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Stories written under the Almanack's Editorial Staff byline are drawn from press releases and other notices.

To have your news noticed here at the Almanack contact our Editor John Warren at adkalmanack@gmail.com.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

DEC: Avoid Hibernating Bats

Brown-batThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is urging outdoor adventurers to suspend exploration of cave and mine sites that serve as homes for hibernating bats.

Anyone entering a northern long-eared bat hibernation site from October 1 through April 30, the typical period of hibernation for bats, may be subject to prosecution.

Human disturbances are harmful to the state’s bat population following the spread of the disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has killed more than 90 percent of bats at most hibernation sites in New York since it was first discovered in a popular cave near Albany.


Friday, October 16, 2015

This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights


Friday, October 16, 2015

Domestic Violence In The Adirondacks

Domestic-Violence-InfographicOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month a month dedicated to educating the public about the widespread problem of domestic violence which is estimated to affect one in four women in America.

Each year in New York State, police agencies receive over 400,000 calls to help victims of domestic violence. In 2014, the New York State Police from Troop B (which includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and St. Lawrence counties) investigated a total of 2,378 domestic incidents. These incidents range from verbal arguments between parties, to assaults, strangulations, damaging of property, threats of harm, and child endangerment.


Friday, October 16, 2015

This Week’s Top Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Moose Study Underway: Report Your Sightings

unnamedA multi-year research project is underway to obtain information on the status of New York State’s moose population and the factors that influence moose survival and reproductive rate.

The goal of the Adirondack moose study is to gather data that will be used to create a moose management plan for New York State. The researchers are seeking the public’s help in reporting moose sightings in the Adirondacks.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (Oct 15)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.

Sunrise Saturday will be at 7:13 am; sunset at 6:09 pm. On Saturday the Moon will rise at 11:25 am and set at 9:18 pm; it will be Waxing Crescent with 19% of its visible disk illuminated. See below for information about upcoming meteor showers.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND


Thursday, October 15, 2015

John Brown Event: American Martyr, Hero

John Brown by Southworth and Hawes - 1856A lecture titled “American Martyr: Why John Brown Is Thought Of As A Terrorist Instead Of A Hero” will be given by John Brown scholar Louis DeCaro Jr. on Saturday, October 17 from 3:30 until 5 pm at John Brown Farm in Lake Placid.

In December of 1859 John Brown was executed after leading an anti-slavery raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, part of the radical movement of tens of thousands of Americans struggling to undermine the institution of slavery in America before the Civil War. His body was returned to his farm in North Elba.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Whiteface Seeks Changes To Porcupine Lodge

Early Whiteface Mountain Trail MapThe Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are seeking public comments about a proposal from the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to renovate and expand Porcupine Lodge on Lookout Mountain at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area.

The lodge is located in an Adirondack Sub-alpine Forest Bird Conservation Area a short distance from the top lift terminal of the newly developed Lookout Mountain Triple Chairlift.  Public comments are being accepted until October 22, 2015. 


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chester Challenge Offers 20 Miles Of New Trails

Stewart Mountain Chestertown photo by John WarrenMore than 20 miles of trails are available in Chester, Northern Warren County, as part of the newly inaugurated Chester Challenge.

The Chester Challenge is comprised of 11 newly designated trails that vary from moderate climbs to level terrain. Hikers that visit at least six of the trails can receive a Chester Challenge pin and bragging rights. Although not nearly as rigorous as Adirondack hiking challenges such as the Saranac 6 or the Cranberry 50, the Almanack has learned that some hikers have made the effort more difficult by completing all the hikes in a single day.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

DEC Removing Adirondack Boat Launch Docks

nys-dec-logoRemoval of the state’s boat launch docks will begin today as the boating season draws to a close, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced.

DEC manages 395 boat docks and fishing access facilities across the state in 57 of New York’s 62 counties, the majority which are located in the Adirondacks.


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