it is evident autumn is on the way. Cool, crisp mornings have already welcomed lakeside campers with heavy morning fog and a brisk chill. Hardwoods along the shorelines have already begun to reveal signs of ...

Trail buddy Bernie

KEENE - The first time Syracuse University student Garet Bleir summited Mount Marcy, it was last summer in cold, windy conditions. The second time he summited the highest point in the state, it was for a warm, windless sunset in May with his hero, Bernie Sanders.Well, it was a 30-pound ...

Tent it up, take it down

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Cycle Adirondacks participants spent their evening hours in a tent city set up at the Petrova school field in Saranac Lake. They broke camp early Thursday morning as the tour headed to its next destination of Indian Lake.

DEC takes comments on fishing reg change proposals

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comments on proposed changes to freshwater fishing regulations until Oct. 7.The DEC proposes changes to the regulations about every two years. Any proposed changes would go in effect in April 2017.While many of the changes ...

Wildlife refuge to host annual Habitat Awareness Day

WILMINGTON - The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center will host the ninth annual Adirondack Habitat Awareness Day on Sunday, Sept. 4.The event is free, but donations toward care and rehabilitation of animals will be gladly accepted. The refuge will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 ...

EPA links increase in Lyme disease to climate change

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has linked increasing cases of Lyme disease to climate change.The EPA has charted the rate of reported Lyme disease cases and found that the number of cases per 100,000 people has more than doubled in the last 25 years.In 1991, there were fewer than ...

Popular state-run Adirondack lake beach closed again

LAKE GEORGE (AP) - A popular state-owned beach in the southern Adirondacks is closed for the second time in less than a week because of high levels of bacteria.The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Tuesday evening that it has closed Lake George Beach due to coliform ...

Riverkeeper studying Hudson from Ad’ks to N.Y. Harbor

MECHANICVILLE - After nearly a decade of pollution patrols that have spurred sewage cleanup efforts on the Hudson River from the Albany area to New York Harbor, the environmental group Riverkeeper is expanding its water quality testing program to the river's source high in the Adirondack ...

Nine rescues make Saturday busy for DEC

Nine rescues on Saturday in the Adirondacks kept state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and other officials busy from 4 a.m. through midnight.Rangers also made one other rescue this past week, last Tuesday.---Town of KeeneAt 4 a.m. Saturday, DEC dispatch received a ...

Riverkeeper studying Hudson from Adirondacks to NYC

MECHANICVILLE (AP) - The environmental group Riverkeeper is expanding its Hudson River water quality testing program to the river's source high in the Adirondack Mountains.Riverkeeper's pollution-seeking patrol boat has been a common sight on the Hudson River estuary from New York Harbor to the ...

Different court halts DEC tree cutting

A judge from the Appellate Division of the New York state court system has halted tree cutting on a snowmobile trail by the Department of Environmental Conservation until Aug. 29 at least.The community connector trail, part of a larger snowmobile network, runs 6.5 miles between Newcomb and ...

Hot summer creates lightning danger

Don't believe the old adage that says, "lightning never strikes the same place twice."According to the Empire State Building website, one of the most iconic buildings in the world is hit by lightning nearly two dozen times each year. And that's just one building, surrounded by taller ...

In the woods and on the podium

Apparently, last week's column touched a nerve among a variety of woods travelers. The story touched on how much is too much in terms of overuse of the local woods and waters.While several readers claimed they had not seen "any obvious overload" on the trails, others claimed that "the trails ...