North Country News

George Canon
Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board

Former Town of Newcomb Supervisor George Canon died earlier this month. Canon was considered a mentor, friend and icon of the Adirondacks to many in New York’s northern region.

Loon feeding chicks
Nina Schoch

Researchers keeping track of loon populations in the Adirondacks are looking for help from volunteers.

Federal Reserve Bank of NY President William Dudley
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Since 2010, representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have been making field trips to different regions across the state.  On Monday its president, William Dudley, met with Plattsburgh business leaders to discuss North Country economic issues.

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Lake Placid, the Olympic village in the heart of the Adirondacks, is in the midst of upgrading its infrastructure with its Main Street Reconstruction Project.  Mayor Craig Randall, who just started his third and last four-year term — due to term limits — says  the improvements will help deal with congestion that is normally seen in larger cities.

Lake Placid with Mirror Lake in the foreground
mwanner/Wikimedia

Earlier this week, the Lake Placid village board approved the environmental review and findings from a public hearing related to eminent domain actions for an infrastructure project.   It’s a move that the owner of the property says violates New York state’s eminent domain procedural laws.

Adirondack Council

The Adirondack Council announced Monday that it was able to obtain more carbon allowances during the latest Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction.

North Country Business Expo 2017
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada has been in effect for more than two decades.  President Donald Trump has promised to renegotiate the deal.  During a business expo in Plattsburgh last week, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discovered that many businesses in the border region aren’t worried about the pending negotiations.

Adirondack Film Society

The annual Lake Placid Film Forum is under way this week with a focus on diversity, foreign films and a tribute to the late filmmaker Jonathan Demme.

Plattsburgh officials have announced details of the 40th annual Mayor’s Cup festival and regatta.

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was in Plattsburgh Thursday to hold a public hearing on the state’s draft regulations to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind.

Invasive steward sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation this summer is expanding its stewardship partnership aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks.

Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park cover
Adirondack Wild

The environmental group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has issued a new guide to provide communities within the Blue Line with strategies for ecologically-based local planning.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

New York’s lieutenant governor was in Plattsburgh last week for what Mayor Colin Read described as the time to end the concepts phase and begin implementation of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that an old gas station will be removed within a few weeks and public interaction will now focus on implementation of redevelopment plans.

Five Star Urgent Care ribbon cutting
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Five Star Urgent Care expanded to its tenth location in New York state this week, opening a facility in Plattsburgh.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley toured the new facility as officials cut the ribbon to begin operations.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in Plattsburgh 5-25-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh this afternoon to announce the final projects that have been approved for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative awarded to the city last summer.

Township 40 map circa 1900
Ryan Byrne/Ballotpedia

New York has obtained the 296-acre Marion River Carry in the Adirondacks in a deal that resolves a more than century-old history of property disputes between the state and Raquette Lake landowners.

Photo of former Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
NYS Assembly

After a decade in office, former North Country New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey of the 115th district retired last year due to vision problems.  But she was back at the capital in Albany recently to lobby in support of the proposed Medical Aid in Dying Act.  She says her support of the measure is deeply rooted in personal experience.

Billy Jones outside Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Northern New York Assemblyman D. Billy Jones is in his first term representing the 115th district.  He has held a series of town halls, the most recent last night in Malone.  Despite the animus being seen at Congressional town halls, the Democrat says he has no qualms and finds them a useful tool.

Mayor Colin Read (left) and Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau Director of Tourism Kristy Kennedy
City of Plattsburgh

Officials in Plattsburgh have announced a new summer event to be held at the city beach in conjunction with professional fishing tournaments on Lake Champlain.

Taxi sign
Petar Milosevic/Wikimedia

The New York State Attorney General announced a court judgment against a Plattsburgh taxi company for overcharging refugees attempting to cross the border into Canada.

Authorities on Wednesday investigated the deaths of two people whose bodies have been found inside a home in the Adirondack Mountains.

Wakely Mountain Firetower
Andy Arthur/Flickr

New York state officials have closed a trail in the Adirondack Mountains until further notice because of safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

First-term Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read campaigned on the need for the city to move away from annual one-time budgeting to a long-term fiscal planning process to stabilize finances.  He has already started the 2018 budget process, working with the city council to create a five-year fiscal plan.  Late last week he announced that the city has a $2 million structural deficit that must be addressed.  He says  it’s a situation that’s been  building for years.

Grim Reaper and coffin at protest against Elise Stefanik AHCA vote
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Nearly 200 protesters gathered on the grounds of Mountain Lake PBS in advance of a forum held by Republican Elise Stefanik in Plattsburgh Monday evening.

Republican Elise Stefanik takes a question during a forum at Mountain Lake PBS
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York’s 21st district, taped a forum at the public television station in Plattsburgh Monday evening. The majority of questions focused on her vote last week in favor of the American Health Care Act.

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall begins Rail Trail meeting
Pat Bradley/WAMC

About two dozen people filled the meeting room in the North Elba Town Hall in Lake Placid Thursday evening to hear about and ask questions about the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan for an Adirondack rail-trail plan.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A number of issues affecting the Adirondacks are pending in New York state agencies. Other will be affected by the recently passed budget.  Environmental and municipal advocates discuss key priorities they say need to be addressed.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Every 20 years, New Yorkers are given the opportunity for a constitutional convention. A referendum will be on the ballot in November asking voters if one should be held.  Groups are lining up on each side.  Several environmental organizations are opposed to the convention because they are concerned that a key protection for the Adirondacks and Catskills could be eliminated.

Adirondack Experience Executive Director David Kahn
Adirondack Experience The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

This will be the 60th year that a museum in Blue Mountain Lake opens its doors to showcase Adirondack history.  Now, as it begins its sixth decade, the Adirondack Museum is being rebranded with a new name, logo and a new 19,000-square foot interactive exhibition.  Executive Director David Kahn explains why the museum’s new name is the “Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.”

Substance Abuse and Recovery of Clinton County/Facebook

SPARCC, or Substance Abuse and Recovery of Clinton County, was formed in 2016 to raise public awareness and enhance opioid addiction prevention efforts in the North Country.  The group is now seeking volunteers to tell their addiction stories in hopes of getting more people into recovery and eliminating stigma.

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