Outdoors

Report: Adirondack economy is like much of rural U.S.

Earlier this month, the Essex County Board of Supervisors repeated a common, woeful refrain as it passed a resolution calling on the state to not close prisons in the North Country. “The County of Essex has during the past 50 years experienced a sharp and extreme loss in industry due to ...

Ad’k Educational Center students plant trees for Arbor Day

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Educational Center offers lessons that are different from most high school curricula, and those differences were in plain sight on Tuesday as students and members of the public planted dozens of trees around the 30-acre campus. In honor of Arbor Day, the ...

State to pay $9M for hiker hit by rocks

ALBANY (AP) — Lawyers for a woman left paralyzed after being struck by falling rocks at a state park say New York officials have agreed to pay $9 million to settle the woman’s lawsuit. Attorney George Szary tells the Albany Times Union the accord was reached Monday as a trial was ...

Getting proactive about fighting climate change

SARANAC LAKE — Around 100 turned out for a climate change symposium at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, where the issue was discussed at the national, community and individual levels. Titled “Climate Action: What are we doing about climate change?,” the symposium was ...

Barnum Pond icebreaker

PAUL SMITHS — It was sunny and warm, even relatively early in the morning, as I pushed my kayak into Barnum Pond. I paddled along the shore, heading roughly north for a few minutes, and as the little ripples from my paddle and boat hit the ice, it started to pop and crackle. The pond was ...

Ever-changing springtime conditions on Winch Mountain

Fifteen years — that’s how long it’s been since I set foot on Winch Mountain. It was time to revisit an old friend. At nearly 2,700 feet in elevation, it overlooks much of the area, and getting to it isn’t very demanding. The rewarding part about this hike is you don’t have to go ...

A closer look at new police Huey

LAKE CLEAR — State Police pilot Scott Kotronis was explaining Troop B’s latest rescue vehicle, a Bell UH-1-A Huey, when he was cut off by the whir of an approaching Bell 430. He let the other chopper finish its two-minute cool down before continuing. State Police Troop B recently ...

Mountain bikers asked to stay off trails, for now

WILMINGTON — The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Barkeater Trails Alliance ask mountain bikers to stay off trails and access roads until mud season dries out. In a press release, the DEC said trails are still too soft and wet to withstand bicycles. “Mud season ...

Paddling Film Fest is today at LPCA

LAKE PLACID — Canoe and kayak adventure films from around the world will take the screen at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at the Paddling Film Festival World Tour Saturday. Tickets are $12 in advance at www.northernforestcanoetrail.org or $15 ($10 for students) at the show. Doors ...

Garden trailhead parking closure starts Monday

KEENE VALLEY — The parking lot at the Garden trailhead — one of the most popular access points to the High Peaks Wilderness for hikers — will be closed to public motor vehicles and pedestrians beginning Monday, and continuing until a bridge replacement is complete. The town of Keene, ...

Environmental Protection Fund aids North Country land trusts

ALBANY — North Country groups are getting more than 20% of a $2.2 million package of grants New York state is giving nonprofit land trusts statewide. Eight North County land trusts will get 11 grants worth a total of $456,100 from the Environmental Protection Fund, Gov. Andrew ...

Snirt fills hotels, restaurants in western North Country

BARNES CORNERS — The 16th annual Polaris Snirt Poker Run had another successful year, bringing in business for many counties beyond Lewis with somewhat less controversy than previous years. According to event sponsor the Barnes Corners Sno-Pals President Scott Mageson, there were 4,800 ...

Paddling Film Fest at LPCA

LAKE PLACID — Canoe, kayak and SUP adventure films from around the world will be showing Saturday evening at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts as the Paddling Film Festival World Tour comes to town. Hosted by Adirondack Lakes and Trails and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the event ...

New Huey put to work

A new helicopter helped state police and forest rangers rescue four teenagers on Mount Colden Tuesday afternoon. State Police Troop B already has one helicopter based at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear, and it gets heavy use. This new one should help share the ...

State wants citizen scientists to report insect sightings

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and New York Natural Heritage Program are seeking citizens that are willing to report, or even capture, insects they see around the house. “Native pollinators play an essential role in the pollination of flowering plants, including ...

Youth paddling trips explore Adirondack waterways

TUPPER LAKE — There are still spots open in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10 to 14 years old on five-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks. The trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake and Adirondack guide Matt Burnett, in ...

Climate change seen as factor as ticks bite into more NY territory

ALBANY — The larval black-legged ticks that spread Lyme disease are about to make their unwelcome presence known across New York, a state that has become a hotspot for the blood-sucking arachnid. Based on counts made last year of field mice in the Hudson Valley, said Richard Ostfeld, a ...

Lake Placid Outing Club invite

LAKE PLACID — For anyone who wants to get their kids out in the mountains this summer, the Lake Placid Outing Club invites you to an informational meeting Wednesday, May 1 at the Lake Placid Elementary School. The meeting will kick off with free pizza at 5:30 p.m. and a dinner meeting at ...