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Outdoors

Winter peaks for weekend warriors

Originally, my friend Darren came to the Adirondacks thinking we were going to hike Mount Marcy. He drove up from Manhattan with the gear he expected to carry him through, knowing full well I could acquire the rest. Here was the trouble: He’d never been on a winter hike before. Not only ...

21-year-old dies on Dix Mountain

KEENE — A Glens Falls man died Sunday when he had a medical problem while hiking in the Dix Mountain range in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness. State Police believe Andrew S. Nichols, 21, suffered a medical problem while hiking during the day Sunday on Dix Mountain. State Police ...

Sixth-grader dies in 300-foot fall on icy Catskill trail

HUNTER (AP) — An 11-year-old boy from Westchester County died after falling about 300 feet from an icy trail in the Catskill Mountains Saturday afternoon, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Mattias Edstrom of Chappaqua was hiking with his father, three other adults and two ...

Major snowmobile crash on Fourth Lake

WEBB - Two people were transported to the hospital after a major snowmobile collision on Fourth Lake near the hamlet of Eagle Bay Saturday. Brian R. Corey, 49, of Poughkeepsie was traveling east on the lake on a 2018 Yamaha snowmobile at 3:22 p.m. when he realized the members of his riding ...

Brews by ski, snowshoe and paw

TUPPER LAKE — Fourteen hundred people were out on the James C. Frenette Sr. Recreational Trails last Saturday for the sixth and most well-attended Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce Brew-Ski. They brought skis and snowshoes, bikes and sleds, dogs and children; and they came for beer, fresh ...

Local pols also ask state to buy Big Tupper

TUPPER LAKE — Local politicians support a proposal that the state buy and run the long-closed Big Tupper Ski Area, and they are trying to keep up the momentum started last week by a change.org petition. Village Mayor Paul Maroun said he is sending a letter to the governor’s office ...

Snowmobile causeway washouts are fixed

SARANAC LAKE — A causeway crossing Lake Colby that is frequently trafficked by snowmobiles has been in disrepair with washouts and erosion for over a decade. Earlier this month, the state Department of Transportation filled the path in, and it is safer for trail grooming machines to pass ...

Rangers respond to ski, snowmobile, hiker incidents

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation helped with two snowmobile crashes, a pair of lost downhill skiers and a dehydrated hiker over the last two-and-a-half weeks in the Adirondacks. - Town of Webb, Herkimer County - On Monday, Feb. 10 at 2:06 ...

Snowmobile ignites, but no one hurt

LOON LAKE — Howard Kemp was heading to a poker run Saturday with his daughter Janine and her husband Holland Meads when the snowmobile the couple was riding caught fire. Janine and Holland, of Saranac Lake, got off safely. The Bloomingdale, Paul Smiths-Gabriels and Saranac Lake ...

DEC seeks Region 5 director as Stegemann will retire soon

RAY BROOK — Bob Stegemann, the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 5 director and representative to the state Adirondack Park Agency board, has announced that he will retire at the end of March. Stegemann has held that position since 2011 and has recently been ...

Snowshoe Festival brings out best in competitors

PAUL SMITHS — Freshman snowshoe runner Zack Sprott-Scribner crossed the finish line and immediately crashed to the snow. He may have been messing around just a little bit, but that didn’t hide the exhaustion in his face and body. Fellow Paul Smith’s College freshman Sam Finger was ...

New fire tower trail expected to open this summer in Hague

HAGUE — The region’s newest fire tower hiking trail should be open to the public this summer. Warren County officials met Wednesday with a group of volunteers to discuss what needs to be done to get the trail to the long-shuttered Swede Mountain fire tower open. The tower sits ...

Study shows boat stewards can work

PAUL SMITHS — The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute recently presented new research detailing the threat of aquatic invasive species in Adirondack lakes at the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society meeting in Lake Placid. The first study was presented by Michale ...

Petition for Big Tupper-ORDA buyout gets hundreds of signatures

TUPPER LAKE — A change.org petition requesting that the state purchase the closed Big Tupper Ski Area and turn it into an ORDA facility received over 1,500 signatures by Wednesday evening. Rick Donah, the man who started the petition, is a local real estate owner, former ski patrol ...

Brew-Ski trails have gotten better with age

TUPPER LAKE — On Tuesday the James C. Frenette Sr. Recreational Trails were filled with driving winds, cross-country skiers willing to brave the weather and dogs bounding through deep snow banks and chasing each other. This was exactly what the trails were built for, said trail volunteer ...

Gov. Cuomo touts snowmobiling, tourism while in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped by the Hotel Saranac to promote tourism and to congratulate 45th District Sen. Betty Little in her last year of service with the state Legislature. Afterward, he went snowmobiling with his daughters and a few of their friends in ...

Love and sorrow for Big Tupper

TUPPER LAKE — Love was in the air on Valentine’s Day at the Tupper Arts Center. More than 50 people milled around the new exhibit, studying photos of skiers for faces they recognized, sharing stories from their childhoods on the mountain and speaking sorrowfully of the love they have ...