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Outdoors

ORDA eyes new gondola for Belleayre

LAKE PLACID — Including a new gondola at Belleayre Ski Center in the Catskills, new state Olympic Regional Development Authority President and CEO Mike Pratt outlined upcoming capital project work to be undertaken at the state authority’s three ski centers. ORDA is going into its ...

DEC seeks water quality volunteers

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking volunteers to help monitor the water quality of streams and rivers across the state. The DEC’s Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators program conducts initial assessment sampling of streams, which can then be used by ...

Proposing adding four free sport fishing days

ALBANY (AP) — New York state officials want to add more free sport fishing days to the calendar. The Department of Environmental Conservation is hoping to add four more days this year: the weekend preceding Presidents Day, National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday in ...

Officials warn not to attract bears with food

ALBANY (AP) — Black bears are active again with warmer weather, and New York officials are warning people not to attract them with food left outside. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says most nuisance bear encounters happen when hungry bears are attracted to human food ...

Wiley’s Flies offers assorted buffet

RAY BROOK — Vince Wilcox likes to talk. Especially about fishing. And with well over a million of his fishing flies having been sold in the last 15 years, Wilcox has a lot to talk about. Wilcox is the owner of Wiley’s Flies in Ray Brook, a full-service fishing and guiding ...

Waiting for opening day with skis on

Despite the recent delivery of another batch of snow, it appears the spring season is underway. Although there’s always the likelihood of yet another dumping or two, the birds, the trees and other such natural indicators reveal the new season is ready to be ushered in. While ...

DEC seeking comments on Herkimer and Oneida County forests

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comments on a proposed plan for five state forests in Oneida and Herkimer counties. The proposed unit management plan covers the five state forests as well as five detached parcels in the two counties. Comments will be ...

Winter storm keeps forest rangers busy

Forest rangers responded to several incidents related to a major snowstorm last week. In addition to some wellness checks for people who were in the backcountry when the storm hit, rangers rescued several people who needed assistance due to the snow that fell — more than 3 feet in some ...

Mayor: DEC open to tree removal after blackout

LAKE PLACID — After a 19-hour power outage Feb. 25-26, leaders of this village and the town of North Elba met with state Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Robert Stegemann on March 8 to discuss possible changes to the right of way through which Lake Placid’s ...

DEC names award-winning fish of 2016

One new state fishing record was set and a 21-year-old record was tied during last year’s fishing season, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week. More than 130 entries were submitted in 2016 to DEC’s Angler Achievement Awards, which recognizes notable ...

DEC offers college internships

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging college students to apply for internships in a variety of fields. Most of the internships are located in Albany at DEC headquarters. “DEC’s summer internship program connects the Capital Region’s college ...

Waiting for spring to appear

Over the course of the past week, I’ve enjoyed a few days skating on the local lakes and ponds which were recently resurfaced by another cycle of thaw-rain-refreeze. I also had an opportunity to enjoy a few days of skiing in the backcountry, where the deep woods offered shelter from last ...

DEC alters freshwater fishing regulations

With the opening day of trout season just around the corner, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced numerous changes to freshwater fishing regulations that will go into effect this year. --- 2017 changes While there are many changes to the regulations that ...

Whiteface skiers enjoy 44 inches of snow cover

WILMINGTON — Lynn Heidi and a group of her friends were supposed to be on a beach in Cancun Thursday, soaking up the sunshine and 80-degree temperatures. Instead, the Saranac Lake woman was at Whiteface Mountain, carving turns in deep powder snow and enjoying every minute of it. Her ...

Lake Placid got most snow at 42 inches

It’s not 100-percent official, but the National Weather Service says Lake Placid had the most snow of any community in northern New York or Vermont — 42 inches. In a revised map of snow totals posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon, the weather service’s office in Burlington, Vermont, ...

How Trump’s budget could affect northern New York

Some ways Trump’s budget could affect New York's North Country - Increases: ¯ Military, which may include the Army base at Fort Drum ¯ Homeland Security, which includes staff at the U.S.-Canada border ¯ Veterans Affairs, which could increase VA medical offerings - Cuts — ...

‘Most snowfall I’ve seen’

SARANAC LAKE — Where was all this snow three weeks ago? That’s one of the thoughts that ran through Jeff Dora’s head as his village Department of Public Works crews worked feverishly Tuesday and Wednesday to remove more than three feet of snow from the village’s streets and ...