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County keeps pushing to tax, register short-term rentals

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LAKE PLACID — There are more than 700 short-term vacation rentals here. They surround Mirror Lake. They rise above, lie below and surround storefronts along the Main Street and Saranac Avenue business districts. They’re scattered throughout traditionally residential neighborhoods around ...

Road to Boreas opened

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NORTH HUDSON — After about a year of construction, Gulf Brook Road — which provides access to the interior of the Boreas Ponds Tract — is now open to the public. And a wide variety of users are taking advantage of it. The state bought the Boreas Ponds Tract from the Nature ...

Little: More cell towers needed in Adirondacks

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State Sen. Betty Little believes that more cell towers are needed in the Adirondacks if gaps in coverage are going to be addressed. Little, R-Queensbury, said it may be time to change regulations — for example, the state Adirondack Park Agency’s policy that the height of the cellular ...

Former Rep. Sweeney lobbies for Kremlin-controlled bank

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Former U.S. Rep. John Sweeney has signed a $750,000 contract with a Kremlin-controlled investment bank to lobby against any new sanctions being imposed by the United States. Sweeney has filed paperwork with the Justice Department to represent the Vnesheconombank, or VEB, according to an ...

Schroon church fire cause determined as rebuilding planned

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SCHROON — The fire that destroyed Schroon Community Church last winter has been linked to an electrical problem, a determination that was finalized as church leaders move forward with a plan to rebuild the Main Street institution starting early next year. The plan is to break ground in ...

200-plus expected at AHI summit

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LAKE PLACID — More than 200 health care professionals and other stakeholders will explore relevant and timely regional population health issues at Adirondack Health Institute’s 11th annual Leadership Summit. The summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Thursday at the Lake ...

Retailers scramble as NY moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

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NEW YORK — Vape shops in New York are scrambling to respond to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to prohibit the sale of flavored vaping products — a ban poised to take effect Tuesday. Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed the ban on Sunday . The emergency regulation will take effect immediately if ...

Court upholds Cross State Air Pollution Rule

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, which regulates states’ pollution emissions to keep them from harming downwind states. The decision also came with a requirement of the Environmental Protection Agency to set a ...

Woman found dead at AuSable Chasm

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A woman was found dead in AuSable Chasm Sunday morning, according to State Police. On Sunday morning, after reports that the woman was missing, State Police were allowed on the AuSable Chasm premises by staff. Police later found the woman dead, according to a case report read by Sgt. ...

New York moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a ...

NY is 1st state to give schools ‘red flag’ power on guns

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ALBANY — Schools across New York began the academic year with a new tool intended to prevent student suicides and violence: the ability to ask a court to remove a troubled person’s access to firearms. About a third of U.S. states have so-called “red flag” laws, which allow courts ...

Police arrest person who allegedly posted ‘Saranac’ threat

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PLATTSBURGH — A person is in police custody regarding a threatening social media post, according to State Police. According to a State Police press release, the State Police, the Plattsburgh City Police Department and SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department were alerted to a social media post ...

Police investigate as woman is found dead at AuSable Chasm

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A woman was found dead in AuSable Chasm Sunday morning, according to State Police. On Sunday morning, after reports that the woman was missing, State Police were allowed on the AuSable Chasm premises by staff. Police later found the woman dead, according to a case report read by Sgt. ...

MudRat dives deep into Panther Gorge

Outdoors

SARANAC LAKE — Kevin “MudRat” MacKenzie spends much of his free time photographing, hiking and climbing on both ice and rock within the High Peaks. But one place in particular piqued his interest, and after a couple of years of research and writing, MacKenzie is out with his first ...

Leaves are starting to change, and peepers are coming

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Leaf peeper season is here. The state released its first Fall Foliage Report of the year this week: Roughly 10% of fall foliage throughout the Adirondacks is expected to change by this weekend. Local watchers in Saranac Lake are predicting that people will see “touches of red leaves ...