Outdoors

Remembering the old days of Bog River Flow

As I prepped for the first extended fishing trip of the new season, the late evening air grew cool and breezy. The guideboats had already been loaded on the trailer, and all the necessary supplies were safely tucked away in coolers, packbaskets and framepacks. There was a place for everything, ...

DEC: All docks installed

RAY BROOK - The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Thursday that docks have been installed at all non-campground boat launches in Region 5.Region 5 covers most of the Adirondack Park.The Second Pond boat launch, which is associated with the Saranac Lake Islands campground, ...

Deer management webinar

PAUL SMITHS - Local residents who are interested in deer management in the state are encouraged to watch a webinar on the topic presented by the state Department of Environmental Conservation next month.People who would like to watch the webinar with others, including local DEC biologists, can ...

Has spring been coming earlier?

PAUL SMITHS - The robins were early, the maple buds were early, and the salamanders were early. Those are just a few signs that the seasons are changing.Paul Smith's College Professor Curt Stager says this year's advance arrivals can't be used as proof positive that spring is getting earlier ...

State takes aim at invasive species in lakes, rivers

ALBANY (AP) - New York state is working to fight zebra mussels, the spiny waterflea and other invasive aquatic species by training boaters to stop the organisms from harming the environment.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state will award $2 million in grants to local cities and ...

Historic bike trail pitched

LAKE PLACID - A historic bike trail similar to the village's historic walking tour may be coming to the village, thanks to an idea from a pair of local business owners.Karen and Brian Delaney of High Peaks Cyclery have proposed the idea of a bike trail to both Dean Dietrich and the Lake ...

Placid-Cornell trail map project stalls

LAKE PLACID - Cornell University students' work on a local trail map has been delayed to at least next fall semester, Lake Placid/North Elba Community Development Commission chair Dean Dietrich said Tuesday.This was the second consecutive spring semester where Cornell students were working on ...

Groups want wild Boreas

ALBANY - Environmental groups called on state regulators Monday to classify the newly acquired Boreas Ponds tract in the Adirondacks as wilderness, saying two scientific studies they commissioned demonstrate the need for the most protective classification.The request is at odds with local ...

How to keep bears away from home

The state Department of Environmental Conservation reminds homeowners that directly or indirectly feeding black bears is both dangerous and illegal, and can result in harm to humans, property and the bears themselves.Bears are starting to emerge from their dens and seek out food. Bird feeders, ...

Rangers find lost woman in Siamese Ponds Wilderness

INDIAN LAKE - State forest rangers located a woman who got lost hiking in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness area on Sunday evening.The The 35-year-old from Warrensburg called state Department of Environmental Conservation dispatch in Ray Brook and said she had been lost for two hours on the Clear ...

Plan for Essex Chain finalized

ALBANY (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given final approval to the Essex Chain tract in the central Adirondacks, and work is underway to boost public access to the lake-filled region.The complex has 18 bodies of water ranging in size from the three-acre Chub Pond to the 216-acre Third Lake. Ten ...

Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows

I'm a hard-core Simpsons fan, and as such, my brain instinctively relates most things to a Simpsons episode. The weather lately has had me thinking about an episode where Homer and Police Chief Wiggum are in a car chase, and their theme music for the high-speed escapade is the Lesley Gore song ...

Early ice-out doesn’t always translate to more fish

With the early departure of winter's ice and snow, it is now time to get out and enjoy the rebirth of the earth as spring's greens rapidly reclaim the landscape.To date, we have largely escaped the spring showers, frost heaves, muddy roads and high waters of mud season. If we can also avoid the ...

Police ID drowned fisherman

HAGUE (AP) - Police are investigating the death of a 46-year-old fisherman on Lake George in the Adirondacks.The Warren County Sheriff's Office says David Strasser's body was found near his canoe in the lake south of Hague Beach on Thursday morning. Police believe his canoe flooded in cold, ...

A sweet syrup season

The winter that wasn't had a lot of people pining for snow and skiing, but one group of folks that benefited from the mild winter sure thought the warm weather was sweet.Mike Farrell, who runs Cornell University's Uihlein forest in Lake Placid, said it was a great year for maple syrup."We had ...

Rangers have another busy week

State forest rangers were called numerous times again last week to assist lost and injured people in the backcountry as they located disoriented hikers and airlifted an injured woman from near the summit of Mount Baker in Saranac Lake.---Siamese Ponds WildernessIn the first incident, two women ...

Deer hunting take in 2015 lowest since ’06

The state Department of Environmental Conservation released the 2015 hunting numbers last week, and the results show the lowest number of deer taken in nearly a decade.Many hunters have said a lack of snow for tracking and a warm fall were contributing factors in making the deer hunting more ...