Saturday, March 23, 2024

Silver Bay YMCA receives grant for Ticonderoga Teen Center

Silver Bay YMCA is excited to announce that the Cloudsplitter Foundation has awarded Silver Bay YMCA with a $5,000 grant for the Silver Bay YMCA Ticonderoga Teen Center. The Cloudsplitter Foundation was founded in 1987 and re-domiciled in New York in 1999. The Cloudsplitter Foundation’s goal is to be a second-order influence on the social and environmental needs of the Adirondack region.

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Friday, March 22, 2024

Saranac Lake letter-writing group aims to end violence in Gaza

People concerned about Gaza gather at the Adirondack Center for Writing in Saranac Lake.

Each Monday of this year, in a writing studio in Saranac Lake, two dozen people or so have participated in an eclectic gathering that has elements of a ’60s war protest, the Algonquin Round Table, and an ice cream social. The goal is to end the violence in Gaza, not with anger, signs and chants, but with literature, fundraising and art. Along the way, new friendships are made and community ties strengthened. Most of all, those who have felt a visceral reaction to events in the Middle East now know they are not alone.

PS: Letters for Ceasefire has its seeds in protracted discussions between Tyler Barton, communication and programming manager for the Adirondack Center for Writing, and his wife Erin Dorney in long, cross-state drives to visit relatives over the holidays.

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Friday, March 22, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (3/22): Hikers should prepare for variable weather, seek low elevation trails

outdoor conditions logoThe 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.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Snow Report (3/20): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 3/20. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 62cm (24in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin, with more snow coming down. Snowshoes are required to hike peaks, at Lake Colden and to get to Avalanche Lake, and wherever else snow depths exceed 8 inches. The pass ski trail still has a decent base, although drainages are likely open.
  • Road Closures at Multiple Conservation Easement Tracts: Mud season has arrived and mud locks throughout Kushaqua, Santa Clara, and Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Tracts are on. In instances where an open gate is encountered, that does not indicate that the road is open to public motorized use. To protect the integrity of the road system, all roads are closed to motorized use for mud season regardless of gate status.

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Friday, March 22, 2024

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Advanced Biology

Saranac Lake High School

Advanced Biology

Despite my best efforts to do anything but study, I learned a great many valuable lessons during my less than illustrious Saranac Lake High School career. For that I must thank the fact that we had so many great teachers.

Two of the most enduring lessons I learned, however, did not come from the pages of textbooks.

“It’s All Biology” & “Aspiring Adirondack Outlaws must always be on the lookout for rats!”

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Final races of BMW IBSF World Cup season set for March 22-24

2 woman BobsleighUSA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame ceremony to help close BMW IBSF World Cup season

Kay Jones, Gilbert Colgate, Jr., Dick Lawrence, David Kurtz to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Lake Placid, NY –  The international bobsled and skeleton season will end in rousing fashion this weekend in Lake Placid with the final races of the BMW IBSF World Cup season, March 22-24. Among the highlights of the three-day competition will be the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame induction ceremony, featuring four new members.

Lake Placid photographer Kay Jones, affectionately known as Mrs. Zag for her famous images taken in that notorious corner of the original track, will be inducted posthumously as will the two-man bobsled team of Gilbert Colgate, Jr., of New York City and Dick Lawrence, of West Chazy, N.Y. The duo won a bronze medal in the 1936 Winter Olympics. They also captured the 1934 North American Championship.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Lake Champlain clean up

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announces the release of a new Lake Champlain watershed plan at Ausable Point Campground on Monday.

Plans for Lake Champlain

A new state plan outlines priority projects in the Lake Champlain watershed to help control phosphorus pollution into the nation’s 13th-largest lake.

After soliciting public feedback last year, the state Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday released the final version of its Lake Champlain Watershed Implementation Plan.

The plan offers the latest assessment of conditions and pollution sources on Lake Champlain and outlines projects that could help reduce phosphorus loading into the lake, a key pollutant that contributes to increasing harmful algae growth and declining water clarity. A 2002 federal pollution control plan set phosphorus targets for both New York and Vermont.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Injured Catamount Mt. hiker air rescued; $3,800 hunting tent stolen

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Arietta
Hamilton County
Law Enforcement: On Nov. 8, at 1 p.m., Forest Ranger Caswell received a call from a hunter who reported his hunting wall tent had been stolen on Powley Road site 13 in Arietta. Ranger Caswell went to the campsite and interviewed the subject who first discovered the tent was missing. The tent’s owner posted a picture on social media, hoping the $3,800 tent would be returned. On Nov. 13, Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) received a call from someone who advised they possessed the tent in question.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Reminder: Statewide burn ban in effect through May 14

A pile of burning brush

On March 14, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers of the start of the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning. Since 2009, DEC enforces the annual brush burning ban from March 16 through May 14 to prevent wildfires and protect communities during heightened conditions for wildfires.

“Last month, DEC encouraged everyone to be extra vigilant when burning brush because of the risk for wildfires caused by early dry conditions, but starting this Saturday, March 16, it will be illegal to burn brush for the next two months,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Due to the drier and warmer winter, New York State is at a greater risk for wildfires this spring. This ban is essential to protecting communities and natural resources, as well as the Rangers and other firefighters called to extinguish the wildfires.”

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Adk Artists Guild announces annual juried show winners

An artist stands beside one of his photographs

The 26th annual juried show at the Adirondack Artists Guild opened on Friday, [March 15] with a gala reception. Seventy-four works by sixty-four artists, chosen by juror Laura Desmond of the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, comprise the show.

 “With such a large number of submissions, and limited exhibition space, I knew that many fine works would ultimately be left out of the show, but I proceeded by addition, rather than subtraction, picking pieces that I knew I wanted to include in the exhibit,” said Laura Desmond. “These were works with a compelling conjunction of concept, medium, and technique, where an idea was pursued with purpose, dedication, and command of the formal properties of the work.”

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

DEC Celebrates Clean Water Investments, $1 Million for Town of Peru  

Students at the Lake Champlain Youth Water Summit learning how to study water quality. Photo by Zachary Matson

On March 18, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos joined representatives from the town of Peru and other local officials along the shores of Lake Champlain to announce the finalization of the Lake Champlain Watershed Implementation Plan. The plan creates a detailed path forward to build upon progress to reduce phosphorus that impairs Lake Champlain and contributes to harmful algal blooms (HABs). The Lake Champlain Watershed Implementation Plan will support and guide investments like the recent $1 million to the town of Peru, Clinton County, for wastewater improvements that will reduce pollutants and significantly improve water quality.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Hard Times For Bobcats In New York State

These are hard times to be a bobcat in New York State. The state’s annual bobcat hunting season just ended, which runs in the Adirondacks and Catskills for nearly four months from October 25 until February 15. Bobcats are an important species in Upstate New York ecosystems because they are predators of rodents, squirrels, snowshoe hare, rabbits, and deer. New York’s bobcat hunting season is one of the longest among states in the Northeast, and there are no limits on how many bobcats an individual hunter/trapper can kill in a season. Bobcat hunting in New York was historically largely focused on the Adirondacks and Catskills and upper Hudson Valley. In 2013, it was expanded into parts of central New York, the Southern Tier, and the lower Hudson Valley, with a shorter 3- to 4-week season.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Protect the Adirondacks applauds one house budgets for funding critical ADK programs

Cars parked on Adirondack Loj Road

Protect the Adirondacks, Inc. (PROTECT) applauds funding proposed for the FY2025 Budgets released by the State Senate and State Assembly. The proposed budgets provide significant funding for Adirondack programs that were reduced or eliminated from the Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget.

The Legislature has restored the Clean Water Fund to $500 million. The Assembly’s budget proposal specifies $10 million from the Clean Water Fund for proper management of road salt.

“Protect the Adirondacks supports the Assembly’s budget allocation of $10 million to implement the road salt reduction strategies in the 2023 Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force report documenting the significant adverse groundwater and surface water pollution effects of the use of road salt in the Adirondack Park. We urge the State Senate to support this budget line item too,” said Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Champlain Area Trails Invites Community to Join May 11 Grand Hike

People smiling while hiking

On May 11, 2024, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will host its signature annual Grand Hike, a 14-mile walk from Essex to Westport along scenic trails and back roads in New York’s Champlain Valley. The Grand Hike promotes healthy communities and well-being by bringing together outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and community members to experience the nearly 100 miles of trails CATS has created and maintains.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Adding Adirondacks back into budget

Students learn about history of Timbuctoo Institute

Legislature

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed $233 billion budget included some program cuts relevant to the Adirondacks. The state Assembly and Senate released their one-house budgets last week, adding some of those funds back.

Here are some of the takeaways:

  • Reinstated Clean Water Infrastructure Act funding to $500 million for the fiscal year.
  • The Assembly proposed dedicating $10 million from the Clean Water Fund for road salt management.
  • Restored funding to the Timbuctoo Climate and Careers Institute at $2.1 million.
  • Restored funding to the Survey of Climate Change and Adirondack Lake Ecosystems at $2 million.

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