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DA seeks police report on incident with off-duty cop

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ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague has asked New York State Police to hand over its investigation report on an alleged incident between a white off-duty Cohoes police officer and a group of young Black people in Elizabethtown two months ago. Sprague said her ...

700+ call for more investigation of cop who made false report

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ELIZABETHTOWN — More than 700 people have co-signed a letter calling for a full investigation into an alleged incident between a white off-duty Cohoes police officer and a group of young Black people in Elizabethtown two months ago. The letter, addressed to Essex County District Attorney ...

Locals pan developer’s request for law exemption

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LAKE PLACID — A developer has requested an exemption from the town of North Elba’s affordable housing regulations as he seeks to build a new housing complex at the former W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center, but multiple Lake Placid residents panned the idea during a public hearing on ...

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

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ALBANY — New York's governor said Friday that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo clears the way for schools to ...

Trump targets Canada, re-imposing tariffs on aluminum

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States is reinstating a 10% import tax on Canadian aluminum, raising tensions with an American ally just weeks after his trade pact with Canada and Mexico took effect. Some prominent figures in northern New York disagreed ...

Longtime publisher retiring

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SARANAC LAKE — Catherine Moore is retiring next week as publisher of the Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise. She has held the papers’ top job for the last 31 years and has worked at the Enterprise for 47 years. Her last day of work will be next Friday, Aug. 14. She said ...

Not your average drive in the mountains

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In a videoconference on July 31, several Black men shared how police have frequently pulled them over in the North Country, apparently for no other reason than the color of their skin. This latest of three “Driving While Black” discussions was hosted by the Adirondack Diversity ...

UP CLOSE: Little no stranger to Placid as new ORDA board member

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State Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, is entering a new arena this week as a recently appointed member of the state Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Board of Directors. Although this Friday, Aug. 7, will mark the senator’s first ORDA board meeting as a member, it won’t be her ...

Survey gauges thoughts on in-person school

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LAKE PLACID — A survey of local parents conducted by the Lake Placid Central School District shows that a majority plan to send their children back to school in person this fall, provided the school is open. The Lake Placid Central School District is planning to welcome back its students ...

Essex County isn’t rolling buses like Franklin County is

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Essex and Franklin counties are taking different approaches to reopening public transportation amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each county operates a bus system, and both counties canceled all bus routes in March. Franklin County began reopening its bus routes in June, with a few caveats, but ...

Hamilton, Essex counties lag in census participation

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LAKE PLACID — Census takers will begin knocking on doors across the state this week. Essex and Hamilton counties continue to have among the worst census response rates in the state, meaning many of their households could soon see visits from the U.S. Census Bureau. Essex County is ranked ...

Amid pandemic, bikes are wheely tough to find

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In the basement shop of Saranac Lake’s Human Power Planet Earth, Mike Campbell is the only mechanic working on a room so filled with bicycles that it looks more like a storage locker than a repair shop. The showroom on Main Street is closed for a few days so owner John Dimon can get caught up ...

Public hearing today on short-term rental rule, Cell Science Center

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LAKE PLACID — A public hearing on two different issues, a proposed revision of a short-term vacation rental rule and the reclassification of a property where a new housing complex is proposed, is slated for tonight at 5 p.m. The public hearing before the North Elba Town Council and the ...

Route 73 closure pushed to next week

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A culvert replacement that would close both lanes of state Route 73 between Keene and Keene Valley is being postponed to next week, the state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday, Aug. 4. A half-mile segment of the busy two-lane highway would be closed between state Route 9N ...

Boat shops booming

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As many small businesses across the state and the country shutter, some permanently, in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, a thankful group of local boat shop owners is not only surviving but thriving. Traffic may be down on the roads and in the skies, but the water is crowded. “It’s ...

Price Chopper pulling plastic bags at checkouts Saturday

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SCHENECTADY — Beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, all New York Price Chopper, Market Bistro and Market 32 stores will once again ban thin film plastic bags, in compliance with the environmentally conscious New York state law that was implemented shortly before the coronavirus pandemic began, the ...

Whiteface Mountain opens Aug. 1 for family activities

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WILMINGTON -- State Olympic Regional Development Authority officials announced today that the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center will open for scenic gondola rides, hiking and disc golf on Saturday, Aug. 1. These activities will be available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. ...

Olympic venues opening slowly, with restrictions

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LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority continues to open the doors of the region’s Olympic venues, with limited capacity and restrictions such as mandatory face coverings. The gradual reopening of the Olympic sites comes more than four months after ORDA ...

LP police: Mask enforcement not really possible

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LAKE PLACID — In the weeks since the North Country region entered its last phase of reopening, hordes of visitors have flocked to downtown Lake Placid. Not all of them have been wearing masks while out in the region’s busiest business district, an issue that local government officials ...