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Outdoors

Hardy Kids continue upgrading Wilmington bike park

WILMINGTON — Improvements continue here at the town’s mountain bike park, known as Randy’s Bike Park. Throughout the past few years, as Wilmington has slowly become a destination for mountain biking, two local kids and a small group of volunteers have been working on transforming a ...

3 Mount Marcy rescues in one night

KEENE — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers conducted three rescues on the tallest mountain in the state on Saturday, Sept. 5. The rescues all happened in the span of one night, between 4 p.m. and midnight, according to DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino. The string of ...

Lost in dark on Haystack Mountain, hikers burned clothes for torchlight

RAY BROOK — Two hikers, who apparently didn’t bring headlamps, burned their clothing for light after getting lost in the dark on the trail to Haystack Mountain recently, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This occurred on the Haystack Mountain in Ray Brook ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Kees Hill: A short scramble

As many of you may know, I like to get off the beaten path once in a while and explore new places that many don’t see or even think about twice. One weekend, I left Sunday to be my play day. Wouldn’t you know it, it rained most of the day, with a couple small windows of opportunity, which I ...

Labor Day weekend brings familiar rush of nature seekers

KEENE VALLEY — The Labor Day weekend brought a rush of nature-seekers to the High Peaks region, filling trailhead parking lots early each day. This part of the Adirondacks has continued to see historic levels of hiker traffic throughout the last few years. Despite the ongoing closure of ...

Adirondack Council pushes for hiker permits

The Adirondack Council, an Elizabethtown-based environmental group, is again pressing for a hiker permit or reservation system that would let the state manage the number of hikers traveling through busy wilderness areas. The Council backed the creation of a hiker permit or reservation ...

Hikers ignore signs, hindering Jackrabbit Trail work

LAKE PLACID — Crews doing work on a section of the Jackrabbit Trail between McKenzie Pass and Lake Placid have been working this month to clear trees and improve drainage, but despite putting up signs telling hikers of the section’s closure — warning of danger and rangers — work there ...

Pop-up High Peaks hiker information stations open

KEENE VALLEY — Visitors to the High Peaks region have a new resource for hiking information here. Faced with historic levels of hiker traffic to the Adirondack Park — including many new visitors looking to get outdoors this summer following months of stay-at-home recommendations amid the ...

Apple picking time comes early

SARANAC LAKE — “‘The bear is in the apple tree!’” Andy Kelly was tending to the chickens he and his wife Chessie Monks-Kelly own Tueday morning, Aug. 11, at their Park Avenue home when he saw a black bear up in an apple tree, using its powerful jaws and paws to rip out branches and ...

Amid pandemic, bikes are wheely tough to find

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 ...

Boat shops booming

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 ...

Whiteface Mountain opens Aug. 1 for family activities

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. ...

Governor postpones $3B ‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ to next year

The $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act will not be seen on the ballot Nov. 3. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday confirmed the state would postpone a voter referendum on the bond act — one piece of a larger $33 billion, five-year plan to fight climate change — until 2021. If ...

Green groups call for state preservation of Whitney Park

Shortly after the owner of a historic 36,000-acre Long Lake estate announced on Wednesday that he plans to sell the property for $180 million, conservationists said they wanted the state to step in and buy it. The Whitney Park property — which John Hendrickson, the widower of Saratoga ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Best to stop fly fishing during hot days

Many anglers know that when trout streams get too warm, the fishing can go south quickly. Fish either aren’t feeding or are seemingly nowhere to be found. Trout are stressed in these hot temperatures. In our northern climate, the air temperatures can range from 45 to 90 in a single day, as ...

NY Legislature passes Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act

The Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act passed the state Senate on Wednesday. After passing the Assembly on Monday, the bill now awaits approval by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. State Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury said Cuomo is concerned with environmental issues, and she hopes he will pass ...

Court: Environmental Protection Agency is dodging Clean Air Act duty

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made unreasonable excuses for not controlling air pollution that blows across state lines to New York. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its decision ...

Court: EPA dodging Clean Air Act duty

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made unreasonable excuses for not controlling air pollution that blows across state lines to New York. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its decision ...

DEC: Bear euthanized after repeated ‘aggressive behavior’

LAKE PLACID — Staff from the state Department of Environmental Conservation killed a black bear on Monday, July 6, following what the department described as “a documented escalation of the bear’s aggressive behavior since 2018.” Campsites and lean-tos in the Lake Colden area of the ...

Tourism isn’t hiking COVID cases so far

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Park has seen an uptick in tourism throughout the last few weeks as the region moved through the four phases of reopening its economy, and as it moved from mud season to summer. Essex County public health officials say the steady trickle of tourists hasn’t ...