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The list of dangerous topics best avoided in polite company often includes religion, politics, money and sex. But what would be left to blog about if we honored that wisdom? So today I’ll hit up money. Specifically my new guilty pleasure,...
Slightly over a year after the July 6, 2013 inferno which claimed 47 lives in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian Press reported the locomotive from that rail disaster was up for auction. It was to have been included in an sale of...
“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...
Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...

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Aug 18, 2014 — This third-largest wildfire in California's history struck the area near Yosemite National Park. Since then, controversy has broken out over whether to log the trees and replant seedlings.
Aug 18, 2014 — The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.
Aug 18, 2014 — A recent study tried to pin down just how many elephants have been killed by poachers. It's a lot — enough to eventually eliminate the species — but pinning down an exact death toll is difficult. The reason elephants are so hard to protect is the same that makes them so hard to count: They roam — exceptionally far.


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Eye of the Needle, Lake George. Photo: Sarah Harris
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 pine have all made their way into the lake. It costs millions of dollars to keep them from taking over -- and to keep new species out. So this summer there's a new, preventative approach: mandatory boat inspections. It'll help do both.  Go to full article

Work begins on $1.7M flood project in western NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Work is underway on a $1.7 million project to remove sand, gravel and silt from a creek in western New York to reduce the risk of flooding.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/evanblaser/8655954187/">Evan Blaser</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Caesars opens upstate office amid casino bid

WOODBURY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators are not expected to decide on upstate New York casino licenses until this fall, but applicants are still staying active.  Go to full article
An artist rendering of the Tree of 40 Fruit mature and in bloom. <br />Sam Van Aken courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art <br />

Tree of 40 Fruit is a metaphor for life

Imagine dozens of different kinds of fruit all hanging from a single tree. It's the dream of a Syracuse artist who is building such a tree, branch by branch.
...  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 thanks in part to...  Go to full article
From the Virginia National Guard and the DEA's "Drug Take-Back Initiative." Photo: Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs

With opiate addiction on the rise, here's a safe way to trash meds

Walk over to the cabinet over your bathroom sink and take a look. Chances are you have at least one bottle of medication dusting over. But what should you do with it?...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/thekevinchang/5193375145/">Kevin Chang</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY hunting, trapping licenses on sale for 2014-15

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Department of Environmental Conservation says hunting and trapping licenses and deer management permits for the 2014-15 season are now available for...  Go to full article
The Vermont Gas Systems pipeline will run from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

State's role questioned in Vermont Gas cost hike

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state agency responsible for representing utility ratepayers is being criticized by consumer and environmental groups after admitting it knew of a...  Go to full article
Propane storage facility. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pierceplace532/1289206110/">Pierce Place</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY regulators to discuss propane storage plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators say they'll hold an "issues conference" on a proposed propane storage facility in a depleted Finger Lakes salt cavern to determine if an...  Go to full article
Phosphorus used in gardens can contribute to algae blooms in lakes, like this one in 2012. Photo: Lake George Waterkeeper

Algae bloom alert issued in St. Albans Bay

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) Health officials have issued a high alert for blue-green algae in St. Albans Bay.  Go to full article

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