Almanack Contributor Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart

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.


Sunday, January 29, 2023

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Sunday, January 22, 2023

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Friday, January 20, 2023

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Discussion time: Gas ban?

gas stove

Wondering where Almanack readers stand on the debate about phasing out gas in heating appliances and stoves. Are you on board with a “gas ban”? Or are you like “hands off my gas”?

What would potential solutions be on each side of the debate?


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Friday, January 13, 2023

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Friday, January 6, 2023

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Sunday, January 1, 2023

Happy New Year

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Saturday, December 31, 2022

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Friday, December 30, 2022

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Reporting in 2022 you won’t find anywhere else

adirondack park sign

As we reach the end of 2022, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the stories and projects that had the biggest impact on the Adirondacks. Stories published online and in the Adirondack Explorer magazine this year laid out challenges and potential solutions to longstanding issues facing the park, from the workforce-suppressing lack of housing to the increased visitor use of the High Peaks region. (Click here for a look at the top 10 stories from the past year.)

The Explorer’s full-time reporters also dug deeply into two issues of significant importance to the Adirondacks in 2022: a plan in the works for 12 years to build a power line from Quebec to Queens that is set to begin this year; and an accounting of the spending of the $1.75 billion borrowed in 1996 for the Clean Air/Clean Water Bond Act.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Almanack’s top 10 posts from 2022

Gray Wolf. Wikimedia Commons photo.

Without fanfare, here at the top 10 posts on the Almanack from the past year:

  1. WOLF DNA: This original press release got the ball rolling on what became one of the biggest news stories from 2022. READ MORE 
  2. BACKCOUNTRY ROAD WORK? Peter Bauer has been keeping tabs and keeping us informed on DEC’s unusual efforts on an abandoned logging road. READ MORE
  3. TRAILHEAD BREAK-INS: Almanack contributor John Sasso recently shared his experience having his car broken into at Poke-O-Moonshine, in a post that went viral. READ MORE
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Monday, December 26, 2022

Reporting on solutions

solutions reportingThe news can feel especially unpredictable and relentless. From the climate change crisis, global pandemics, impending recession, and a housing shortage, it can feel as though it’s one negative story after another.

One way to combat the “bad news cycle” is to focus reporting on ideas and solutions for some of the Adirondack region’s most daunting challenges. In 2022, the Explorer’s Solutions Reporting Project looked into what’s working in other places that could have implications in the Adirondacks. Examples include: managing use of some of the busiest places in the High Peaks region to dealing with a growing housing shortage to taking on the climate crisis.

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