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So, you got an application for an absentee ballot in the mail …

Local News

ALBANY — “Temporary illness or physical disability” — that’s the box you check on the form to request an absentee ballot for the Democratic presidential primary due to coronavirus concerns. All voters eligible to participate in the June 23 elections have been mailed an absentee ...

Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months

Politics

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home. Since abruptly canceling a March 10 rally in Cleveland at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES — The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves. Despite silent ...

Bolsonaro blames others for virus spread in Brazil

Coronavirus

RIO DE JANEIRO — With Brazil emerging as one of the world’s most infected countries, President Jair Bolsonaro is deflecting all responsibility for the coronavirus crisis, casting blame on mayors, governors, an outgoing health minister and the media. By contrast, he portrays himself ...

Trudeau Institute studies COVID-19 while helping local hospital

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — The disease was highly infectious. It spread through the air when someone coughed or sneezed, it attacked the lungs. It killed millions of people. That was more than 100 years ago. At the forefront of treating and researching the disease was a Saranac Lake physician, Dr. ...

‘Soft start’ scrapped

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — The village has retracted a plan for downtown restaurants to set up outdoor dining areas on village sidewalks after county and state officials deemed the concept not compliant with current guidelines meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. “Though we are ...

Local beaches aren’t open yet

Local News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says some state beaches will open up for Memorial Day weekend, albeit with serious restrictions to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. He said municipalities can open their beaches, too, if they follow state guidelines, but don’t expect local beaches to be open this ...

Adirondack Health announces COVID-19 testing times, locations

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has announced dates, times and locations for the next week of its free drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic. Testing is open to everyone, symptomatic or asymptomatic, regardless of employment status or category. A doctor’s order is suggested but not ...

As Memorial Day tempts people outdoors, virus rebound feared

Business

Millions of Americans are getting ready to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and venture outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family outings, raising concern among public health officials that large gatherings could cause outbreaks to come roaring ...

Lake Placid Summer Recreation Program canceled

Local News

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Summer Recreation Program will not happen this year. The town runs the day camp for children age 5 to 14 who live within the Lake Placid Central School District. It normally takes place at the middle-high school. Town Supervisor Jay Rand posted on the town ...

Mirror Lake sidewalk work starts Tuesday

Local News

LAKE PLACID — Starting Tuesday, work will begin on the Mirror Lake sidewalk improvements project. This is a joint project of the village of Lake Placid and the town of North Elba. At various times, work will be done from the area of the former Boathouse restaurant to Harbor Lane. Parts ...

Car hits light pole in Saranac Lake

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — A Rainbow Lake man suffered only a minor cut Friday morning when he crashed his car into a light pole and knocked it over on Broadway. Village police Sgt. Jason Swain said Robert Katz, 90, was driving a Mercedes-Benz sedan north on Broadway around 9:30 a.m. when he ...

Federal prison system to begin moving nearly 7,000 inmates

Local News

WASHINGTON — The federal Bureau of Prisons will begin moving about 6,800 inmates who have been waiting in local detention centers across the U.S. to federal prisons to avoid jail overcrowding in the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday. It’s not clear when it would begin. The ...

Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

Health

WASHINGTON — “A Trump enemy statement,” he said of one study. “A political hit job,” he said of another. As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has ...

Understanding the problem of food insecurity

Health

The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. This includes perhaps our physical or emotional health and the impact it has had on our financial well-being. There are many people who may not be able to afford providing three healthy meals a day for their family. We call ...

SL’s outdoor dining plan is questioned

Local News

(UPDATE: The village of Saranac Lake has dropped plans for a soft business opening with outdoor dining Saturday, Mayor Clyde Rabideau announced this morning. "This concept was deemed non-compliant with Phase 1 guidelines by the North Country Regional Control Room members," he wrote. A new ...

Tri-Lakes schools will break early for summer

Local News

Schools are beginning summer break early this year. How early depends mostly on their disrupted spring break schedule. Tupper Lake students got in a one-week February break before the coronavirus pandemic prompted the state to move classes online, so they will stay in school a little ...