Outdoors

Woman dies at Roaring Brook Falls

ST. HUBERTS - A 37-year-old firefighter from Staten Island fell to her death at Roaring Brook Falls on Saturday.JoAnn Restko was near the top of the iconic waterfall trying to take photographs when she fell. Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw said in a press release that Restko's companion saw ...

Bass fight their way to blue collar status

Although the Adirondack region has long been recognized for cold-water species such as brook trout, lake trout and landlocked salmon, it is the warm-water species of bass, perch and northern pike that continue to offer the most accessible angling opportunities.While trout and salmon have ...

Throwing a few ducks into the mix

A few months ago, I wrote about ordering baby chickens through the mail, and how we wanted to get a couple "fluff butts" as pets. The fluff butts were supposed to be frizzle chicks - bantam chickens whose feathers stick out at all angles.And while I still highly recommend looking up pictures of ...

Craig confirmed to chair APA

The state Senate confirmed Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Sherman Craig Friday night to chair the agency board and Franklin County Legislator Barb Rice of Saranac Lake to be an APA commissioner.The Senate also approved the appointments of Chad Dawson, a professor emeritus of the SUNY ...

SUP Fest, slide show, guideboat talk are next in paddling lineup

SARANAC LAKE - The final week of a month-long celebration of water-based activities kicks off this weekend with the Adirondack SUP Festival at Lake Colby beach.The celebration of stand-up paddleboarding, organized by Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, started Friday and continues until ...

DEC: Upper Locks will close for repairs this week

SARANAC LAKE - The Upper Locks between Lower and Middle Saranac lakes will be closed for repairs for a few days.The state Department of Environmental Conservation, in a press release, said the locks are expected to close Tuesday and reopen Friday, June 24."The fill gates on the locks are being ...

EPA sets Lake Champlain final phosphorous reduction figures

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday released the final phosphorus reduction goals to help clean up Lake Champlain.The mandates call for the amount of phosphorous to be reduced by 33.7 percent in the lake and 64.3 percent in Missisquoi Bay.The reductions for ...

Seggos confirmed as DEC commissioner

Acting Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate to be the 15th commissioner of the DEC on Thursday.Seggos was named acting head of the agency in early October last year. He had previously served as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ...

Body of man recovered after boat collision

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - The body of a missing boater has been recovered from Lake Champlain following a boat collision in Vermont.Rescue crews found the body of 60-year-old Rodney Dion of Milton, Vermont, on Thursday morning after two power boats collided Wednesday evening in Colchester.One of ...

Sherman Craig confirmed to chair APA

The state Senate confirmed Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Sherman Craig Friday night to chair the agency board and Franklin County Legislator Barb Rice of Saranac Lake to be an APA commissioner.The Senate also approved the appointments of Chad Dawson, a professor emeritus of the SUNY ...

Drone’s-eye view

TUPPER LAKE - Mitch Harriman of Tupper Lake has taken his passion for photography to the skies.The high school senior invests a lot of income in his hobby: purchasing a camera, lenses, photo-editing software and now, a high-tech drone to reach angles of the Adirondacks that most photographers ...

Regular bass season opens this weekend

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding anglers that the regular season for largemouth and smallmouth bass opens this Saturday, June 18, and continues through November 30.Anglers can keep up to five bass per day, with a minimum length of 12 inches. On Lake Champlain, the ...

Contractor hired to clean up oil spill

SARANAC LAKE - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is bringing in outside help to clean up an oil spill in the Saranac River.The department has hired a contractor to assist in the cleanup, spokeswoman Emily Kilburn wrote in an email Monday. She didn't provide any more details on ...

Vandals damage vehicles, dump oil

SARANAC LAKE - Vandals damaged vehicles and dumped buckets of used oil in the Petrova Elementary School/Saranac Lake Middle School maintenance yard sometime Saturday, triggering an oil spill in the nearby Saranac River.The state Department of Environmental Conservation worked to contain the ...

Regulators expanding bike access

INDIAN LAKE (AP) - New York state regulators are expanding mountain bike access in the central Adirondacks.The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking comments on an amendment to the Moose River Plains management plan to improve mountain biking opportunities in the 82,000-acre ...

Campsite reservation law moves on

ALBANY - A bill that would give New York residents preference in campground reservations has cleared several hurdles on its way to becoming law.Senate bill 3051 would add language to the state parks, recreation and historic preservation law that would make state agencies give reservation ...

Rewilding the curmudgeon within

Well, it seems I've lived long enough to earn the right to be an old curmudgeon. Over the course of my years, I've known a number of curmudgeons, and I consider it to be a real honor to have joined their ranks.The fact that I have a public mouthpiece, with columns in several local newspapers, ...

One passenger everyone needs to avoid at all costs

A long time ago I picked up a hitchhiker in Bloomingdale and gave him a ride to town. The entire way, he talked about how crazy he was and how no one should mess with him because of it. He stared straight ahead through the windshield as he rambled on and on, and I never got a word in ...