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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

Stories filed by Chris Knight


Saranac Lake Candidates Debate Walmart

Candidates for Saranac Lake Mayor and Village Board went head to head last night in a well-attended debate-style forum at the Saranac Lake High School. They discussed a number of issues including rising property taxes, open government and the condition of rental properties in the community. But many in the audience had showed up to hear what the candidates think of Wal-Mart's proposal to build a supercenter at the eastern entrance to the village. As Chris Knight reports, few of the candidates gave a clear-cut answer.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Police Chief Accused of Covering up Crash Details

Essex County District Attorney Julie Garcia is calling for a criminal investigation into allegations that Saranac Lake's police chief tried to cover up details of a car crash last October. The crash involved two of Chief Donald Perryman's officers, who have admitted to drinking alcohol in the hours before the crash. The Saranac Lake Village Board is also considering disciplinary action in the case. As Chris Knight reports, this is the latest in a series of disputes between Perryman and the village that goes back more than five years.  Go to full article

Pro-Walmart Efforts Draw Questions

The divisive battle over a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in Saranac Lake came to the Essex County Board of Supervisors this week. A resolution to support the project was debated and ultimately postponed. Later that same day, the county manager, Cliff Donaldson, revealed to a stunned audience at a village meeting that he was the one who's been working to bring the mega-retailer to Saranac Lake. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

DEC to Restore Wakely Fire Tower

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is planning to restore and preserve a fire tower in the Central Adirondacks. The proposal is included in the DEC's draft Unit Management Plan for the Blue Ridge Wilderness and Wakely Mountain Primitive Area. The plan calls for keeping the Wakely Mountain fire tower, fire observer's cabin and a wooden helipad for radio communications, historic preservation and recreation. While fire tower supporters are backing the plan, others say it violates long-standing state environmental policy. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Walmart Announces Plans For Saranac Lake

Several months of Saranac Lake Walmart rumors were put to rest yesterday. The mega-retailer officially announced plans to build a Supercenter in the village. The 121,000 square foot store would include a general merchandise area and a full-service grocery store. Company officials predict it would employ between 275 and 300 people. Supporters say the store would be convenient for local residents and keep their spending local. Others are concerned it would ruin the character of the village. Chris Knight reports:  Go to full article

Duprey Begins Campaign to Unseat Ortloff

Clinton County Treasuer Janet Duprey kicked off her campaign to try and unseat incumbent state Assemblyman Chris Ortloff on Tuesday. The official announcement, made at stops in Plattsburgh, Malone and Saranac Lake, sets the stage for what's expected to be a hard-fought Republican primary in the 114th Assembly District, which includes Clinton and Franklin Counties and the Town of St. Armand in Essex County. As Chris Knight reports, Ortloff says he's ready for the challenge.  Go to full article

New Housing Project in Lake Placid

A downstate developer has announced plans for a major workforce housing project in Lake Placid. If approved, the development would include 40 town house units capped at a maximum price of $200,000. The housing would only be available to year-round residents with full time jobs in the Lake Placid area. As Chris Knight reports, local officials are hoping the project will help ease the housing crisis the community is facing.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Schools Talk Consolidation

The Saranac Lake School Board is preparing to ask taxpayers to approve a pair of propositions that would fund millions of dollars worth of repairs and upgrades to several school buildings. The first bond resolution is needed to repair sections of three buildings constructed during a late 1990s capital project. But the other proposition, if approved, could lead to the closure of one and possibly two small elementary schools. As Chris Knight reports, school officials say declining student enrollment and increasing expenses have triggered the talk of consolidation.  Go to full article

Campaign Season Begins in Saranac Lake

Democrats and Republicans in Saranac Lake have picked their candidates for what could be one of the biggest village election campaigns in recent years. The candidates all agree that rumors of a large retailer, possibly Wal-Mart, coming to the village have sparked a renewed interest in local government and could lead to a big turnout on election day. But, as Chris Knight reports, some don't want the issue to overshadow other important concerns the community is facing.  Go to full article

Plans Underway to Upgrade Northway Cell Phone Coverage

The state has selected a contractor to reactivate emergency call boxes on a remote section of the Adirondack Northway. Wells Communications, with offices in Plattsburgh, Troy, Canton and Great Bend, was the successful bidder the project. The work is expected to begin as soon as the contracts are finalized. In the meantime, as Chris Knight reports, state lawmakers are still pushing ahead with plans to improve cell phone coverage on the highway.  Go to full article

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