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All 6 Stefanik challengers to meet in Queensbury

All six of the announced candidates vying to challenge the North Country’s U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-Willsboro] in 2018 will attend a “Meet The Candidates” event in Queensbury on August 31. The event, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., is hosted by Citizens Acting Together for District 21 ...

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Stefanik, challengers comment on Charlottesville violence

In the emotionally charged days following last weekend’s deadly Charlottesville, Virginia, rally, North Country congressional candidates shared their thoughts on the clashes between white nationalist groups with counter-protesters. The situation escalated from a protest of the removal of ...

An architect’s rendering shows the design of the proposed community center at Kate Mountain Park in Vermontville.

Franklin voters approve community center

VERMONTVILLE — In a referendum Tuesday, voters in the town of Franklin approved a plan to borrow $700,000 to build a community center in the town’s Kate Mountain Park. The proposal passed by a vote count of 116 to 83, town Supervisor Art Willman said Wednesday. “The turnout was ...

Placid holds vehicles as insurance expires

LAKE PLACID – This village’s insurance policy expired at midnight Tuesday without a finalized renewal, resulting in a Tuesday morning and early afternoon when almost all village workers were instructed not to use their village vehicles. Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall described it as a ...

Tri-Laker residents convened in Riverside Park in Saranac Lake Monday evening to listen to a speaker in the bandshell during a “Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville” event in the wake of this weekend’s deadly Charlottesville rally, where one person died and many more were injured.
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Saranac Lake hosts peaceful vigil in wake of violence in Charlottesville

SARANAC LAKE — As a spectrum of colored crayons laid spread out, one person after another responded to the simple prompt scribbled in massive letters across this larger-than-life piece of paper. It was draped over a red picnic table, and messages adorned it from one blade of ...

BluSeed, Saranac Lake, Tupper awarded smart growth grants

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday more than $1.35 million in Smart Growth grants has been awarded to 18 communities and organizations in the North Country and six in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Funding has been awarded to municipalities and nonprofit organizations that responded ...

Cuomo OKs tougher penalties for bomb threats

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is poised to sign into law new penalties for those who make bomb threats. The Democratic governor plans to approve the legislation on Monday. It was passed by the state Legislature earlier this year in response to a string of bomb threats called ...

Former Minerva clerk pleads guilty to grand larceny

Jordan Green, the former clerk to the Minerva town supervisor, pled guilty to fourth degree grand larceny, official misconduct and tampering with public records, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced on Friday. Green, 30, faces up to four years in prison on the felony grand ...

APA OKs campground, bike trail proposals

By JUSTIN A. LEVINE Outdoors Writer RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency continued to avoid any decisions on the largest land classification package in its history this week, instead punting those controversial talks to approve a plan for three small campgrounds in the southern ...

North Elba open to alternatives to handle organic waste

LAKE PLACID — On the same day the North Elba Town Council officially terminated its biodigester contract with Bioferm, council members pledged they still want to find a solution for organic waste in landfills, even if it’s an alternative to a biodigester. After councilmen unanimously ...

The village of Saranac Lake has endorsed a $500,000 state grant application from Calli Shelton and Randy Coles, who plan to convert the former Dew Drop Inn into a restaurant and bar seen here. 
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Saranac Lake backs grant applications for Dew Drop, Pendragon, BluSeed

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees has thrown its support behind state grant applications for the former Dew Drop Inn, Pendragon Theatre and BluSeed Studios, among several other programs and projects. Applications for the seventh round of the state’s Regional Economic ...

No time frame for decision on rail-trail lawsuit

No time frame has been set to resolve a lawsuit against the state over a proposed rail trail. “The decision remains, sub judice, or still before the court,” Franklin County Clerk Kip Cassavaw wrote in an email Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed more than a year ago by the Adirondack ...

Placid may borrow $700K for electric upgrades

LAKE PLACID — Village board members are opting to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars for different electric improvements than those they initially voted on earlier this year, partially due to two blackouts suffered since then. At Monday’s village board meeting, trustees unanimously ...

Trustee opposes paying for Bob Run Road repavement

LAKE PLACID — Two weeks after the Ironman triathlon took over this village for the 19th year, and less than five weeks before a half-Ironman triathlon Sept. 10, Lake Placid trustees voted Monday night to pay for $12,000 worth of Ironman-related road work. That’s the village’s portion ...

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Harrietstown highway superintendent contested for the first time in 30 years

SARANAC LAKE — President Ronald Reagan was still in office and the movie “Three Men and a Baby” finished atop the box office the last time Harrietstown Highway Superintendent Craig Donaldson faced any opposition in his re-election bid. For the first time since 1987, Donaldson will face ...

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Ground broken for biomass heater at state offices

RAY BROOK — Numerous state and local officials were on hand Tuesday as several state agencies took part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a biomass heating system that will be built for the state office complex in Ray Brook. Local officials, along with state Adirondack Park Agency, ...

A U.S. back road is route to hope in Canada for many migrants

CHAMPLAIN — They have come from all over the United States, piling out of taxis, pushing strollers and pulling luggage, to the end of a country road in the north woods. Where the pavement stops, they pick up small children and lead older ones wearing Mickey Mouse backpacks around a “road ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik pressed on workforce needs

PLATTSBURGH — Providing a ready and capable workforce remains a high priority for the North Country, and area education and development leaders emphasized that point Monday with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. Stefanik (R-Willsboro) was in Plattsburgh for a roundtable discussion on ...

APA to host monthly meeting Thursday

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will host its regular monthly meeting on Thursday this week, with a notably light agenda set. The State Land Committee will convene at 9:30 a.m. to decide if a plan for three campgrounds on Piseco Lake conforms to the State Land Master Plan. ...