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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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Surrounded by children in the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center youth ski program, biathlete Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake holds a sign for a trail at the ski center named for her Thursday. Cook was nominated this month to the U.S. Olympic Team for February's winter games in Sochi, Russia.  Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Surrounded by children in the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center youth ski program, biathlete Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake holds a sign for a trail at the ski center named for her Thursday. Cook was nominated this month to the U.S. Olympic Team for February's winter games in Sochi, Russia. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Adirondack x-country ski area launches Olympians

A small cross-country ski center in Saranac Lake is now home to three trails named for local Olympians who grew up skiing its woods and slopes.

Dewey Mountain Recreation Center christened its newest trail last week for Annelies Cook.

The 29-year-old biathlete from Saranac Lake was recently nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in February at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

As Chris Knight reports, Cook says the small Nordic ski area played a big role in her development as a skier.  Go to full article
Local residents, including Lindy Ellis, right, and Ginger Dora, center, listen to a presentation Wednesday night during a public hearing in the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake on a proposed 90-room Lake Flower hotel. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Local residents, including Lindy Ellis, right, and Ginger Dora, center, listen to a presentation Wednesday night during a public hearing in the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake on a proposed 90-room Lake Flower hotel. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake residents weigh in Lake Flower hotel project

The first in a series of public hearings on a major hotel project proposed in Saranac Lake was held Wednesday night in the village. Lake Flower Lodging LLC wants to build a four-story, 80,000-square foot upscale resort hotel on the site of three small motels on Lake Flower.

The project recently won $2 million in state economic development funding. However, local residents have raised concerns about the height of the building along the village's picturesque shoreline.  Go to full article
Police take a suspect into custody as part of a drug sweep in Saranac Lake.  This strategy has been used for decades to reduce drug-related crime in the North Country. Photo: Chris Knight
Police take a suspect into custody as part of a drug sweep in Saranac Lake. This strategy has been used for decades to reduce drug-related crime in the North Country. Photo: Chris Knight

North Country drug war continues, despite debate

This year, North Country Public Radio is looking in-depth at America's 40 year era of mass incarceration - a period of American history that saw the massive growth of prisons around the US, and here in our region. This week, we're focusing on how those policies changed the North Country.

A big part of the rising inmate population has stemmed from the war on drugs. Under state and Federal law, millions of felons have spent much longer sentences behind bars.

That's starting to change. In 2009, New York state reformed the Rockefeller drug laws. As a result, the number of drug offenders behind bars in New York's has dropped by two-thirds.

Despite state and national debate, however, many local and state law enforcement agencies still use many of the same tough-on-crime strategies that have shaped America's drug war for decades.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake police officers help Angela Ball out of a police car on her way into the Harrietstown Town Hall courtroom for arraignment on a second-degree murder charge Monday night in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake police officers help Angela Ball out of a police car on her way into the Harrietstown Town Hall courtroom for arraignment on a second-degree murder charge Monday night in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Woman charged in Saranac Lake murder

Authorities are continuing to probe Saranac Lake's first murder case in nine years. The body of Ward Wilbur of Lake Placid was found by police inside an apartment building in a residential neighborhood of the village Monday morning.

Police say he had been beaten and stabbed by his former girlfriend, who's been charged with second degree murder. New information in the case was released yesterday, but many questions, including what sparked the alleged attack, have yet to be answered.  Go to full article
Canoes sit overturned along the shoreline of Leroy Douglas' campground in Silver Lake in July of this year. Douglas has settled a federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and Adirondack Council that alleged they conspired to halt his development plans on the lake.<br />Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adireondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Canoes sit overturned along the shoreline of Leroy Douglas' campground in Silver Lake in July of this year. Douglas has settled a federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and Adirondack Council that alleged they conspired to halt his development plans on the lake.
Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adireondack Daily Enterprise

Silver Lake man settles suit against APA, Adk Council

A Silver Lake man has settled the remaining claims in a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council.

Leroy Douglas had claimed the environmental group conspired with APA to reopen a 2006 enforcement case the agency pursued against him for a wetlands violation.

As part of the settlement, neither the APA nor the Council acknowledge any wrongdoing.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with Fred Roedel, right, whose company wants to buy and renovate the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, following an event in Lake Placid Wednesday. Photo: Mike Lynch, <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with Fred Roedel, right, whose company wants to buy and renovate the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, following an event in Lake Placid Wednesday. Photo: Mike Lynch, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Cuomo gets behind Saranac Lake hotel projects

Gov. Andrew Cuomo threw his support behind a pair of big hotel projects in Saranac Lake Wednesday.

That could mean the two win millions of dollars in state economic development funding.  Go to full article
Trudeau Institute scientist Andrea Cooper, former Adirondack Museum director Caroline Welsh and Historic Saranac Lake Executive Director Amy Catania watch as Saranac Lake historian and author Mary Hotaling unwraps the original manuscript of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau's autobiography during a reception at the institute. Photo by Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Trudeau Institute scientist Andrea Cooper, former Adirondack Museum director Caroline Welsh and Historic Saranac Lake Executive Director Amy Catania watch as Saranac Lake historian and author Mary Hotaling unwraps the original manuscript of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau's autobiography during a reception at the institute. Photo by Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

EL Trudeau papers unwapped, 90 years later

The original manuscript of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau's autobiography had been hidden away for decades, tied with twine and sealed with wax.

It was finally opened recently at the Saranac Lake biomedical research institute that continues to carry on his legacy.

The ceremony at Trudeau Institute was a fundraiser for a new book about E.L. Trudeau, the physician and scientist who turned Saranac Lake into a world-renowned center for tuberculosis curing and research.  Go to full article
From left, Clarkson University President Tony Collins, Empire State Development President Ken Adams and Trudeau Institute President and CEO Ron Goldfarb sign a memorandum of understanding Wednesday at the Lake Placid Conference Center. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
From left, Clarkson University President Tony Collins, Empire State Development President Ken Adams and Trudeau Institute President and CEO Ron Goldfarb sign a memorandum of understanding Wednesday at the Lake Placid Conference Center. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Clarkson-Trudeau deal could foster a biotech "cluster"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will partner with Trudeau Institute and Clarkson University to create a "world-class" biotechnology research and development enterprise.

At an event in Lake Placid, Cuomo said the $35 million deal will stabilize and save jobs at the Saranac Lake-based nonprofit research center, and attract new investment that could bring hundreds of new jobs to the North Country.  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

NYCO spent big on Forest Preserve land swap

NYCO Minerals spent more than half a million dollars to win support for a controversial land swap with the state approved by voters statewide last week. That's according to financial disclosure statements the Willsboro-based mining company filed with the state Board of Elections in the months and days leading up to the vote on Proposition 5.

Proposition 5 gives NYCO the right to mine a 200-acre tract in the Jay Mountain Wilderness in exchange for 1,500 acres elsewhere that will be added to the Forest Preserve.  Go to full article
A Franklin County fire policeman stands in the middle of Church Street after the fatal fire. Photo: Chis Knightm courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
A Franklin County fire policeman stands in the middle of Church Street after the fatal fire. Photo: Chis Knightm courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Follow-up to a fatal fire in Saranac Lake

More than a week after an elderly woman died in a fire at a high-rise apartment building in Saranac Lake, investigators are still working to determine what caused the blaze.

Meanwhile, the death of Rose Schoonmaker, who was 91, has prompted managers of the DeChantal Apartments to take a closer look at their fire safety protocols and evacuation procedures.  Go to full article

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