NCPR News Staff: Chris Knight, Reporter
by Chris Knight
Lake Placid, NY, Mar 11, 2013 — There was another sign this week of the growing financial crunch faced by many hospitals in the North Country. Adirondack Health is looking at moving, shutting down or cutting the hours of the emergency room at its Lake Placid hospital. Go to full article
We have been working on it, and we didnít want to go with a knee-jerk reaction like New York State did...
Mar 08, 2013 — Franklin County has joined a growing chorus of upstate counties that have gone on record opposing New York's SAFE Act. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Feb 22, 2013 — The Cuomo administration went on the offensive Thursday against a former state Department of Transportation worker DOT tried to fire for speaking to the press without his agency's approval.
During an interview with Albany radio station News Talk 1300, state Operations Director Howard Glaser outlined the specifics of a past disciplinary case against Mike Fayette, much of it surrounding an affair the former Essex County engineer had with a fellow DOT employee.
The move came the day after Fayette went public about DOT's efforts to fire him for speaking to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and North Country Public Radio - a story that drew attention from news media across the state and beyond. Chris Knight reported that story, and is following this latest chapter: Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY, Feb 21, 2013 — A 30-year state Department of Transportation employee said he was forced to retire for speaking to a newspaper reporter without approval from his agency's communications office.
Mike Fayette, DOT's top official in Essex County, said he was threatened with termination for talking to The Adirondack Daily Enterprise for a story in which he praised the DOT's response to Tropical Storm Irene. A version of the same story, also from reporter Chris Knight, ran on NCPR.
DOT officials are refusing to comment on Fayette's case. Some observers say it's just another sign of how Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has worked to limit and control public information. Chris Knight is still following the story. Go to full article
by Chris Knight, in Lake Clear, NY
Lake Clear, NY, Feb 18, 2013 — The village of Saranac Lake has a reputation for cold. During the winter, it's frequently the coldest spot on the North Country weather map, sometimes the coldest in the lower 48 states. Overnight or early morning temperatures in January can hit 20 and sometimes 30 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.
That kind of cold is has brought the community a fair share of publicity over the years, but technically, that publicity should go to another community located about five miles outside of Saranac Lake: the hamlet of Lake Clear. Go to full article
Feb 04, 2013 — New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed opening up large portions of the 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberlands the state is acquiring from The Nature Conservancy for public recreation.
Among other things, DEC's classification plan would allow motor vehicle and limited floatplane access to the Essex Chain of Lakes tract, which would become a new canoe area.
The plan is drawing praise from local government leaders who've fought for access to the former Finch lands, and criticism from environmentalists who want more the property protected as wilderness. Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY, Jan 28, 2013 — A Saranac Lake teaching assistant has been accused of mistreating a 10-year-old boy he worked with full-time at Petrova Elementary School.
Michael J. Heymann turned himself in at the village police station Thursday. The 24 year-old was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Go to full article
by Chris Knight, in Hoffman Notch Wilderness, Essex County, NY
Jan 17, 2013 — The snowpack in the Adirondacks took a big hit with this weekend's rain and 50-plus-degree temperatures. But before the thaw arrived, ski conditions in the Adirondack backcountry were about as good as they can be.
Chris Knight traveled with Adirondack Daily Enterprise outdoors writer Mike Lynch to southern Essex County for a trip into Hoffman Notch, a popular ski tour in the central Adirondacks.
There are two approaches to the trail through the notch. Chris and Mike skied from the southern end, about 10 miles outside of Schroon Lake. The northern starting point of the trail is on Blue Ridge Road in the town of North Hudson.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation completed a unit management plan for the 38,000-acre Hoffman Notch Wilderness last year. It includes proposals to add several miles of new trails and construct two new trailhead parking areas, several new tent sites and a lean-to. Go to full article
by Chris Knight
Saranac Lake, NY, Jan 08, 2013 — District officials are talking about ways to tighten security at schools in Saranac Lake in the wake of last month's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
One of the toughest challenges for school officials and students is how to make the schools safer without compromising convenience and the educational environment. Chris Knight reports. Go to full article
Jan 07, 2013 — In August, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a $47 million deal to acquire nearly 70,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberlands. The state plans to add the paper company property to the Adirondack forest preserve over the next five years.
The first phase of the purchase transferred to the state with little fanfare at the end of December. Go to full article
Chris Knight Chris Knight is a senior staff writer for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake. Before joining the Enterprise, Chris was the news director for Mountain Communications, which owns several Saranac Lake radio stations, for eight years. Chris works for North Country Public Radio as an occasional contributing reporter.
Away from work, Chris enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking and just about anything else in the outdoors. He and his wife Kate-Lyn live in Saranac Lake and have two children. E-mail
NCPR News Staff: Chris Knight, Reporter