Friday, January 26, 2024

Report: More 90-degree days ahead

snowy aerial shot

Part of a multi-year climate assessment on New York’s environmental future was released last week. In 2021, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the assessment with an extensive group of researchers and participants.

Projections and historical data indicating changes in temperature, precipitation, extreme weather and more were developed by scientists.

According to the authority, the assessment team is wrapping up a technical report on proposed climate adaptation strategies across industry sectors including agriculture, transportation, energy and buildings. Ecosystems, human society, water resources and health are also on the list. Adirondack Explorer will continue covering the findings as they are released. Read the latest here.

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/26): Proper trail etiquette on Rail Trail, other multi-use trails

outdoor conditions graphicThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.


  • Snow Report (1/24): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 1/24. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 80cm (31in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn. The lakes are in, but the ice is thin near the bridge and outlets/inlets. The ski trail is in very good condition.

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival – Past and Present


2024 Saranac Lake Winter Creepy Carnival

Driving through Saranac Lake the last few days has been exciting, getting to witness construction of the Ice Palace – brick by icy brick.

The theme for the 2024 Winter Carnival is ‘Creepy Carnival’, which should be pretty fantastic!

We’ve compiled images and a few fun articles  (courtesy of the Almanack archives and of the buttons and posters from the last decade of carnivals.

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Feds cut lake monitoring money

small boat on a big lake as part of a lake monitoring program

About a year ago, researchers at the Adirondack Watershed Institute started work on the region’s longest-running lake monitoring project, the Adirondack Long Term Monitoring program.

Since the 1980s, scientists have collected water chemistry data from 58 lakes throughout the Adirondacks — initially on a monthly basis and now slightly less frequently.

The program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, was set up to monitor the impacts and regional recovery from acid rain.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Ending Mineral Exploration in the Jay Mountain Wilderness

NYCO mine

The nonprofit advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is encouraging first passage of an amendment to Article XIV of the NYS Constitution that would sunset or limit the time when NYCO Minerals can continue to explore for minerals on 200 acres of the Jay Mountain Wilderness area in the town of Lewis, Essex County.

In 2013 New York voters narrowly passed an amendment to Article XIV allowing NYCO Minerals to sample for the mineral wollastonite on a 200-acre portion of state-owned Forest Preserve lands known as “Lot 8” in the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area.  In return for allowing mineral sampling and potential expansion of its mine into the constitutionally protected Wilderness, the amendment required NYCO to donate private lands to the State for inclusion in the Adirondack Forest Preserve, subject to approval by the Legislature. While roads were built into the Wilderness lot, drilling equipment installed, and minerals sampled, the results of the mineral sampling have not been publicly released.
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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Schenectady to North Creek Snow Train events through March

Schenectady snow train logo

The 90th Anniversary of the first snow train to run between Schenectady and North Creek is being celebrated locally and in the Adirondacks through March 2024. Events in Rotterdam, Glenville and North Creek will highlight the legacy of this snow train and the people who initiated this long-running program that brought winter adventurers from Schenectady, NY to North Creek and Gore Mountain.

Known as the North Creek Snow Train, it first brought 378 skiers from Schenectady to North Creek on March 4, 1934. Skiing in the Adirondacks dates back to the early 1900s, but gained popularity through the 1920s and 1930s, leading to the 1932 Winter Olympics. Reliable transportation to ski the Adirondack mountain sides was unavailable, which prompted Vincent Schaefer, a founding member of the Schenectady Wintersports Club, to lobby railroad companies to establish a train schedule to the North Creek depot. The train was operated by the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Company. Round trip fare was $1.50 (approximately $35 today) and by 1936, snow trains were operating out of Albany and New York City. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Discussion time: Eclipse plans

total solar eclipse

With a total solar eclipse just over 2 months away, I figure it’s time to take stock. Are you planning to attend a viewing party? Stay home and watch in your backyard? Or travel to see it?

We’ve been working on a guide to “everything you need to know” about this upcoming celestial event on April 8. Check it out and let me know what you think. What else should we add to it? We’re in the process of putting together a list of events around the region. Let us know what’s being planned in your Adirondack community!

Drop your eclipse plans and thoughts in the comments section!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

“The Black Woods” highlights overlooked piece of Adirondack history

Alice Green outside her Essex residence near Lake Champlain.

By Alice Paden Green

Before the 1999 founding of John Brown Lives—an Upstate New York education and human rights group—few in this country, including residents of the Adirondacks, knew of the historical connection between the 19th century white abolitionist named John Brown and the Adirondacks. Even fewer were aware of Timbuctoo, a 120,000-acre Adirondack land gift in 1846 to 3,000 “respectable” Black New Yorkers from a landowner named Gerrit Smith. Ostensibly, his admirable mission was to make Black men eligible to vote. Under state law then, Black men were required to own property worth a minimum of $250 to exercise that right.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

A $233 billion proposed state budget

Cars parked on Adirondack Loj Road


The state Legislature is gearing up for a marathon of budget hearings starting tomorrow and running through Valentine’s Day.

We’ll see if lawmakers add anything back into the already $233 billion budget that Gov. Kathy Hochul left out.

After Hochul’s budget speech last week, her team released budget bills with more details. In those we learned Clean Water Infrastructure funding was cut in half and there was no new money for the Timbuctoo Institute. But the North Elba town supervisor was happy to learn that the governor included funds for paving Adirondack Loj Road, a popular gateway to many High Peaks hikes.

Click here for a rundown of some of the executive’s proposals that will impact the Adirondacks.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Input needed for Lake Placid and North Elba Visioning Survey

North Elba/Lake Placid visioning survey

The Town of North Elba and Village of Lake Placid are pleased to announce the North Elba-Lake Placid Pathways project. Pathways is a project to update the Town and Village’s joint Comprehensive Plan, a document that charts a future for the community. The plan will be grounded in public input.

This survey will guide community development decisions and cover a range of topics, including transportation, housing, energy, conservation, recreation, and zoning. It will also inform the ongoing LEED for Communities Recertification for the New York Olympic Region and a new North Elba Show Grounds & Athletic Fields master plan project. Your input is critical to the success of these three plans.

Take the survey hereby visiting, or by picking up a paper survey at Town Hall.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Teens get lost in Indian Lake woods, suffer mild hypothermia

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Search: On Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., Forest Rangers Miller and Scott responded to a request from New York State Police (NYSP) in Indian Lake to help search for three teenagers. A resident alerted Rangers to footprints heading toward the lake. After checking the thickness of the ice, Rangers used snowmobiles to track the subjects and followed the tracks for approximately 1.5 miles until they left the ice and entered the woods of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area.


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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Historic Signage To Be Installed at Inlet’s Arrowhead Park

arrowhead park sign in lnlet

For the first time in its sixty years as Town of Inlet property, Arrowhead Park this spring will have a sign providing its annual visitors with the history of the popular hotels formerly occupying this location. This article acquaints you with the Park, its history, and describes the efforts resulting in historical signage. It may also be a “lessons learned” example in project management for small nonprofits.

The Head of Fourth Lake

For those unfamiliar with Inlet’s location, the hamlet is at the Head of Fourth Lake of the Fulton Chain of Lakes in the West Central Adirondacks. Its name comes from its location at the mouth of the inlet channel flowing from Fifth to Fourth Lake of that chain. Prior to the Town’s establishment in 1902, the Head of Fourth lake was the destination for Native Americans, then guides and hunters and later vacationers on steamers traveling on the chain’s lower lakes, departing from what is today’s Old Forge location. Presently, each September, Inlet is the first takeout for participants in the annual 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Genre-bending violin-cello duo ARKAI to play 2 shows this weekend

violin and cello due Arkai

What: ARKAI Channels Global Diversity Through Genre-Bending Music: 2 Exciting Shows

Description: ARKAI is an award-winning electroacoustic violin-cello duo that has inspired audiences around the world through its genre-defying string music. Graduates of The Juilliard School, their past engagements have included performances at The MET, Carnegie Hall, Public Theater, World Trade Center, Bryant Park, Rockwood Music Hall, City Winery, US Air Force Academy, 54 Below, Lincoln Center, Musikfest, and Chateau Marmont. Their electronic debut composition, “Letters from COVID”, was featured at TED@PMI for a global audience of over 30,000 people from 182 countries. Recent highlights include opening for Oscar and Grammy-winning musician Jon Batiste at NYC’s Javits Center. 

When/where: ARKAI will perform two concerts with a different program at each location:

  • Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m., Lake Flower Landing, 421 Lake Flower Ave, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983 
  • Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 pm, Saranac Fire Hall (volunteer fire dept), 3277 Route 3, Saranac, NY 12981

Admission: $20, available at the door.  Seating is open. For more information, visit

Photo at top courtesy of Thomas Brunot/ARKAI

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Wild Center in the running for ‘best science museum’

Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

Tickets on sale for total solar eclipse event

For the second year in a row, The Wild Center is honored to be nominated as “Best Science Museum” in USA TODAY’s 2024 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Friends and fans of the museum are encouraged to support The Wild Center by voting online, now until Feb. 12. Winners will be announced on Fri., Feb. 23. Readers are allowed one online vote per day.

The Wild Center was also nominated in 2023, where they finished second in a list of the top ten museums, alongside The Museum of Flight in Seattle and the Michigan Science Center in Detroit.

As anticipation mounts for the upcoming total solar eclipse, The Wild Center announces a weekend of celestial celebrations Apr. 6-8. Tickets for the Total Solar Eclipse weekend are available to the public at

Positioned directly in the path of totality, guests can enjoy “The Wildest View in the World” through a variety of themed activities, including solar-powered maple tastings and tapping demos, a solar-powered silent disco, and glass blowing demonstrations from the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop. Visitors can also make pinhole viewers and permanently commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime event with an eclipse tattoo from Plain Jane Tattoos.

Admission is complimentary on Apr. 8, with advanced tickets required for all days. Each ticket includes a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses. Admission fees for Apr. 6-7 are:

Adults aged 18-64: $23, $24 at the door
Senior citizens (65+) and military personnel: $21, $22 at the door
Children aged 5-17, $13, $14 at the door
Children aged 4: Free admissionThe Wild Center’s celebration is part of Totality in Tupper, a community-wide event co-hosted by the Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory.

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