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Outdoors

Man convicted in fatal Lake George boating crash

QUEENSBURY (AP) — An upstate New York man was convicted Monday in the boating death of an 8-year-old California girl who was vacationing with her family on an Adirondack lake last summer. A Warren County jury found Alexander West, 25, guilty of second-degree manslaughter, criminally ...

DEC to take comments on rail trail plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will take public comments and answering questions on the conceptual plan for the Adirondack Rail Trail at two public meetings this week. The DEC will host the public in Tupper Lake in the Community Room of the Tupper Lake Emergency Services ...

Deliberations to resume in boating trial

QUEENSBURY (AP) — Jurors will resume deliberations in the case of an upstate New York man charged in the boating death of a California girl who was vacationing on an Adirondack lake with her family. The Warren County Court jury began deliberations Friday morning but failed to reach a ...

35-pound channel catfish sets record

WATERTOWN (AP) — A 35-pound, 3-ounce channel catfish caught in Lake Ontario this spring sets a new state record for that species. State environmental officials say Eric Scordo of Watertown caught the 38-inch catfish on Lake Ontario in Jefferson County on April 29. He used just a ...

NCCC students hope to attract rare bird

SARANAC LAKE — American kestrels are a type of falcon that is rarely found in the Adirondacks, but a group of environmental science students thinks it may have found an ideal location to attract the birds to Saranac Lake. Last week, students in Julie King’s environmental science lab ...

Kids at play

For the fourth time in as many years, Asgaard Farm and Dairy in Ausable Forks opened its doors to allow the public to play with dozens of rambunctious kids on April 22. The kids were just a couple of days old, but were bouncing all over the place, rough-housing and generally causing a ...

Take your time and move slowly through early season

In recent days, I’ve spent a good deal of time in the woods and on the waters. Despite the muddy trails and a few flash rainstorms, the spring season has remained relatively bugless to date. However, I expect combined crops of black flies and mosquitoes will soon be in the air. The ...

Jury gets case man charged in 2016 fatal boat crash

QUEENSBURY (AP) — Jury deliberations will continue Monday in the trial of a New York man charged in the death of an 8-year-old California girl who was killed in a boating accident on an upstate lake last summer. Prosecutors and Alexander West’s attorney wrapped up their cases Thursday in ...

Jury gets case of man charged in fatal boat crash

QUEENSBURY (AP) — Jury deliberations are starting in the trial of a New York man charged in the death of an 8-year-old California girl who was killed in a boating accident on an upstate lake last summer. Prosecutors and Alexander West’s attorney wrapped up their cases Thursday in Warren ...

Park near Albany opens $3.8M center

VOORHEESVILLE (AP) — A popular state park that offers panoramic views of the Albany area is opening its new $3.8 million visitors’ center. A ceremony to officially open the 8,240-square-foot (765-sq. meter) Thacher State Park Center will be held Thursday. State parks commissioner Rose ...

Rangers rescue woman, child

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued a mother and her son while they were on a local hike last week. --- Town of North Elba A forest ranger was able to help a woman and her 4-year-old son after they became lost while hiking Haystack Mountain on Saturday, ...

Series of rail trail meetings underway

SARANAC LAKE — About 30 people gathered at the Saranac Lake Free Library Monday evening for the first in a series of public information sessions on the proposed rail trail that would connect the villages of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Saranac Lake village Trustee Rich ...

Updates made to DEC hunting app

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is touting some new additions to its free hunting app for smartphones. Hunters who use the free app will now be able to upload harvest information and access their hunting license information even if they are out of cellphone service ...

Camping season gets under way

FISH CREEK — Despite some snow at the beginning of the month, the camping season officially kicked off a few weeks ago when Fish Creek campground opened its gates on April 7. Fish Creek, situated between Lake Clear and Tupper Lake on state Route 30, is the largest campground the state ...

Short mud season hikes

With mud season firmly ensconced in the Adirondacks, getting outside can be a bit of a challenge: You should stay out of the High Peaks, the water is dangerously cold for paddling, the roads are covered in sand making biking hazardous, and the fishing (at least based on my experience) ...

Brookies, turkeys and a five-star challenge

The burgeoning spring season has rapidly reclaimed the land from the remaining depths of winter. Although snow remains in the upper elevations and in the thick evergreens, the lakes and ponds are fully open and trout are on the prowl. Brook trout and salmon have been feeding heavily on ...

More ticks, more disease

PAUL SMITHS — The number of ticks infected with Lyme disease is on the rise in the North Country, and now some are carrying a malaria-like illness, according to new research by Paul Smith’s College, in collaboration with the state Department of Health. Paul Smith’s College biology ...