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NY AG sues EPA over clean water rule

In her continued fight for environmental safety, New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Friday against the Trump administration for rolling back the Clean Water Act. Under Trump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a “recodification rule” in ...

Cuomo signs Little-Jones law on unruly campers

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that clarifies the legal grounds for campground owners to remove disruptive guests. The law, effective immediately, gives campground owners the ability to request that long-term guests be removed for a variety of reasons, including ...

NCCC offers ‘Alpine Snowsports’ course

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College will offer an “Alpine Snowsports” course this winter at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. Open to the public, including seniors, the course is an opportunity for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels — beginner to ...

Guided hikes offered to start the year

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will step into the new year by leading people on Adirondack hikes on Jan. 1, 2020. DEC staff will offer four options for guided “First Day Hikes” on New Year’s Day, which falls on a Wednesday: in Paul Smiths, Lake George and two in ...

ADK Laurentian Chapter announces photo winners

CANTON — The winners of the 2019 Adirondack Mountain Club Laurentian Chapter Photo Contest were announced at the chapter’s annual meeting. Photographer Amanda Oldacre of Potsdam took the grand prize with the photo “New Secret Spot,” which also received the first prize in the ...

Judge: DEC can build snowmobile bridge over Cedar River

A state Supreme Court judge has dismissed a petition by Adirondack environmental groups, who were against a snowmobile and recreational bridge over the Cedar River, connecting Indian Lake and Minerva. In state Supreme Court in Warren County, Judge Robert Muller filed his decision on Dec. ...

PSC team tracks ticks, educates kids and informs the state

PAUL SMITHS — The work of 17 students and one dog in professor Lee Ann Sporn’s capstone class at Paul Smith’s College has again been entered into the state record. “It’s fast and furious, isn’t it?” Sporn asked the class on their last day of the semester. “What we’re able ...

State still investigating cause of Mid-Station blaze

WILMINGTON — The cause of a blaze that consumed the Mid-Station Lodge at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center earlier this month is still under investigation. Investigators from the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control are still working on piecing together what happened on Nov. 30, ...

Clarkson students will present study on impact of High Peaks hiker tourism

KEENE VALLEY — A presentation on the impacts of High Peaks hiker tourism is coming to the Nature Conservancy on Wednesday. Students in Clarkson University’s Adirondack Semester, working in partnership with the Adirondack Council, an Elizabethtown-based green group, have been ...

Lewis mountain named for famed women’s suffragist

A mountain in the Essex County town of Lewis has been formally renamed after a famed women’s suffragist who partly grew up there. Mount Discovery was officially renamed Mount Inez, in honor of Inez Milholland, by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names Thursday. The town of Lewis had ...

Man charged in moose death

VERMONTVILLE — A Clinton County man has been charged with numerous counts related to the killing of a moose in the town of Franklin near Vermontville. On Dec. 4, state Department of Environmental Conservation officers charged Zachary Vaughn, 26, of Saranac following a month-long DEC ...

Professors weigh in during ‘Impeachment 101’ panel

PLATTSBURGH — As the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee, students and some community members sat down for “Impeachment 101: How it Works and its Impact on American Politics” last Thursday evening, Dec. 5. The SUNY Plattsburgh ...

New study: Salt disrupts Mirror Lake turnover

LAKE PLACID — Road salt runoff into Mirror Lake is derailing its natural mixing process and posing a threat to its lake trout population, a new study released this week shows. The peer-reviewed study, co-authored by AuSable River Association Science and Stewardship Director Brendan Wiltse ...

New class of rangers, conservation officers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday the graduation of 30 Environmental Conservation Police Officers and 14 Forest Rangers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s 22nd Basic School for Uniformed Officers. The 44 new officers received their diplomas in a formal ceremony at the ...

As ticks move north, research funding vanishes

PAUL SMITHS — Research by Paul Smith’s College professor Lee Ann Sporn and her students shows disease-carrying ticks are continuing to become more common throughout the North Country. At the same time, her research is threatened by a lack of funding from the state and federal ...

Fire on Whiteface

WILMINGTON — A beloved ski lodge at Whiteface Mountain is gone. The Mid-Station Lodge was destroyed by fire Saturday night. No one was injured. The blaze was reported by staff at the Mid-Station at 8:52 p.m. Saturday, according to Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Louis ...

Swap shopping for ski season

SARANAC LAKE — It’s cross-country ski season, and you know what that means. It’s time to go shopping. It’s easy to get cooped up inside when the winter cold settles in, so having a hobby like cross-country skiing to get out and enjoy the crisp winter air is a great thing. But ...

Herbicide on Lake George to foil milfoil?

LAKE GEORGE — It has been a conversation put aside for the past two decades, but the Lake George Park Commission could resurface an important invasive species management question. Could herbicide treatment of Eurasian watermilfoil work in Lake George? Executive Director David Wick ...

Fewer campers, longer stays at Adirondack campgrounds

State campgrounds in the Adirondack Park saw fewer overnight visitors this year, but more camping nights overall. New data released by the state Department of Environmental Conservation show 2,776 fewer visitors chose to stay overnight this year at the 44 Adirondack campgrounds managed ...