North Country News

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Saranac Lake this morning to discuss his efforts to secure grant funding for an innovative job training program.

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A group working to enhance the quality of life in the Plattsburgh area has announced an effort to gather public input for city beach development ideas.

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Federal regulators have completed the environmental review of a proposed 330-mile transmission line to bring lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City.

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The Department of Environmental Conservation says it's revising its proposed recreation plans for new state land in the Newcomb area of the central Adirondacks in response to public comments.

Two environmental groups are appealing an appellate court decision that rejected their challenge of a development project in the Adirondacks. The appeal request is not sitting well with supporters of the project.

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An historic building on  the grounds of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base has been added to the Preservation League of New York's list of the most threatened historic sites in the state.

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A proposal to create an oil train task force put before Plattsburgh City Councilors was withdrawn last night by its sponsor.

Two weeks ago, city councilors in Plattsburgh considered a resolution to create an oil train task force. The measure was tabled after several concerns were raised, including its clarity and process.

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Elise Stefanik, the Republican candidate for Congress in New York’s 21st district, attended the monthly meeting of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board on Wednesday to discuss regional issues.

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State health officials say an Adirondack village's drinking water has too much lead.

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake earlier this week.  The research center is famed for its study of lung diseases, but a new arm of the institute will be dedicated to immuno-engineering studies of Lyme disease.

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New York’s junior U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Lake Placid Monday to discuss federal legislation that would help control the spread of invasive species.

Authorities have charged the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a car in the Adirondacks while fleeing police, killing a couple and injuring their daughter.

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Businessman Matthew Doheny will not pursue a northern New York congressional seat on a third-party line and is endorsing Republican candidate Elise Stefanik.

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Clinton County legislators this week approved bids for a $36 million expansion of the Plattsburgh International Airport terminal.


The Clinton County Legislature has approved a law banning the sale, transport, storage and disposal of fracking and other waste. The League of Women Voters had pushed for its passage.

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On Saturday morning, a Mooney single engine aircraft crashed three-quarters of a mile from the Lake Placid airport, killing the three people aboard, only the latest small plane crash in a region that has seen several in recent years. In the aftermath of that accident, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley takes a look at general aviation safety.

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A training session has been set to for volunteers to be on alert for an invasive insect.

New York State Police are investigating a small plane crash near Lake Placid Saturday which killed all three people on board.

Troopers say the single-engine Mooney M20 crashed at a horse farm next to the Lake Placid Airport and burst into flames on impact at about 10:40 Saturday morning.

Lake Placid Fire Department responded and extinguished the flames.

The identities of the three people killed in the crash have not been released.

A witness told the Plattsburgh Press Republican she hear a plane flying low and a loud bang before the crash.

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Representatives from municipalities, non-profits, environmental and other groups met in Long Lake this week to discuss cooperative efforts in the Adirondacks.
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City councillors in Plattsburgh have tabled a resolution to create an oil train task force.

WAMC's Pat Bradley spoke with Essex County Director of Emergency Services Don Jaquish about Friday morning's Canadian tour bus rollover at Exit 30.

The AP reports:

Officials say a Canadian tour bus carrying more than 50 people has rolled over in New York, killing one and injuring others.

State police spokeswoman Darcy Wells says the bus rolled over Friday morning on Interstate 87, also known as the Adirondack Northway. She had no information on the number or extent of the injuries.

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A New York state judge has issued a temporary restraining order forcing NYCO Mineral Company to delay test drilling on Adirondack Forest Preserve land. 
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The New York State comptroller has issued an audit strongly critical of the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s financial practices.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that it will reopen a review of an Adirondack management plan to study the feasibility of converting a rail corridor for recreational use.

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A state audit has found that the public entity operating former Olympic venues in Lake Placid continues to face significant cash flow problems and has had to borrow money to make payroll.

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A coalition of business and labor groups is traveling across New York spelling out an agenda for mandate reform that they claim will ease the tax burden.

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed this week Invasive Species Awareness Week. It’s the first statewide effort to educate and engage the public in on-going efforts to prevent and control the spread of non-native invasive species.

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A New York State court has ruled against a challenge to the Adirondack Park Agency's approval of a proposed 6,200-acre, year-round resort development in Tupper Lake.

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A state appeals court has ruled against a challenge to the Adirondack Park Agency's approval of a proposed 6,200-acre, year-round resort and residential development in Tupper Lake.

State police say two children are dead after a house fire in northern New York.