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Friday, August 26, 2011

Raising the Champlain bridge

Sightseers gathered in Crown Point today to watch the installation of the arch for the new bridge connecting New York State and Vermont. The arch was still being slowly hoisted this afternoon. Crown Point photographer Seth Lang took these photos of the massive structure–which is about eight stories high–being moved into place by barges. The original bridge was closed in 2009 because of structural damage, causing economic hardship to towns on the both side of Lake Champlain. The new one is scheduled to open this fall, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Updates on the bridge construction, including photos, are >>More

Friday, May 27, 2011

Some Moose River Plains roads will open

Yesterday, I reported that the roads in the Moose River Plains would not open in time for Memorial Day weekend. A few minutes ago I received a news release from the state Department of Environmental Conservation saying some of the roads would open after all. Following is the full text of the agency’s release. MOOSE RIVER PLAINS ROAD PARTIALLY OPEN FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND The Moose River Plains road system in Hamilton County was partially opened today in time for the Memorial Day Weekend the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced. The Moose River Plains (Limekiln Lake-Cedar >>More

Thursday, May 26, 2011

DEC proposes to ban gas motors on 13th Lake

The state Department of Environmental Conservation proposes to ban gas-powered motorboats on Thirteenth Lake on the edge of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. DEC says it has received numerous complaints about the noise and pollution caused by motorboats on the lake. Under the proposed regulation, electric motors would be allowed on the lake. The agency’s news release, with links to more information, follows. DEC PROPOSES THE USE OF ELECTRIC MOTORS ONLY ON THIRTEENTH LAKE A proposed regulation that would limit motorized boating  on Thirteenth Lake to electric motors only was released for public comment today  by the New York State Department >>More

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Forest Preserve road closures

Because of damage caused by flooding, the roads in the Moose River Plains will not be open for Memorial Day weekend, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC spokesman David Winchell said work crews have not yet repaired washouts created by snowmelt and spring rains. He expects the roads will be fixed sometime in June. “The intent is to have the open as soon as we can,” he said. Last year, DEC touched off a controversy when it proposed to keep the Moose River Plains roads closed all year to save money. DEC relented after local governments agreed >>More

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cuomo pushes agenda in Lake Placid

Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Lake Placid on Wednesday to push the three initiatives of his “People First” agenda: a property-tax cap, ethics reform, and gay marriage. Cuomo delivered a polished speech, with graphics, to a packed room in the brand-new Conference Center at Lake Placid and received loud applause for all three causes. Property-tax cap. Cuomo said property taxes for years have been rising faster than inflation. He proposes to cap property-tax hikes to 2 percent a year or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. It would take a supermajority vote of the taxpayers or a local legislative body >>More