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The early stages of work on the former Frink Snowplow site. Photo by Martha Foley.
The early stages of work on the former Frink Snowplow site. Photo by Martha Foley.

Riverfront redevelopment underway in Clayton

A big redevelopment project is getting underway in the Thousand Islands village of Clayton. The first pieces of equipment are now at work on the former Frink snowplow factory site. That represents the beginning of an aggressive construction schedule that aims to bring the Clayton Harbor Hotel to life by Memorial Day, 2014.  Go to full article
The Essex Chain of Lakes. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

In Adks debate resumes over fate of Finch lands

State officials announced yesterday that they'll begin public hearings in June to decide how the former Finch Pruyn timberlands will be managed, now that they've been added to the Adirondack forest preserve.

The classification process will sort out what kinds of recreation and access will be allowed over a wide swath of the upper Hudson River that's being opened to the public for the first time in 150 years.

Environmentalists and local government leaders have very different visions.  Go to full article
Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Photo: <a href="">Christine K</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sencas, Cuomo continue casino deal talks

Over the last week the Oneida Nation and the Mohawk Native have reached settlements with the Cuomo administration giving them exclusive rights to operate casinos in their regions.

The Seneca Nation is the third tribe now operating a casino in New York. They have yet to finalize a new agreement. Governor Cuomo, speaking in Buffalo on Wednesday, says that negotiations continue.  Go to full article
Farmer John Peck has a moment with a two-month-old calf on his Peck Homestead Farm in Champion, in Jefferson County. Photo: Joanna Richards

Farmers' property taxes rise as land values increase

Agriculture is one of the most dynamic and innovative economic sectors in New York state. All this week, the Innovation Trail team is reporting on some of the current...  Go to full article
Secretary Ray LaHood listens to lock leader Steve McCargar, Potsdam. Photo: David Sommerstein

Transportation chief says goodbye to Seaway

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's farewell tour swung through Massena yesterday. One of the few Republicans in President Obama's cabinet, LaHood announced he was...  Go to full article
Karoly Sziladi, Judith Ginsburg and Kit Barham conduct, accompany and coach young musicians in Stellae Boreales. Photo: Lucy Martin

Ottawa's Stellae Boreales helps young musicians shine

Music lessons are a part of life for many families. There are different methods of instruction, including something called the Suzuki method. It was developed in Japan by...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this Memorial Day weekend.  Go to full article
Chief Paul Thompson speaking at Wednesday's press conference, with Chief Ron LaFrance (left). Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawk chiefs hope casino pact paves way for more land

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo and the chiefs of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announced a surprise deal in Albany. It grants the Mohawks' exclusive gaming rights in the North...  Go to full article
Colony Collapse Disorder caused a loss of about 30 percent of U.S. hives between 2006 and 2011. Photo by Matt Richmond.

Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse

Since 2006, honey bees have been abandoning seemingly healthy hives in large numbers.That's raised the alarm worldwide among beekeepers, farmers and researchers.
...  Go to full article
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

Fracking not in NY's economic development plans

Governor Cuomo, who still has not issued a decision on whether hydro fracking should be allowed in New York, is backing further away from the controversial gas drilling...  Go to full article
Cuomo waits to make his pitch for tax free SUNY zones yesterday in Buffalo. Photo: Ashley Hassett

Start-ups near SUNY campuses could have ten tax-free years

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his cabinet are hitting the road to push his proposal to create tax-free zones for businesses that set up shop on or near public college campuses in...  Go to full article
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