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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Buildings Sought for Energy Efficiency Program

Building owners and managers in the Saranac Lake area have been invited to participate in a new program designed to reduce energy costs. The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is coordinating a project called the Aggregation for Community Energy Security (ACES), which allows businesses, municipalities and nonprofits who own or manage private or public-purpose buildings in and near the Village of Saranac Lake to receive reduced cost energy assessments and examine potential energy efficiency upgrades. Over 20 people attended an informational kick-off event for the ACES project in April in Saranac Lake. The event was hosted by ANCA and regional >>More

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Renovations Begin on Olympic Ski Jumps

Renovation and construction projects at Lake Placid’s Olympic Jumping Complex have begun, part of a $70-million appropriation to the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) for capital improvements.  Last year ORDA completed renovations to the base lodge. The renovation and construction projects are part of the preparation for the recently awarded 2023 Winter World University Games and feature a new frost rail system for both the 90 and 120-meter ski jumps. Frost rails are designed to maintain a consistent and reliable jumping surface. Additional underground infrastructure is also being installed, along with a new design for the outrun >>More

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Research Methods of New Adirondack Park Study

The new study The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010, published by Protect the Adirondacks, took a deep, nuanced look at leading economic and population trends in the Adirondacks. While most of the U.S. population grows increasingly urban and connected to the digitized, global economy, Rural America is engaged in a struggle to maintain viable communities, to provide essential services and institutions, and to plan for a future with smaller populations, lower birth rates, and low-growth economies. The Adirondack Park faces the same economic and population challenges experienced by most of Rural America. To confront the >>More

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Recent Adirondack Rescue Reports

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of North Elba Wilderness Rescue: On May 1 at 8:43 pm, Essex County 911 transferred a cell phone call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from a Brooklyn hiker reporting that a >>More

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Cornell Experts Suggest Energy, Water Mexico Border

Two Cornell University academics, Rebecca J. Barthelmie, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who specializes in developing wind as a renewable energy resource, and Sara C. Pryor, an atmospheric scientist and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor who uses a combination of field measurements and numerical tools to improve understanding of the climate system, are part of a consortium of 28 scientists, researchers, and engineers from several American universities proposing an unusual and thought-provoking alternative to building a nondescript wall along the US-Mexico border. They envision substituting the » >>More

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bill Porter to Receive Adirondack Achievement Award

The Adirondack Research Consortium has announced that Dr. William F. Porter will be presented the 2019 Dr. Elizabeth W. Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award at the 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks, May 22nd and 23rd, 2019 at the Lake Placid Conference Center. Porter is the inaugural Boone and Crockett Club Professor of Wildlife Conservation in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Porter earned his PhD in ecology and behavioral biology from the University of Minnesota. He focuses his research on land-use change affecting habitats, emerging diseases in wildlife, >>More

Monday, May 6, 2019

Viewpoint: Give the Grasse River Its Due

The Grass River — or Grasse, as most now spell it — is one of the most beautiful rivers in the northwestern Adirondacks, though few know it well. That may change now that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has issued management plans for the 288-square-mile Grass River Management Unit. As one who’s been lucky enough to explore this river drainage for a half century, I feel we’re at a turning point on this land. For about 20 years, conservation easements have allowed timber companies to cut trees and their taxes. In exchange, New York State gains public access >>More

Monday, May 6, 2019

Local Bands Playing For Northern Current Music Fest

The Waterhole, 48 Main St, Saranac Lake, is set to host a concert featuring local talent to raise money for Northern Current, the community music festival that is planned there Labor Day weekend. The fundraising concert will begin at 9 pm on Friday, May 10, with doors opening at 8 pm. The lineup consists of local acts Theresa Hartford, Steve Langdon, the Curios, the Grass Company, Crowfeather and Scarsdale Vibe. The show will begin with local singer/songwriter Theresa Hartford. Steve Langdon will then take the stage with his acoustic guitar and harmonica act playing blues and folk. The Curios, featuring >>More

Monday, May 6, 2019

Eastern High Peaks ‘Hot Spot’ Program Addressing Heavier Use

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru Traveling Trainer team are partnering with the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC), and other regional organizations to host education activities from August 7 to 14. Focusing on the heavily visited Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area, including the Van Hoevenberg Trailhead located at the Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center, the Hot Spot seeks to address the challenges associated with high concentrations of visitors to the region, including damage to alpine plants, trail erosion, human waste, and negative human/wildlife interactions. The Hot >>More

Sunday, May 5, 2019

A New Tick in Town

Black flies bite, but ticks really suck. Enough complaining – that never helps. After such a long winter, we are all grateful that spring has finally sprung, even though the price of warm weather seems to be the advent of biting insects. Swarms of mosquitoes can drain the fun from an evening on the deck, but a single black-legged or deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) can take the shine off an entire summer if it infects you with Lyme disease and/or another serious illness. As recently as a decade ago in Northern New York it was rare to find a single >>More