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A trip to remember

July 4, 2015 SARANAC LAKE — Bill Scheefer waited 45 years to get the kind of thank-you he received two weeks ago. The Saranac Lake resident is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. more »»

Hacksaw blades? Pshaw

July 4, 2015 Current events can sometimes spark an interest in the past, and that was the case when a reader sent me an email containing some odd history about a Saranac Laker who was involved in a prison gun... more »»

Local man drove bus for manhunt

July 4, 2015 Local bus driver Keith Gorgas was at the epicenter of a manhunt for escaped inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat, and he came away from it with a deep appreciation for the law enforcement officers... more »»

Sweat still hospitalized

July 4, 2015 ALBANY (AP) — A prison inmate shot and captured after three weeks on the run in northern New York remained hospitalized Friday while the body of his fellow escapee was handled in accordance with th... more »»

Utica leaders object to rail/trail plan

July 4, 2015 Two Utica politicians and some business officials raised objections Friday to a controversial state compromise plan for the contested Adirondack railroad corridor. more »»

APA issues broad permits for invasive removal

July 4, 2015 ALBANY — The Adirondack Park Agency has approved two general permits for removing non-native plants and animals from the 6 million acres of state forests and wilderness and privately owned land in... more »»

The forgotten founder?

July 4, 2015 KATONAH — The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember — Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison. Almost never mentioned is John Jay. more »»

David Sweat is still hospitalized

July 3, 2015 ALBANY (AP) — A prison inmate shot and captured after three weeks on the run in northern New York remained hospitalized today while the body of his fellow escapee was handled in accordance with the... more »»

Above the trees

July 3, 2015 TUPPER LAKE — Something special is happening at the Wild Center Saturday. more »»

Court sides with town; boathouses must come down

July 3, 2015 LAKE PLACID — The state’s second-highest court ruled Thursday that two Lake Placid boathouses must be dismantled, possibly ending a nearly five-year legal dispute between the town of North Elba and... more »»

Track damage delays train

July 3, 2015 SARANAC LAKE — The whistle of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s train won’t be heard in the Tri-Lakes for at least another two week. more »»

Rail bike tours offered

July 3, 2015 SARANAC LAKE — Train service isn’t running yet in this area, but local residents and tourists now have another way to explore the rails. more »»

DEC workers rescue Bluff Island jumper from drowning

July 3, 2015 SARANAC LAKE — A man who was drowning Thursday afternoon in Lower Saranac Lake after jumping from Bluff Island was pulled into a boat by a handful of state Department of Environmental Conservation... more »»

Prison escapee Matt’s son agrees to claim body

July 3, 2015 ALBANY — The body of a convicted murderer who broke out of prison and was fatally shot after three weeks on the run was released to a funeral home Thursday as his fellow escapee continued his... more »»

Investigators ask camp owners to check for missing, left-over items

July 3, 2015 RAY BROOK — As state police follow up on Richard Matt and David Sweat’s prison break and three-week stint as fugitives, investigators ask anyone who owns a seasonal home, camp or vacant structure i... more »»

Reintroduce cougars?

July 3, 2015 PAUL SMITHS — Protect the Adirondacks will host a talk Sunday about possibly reintroducing cougars to the Adirondacks. more »»

This year’s Common Ground forum will focus on ‘Building Vibrant Communities’

July 3, 2015 LONG LAKE — Community leaders, innovative entrepreneurs and Adirondack citizens will gather here on Wednesday, July 15 to discuss constructive ways to enhance the quality of life in communities... more »»

Police: Boy, 15 broke ORDA vehicles’ windows

July 3, 2015 LAKE PLACID — A local teenager is facing a felony criminal mischief charge for allegedly vandalizing four vehicles that belong to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. more »»

Cuomo: Tourism’s economic impact in NY hit $100B in 2014

July 3, 2015 ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the total economic impact of New York state’s tourism topped $100 billion last year for the first time. more »»

Auriesville shrine fails in campaign for papal visit

July 3, 2015 AURIESVILLE (AP) — A Roman Catholic shrine in upstate New York has failed in its bid to land a spot on Pope Francis’ itinerary when he visits the U.S. this Septembe. more »»



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