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Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

Fracking opponents prep for comments fight

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation released a draft set of regulations for hydraulic fracturing in November. Those proposed rules are open for public comment until Jan. 11, 2013.

Fracking opponents are preparing to make the most of the opportunity.  Go to full article
Geoff Strack plows out his driveway on Rockland Ave in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Snow piles on in the North Country

The first big storm of the winter brought from five to 20 inches of snow to the North Country. The most snow was reported in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation says snowshoes or cross-country skis are a must in the eastern high peaks, and recommended in the rest of the Adirondack Park as well.  Go to full article
Christopher Buerkett working in his shop in Rainbow Lake Photo: Mark Kurtz

Traditional Work: A master at fixing antique timepieces

This week returning to our series looking at artisans in the North Country who still do traditional work, everything from taxidermy to calligraphy. Often that kind of work is passed from hand to hand, with one craftsman teaching and shaping the technique of the next over hundreds of years.

Christopher Buerkett is a master clock repairer who lives in Rainbow Lake in the northern Adirondacks.

He learned his trade from another master clock repairer who worked in Saranac Lake. Now he's keeping alive a tradition of time-keeping that dates back to the 13th century. It's a mysterious art of intricate cogs and engineering that reshaped the way we think about the world.  Go to full article

Thrifty shoppers snag fashion finds in Watertown

Fashionistas in the Watertown area got a treat recently: a stylish, and affordable, one-day clothing boutique at the Black River Valley Club, to benefit the Watertown Urban...  Go to full article
Celia Evans, lower right, teaches Russian students some of her favorite songs. Photo: Celia Evans

Teaching and learning in Siberia

This fall, an ecology professor at Paul Smiths College traveled thousands of miles to learn about a new culture, and share a bit about life in the Adirondacks. Celia Evans...  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.  Go to full article