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Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

NY health chief resignation leaves fracking review in limbo

There's "Help Wanted" at the state Department of Health with the resignation yesterday of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's appointed Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah.

Salary issues were the reason for his departure, according to Gov. Cuomo as reported by the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester.

His resignation leaves the future of the Health Department's much-anticipated health review of hydraulic fracturing in New York in limbo.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

Higher than normal temperatures this weekend will keep trails wet and slushy at lower elevations.  Go to full article
Game protector Samuel Taylor's name will be added to the wall of the Police Officers Memorial in Albany. Photo: <a href="">Joel Kramer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY environmental officer killed in 1914 honored

HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) A New York environmental officer killed in the line of duty is being remembered 100 years after his death.

Samuel Taylor was shot on April 5, 1914 as he attempted to apprehend a duck hunter along the Mohawk River. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says 38-year-old was the first environmental officer killed in the line of duty in New York. Taylor's official title was game protector.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Cindy Seigle</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Brush burning banned in some towns until May 14

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental regulators are reminding New Yorkers that residential brush burning is prohibited in towns with less than 20,000 residents until May 14...  Go to full article
Lake Champlain. Photo: <a href="">denisbin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Southern Champlain water quality in spotlight

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) Water quality in the southern Lake Champlain basin will be the focus of upcoming public hearings in Pawlet and Orwell.

The Vermont Agency of...  Go to full article
American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), in Quebec. Photo: <a href="">Cephas</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Squirrel diet

Red squirrels do well in an abundant year for spruce and balsam cones, eating as many as fifty a day. Introduced to Newfoundland for the first time in the 1960s, squirrels...  Go to full article
Solar at peak power in Middlebury, VT. Photo: <a href="">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vt. has new law encouraging small power generation

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A new Vermont law makes it easier for small power producers to sell any excess electricity they produce.

The "net metering" law signed...  Go to full article
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at a Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Saranac Lake hotel stumbles over flood zone regs

A Malone developer's plan to build a 90-room, four-story hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has hit a major stumbling block.

Unless the federal government...  Go to full article
A nest with Eastern Bluebird eggs.  Photo: Carl Austin, Jr., Grovetown, GA

Want to keep an eye on bird nests this spring?

Lots of birds have begun returning to the North Country from their wintering grounds. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is recruiting volunteers for its annual NestWatch citizen...  Go to full article
The Environmental Protection Fund is used to make key land purchases in the Adirondacks.  A view from the water on Boreas Ponds, part of the big Finch Pruyn conservation deal. Photo: Brian Mann

Budget deal boosts green projects in NY

Green groups say they're pleased that the final budget approved yesterday includes more money for the Environmental Protection Fund.

Lawmakers devoted just over...  Go to full article

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