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Monday, May 20, 2013

Judge: Hudson River Rafting Company Can Resume Business

A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that Hudson River Rafting Company must post a $50,000 performance bond to stay in business and must pay $12,000 in fines for violations of the law. However, Justice Richard Giardino refused the state’s request to shut down the rafting company for good. He also dismissed the state’s claim that the company had engaged in false advertising by billing its rafting trips as safe. In a May 15 decision, Giardino noted that Patrick Cunningham, the owner, “was a pioneer in the industry and … has provided guided river excursions with rafts, kayaks and canoes >>More

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bug Season: Some Tips For Avoiding Black Flies

Late May and early June is the peak of black fly season in the Adirondacks, and the intensity and aggressiveness of the swarms of these small, dark-colored biting bugs varies greatly from one location to another and from one year to the next. From all indications, this year seems to be one in which there is a definite abundance of black flies in our forests, much to the delight of numerous species of insect eating birds that migrate north to feast on the seasonal abundance of bugs, but much to the dismay of hikers, campers and canoeists that want a >>More

Monday, May 20, 2013

Clayton History: Joseph Lonsway and the Civil War

In “The Road Not Taken,” poet Robert Frost wrote of encountering two roads diverging in a wood: “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” That’s life in a nutshell: it’s all about decisions. When confronted with options, we make a choice. Sometimes even the first few moments that follow can change our lives forever. Such was the case with a North Country soldier, Private Joseph Lonsway of Clayton, New York (in Jefferson County, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River). Lonsway was a member of the Union Army’s 20th NY Cavalry >>More

Monday, May 20, 2013

Options For New State Lands: Wilderness

The state’s acquisition of 22,500 acres of former Finch, Pruyn lands from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy raises important questions about how these lands will be used and managed. The Adirondack Park Agency has submitted seven management proposals that will be discussed at public hearings this summer. The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) board could vote on a final proposal as early as August. Adirondack Almanack has prepared a series of four articles to explain these proposals. In each article, we look at one proposal or two related proposals. The text will be accompanied by the APA map or maps showing the >>More

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Photo: Northern Lights Across Brant Lake

A large sunspot has been active on the sun lately, and I happened to be up to see the glow of the aurora across Brant Lake in the wee hours of the Saturday morning. The moon was just setting on the horizon about 1 AM and I knew the skies would soon be nice and dark for capturing the gentle glow of the northern lights. This was a 50 sec. exposure with an f /2.8 11 mm wide angle lens on my Nikon D300S using an ISO of 800. The post Photo: Northern Lights Across Brant Lake appeared first on The >>More

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cabin Life: A Rock in the Garden

Despite the half inch of snow we got earlier this week, spring is rolling along.  I jerry-rigged a rain barrel, and I like not having to rely on small supply of drinking water to take care of the garden.  The thirty-five gallon barrel has a spigot on it and I set it up right next to the garden.  Unfortunately, I do not yet have the barrel set up properly.  I have a gutter that runs along the front porch, and a five gallon bucket that sits under the end of the gutter.  When we get rain and the bucket fills, >>More

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Proposal for the High Peaks Wilderness

Last week I set the table for a discussion on how better to manage and protect the High Peaks Wilderness, the centerpiece of the Adirondack Park.  My Dispatch offered no specifics; instead I asked readers for comments and ideas.  I got many good ones.  I paid attention to all of them and was influenced or informed by several.  Now it’s time to show my cards. Allow me to preface my remarks by saying that while I think everyone who loves the park has a stake in the fate of the High Peaks area, I claim no definitive knowledge of what >>More

Friday, May 17, 2013

Finch Hearings To Start June 12

The Adirondack Park Agency will kick off on June 12 a series of public hearings on the use and management of 22,500 acres of new state land, including the Essex Chain Lakes and parts of the Hudson River. After the hearings, the APA will decide how to classify the lands—a decision that will affect how people can recreate and how accessible the lands will be. The state recently bought the former Finch, Pruyn timberlands from the Nature Conservancy. Much of the debate is likely to be over motorized use. Sportsmen and local officials want the public to be able to >>More

Friday, May 17, 2013

This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights

// // ]]> On Friday afternoons Adirondack Almanack compiles for our readers the best web highlights. You can find all our weekly web round-ups here. Subscribe! More than 9,900 people get Adirondack Almanack each day via RSS, E-Mail, or Twitter or Facebook updates. It’s a convenient way to get the latest news and information about the Adirondacks. The post This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Adirondack Events This Weekend (May 17)

Visit the Adirondack Almanack each Friday to find out what’s happening around the Adirondacks. Featured Adirondack Events – chosen by Adirondack Almanack contributors. Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks – for those headed into the woods or onto the waters this weekend. We’ve also gathered the best links to regional events calendars all in one place: Lake George Region Events Lake Placid Region Events This Weekend Old Forge Area Events This Weekend Saranac Lake Area Events This Weekend Tupper Lake Region Events This Weekend Subscribe! More than 9,900 people get Adirondack Almanack each day via <a » Continue Reading. The post >>More