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Journalists gather in Blue Mountain Lake for prison reporting retreat

Over the last year and a half or so you've been hearing our Prison Time Media Project series. In the series we look in-depth at prisons here in the North Country and how they tie in to America's prison-building boom nationwide.

Today in Blue Mountain Lake in Hamilton County, New York, that project continues with a retreat at the Blue Mountain Center. Journalists from all over the country are traveling to the Adirondacks to learn about the Prison Time project and to share ideas about covering America's drug war and era of mass incarceration.  Go to full article
Architect rendering:view from Lake Flower Avenue. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

Saranac Lake residents divided over hotel development

Public opinion is still split over a controversial hotel project proposed for the Village of Saranac Lake. Lake Flower Lodging wants to build a 93-room, four-story hotel on the lake's shoreline, but the project first needs village approval for a zoning change.

The village Planning Board held a public comment session on the project last week that drew a crowd of nearly 100 people to the Harrietstown Town Hall.  Go to full article
Jonathan Hadley & Katy Blake  Design: Bonnie Brewer Photo: Overtime Photography

Theatre Review: "Pete 'N' Keely" at the Depot Theatre in Westport NY

The Depot Theatre has come up with the little engine that could.

The two-character musical "Pete 'n' Keely" featuring Katy Blake and Interim Artistic Director Jonathan Hadley, accompanied by the indefatigable Joe Shermann on piano and occasionally drum, never runs out of steam. A limited run, it only plays through August 31.  Go to full article

Essex County man sentenced for stealing $717K from employer

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) A 64-year-old northern New York man has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from his longtime employer....  Go to full article
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

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

The fire danger is low and waters remain well...  Go to full article
A shelf of chachkes at Candy Cottage in Old Forge, NY. Photo: Natasha Haverty

In Old Forge, can bears stay wild and coexist with humans?

The hamlet of Old Forge sees huge numbers of tourists this time every year. Many people come from all over the country to have their annual wilderness experience, along with...  Go to full article
Luge racer Erin Hamlin of Ramsen, NY. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia

USA Luge, in financial straits, reaches out for political help

Just months after capping off one of its most successful seasons on the ice, USA Luge is facing a financial crunch. Officials with the Lake Placid-based organization say if...  Go to full article
Ermina Pincombe (photo by Martha Cooper, courtesy of the TAUNY archives)

Musician/educator Dave Ruch remembers Ermina Pincombe

Ermina Pincombe, a celebrated traditional musician from the Southern Adirondacks who performed music passed down to her from her parents and grandparents, passed away this...  Go to full article
Eye of the Needle, Lake George. Photo: Sarah Harris

Boat inspections to keep invasives out of Lake George

Lake George is no stranger to invasive species. Spiny water flea, Eurasian water milfoil, zebra mussels, Asian clam, and curly-leaf pondweed have all made their way into the...  Go to full article

Book review: "Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East," by Edward Kanze

Writer and naturalist Edward Kanze grew up in a suburb north of New York City but now lives year-round near Saranac Lake. Our book reviewer Betsy Kepes read his new book,...  Go to full article

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