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Ranger issues rare tickets for climbing at falcon nest site

Local News

KEESEVILLE — For the first time since the early 2000s, a state forest ranger ticketed rock climbers for ignoring falcon protections. On April 11, Forest Ranger Sarah Bode cited two rock climbers for failure to obey a DEC sign at Poke O Moonshine, a mountain near Keeseville famed for its ...

Stefanik says she helped FCI Ray Brook COs with COVID get paid

Local News

RAY BROOK — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik says she has helped ensure pay for correctional officers at the Federal Correctional Institute at Ray Brook who tested positive for COVID-19 but were denied their request for continuation of pay. These COs may have been been paid if they used accrued ...

Adirondack Council awards 10 farm micro-grants

Local News

ALBANY — The Adirondack Council awarded 10 micro-grants totaling over $32,000 to farmers Wednesday in an effort to address what it called the greatest short-term and long-term threats to public health in the Adirondack Park: COVID-19 and climate change. “COVID-19 is causing rapid changes ...

Group promotes teens, skateboards and jobs

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — A group called Adirondack Teen is promoting three initiatives for local teenagers. “Hot Shot” Adirondack Teen is looking for a spring Hot Shot for May 1. If you are a teen or a group of teens who have done an exceptional job at something or have performed an ...

Bishop to consecrate Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg to St. Joseph

Local News

WATERTOWN — Bishop Terry R. LaValley, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, will consecrate the diocese to St. Joseph on Friday, May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. In Catholicism, to consecrate means to set apart for a holy purpose. According to the Bible, Joseph was a ...

Dog, cat photos win prizes

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SARANAC LAKE — Pets were the theme of this past week’s l ocal “Quarantination” challenge on Facebook. Say Real Estate initiated the weekly challenges to help keep Saranac Lakers occupied and amused at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. You can find the challenge pages by ...

A century later, victory gardens connect Americans again

Coronavirus

During World War I, posters proclaiming “Food will win the war” encouraged Americans to grow victory gardens. A century later, home gardeners are returning to that idea in the fight against a global pandemic. Backyard gardeners are coming together, mostly virtually, to learn and ...

Hotels become barracks for health workers ‘going to war’

Coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — The tourists and conventioneers who once filled the rooms of The New Yorker hotel are long gone, driven away by the coronavirus, but its lobby is still bustling. The big, art-deco hotel in midtown Manhattan is one of several across the U.S. that have become barracks for an ...

2 cats in NY become first US pets to test positive for virus

Coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — Two pet cats in New York state have tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first confirmed cases in companion animals in the United States, federal officials said Wednesday. The cats, which had mild respiratory illnesses and are expected to recover, are thought ...

Cuomo outlines plan for ‘tracing army’ to tame virus outbreak

Coronavirus

ALBANY (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg will help create a “tracing army” that will help find people infected with the coronavirus and get them into isolation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. New York will coordinate the massive effort with neighboring New ...

Winter wins a round, but spring is coming

Local News

SARANAC LAKE -- While spring has had its moments so far this year, winter has not gone away yet. Tri-Lakes residents awoke on Wednesday, Earth Day, to find a solid blanket of snow had fallen overnight. That's fairly normal for April in the Adirondacks. At present, eastern states -- ...

Tourism ‘reopening’ will roll out in phases

Local News

Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism officials on Tuesday announced a plan to transform the way they market the Adirondack region as the state lifts its “New York on PAUSE” social distancing restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the economy back on track is the ultimate ...

State, feds move to aid hospitals

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan on Tuesday to reauthorize some hospitals, outside of COVID-19 hot spots, to conduct limited elective surgeries again. Elective surgeries keep many rural hospitals afloat, and the state-ordered cancellation of those services has been a financial blow to ...

Late night blaze destroys Keene Valley home

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KEENE VALLEY — Fire destroyed a home here late Sunday night and early Monday morning. The people who were inside at the time were able to escape, and no one was injured, according to Keene Valley Fire Department Chief Stephen “Rusty” Hall. The cause of the fire is under ...

State releases prison COVID numbers

Local News

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has released a breakdown of how many inmates in each prison are infected with COVID-19. This follows weeks of withholding those numbers for “security reasons.” The breakdown shows few COVID-19 cases at North Country ...

Senate panel backs assessment that Russia interfered in 2016

Politics

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate report released Tuesday affirms the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a far-ranging influence campaign approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin and aimed at helping Donald Trump win ...

Q&A: Oil prices go negative. What does that mean?

Business

NEW YORK — The world is awash in oil, there’s little demand for it and we’re running out of places to put it. That in a nutshell explains this week’s strange and unprecedented action in the market for crude oil futures contracts, where traders essentially offered to pay someone ...

Municipalities extend states of emergency

Local News

It’s been more than a month now since many local municipalities issued states of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic, and now they’re renewing them for another 30 days. A state emergency allows the chief executive of a government entity, such as a town supervisor or village mayor or ...