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Greg Dower

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Police Investigating Fatal Skiing Accident at Whiteface

state police logoThe New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Ray Brook is investigating a fatal skiing accident that occurred on Whiteface Mountain on Monday, December 23, 2019.

According to police, Nicholas Koch, age 21, from Danville, Pennsylvania, was visiting at Whiteface with family. On December 23, 2019, at approximately 12:30 pm, Koch was descending Lower Northway Trail on skis when he exited the trail and struck a group of trees. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 30, 2019

DEC Encourages Anglers to Try Ice Fishing

ice fishermanNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has encouraged anglers to get out and safely enjoy ice fishing, a great way to spend time with family and friends outdoors during the winter months.

Four inches of solid clear ice is usually safe for anglers accessing ice on foot. Ice thickness can vary on waterbodies and even within the same waterbody. Anglers should be particularly cautious of areas of moving water and around boat docks and houses where bubblers may be installed to reduce ice from forming. Testing the ice can easily be done with an auger or spud bar at various spots. Fishing with a family member or a friend is also encouraged for safety. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 30, 2019

Siamese Ponds Wilderness Survey Underway

siamese ponds surveyA student at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry is conducting a capstone project about daily use of Siamese Ponds Wilderness. The research is focused on scenic quality of wilderness and wilderness use by residents and visitors.

The survey is anonymous and can be found here.


Sunday, December 29, 2019

NCCC-PSC Partner in Women’s Hockey

NCCC hockey playersA group of North Country Community College student athletes are helping to make the inaugural season of women’s hockey at Paul Smith’s College a reality.

Nine young women who are attending NCCC have laced up skates and hit the ice for the Bobcats this season through an agreement between the two colleges. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 29, 2019

2020 Winter Carnival Poster Design Announced

saranac lake winter carnival 2020 logo“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his poster design for the 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme “Myths and Legends,” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Zonker as a knight riding a winged unicorn and gazing at a sword.

Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has created the Winter Carnival poster design since 2012 to benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 27, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, December 27, 2019

View To Host Diane Leifheit Artist Talk, Demo

painting by Diane E LeifheitArtist and Wintry Mix judge Diane E. Leifheit is set to give an artist talk and demo on January 8th from 1 to 3 pm at View in Old Forge.

This event will begin with a run-through demo of her work, giving visitors an insight into her process and techniques. After her demo, Diane will discuss some works in solo exhibition including what her pastels in Plein Air entail. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 27, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Dec 26)

adirondack conditions 12-26This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

December 26th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Emergency Beacon Brings 10 Rangers, 2 Airboats

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Adirondack ‘First Day’ Hikes Planned

dec first day hikeThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced “first day” hikes planned for January 1, 2020, in DEC’s Region 5, which includes most of the Adirondacks.

Hikers should come prepared for the conditions with warm layered clothing, water, sunglasses, and proper footwear to be worn with snowshoes, warm hats, and gloves. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 23, 2019

NCCC Offers Alpine Snowsports Course

Alpine Snowsports courseWhiteface Mountain will play host to an Alpine Snowsports course through North Country Community College.

Open to the public, including seniors, the course is an opportunity for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels – beginner to advanced – to maintain and upgrade their current skills and grow more confidence on the slopes. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Stony Creek Intergenerational Snowshoe Event

intergenerational snowshoe hikeCornell Cooperative Extension has announced an intergenerational snowshoe trip has been set for Tuesday, January 7th in Stony Creek.

This event is the first of Cornell’s 2020 intergenerational Wellness Through the Generations events. This guided easy and short snowshoe event is open to people of all ages and abilities, and will be the first of many similar opportunities throughout the year. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King, Queen Nominations

2019 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King Philip Griffin and Queen Roseann HickeyThe Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has announced they are seeking nominations from the public for the 2020 Winter Carnival king and queen.

The king and queen selection is based upon volunteerism within the community. Candidates should demonstrate a long-term and broad-based commitment to making life more livable, pleasant, and enjoyable – both for the people who live there and for those who visit. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 20, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week