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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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Saranac Lake firefighter Preston Burl carries 4-year-old Ruth King after rescuing her from a fire that destroyed the St. Regis Hotel on Jan. 14, 1964. Photo: <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Saranac Lake firefighter Preston Burl carries 4-year-old Ruth King after rescuing her from a fire that destroyed the St. Regis Hotel on Jan. 14, 1964. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise

A thank-you, just in time

Nearly 50 years after a four-and-a-half-year-old girl leaped from a burning Saranac Lake hotel and into the arms of a firefighter, Ruth King finally learned the name of the man she calls her hero.

King now lives in Florida. She's a blues singer and songwriter. She recently got to talk over the phone with Preston Burl, the firefighter who rescued her on that cold January day in 1964. Sadly, Burl died of lung cancer just days after the two reconnected.  Go to full article
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Pope Francis' ambassador to the U.S., leads Holy Communion for a crowd of more than 2,100 people at Sunday's Solemn Mass in Lake Placid. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Pope Francis' ambassador to the U.S., leads Holy Communion for a crowd of more than 2,100 people at Sunday's Solemn Mass in Lake Placid. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Pope's personal representative leads mass in Lake Placid

Catholics from all corners of the North Country traveled to Lake Placid Sunday for a special Mass led by Pope Francis' personal representative to the United States.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano is the apostolic nuncio to the U.S. He presided over a mass in the Olympic Center's 1932 arena that drew roughly 2,800 people.

The event was the culmination of a year-long series of celebrations designed to energize the faith of Catholics across the region.  Go to full article
A Cape Air employee takes luggage from one of the airline's nine-seat Cessna 402 planes parked outside the Adirondack Regional Airport terminal. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
A Cape Air employee takes luggage from one of the airline's nine-seat Cessna 402 planes parked outside the Adirondack Regional Airport terminal. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Cape Air proposes daily summer round trips to NYC region

Cape Air has proposed adding daily round-trip service between the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear and White Plains during the summer months.

Should the Hyannis, MA-based airline's plan move forward, it would link the Adirondack Park by commercial airline to the New York City area as well as Boston.

Cape Air's proposal comes as its $1.3 million federal subsidy to serve Adirondack Regional is set to expire.  Go to full article
Renovation of the Hotel Saranac is one of two hotel projects in Saranac Lake to be put forward by the Regional Economic Development Council for funding. Photo: Susan Waters
Renovation of the Hotel Saranac is one of two hotel projects in Saranac Lake to be put forward by the Regional Economic Development Council for funding. Photo: Susan Waters

REDC backs funding for two Saranac Lake hotel projects

A pair of major hotel projects in Saranac Lake got a big boost this week. The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has included a proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower and a developer's plan to buy and renovate the Hotel Saranac on its list of 16 priority projects for state economic development funding. Several other projects in the Tri-Lakes also made the list.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake mayor Clyde Rabideau talks about Cedar Ridge's design for a proposed North Country Community College Welcome Center at a planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Saranac Lake mayor Clyde Rabideau talks about Cedar Ridge's design for a proposed North Country Community College Welcome Center at a planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake mayor's role in "Welcome Center" questioned

North Country Community College and the mayor of Saranac Lake have faced some tough questions over their plan to partner on a Welcome Center for the college's Saranac Lake campus.

The marriage of one of the village's biggest institutions with its most prominent and outspoken politician, developer Clyde Rabideau, has raised some eyebrows in the community and sparked questions from county politicians. The project has also faced its share of scrutiny from the village's Planning Board. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
The sign above the Hotel Saranac has long welcomed visitors, but for years the destination has been in decline. Photo: Susan Waters
The sign above the Hotel Saranac has long welcomed visitors, but for years the destination has been in decline. Photo: Susan Waters

Gov. Cuomo takes personal interest in Hotel Saranac deal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken an interest in a New Hampshire-based company's plan to buy and renovate an iconic hotel in downtown Saranac Lake. The governor participated in a conference call Monday about Roedel Companies' proposal to acquire the Hotel Saranac.

On Tuesday, Cuomo dispatched the head of Empire State Development to Saranac Lake for a meeting with the project's developer, who's seeking $5 million from the state.

The pending sale of the Hotel Saranac is one of two major hotel deals announced within two weeks of each other this summer in Saranac Lake. Both projects have been generating a lot of interest and plenty of enthusiasm in the community.  Go to full article
Adirondack Health's Lake Placid facility. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Adirondack Health's Lake Placid facility. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Lake Placid officials seek ways to provide 24/7 emergency coverage

Adirondack Health's Board of Trustees ended months of speculation last week when it voted to convert the around-the-clock emergency room at its Lake Placid hospital to part time.

The decision still requires approval of the state Health Department. It comes after hospital officials faced strong opposition over an earlier plan to turn the ER into a part time urgent care center.

Local officials say they're satisfied with the idea of a part-time ER but they'll still looking for ways to ensure the community has around the clock emergency coverage.  Go to full article
The former Willsboro Central School, which was built in 1927 and closed in 2001, has been converted to the Champlain Valley Senior Community, a 63-bed assisted living facility for seniors that opened last month. Photo: Chris Knight, via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/537874/Converted-school-fills-void-for-seniors.html">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a><br />
The former Willsboro Central School, which was built in 1927 and closed in 2001, has been converted to the Champlain Valley Senior Community, a 63-bed assisted living facility for seniors that opened last month. Photo: Chris Knight, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Old Willsboro school reborn for seniors

The old community school in a small Essex County town has been renovated and converted into an assisted living center for senior citizens.

The Champlain Valley Senior Community opened last month in the former Willsboro Central School, which closed 12 years ago and sat abandoned for several years. Its owner and developer says the $6 million project will help fill a growing senior housing void in the region.  Go to full article
Whitewater rafters take a break at the confluence of the Indian and Hudson rivers Tuesday. This will be the finish line for Sunday's Adirondack Challenge whitewater rafting race on the Indian River.<br />Photo: <a href="http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/537944/Floating-at-the-finish-line.html?nav=5008">Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Chris Knight</a>
Whitewater rafters take a break at the confluence of the Indian and Hudson rivers Tuesday. This will be the finish line for Sunday's Adirondack Challenge whitewater rafting race on the Indian River.
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Chris Knight

Rafters, paddlers and pols to face the Adirondack Challenge

A small Adirondack town will host a big event this weekend. The Adirondack Challenge, to be held in the town of Indian Lake, will feature a series of whitewater rafting and canoe and kayak races.

The event was first mentioned earlier this year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State speech as a way to draw more visitors to the Adirondacks. Town officials and business owners hope it will provide both a short and long term boost to the local economy.

Chris Knight visited Indian Lake this week and filed this report.  Go to full article
Boats moored at the shore of Leroy Douglas' campground on Silver Lake last week. Douglas has sold ld some of his property along the lake that's the center of an ongoing federal lawsuit he filed against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council. Photo: Chris Knight, <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Boats moored at the shore of Leroy Douglas' campground on Silver Lake last week. Douglas has sold ld some of his property along the lake that's the center of an ongoing federal lawsuit he filed against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Controversial Black Brook Adirondack parcel sold

An Adirondack lakefront property that's the subject of a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit filed against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council has been sold.

Records on file with the Clinton County Real Property Office show Leroy Douglas sold six parcels totaling 17.1 acres on Silver Lake in the town of Black Brook for $350,000. His lawyer says the sale doesn't affect the merits of case.  Go to full article

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