Sunday, December 13, 2020

Send us your story ideas

As we round the bend into 2021, we’d like to hear from you. What kinds of stories would you like to see more of? Is there something happening in your community we should know about?

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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 is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

19 Responses

  1. Vanessa says:

    Come on folks, send those ideas! Lol especially since I’m planning to write more – I would love the company of new voices, so to speak! Or voices that have commented! Or voices that were quieter but don’t feel like being! Etc.

  2. Bill Ott says:

    My favorite writer was Dan Crane, the ‘Bushwhacking Fool.” His unpretentious style beamed my mind and spirit back to the remote woods of the western Adirondacks I love so much. He describes becoming part of the forest, not conquering it. That is what I like.

  3. JB says:

    Obviously because of the internet (including this site) and now COVID, more people are visiting the Park public lands (I have personally seen this), and I have noticed that you guys are being more sensitive and responsible about what you post lately, which I appreciate. I see that more thought is generally going into the location of trip reports, and there seem to be more stories on environmental issues like pollution, overuse, degradation, invasive species, etc. That is important going forward.

    Kind of along those same lines, DEC mentioned more Chronic Wasting Disease prevention in their Deer Management Plan, and I haven’t seen a real deep-dive on CWD in general anywhere (the NY Times glossed over it a few months ago, but that’s it). I think that the federal government in the US doesn’t take it very seriously, whereas in Canada and Europe it seems like they will go to the ends of the earth to prevent people from being exposed to it. It’s interesting to note that research being done in Canada is hinting at possible transmission to humans, whereas similar research in the US is concluding the opposite. CWD is though to be like scrappie in the closely related ungulates, sheep, in that it the misfolded prion is distributed more throughout the afflicted animal’s meat than in BSE which is more restricted to the nervous system, and CWD is laterally transmissible between individuals of the same or different species unlike BSE which is thought to only be vertically transmissible. The whole area of CWD and prion research is full of unknowns and controversy, especially because of the long incubation period, difficulty of diagnosis and 100% mortality. There are debates about the transmission process, concerns about the inability of conventional autoclave machines to “kill” the infectious agent, concerns about transmission through fertility treatments and blood transfusions (the UK even imports blood because the mad cow outbreak 30 years ago has possibly left up to 2% of the population dormantly positive). There have been outbreaks of human prion disease, including one in Rochester, NY a few years back, and the resulting conclusion drawn by scientists is always “it may have been because they are all hunters, but we don’t know.” There is an interesting natural history angle there. Feel free to email me if if you want more about the topic. I’m only an armchair expert but the field certainly interests me.

  4. Beverly Stellges says:

    What is happening with all the UMP plans, for instance, the SL wild Forest? The upgrades at campgrounds like Buck pond that haven’t happened. An article on the tent platforms that are no longer!

  5. Robin Hood says:

    Why is ENCON/DEC or whomever??? …not allowing parking on Gulf Brook Rd. between 1st and 2nd gate parking lots!!?? This is why you lose Hunters/Campers and anyone else interested in the “CITIZEN OWNED RIGHT TO ENJOY ” said taxpayer property.Enough of this tyrannical control of NYS property..

  6. Karen Davis says:

    Story Idea: Saranac Lake All American Town? Is it representative of what is happening to small towns across the US? What do business owners and people on the street have to say? How many businesses have failed or will fail due to the shutdowns and restrictions implemented by the State of NY? Will it still be an All American Town within the year? What is the unemployment rate?

  7. Ballian the Cat says:

    Which plan, document, or piece of legislation does the quote “CITIZEN OWNED RIGHT TO ENJOY ” come from?

  8. Ishet Meponce says:

    Maybe Some articles about the Muslim community in the Adirondack area?

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