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Outdoors

Pennsylvania man dies from Whiteface skiing injuries

WILMINGTON — A 21-year-old from Pennsylvania has died from injuries he suffered at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center on Dec. 23. Nicholas Koch of Danville, Pennsylvania, was injured after skiing down the Lower Northway trail and striking a cluster of trees, according to New York State ...

DEC gears up for 50th anniversary

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary this coming year, marking when it shifted from the old Conservation Department. The department plans to celebrate the milestone over the course of 2020 with, among other ...

DEC adopts new rule to limit disease in deer, moose

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted a new regulation that clarifies what does, and doesn’t, constitute illegal feeding of deer or moose. It also establishes a requirement related to food labeling and provides a procedure for the use and authorization of ...

Van Ho lodge taking shape

LAKE PLACID — Construction continues at Mount Van Hoevenberg. At the base of the 1980 bobsled track, where just two months ago there was dirt and wooden framework for a concrete stairway, a towering three-story steel frame now stands surrounded by construction vehicles. The new base ...

Rangers rescue hiker from West Point who activates emergency beacon

CRANBERRY LAKE — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued a hiker in the St. Lawrence County town of Clifton with two airboats this month. On Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8:48 p.m., DEC dispatch received a report from St. Lawrence County 911 of a distress signal ...