Sunday, December 27, 2020

12 months of Almanack: August story highlights

From now until the New Year we’re counting 2020, looking back month by month at the most popular stories that ran in the Almanack. In August, we were able to step back a bit from coronavirus news and look at some “big picture” issues. Notably, land-use issues dominated the headlines, such as high peaks use and discussions around the future of the Whitney Park estate.

Here are the top five posts from August (ranked by number of comments made):


  1. HIKER PERMITS: Let’s go, says Dave Gibson.
  2. WHITNEY PARK: Should the state acquire it?
  4. SAVE WHITNEY PARK: Peter Bauer weighs in on future of this 36,000 acre estate.
  5. CAMPFIRES IN ESSEX CHAIN LAKES? No thanks, says Dave Gibson.

In case you missed it, here’s a review of January’s top stories.

And here are the top five from February

Pictured here: Aerial shot of Whitney Park estate, courtesy of Protect the Adirondacks. Salmon Lake in the foreground with Rock Lake and Little Tupper Lake in the background. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and runs her own New York State Women owned Business-Enterprise Bootstrap Communications, which includes digital marketing, strategy and design. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and a cat.

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