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Budget gives $105M for ORDA venues

LAKE PLACID — New York’s new budget includes $105 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. The money in the 2021-22 budget is about $39.5 million less than what the state approved last year. The funding will again go toward improvements to ...

Whiteface moves closing up to Saturday

LAKE PLACID — The last day of the ski season at both Whiteface and Gore mountains will be this Saturday, weather permitting. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates both ski areas, announced the end of the mountains’ 127-day 2020-21 ski season in an email blast ...

Whiteface slated to close Sunday

LAKE PLACID — It’s transition time in the Adirondacks, and skiing at Whiteface Mountain and Mount Van Hoevenberg is winding down. It could be the final week of Alpine and Nordic skiing at these two venues operated by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. Whiteface is ...

Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake to renew football rivalry

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake football teams are going to add a little more meaning to their very short seasons coming up. For the first time in seven years, the two teams will battle for the Mayor’s Cup. The teams will each play two games during their “Fall 2” ...

Two-Fly Challenge returns, with challenges

WILMINGTON — Planning this year’s Ausable Two-Fly Challenge has been just that — a challenge — yet at least the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau will be able to host the fishing derby this year. Fishing is not the problem with the COVID-19 guidelines. It’s outdoors, ...

World Cup bobsled tour to skip Lake Placid

Bobsledders and skeleton athletes from North America might be logging a lot of miles in the looming Olympic year, without any close-to-home races to help them out. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation released its tentative World Cup schedule for next season Thursday, with ...

PSC names new biathlon stadium, trails

PAUL SMITHS — The new cross country skiing network at Paul Smith’s College is now known as the E. Philip Saunders Nordic and Biathlon Stadium. The site is named after the Rochester native who has spent many years in the Adirondacks. He purchased a home in Lake Placid after the 1980 ...

I’ll sure miss your smile, Andrew

Living here for more than 35 years, and working as a sports writer and photographer at our daily and weekly newspapers for more than 25 years, I’ve had the great fortune to get to know more people than I could ever dream of counting. I’ve made many close friends over those years, and ...

Tupper Lake falls in volleyball

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake volleyball team kicked off its competitive Fall 2 season Monday with a 3-0 loss at home to Salmon River. The Shamrocks won by scores of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-10. Despite the setback, Lumberjacks coach Diane Helms was encouraged by her team started its season, ...

Gold medalist charged with child sex abuse in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — James “Jimmy” Shea Jr., a former Lake Placid resident who won the gold medal in skeleton at the 2002 Winter Olympics, has been charged with sexual abuse of a child in Utah, authorities said. Shea, who now lives in Utah, made his first court appearance Monday on one ...

Empire State Senior Games expected back

The Empire State Senior Games will return this year, organizers said. They don’t know exactly which events, or where they’ll be, but return they shall. Expect to see golf, and croquet. Maybe pickleball. However, basketball and volleyball are probably out, because of expected COVID-19 ...

Saranac Lake drops Shamrocks to finish unbeaten

SARANAC LAKE — You can wonder about the could’ves and would’ves. You can lament about there being no opportunity to compete for a sectional championship or no chance at being selected as a league all-star. One thing, however, that did happen during a basketball season altered and ...

Saranac Lake teen skier makes podium at California competition

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — Teenage freestyle skier Kaylen Reiley of Saranac Lake earned a spot on the podium with a second-place finish last week at Mammoth Mountain. Reiley’s main ski discipline is slopestyle, in which athletes ski or snowboard down a course where with a variety of ...

SLP girls finish with a flurry, tie PHS

When the Saranac Lake Placid girls hockey team scored with less than a minute left in Tuesday’s game to beat Beekmantown 3-2, head coach Butch Martin exclaimed “That win made our season.” On Wednesday, the team’s season became a whole lot sweeter. In the fourth and final game ...

Unbeaten Red Storm defeat LP in hoops

LAKE PLACID — The Saranac Lake boys basketball team is one win away from an unbeaten season. On Wednesday, the Red Storm improved to 6-0 with a 74-34 victory at Lake Placid. Junior Nate McCarthy paved the way with a game-high 22 points on a night when eight players on the Red Storm’s ...

NWHL playoffs resume tonight near Boston

Coach Digit Murphy is eager for the Toronto Six to pick up where they left off some two months after the National Women’s Hockey League playoffs were postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak. “We were rocking and rolling. We were primed. And then BAM!’” Murphy said during a video ...

Storm boys win 2 more to remain unbeaten at hoops

FORT COVINGTON — The Saranac Lake boys basketball team continued its roll on Tuesday with a 66-50 road victory over Salmon River. The Red Storm kept their unbeaten run going by improving to 5-0, and along with his team, junior Nate McCarthy continued to heat up the floor. For the second ...

Saranac Lake girls end on weird, winning note

SARANAC LAKE — In a very strange year, the Saranac Lake girls basketball team wrapped up its four-game schedule in a rather crazy fashion. Competing at home Monday in what proved to be their final game, the Red Storm eked out a 41-40 victory over Salmon River. Saranac Lake started the ...

SLP boys edge PHS, fall to Cougars

The Saranac Lake Placid boys hockey team posted a loss and a win over the weekend. SLP had a rough outing at the Rouses Point Civic Center Saturday, falling 7-1 to Northeastern Clinton, and then rebounded Sunday to claim a 4-3 victory over Plattsburgh at the Ameri-Can North ...