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, October 2, 2022

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Friday, September 30, 2022

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Discussion time: The return of wolves?

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Wolf (Canis lupus) – captive. Larry Master photo

WOLF DNA: Our reporter Mike Lynch has been tracking the ongoing controversy around a canid that was killed by a Mohawk Valley hunter. While that particular animal was outside the Blue Line, it’s believed to be an indicator that wolves could be returning to northern New York. And now, groups are calling on the state to do more to foster a safe return of wolves/wolf hybrids. Peter Bauer has this commentary in the Almanack.  And this week, a second outside DNA test confirmed the animal was indeed a wolf, and the DEC has agreed with the findings.

My question for you: Should NYS play an active role in facilitating wolves’ population being able to re-establish itself?

Photo: Wolf (Canis lupus) – captive. Larry Master photo


Friday, September 23, 2022

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Explore more in the Sept/Oct 2022 issue of Adirondack Explorer

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The September/October 2022 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine is now live! Inside: A deep dive into the 1996 Environmental Bond Act funding, Ticonderoga’s solar boom, a lackluster moose population, and more.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Weekly news round up

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Friday, September 16, 2022

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

An eye on Inlet and Old Forge

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Old Forge reporter Jamie Organski. Photo by Beth Pashley

Come meet with us this Friday

For the past year and a half, local reporter and Old Forge native Jamie Organski has been providing on the ground perspective on everything from the economy and workforce challenges to new trails and recreation opportunities. (Click here for her recent coverage of the 90 Miler canoe race kick off)

If you’ve been enjoying her work and our expanded coverage in the Central Adirondacks, we want to hear from you: What Adirondack issues are important to you? Is there more you’d like to see us report? What’s happening in your community that we need to know about?

Share your thoughts with us this Friday. Jamie and I will be hanging out at Blue Line Coffee in Inlet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at the Farmers Market in Old Forge from around 1-5 p.m. Pop in to say hi, and pick up a free copy of Adirondack Explorer magazine.

If you can’t make it, but want to share your thoughts, send me an email: melissa@adirondackexplorer.org.


Sunday, September 11, 2022

Weekly news round up

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Discussion time: Bears

More than of the state’s bear population lives in the Adirondack region. So it’s no big surprise to have some bear/human interactions in our communities.

This year, however, the activity is either on the rise or the number of “problem bears” has increased. It’s not good news, regardless, as it has resulted in a higher number of dead bears. So far in 2022, the DEC has euthanized 16 bears in northern New York, compared to just two last year.

It’s an issue we’re looking further into and invite you to share your stories. Have you had a negative bear encounter? What steps do you take to “bear proof” your home and yard? What are your thoughts on euthanization? Should we be doing more to educate visitors about bears? Send your thoughts to me at melissa@adirondackexplorer.org or leave a comment here.

And here’s a story we ran on the Explorer site recently, from our partners at the Times Union.

Photo: Black bear in Raquette Lake by Jeff Nadler, archive photo. 


Friday, September 9, 2022

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

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Friday, September 2, 2022

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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