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Outdoors

Community group meets amid Hudson cleanup review

SARATOGA SPRINGS (AP) - A community group is set to get an update regarding the federal Superfund project to clean up the Hudson River.The Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing the effectiveness of a six-year project by General Electric to dredge 2.75 million cubic yards of ...

Rescuers help mountain hiker overcome by blowing snow, cold

FRACONIA, N.H. (AP) - Rescuers have come to the aid of a hiker who lost his way on a trail in New Hampshire's White Mountains after he met with blowing snow, poor visibility, and low temperatures.Conservation officers say 23-year-old Tyler Pase of Mattituck, New York, was able to provide ...

Bigger crowd, more input at second rail trail meeting

SARANAC LAKE - A second open meeting held by a village trustee drew more than a dozen people, and created a lot of suggestions for how this village should handle the proposed rail trail.Village Trustee Rich Shapiro, who is also the village representative to the stakeholder group coming up with ...

Rangers assist spate of lost hunters

With hunting season in full force, state forest rangers have shifted from rescuing lost and injured hikers to locating lost and injured hunters. Here is a wrap up of recent search and rescue missions in the Adirondacks.---Town of SteubenA 78-year-old man from New Hartford became lost while ...

Whiteface Mountain looks to open Nov. 25

WILMINGTON - The expected opening of Whiteface Mountain Ski Center's 22 miles of trails is still a month away, but some people have already skied down it unofficially.With up to 6 inches of fresh snow, several people hiked up the mountain Sunday to telemark ski down its trails, and others ...

Mount Pisgah ski rates may increase

SARANAC LAKE - Rates for day and season passes at Mount Pisgah Ski Center are expected to increase this winter.The only question is how much.During Monday's Saranac Lake village board meeting, Mayor Clyde Rabideau raised concerns with the amount of the proposed increases for the 2016-17 ...

Snowmobile concerns raised at rail trail meeting

SARANAC LAKE - At a public meeting village Trustee Rich Shapiro hosted last week, several members of the public raised concerns about snowmobile use on a proposed rail trail.The multi-use trail would replace 34 miles of railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, according to a plan ...

HPIC closed until late December

LAKE PLACID - The High Peaks Information Center at Adirondak Loj will be closed for renovations until late December according to the Adirondack Mountain Club, which owns the property.Staff will operate out of a heated tent and will still offer snowshoe and microspike rentals, along with some ...

N.Y.’s trapping season begins, with changes

ALBANY (AP) - The hunting and trapping season for furbearing animals including bobcats, foxes, raccoons and fishers is about to begin.The state Department of Environmental Conservation says coyote hunting season began Oct. 1 in much of the state, but hunting and trapping seasons for other ...

Heavy, wet snow causes power outages, car crashes

Heavy, wet snow and high winds toppled trees into roads and power lines this weekend, triggering a string of power outages across the region.The first snowstorm of the season also coated local roads, contributing to a series of car crashes and collisions, none of which appear to have been ...

Snowmobile concerns raised for rail trail

SARANAC LAKE - At a public meeting village Trustee Rich Shapiro hosted last week, several members of the public raised concerns about snowmobile use on a proposed rail trail.The multi-use trail would replace 34 miles of railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, according to a plan ...

High Peaks Info Center closed for renovations until late December

LAKE PLACID - The High Peaks Information Center at Adirondak Loj will be closed for renovations until late December according to the Adirondack Mountain Club, which owns the property.Staff will operate out of a heated tent and will still offer snowshoe and microspike rentals, along with some ...

Passing through

Most people don't get a lot of blisters on their feet when paddling a canoe. But most people also don't portage a canoe 120 miles over the course of one trip.Susan Storch and Mary Duk, who live near Hoel Pond by Saranac Inn, aren't most people. Storch said Duk was her business assistant until ...

Hunting takes time, patience and experience

All the natural signs point to the obvious: Autumn is rapidly taking control of the land. You can smell it in the brisk air and hear it in the melodic barking of Canada geese as they continue to fly south, often in the dark of night.The cool, musky scent of decay is a sign of the times. The ...

Chester Challenge offers hikers another test

Another hiking challenge has popped up in the Adirondacks, and this one offers a choice in which trails to take.The Chester Challenge, which was announced last year, offers hikers the chance to choose from a number of destinations and trails. While based on eight hikes that all reside in the ...

Snow joins the mix this weekend

North Country communities could see their first snowfall of the season tonight and Sunday.The National Weather Service center in Burlington, Vermont, is calling for rain to change to snow across the higher elevations of the northern Adirondacks by this evening."A wet snow accumulation of a ...

Big Buck Contest opens today

JAY - Ward Lumber Company is hosting the 24th anniversary of the Mark Peduzzi Big Buck Contest.This is the longest running buck contest in the area and has seen some of the largest game in the North Country. Those who want a little more competition this hunting season are invited to bring ...

Land trust preserves Harrietstown Hill view

SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack Land Trust announced this week that it has preserved the iconic view from Harrietstown Hill, near Donnelly's ice cream stand.The land trust, based in Keene Valley, purchased Glenview Farm, a 238-acre parcel, earlier this month for $98,000, according to a deed ...

Assembly District 115: Jones, Mulverhill discuss Sunmount, rail trail, tourism

SARANAC LAKE - From Sunmount to a rail-trail debate to outdoor recreation, Adirondack issues were among the questions two Assembly candidates answered in separate interviews at the Enterprise office.Democrat Billy Jones and Republican Kevin Mulverhill are running to succeed Janet Duprey in ...