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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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Tri-Lakes Nursing Homes to be Purchased by Local Hospital

The Adirondack Medical Center has decided to buy the only two nursing homes in the Tri-Lakes area. Mercy Healthcare Center in Tupper Lake and Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid have been losing money for years, due in part to declining Medicaid reimbursement rates for their patients. The buyout means both will stay open. As Chris Knight reports, the deal has seen strong support from the community.  Go to full article

Garcia Elected Essex County DA

Julie Garcia will be the first female district attorney in Essex County. Garcia, a Republican, defeated Conservative Party challenger Debra Whitson on Tuesday, bringing an end to a controversial and, at times, ugly campaign. As Chris Knight reports, one of Garcia's first tasks will be to review the budget of the district attorney's office.  Go to full article

Developers Close Big Tupper Sale

Pennsylvania-based investors have closed the deal on the centerpiece of a proposed resort in Tupper Lake, the former Big Tupper Ski Area. Preserve Associates and Big Tupper LLC are behind the Adirondack Club and Resort, a proposed development that would re-open the ski Area and build 700 new homes over 6400 acres. The developers, led by Michael Foxman, paid about $1.3 million for the Ski Area. According to the Associated Press, they paid another $4 million for the surrounding timber land. As Chris Knight reports, the deal comes two weeks before the resort's application is due at the Adirondack Park Agency, and prior to an election that could change the political leadership in Tupper Lake.  Go to full article

Hospital Cited in Jumping Death

The state Health Department has cited Adirondack Medical Center for its role in the death of a woman who jumped from a moving ambulance earlier this year. AMC was not fined, but was ordered to correct its policies and procedures in psychiatric cases. As Chris Knight reports, hospiltal officials say they're cooperating fully.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Want Northway Phones Restored

A new plan was unveiled yesterday to restore emergency communications to a remote section of the Adirondack Northway by this winter. The measures, announced by Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, are designed to make the interstate safer for motorists in the short and long term. As Chris Knight reports, the Adirondack Park Agency will be reviewing the proposals.  Go to full article

Adirondack Museum Announces New Lake Placid Branch

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake announced plans yesterday to open a branch museum in Lake Placid by the spring of 2007. Museum officials will be spending $2.5 million dollars to acquire and renovate a vacant church on Lake Placid's Main Street. As Chris Knight reports, they say the new site will allow them to reach many more visitors to the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

GOP Candidates Woo North Country Republicans

Republican leaders from across the North Country met behind closed doors Wednesday in Malone with the party's potential candidates for US Senate and NY Governor in 2006. The meeting was one of seven being held across the state to help the GOP winnow its field of candidates and build support for the party. As Chris Knight reports, the event was notable not just for those who showed up, but also for one potential candidate who wasn't there.  Go to full article

Adirondack Park for People With Disabilities

A dedication ceremony was held yesterday in Long Lake for the first wilderness area in the Adirondacks designed to accommodate people with disabilities. International Paper has donated a nearly 16,000-acre conservation easement to the state. It will compromise the International Paper John Dillon Park, named for the paper company's now-retired chairman. As Chris Knight reports, the park is meant to provide its visitors with the therapeutic experience of the wilderness.  Go to full article

APA Withdraws Campground Regulation

The Adirondack Park Agency has withdrawn a proposed regulation that could have adversely affected owners of campgrounds and long-term campers in the Adirondacks. The decision, which was announced Thursday by Senator Betty Little, comes after a meeting last week between elected officials around the park, campground owners, the APA and other state officials. As Chris Knight reports, the agency was under intense political pressure to scrap the proposed regulation.  Go to full article

Pataki, Local Officials React to Lake Placid Company's Closing

Upstate Biotech of Lake Placid announced last week that it'll be shutting down in March, eliminating 120 jobs. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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