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Politics

Public grills Stefanik at open event in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Monday faced tough questions at a “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” event held at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center. Approximately 100 people packed into the senior center to ask Stefanik, R-Willsboro, questions about the federal ...

DEC releases conceptual rail trail plan

RAY BROOK — A series of public meetings have been scheduled on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s conceptual plan for a proposed rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Conceptual Plan was released Monday for public review and ...

Farmers fear immigrant workers’ deportation could hurt livelihood

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants. From ...

France’s rejected mainstream unites for Macron over Le Pen

PARIS — France’s political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united today to call on voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron and reject Marine Le Pen’s populist nationalism. Politicians on the moderate left and right, including the Socialist and ...

DeFonse will present lecture on economics Wednesday

SARANAC LAKE — Progressive political activism group Now What?’s free lecture series will continue with its fifth installment at 7 p.m. Wednesday in North Country Community College’s S-19 Lecture Hall. Russ DeFonse, a former economics teacher at Paul Smith’s College as well as ...

State helps public defenders with funding, caseload caps

ALBANY — Help may be on the way for New York's overburdened defense system for the poor that has gained national attention for caseloads so extreme and local funding so inadequate that some defendants got limited representation or none at all. Lawmakers this month approved New York's ...

Mountain Lake PBS to host community forum with Stefanik

PLATTSBURGH — Mountain Lake PBS will tape and livestream a community forum with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 8. The forum will be devoted entirely to questions and comments, selected at random, submitted by studio attendees as well as community members online. Thom ...

Stefanik Q&A in Lyons Falls draws dozens

LYONS FALLS — More than 80 people attended U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s “Coffee with your Congresswoman” event Tuesday afternoon at the Lyons Falls Library. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, fielded questions on various topics throughout the event, which worked as a sort of miniaturized town ...

US-Canada trade dispute hurts dairy farms

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A U.S.-Canada trade dispute has spread to Minnesota, where officials say 19 dairy farms are affected. Some New York producers are also affected. Lucas Sjostrom, executive director of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, said Wednesday that 19 Minnesota ...

Stefanik supports Afghan bombing

The U.S. military’s dropping of its most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS positions in Afghanistan last week was the correct action to take, said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, who was in the Middle East at the time of the strike. “Gen. John Nicholson made the decision ...

Stefanik’s defense industry contributions increase with authority

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, received $41,500 in campaign contributions from defense contractors in the first quarter, a huge increase from usual, in her new prominent role as chairwoman of the House Defense Committee subcommittee that oversees counterterrorism programs and ...

Three vie for two Saranac Lake school board seats

SARANAC LAKE — Three candidates will run for two available seats on the Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education on May 16. Incumbent board member Aurora White will face two challengers in her re-election bid: Jeff Branch, a former village trustee and current Saranac Lake ...

Stefanik talks college affordability in Watertown

WATERTOWN — U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik took part in a roundtable discussion at Jefferson Community College Monday to hear student perspectives on what is and isn’t working in terms of affordability. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was joined by about 20 other students of various ages and ...

Voters for Change presents films

SARANAC LAKE — Voters for Change, a progressive political activism group, will continue its occasional film series Thursday with a screening and discussion of two short documentaries on immigrants. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at Lake Flower Landing, 421 Lake Flower ...

Will NY ‘free tuition’ model spread?

ALBANY — Will New York’s first-in-the-nation free tuition program for middle-class college students spread to other states? That’s the hope of proponents such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who made debt-free college a key talking point in their Democratic presidential ...

Victory tour

LAKE PLACID — Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Preston was all smiles Friday as he, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other Adirondack officials touted how they feel the Adirondacks are no longer forgotten under Cuomo’s leadership. It was a who’s who of Adirondack and North Country ...

College student organizing local March for Science

PAUL SMITHS — A Paul Smith’s College senior is organizing a local sister march to coincide with the national March for Science scheduled for the same day at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Nicole Morin, an integrative studies major, hopes the march near Paul Smith’s campus will ...

Poll shows support for Boreas wilderness, lack of interest in land decisions

A public opinion poll commissioned by the Adirondack Council and Adirondack Mountain Club shows an overwhelming amount of support for a wilderness classification for the Boreas Ponds, but also reveals that few people have been following the state’s classification process. The poll, ...

No trains in the Tri-Lakes this year

SARANAC LAKE — The haunting sound of train whistles won’t be heard locally this year, as the state Department of Transportation will not issue a permit for the trains to run north of the Big Moose station. The Adirondack Rail Preservation Society, based in Utica, has been running ...

Lake Placid justice asks to double pay

LAKE PLACID — After he was victorious in keeping his position of village justice, a position that voters recently chose not to dissolve, William Hulshoff is asking this village for a major raise. Hulshoff addressed the board at last week’s regularly scheduled meeting and informed them ...