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NCPR News Staff: Chris Knight

Adirondack Correspondent
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

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Myriad BRM offices on Main St. in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Myriad BRM offices on Main St. in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Biotech firm pulls out of Saranac Lake

The Village of Saranac Lake's plan to grow a cluster of biotechnology companies suffered a setback Monday.

Myriad RBM, one of two biotech firms the village lured from Lake Placid three years ago, plans to shutter its Saranac Lake site. The change will leave the company's roughly two dozen local workers out of a job.  Go to full article
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

New design for Saranac Lake resort and spa

The company that wants to build a controversial high-end waterfront hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has revised its design.

Lake Flower Lodging has reoriented the building on the lakefront site and dropped its height by roughly 12 feet. The changes come in response to concerns raised by village residents and members of Saranac Lake's Planning Board.

But some still aren't convinced that the Lake Flower Spa and Resort's is a fit for the community.  Go to full article
Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Saratoga Lake. Photo: Janice Painter, CC some rights reserved
Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Saratoga Lake. Photo: Janice Painter, CC some rights reserved

Beating invasive water milfoil, year by year

New York state's first-ever Invasive Species Awareness Week is drawing to a close.

There's been a slew of public outreach and education initiatives - all to help educate the public about invasive species on land and in water, and ways to stop their spread.

One took paddlers to Upper Saranac Lake to learn about a successful and ongoing 10-year campaign to rid the lake of Eurasian watermilfoil.  Go to full article
Uihlein Living Center nursing home in Lake Placid.  Photos: Mark Kurtz
Uihlein Living Center nursing home in Lake Placid. Photos: Mark Kurtz

Adirondack Health will sell Lake Placid nursing home

Adirondack Health plans to sell its nursing home in Lake Placid to a New York City-based healthcare services company. The organization's president and CEO, Chandler Ralph, announced the news in guest commentaries published Tuesday in local newspapers.

She said Adirondack Health will partner with Post Acute Partners, which operates nursing homes, assisted living, independent living and other healthcare facilities in New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. This is one in a long list of big changes for the largest private employer in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
The Essex Chain of Lakes. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
The Essex Chain of Lakes. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

Essex Chain of Lakes almost ready for lots of summer visitors

The state is expecting a large number of visitors this summer to one of the key acquisitions in the Finch, Pruyn and Co. land deal. A limited number of campsites will be available to the public in the Essex Chain of Lakes in the central Adirondacks starting next month.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a longer-term management plan to guide recreation for this new tract of Forest Preserve.  Go to full article
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve. Photo: Brian Mann
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve. Photo: Brian Mann

APA: NYCO may drill on forest preserve tract

The state Adirondack Park Agency has approved a controversial proposal that will allow NYCO Minerals to conduct exploratory drilling on state Forest Preserve land.

The unanimous decision to amend the unit management plan for the Jay Mountain Wilderness took place Friday at the agency's monthly meeting in Ray Brook. It was opposed by environmental groups who questioned the legality of the proposal and may continue the fight by taking the APA to court.  Go to full article
A Cape Air flight preparing for takeoff at Adirondack Regional Airport. Photo: Brian Mann
A Cape Air flight preparing for takeoff at Adirondack Regional Airport. Photo: Brian Mann

Cape Air cancels plans for further NYC-area flights

Cape Air has nixed its new service between the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear and White Plains before it even started.

The airline says the decision was based on poor advance bookings for the once-a-day, round-trip service, which was scheduled to start June 26 and run six days a week through Labor Day.

High ticket prices may be one reason why the White Plains route hasn't generated much interest.  Go to full article
Brett Lawson, superintendent at NYCO Minerals' Lewis mine, points in June 2013 toward a 200-acre parcel of state-owned land, above and behind the rock wall, where the company wants to mine wollastonite. Also pictured, from left, are NYCO employees Dawn Revette and Brian Shutts. Photo by Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Brett Lawson, superintendent at NYCO Minerals' Lewis mine, points in June 2013 toward a 200-acre parcel of state-owned land, above and behind the rock wall, where the company wants to mine wollastonite. Also pictured, from left, are NYCO employees Dawn Revette and Brian Shutts. Photo by Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

APA takes up disputed Jay mining plan

The Adirondack Park Agency will consider a controversial proposal to amend the management plan for the Jay Mountain Wilderness area this week.

The change would make the plan consistent with a constitutional amendment New York voters approved in November, letting NYCO Minerals conduct exploratory drilling for wollastonite on a 200-acre parcel of Forest Preserve land in the town of Lewis.

The APA says the amendment repeals wilderness guidelines that would otherwise prohibit NYCO's drilling operations, but a coalition of environmental groups is urging the APA to drop the proposed amendment.  Go to full article
Student interns from Paul Smith's College and Middlebury College, with faculty from Paul Smith's College, Trudeau Institute and staff from the state Department of Health, conduct a tick collection orientation session. The session was a primer for a tick research and surveillance program planned for the Adirondacks this summer and fall. Photo by Jake Sporn
Student interns from Paul Smith's College and Middlebury College, with faculty from Paul Smith's College, Trudeau Institute and staff from the state Department of Health, conduct a tick collection orientation session. The session was a primer for a tick research and surveillance program planned for the Adirondacks this summer and fall. Photo by Jake Sporn

Trudeau Institute on the leading edge of Lyme disease research

The Adirondacks are expected to be New York's next battleground in the fight against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

To gain a better understanding of how the disease will impact the park, researchers from Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake are teaming up with the state Department of Health, Paul Smith's College and Adirondack Health on a tick monitoring project.

Those involved with the pilot project say it could be the first step toward making the Adirondacks, specifically Trudeau Institute, a center for research and public outreach into one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases in the country.  Go to full article
Crews hired by Roedel Companies are restoring the Hotel Saranac's original arcade. The arcade ran through the ground floor of the building from Main Street to Academy Street until it was blocked off in the late 1970s when Paul Smith's College extended the hotel's central staircase to the ground floor. Photo by Chris Knight-Adirondack Daily Enterprise<br />
Crews hired by Roedel Companies are restoring the Hotel Saranac's original arcade. The arcade ran through the ground floor of the building from Main Street to Academy Street until it was blocked off in the late 1970s when Paul Smith's College extended the hotel's central staircase to the ground floor. Photo by Chris Knight-Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Renovations take the Hotel Saranac back in time

Crews are well into renovating and restoring Saranac Lake's iconic downtown hotel.

New Hampshire-based Roedel Companies purchased the Hotel Saranac in early December from the Arora family for $1.4 million. The company has promised to return the 1927 hotel "to its historic grandeur."

Chris Knight recently took part in a tour of the ongoing renovations.  Go to full article

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