Sunday, January 28, 2024

Weekly news round up

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Turkeys airborne in every direction & Amaryllis “light bulbs”

Banded Carolina Wren

Last Sunday [Jan. 14], the temperatures started off at a low of 17 [degrees] and went down daily every morning to a low of -8 [degrees] here this Sunday [Jan. 21.] [We had] some new snow nearly every morning (the most being five inches on Thursday.) This gave the skiers and snowmobilers something to play on (if they could stand the cold temperatures and wind.) There were a few accidents on the trails and highways. The most dramatic was a small car that passed a chip truck tractor trailer over near Blue Mountain. Before getting back in [the] lane, it was hit by the state plow truck. The car was cut in half as it hit the plow of the plow truck broadside. I heard the driver of the car only got a black eye from the accident…lucky guy. This was all caught on camera from the DOT plow truck.

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Saturday, January 27, 2024

How to contribute to the Almanack

Call for writers

Want to get the word out about an event you are organizing? Or have a desire to share your writing with our Adirondack community? All are welcome to submit something.

Here are some basic guidelines:

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Saturday, January 27, 2024

Critical cuts affect Adirondacks in Governor’s budget proposal

Sagamore Lake is one of 58 lakes that regularly monitored as part of a state-funded program that is now managed by the Adirondack Watershed Institute. Explorer file photo


Albany, NY – Gov. Kathy Hochul presented her Executive Budget proposal on Tuesday morning [Jan. 16], promoting efforts to fight climate change and make New York safer and more affordable, but when full budget details were released on Tuesday evening, the proposal included cuts to critical environmental programs such as the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, Adirondack Diversity Initiative, Timbuctoo Summer Climate and Careers Institute and Survey of Climate and Adirondack Lakes Ecosystems (SCALE). 

“By cutting the Timbuctoo Institute and SCALE research project, the Governor is not making a fiscal statement. She is making a policy statement,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director Raul J. Aguirre.  “You don’t close a $4 billion budget gap by cutting $4 million in science and high school programming that offer outsized benefits for frontline and disadvantaged communities.” 

While the Governor proposed laudable measures to fund water infrastructure projects in rural communities during her State of the State address last week, her budget proposes to cut annual water infrastructure spending in half, from $500 million to $250 million.   » Continue Reading.

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!

Wikimedia Commons photo.

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.