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An Adirondack clearcut in the 1920s. Clear-cutting remains controversial a century later. Photo: New York State Archives
An Adirondack clearcut in the 1920s. Clear-cutting remains controversial a century later. Photo: New York State Archives

Clearcut logging plan sparks blistering APA debate

A plan by the Adirondack Park Agency to streamline permit applications for large-scale clearcut logging sparked fierce debate yesterday.

Supporters of the plan say it will encourage loggers and landowners to adopt better harvesting practices. At the APA's monthly meeting in Ray Brook, some commissioners spoke passionately in favor of the change.

But others expressed deep skepticism about the plan.  Go to full article
Senator Ann Cummings. Her amendment passed in the VT Senate after the Lieutenant Governor broke a tie vote. Photo: Sarah Harris

VT Senate passes end-of-life bill

After three days of intense debate, the Vermont state Senate passed an end-of-life bill that will now make its way to the House. The bill is substantially changed. It addresses liability of doctors and caregivers, but doesn't say much about state requirements or palliative care.  Go to full article
SUNY Canton interim president Carli Schiffner is leaving her post. Photo: SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton and Potsdam to get own interim presidents after Schiffner resignation

SUNY Canton's interim president Carli Schiffner is resigning her post after six months on the job. In a press release, SUNY Central in Albany says she is taking another position in Washington state, where her parents live.  Go to full article
Vito Lopez, speaking on a bill in New York's Assembly. Photo: <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Vito-J-Lopez/">New York State Assembly</a>

Group pushes for NYS ethics report to be made public

A government reform group is calling for a state ethics panel report to be made public, one day after the panel investigating charges against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack checks in each Friday morning with a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the weekend. Temperatures are...  Go to full article
Swinging to live music at the Flurry. Photo:  Todd Moe

Dance Flurry swings through Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is known for its mineral springs, race track and Revolutionary War battles, but it's also a popular gathering spot for those who love social dancing. ...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell

Our guest is National Book Award winner Rebecca Solnit, author of A Paradise Built in Hell. Even if you haven't read the book, you will relate to the thread of her...  Go to full article
A clear cut near Speculator managed by Lyme Timber.  Sometimes a woodlot that looks heavily logged is being managed well, while a parcel with lots of trees can be made of "junk" timber. Photo used by permission

A million acres of Adk timberland becoming "junk"?

In recent weeks, the Adirondack Park has become embroiled in a new debate over clearcut logging.

But a growing coalition of environmentalists, industry leaders,...  Go to full article
Steve Knight, CEO of United Helpers, stands in front of the safe in the old Community Bank building in Canton.  He hopes this will be part of a business incubator and food hub for the agricultural community.  Photo: David Sommerstein.

How "food hubs" could create jobs in the North Country

According to the USDA, there are more than 200 regional "Food Hubs" in the US. The USDA says it believes the hubs...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his Executive Budget Address on Jan. 22, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57782386@N06">Flickr</a>

Wonk fight: tensions build over budget analysis

An argument's erupted between Albany's two top number-crunchers.
The state comptroller's office has concerns about the governor's proposed budget.
But the...  Go to full article
Protect the Adirondacks argues that too much clearcutting is already going on without enough monitoring by state officials. This image, posted by Protect on the group's website, was taken from the Bing mapping system.

APA backs off controversial clear-cut logging rule

The Adirondack Park Agency is delaying action on a controversial plan to revise clearcut logging rules in the park.

The change would have affected about 700,000...  Go to full article
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