Located less than two miles upstream of Ausable Forks, the Jay town board voted in March of 2017 to remove the Rome Dam after an engineering study found that it posed a threat to residents downstream because of its potential to fail. The engineering study found that it was structurally unsound and would be especially vulnerable during a flood.
Photos of the Rome Dam in May 2017 on a rainy day. The dam is currently being removed because it was found to be structurally unsound in an engineering study. The removal started in August and is expected to be completed by mid-November.
In early August, staff writer Mike Virtanen and I visited the Santa Clara Tract with the Molpus Woodlands Group. The visit was part of the research Mike was doing for an in-depth story about Adirondack conservation easements for the September issue of the Explorer. Below are links to those articles.
Wildlife officers successfully relocated a moose near Plattsburgh that had become trapped in an enclosed pasture with several donkeys and a barn on August 1. State Department of Environmental staffers drugged the moose to immobilize it while environmental conservation officers provided traffic control, site security, and assisted in lifting the moose from the field into a motor vehicle. The moose was then taken to a remote area of the Adirondacks and was last seen entering the woods in good health, according to the DEC.
Paddlers are planning to congregate at Weller Pond Saturday to show their support for making the water body, along with Little Weller Pond, motorless.
Black bears are continuing to raid campsites for food on Lower and Middle Saranac lakes, a trend that started in July and has picked up in August.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Florida is looking for help identifying a hiker who was found dead in Noble’s Campground in Big Cypress National Preserve on July 23.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Saranac Lake was selected as the North Country’s winner of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and will receive a $10 million grant for projects downtown.
Last year, 41 people tested positive for Lyme Disease in Franklin County, while Essex County had 121 cases, and Clinton had 55 cases, according to DOH. By comparison, Hamilton County only had one case.
Sculptor John Van Alstine talks about the interaction of human-made and natural objects. Van Alstine is based in Wells. His work has been widely exhibited in the U.S., Europe and Asia.