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Lunchtime in the mess hall. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Lunchtime in the mess hall. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Special report: A look inside Moriah Shock Prison

Two years ago, Moriah Shock Prison near Port Henry was next on the list of correctional facilities New York State wanted to close. Camp Gabriels near Saranac Lake and the Summit Shock Prison near Albany had already been shut down, and the prisons in Lyon Mountain and Ogdensburg were also on the chopping block.

But the local community and Essex County officials rallied enough support to keep Moriah open. Today, 188 men live on the spartan campus, set in a former mining facility at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.

Corrections officers and some inmates at Moriah Shock say the prison's program offers a fresh start to men willing to work hard. But a quarter-century after the state's "shock" program was created, the question of whether it really works remains unresolved.

[CORRECTION: Martin Horn was misidentified earlier as former commissioner of New York's Department of Corrections. He is former commissioner of New York City's Department of Correction and Department of Probation, and headed Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections.]  Go to full article
Photo: NYSenate.gov

Sen. Roy McDonald to leave race after losing GOP Primary

The Republican State Senator who lost a primary after voting to legalize same-sex marriage is dropping out of the race. Senator Roy McDonald says he won't campaign on the Independence Party line in the general election and will instead back his former primary opponent.  Go to full article
Photo: Jefferson County

Watertown Airport to receive $2 million federal grant

Watertown International Airport has seen huge growth with direct flights to Chicago. Now a $2 million federal grant is helping it keep up with growing infrastructure needs.  Go to full article
The Magnolia Warbler, one of the species of birds on the decline in the Adirondack region. Photo: Audubon Society

Heard Up North: Lecture hall becomes a wild forest

Last night veteran journalist Bill Blakemore gave the keynote presentation at St. Lawrence University's Climate Change Forum. That talk has been publicized all over the North...  Go to full article
Hot off the palate -- artist Diane Leifheit displays her "plein air" depiction of the John Brown farm near Lake Placid. Photo: Todd Moe

Watching artists up close: Diane Leifheit

Gabriels artist Diane Leifheit is one of dozens of northern Adirondack artists opening their art spaces to the public during the Artist at Work Studio Tour this weekend. The...  Go to full article
Part of a 47-foot mural painted for the school's centennial by alumnus Barry Nehr. It's on display this weekend. Photo: Todd Moe

Preview: Forestry Festival in Wanakena

A century of life in the woods is the theme of the Forestry Festival at the Ranger School in Wanakena this weekend. The school is celebrating its centennial. Todd Moe spoke...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack brings your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article