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Outdoors

Winter wallop eyed for Tri-Lakes

SARANAC LAKE — The Tri-Lakes region is expected to receive a significant snowstorm this weekend, bringing hope for winter sports in a season unkind to snow lovers. “Big snowstorms in March are not rare at all,” said Whiteface Mountain Field Station Science Manager Scott McKim. “It ...

Rangers carry out injured hikers in two overnight rescues in the Adirondacks

The first call for help came in around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. A group of hikers was climbing up Saddleback Mountain in the Adirondack High Peaks when one of them fell, dislocating his shoulder and fracturing his leg. “That part of the mountain is extremely steep, nearly vertical,” ...

DEC urges hikers to avoid high elevation trails

KEENE VALLEY — The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging outdoor recreationists to postpone high elevation activities due to unstable spring conditions. With one of the warmest winters on record, current conditions are typically encountered in late March to ...

Rough ride for snowmobilers this winter

TUPPER LAKE — With a warm winter only getting warmer, snowmobilers in southern Franklin County have been forced to shutter their machines. “I have not ridden once this year,” president of the Tupper Lake Snowmobile Club Reese Fleury said on Friday. Fleury took over as club ...

Lake Colby stocked ahead of Colby Classic

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club Membership Secretary Rocky Nogales says there are around $5,400 worth of tagged fish swimming around in Lake Colby right now. On Tuesday, Doug Peck, Jon Herrman and Rinnan Weekes — fish culturists with the state Department of Environmental ...

DEC commissioner to step down

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos plans to step down at the end of the 2024-25 budget process. Seggos, 49, announced his departure from the DEC to staff in an internal email obtained by online news outlet POLITICO. “After much deliberation, I have ...