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The Essex Chain of Lakes will be purchased by New York State this year. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
The Essex Chain of Lakes will be purchased by New York State this year. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

Green groups want big new wilderness in Adirondacks

Governor Andrew Cuomo has committed New York state to buying nearly 70,000 acres of land that will be added to the Adirondack forest preserve over the next five years.

It's one of the largest conservation projects in the Park's history. But buying the land is only the first step in figuring out how it should be managed in the years ahead.

Town and county leaders hope the land around Newcomb and North Hudson will become a major tourist attraction, with new opportunities to paddle stretches of the Hudson River and fish wild trout-filled lakes.

But a growing number of environmental groups in the park say much of the land should be designated as wilderness, a classification that could sharply limit public access.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens.

Owens says increased gov revenue critical, flexible on details

President Barack Obama is holding firm to his campaign promise to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the top two percent of earners in America.

North Country Congressman Bill Owens agrees increased revenue is a critical ingredient to any deal. But he says he's flexible on how that should happen.  Go to full article
He will kill no more, and we all will be saved from months, if not years, of trials and appeals.

Murderer of Essex couple commits suicide in prison

Federal and Vermont state authorities say a serial killer who committed suicide in an Alaska prison Sunday is the man responsible for the abduction and murder of Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vermont in June 2011.

Investigators say 34-year old Israel Keyes committed at least eight killings nationwide, and possibly more. There had been only enough evidence to charge him in one case, the February kidnapping and slaying of 18-year-old Anchorage coffee stand worker, Samantha Koenig.

Charges in the Currier case were being held back until more could be learned about the other cases.  Go to full article
Taxpayers and Essex County officials listen to a presentation on the tentative 2013 Essex County budget at a public hearing in Elizabethtown. Photo: Chris Morris via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/"> Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

Essex County looks to increase bed tax

The Essex County Board of Supervisors is moving ahead with a resolution to increase the occupancy tax from three percent to five percent, but the proposal has some strong...  Go to full article

DEC: no fracking decision until health study is done

The Cuomo Administration says it won't be ruling on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York until an ongoing health review is finished.

The delays have...  Go to full article
Being an airplane, at the Yoga Loft's Little Lotus class in Canton. Photo: Christopher Shrope

Heard Up North: Little lotus yoga for kids

Yoga has become popular in the North Country among adults, and especially senior citizens. Now, instructor Sarah Scafidi-McGuire has started teaching yoga to to the younger...  Go to full article
Making a wreath from evergreens. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bimp/">Steven Coombs</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Greening the house for the holidays

Firs, pines, cedars and spruces: all choices for the evergreens we bring in our homes during the winter holidays. Cooperative Extension horticulturist AmY Ivy sorts through...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: "The Number 14" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

"The Number 14", running at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa through December 16, turns an ordinary bus route into a hilarious adventure. Six performers...  Go to full article