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High schools prepare unique send-offs

Local News

Lawn signs dot the front yards of local high school seniors, some schools are planning parades, and the Class of 2020 is preparing for what will surely be unique commencement ceremonies. Saranac Lake High School has announced that each student’s commencement will be recorded separately. ...

No parades, gatherings this Memorial Day

Local News

The spread of the novel coronavirus has derailed many annual Memorial Day ceremonies this year, but the sacrifice of military members across the nation won’t be forgotten. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his daily press briefing in Albany on Tuesday that Memorial Day celebrations ...

Drive-thru testing hits road full-time

Local News

Adirondack Health’s mobile COVID-19 testing clinic started to make its rounds Tuesday in Saranac Lake and Keene, and the organization says it has enough kits to give free swab and blood tests to anyone who wants one. The mobile clinic, run out of an recreational vehicle initially ...

Black Mountain Architecture honored for design work

Business

SARANAC LAKE — Black Mountain Architecture, a Saranac Lake-based design firm that specializes in energy-efficient, green building practices, has been recognized by New York state for its work on the country’s largest market-rate net-zero apartment complex. The New York State Energy ...

Unpausing the Adirondacks

Outdoors

A month ago, I wrote about folks coming up to visit the Adirondacks from downstate or out of state to adventure during the COVID-19 crisis. In that column, I outlined the mix of frustration and empathy that these visitors can elicit. The hope was to highlight these dichotomous feelings that ...

State lab overwhelmed with tests

Local News

Faced with a new wave of COVID-19 tests from nursing homes and hospitals, a state lab that processes COVID-19 tests from the North Country region is currently running at full capacity. Now the lab is limiting the number of tests it will accept, forcing health care facilities to send tests ...

Stefanik disputes Dems’ $3 trillion aid plan

Local News

On Friday the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that is unlikely to become law since the Republican-majority Senate seems unlikely to pass it. The act contains contested funding, legislation and tax ...

Drive-in movies go ‘Back to the Future’ Thursday night

Local News

“Back to the Future” is a movie about time-traveling to the 1950s, so it is perhaps an appropriate choice to bring back drive-ins. The Sara-Placid in Ray Brook closed in 1974, to the sadness of many who remember it fondly. There was also the Tupper Lake Drive-In Theatre — later ...

170th Franklin County Fair is canceled

Local News

MALONE — The 170th edition of the Franklin County Fair has been canceled. Members of the Franklin County Agricultural Society Board of Directors agreed Thursday that the fair will not take place this year, as the region continues to grapple with the COVID-19 coronavirus, several ...

Keene 18-year-old accused of sexual abuse of minor

Local News

KEENE — An 18-year-old male from Keene has been accused of forcibly sexually abusing a 14-year-old. The older teen, whose name has not been released because he was deemed a youthful offender, was arrested by New York State Police this past Friday at 7:45 p.m. and charged with ...

Active tick season is underway

Local News

A slow warmup to spring this year has been no deterrent to a growing pest threat, as ticks are already widespread and busy this season. People taking to the woods and trails in an effort to get some outdoor exercise amid the coronavirus pandemic should remember to guard against ...

Capital Region, Western NY can start to reopen

Local News

The Capital Region is ready to start Phase 1 of reopening with manufacturing, construction and curbside retail businesses to open up this week as soon as more contract tracers are identified. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that Western New York and the Capital Region — which reaches ...

Democrats: Fired watchdog was looking into Saudi arms sale

Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats say the State Department watchdog fired by President Donald Trump last week was investigating possible impropriety in a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year, adding new questions to the watchdog’s abrupt dismissal. Democrats said Monday ...