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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


Spitzer Attends Government Forum in Plattsburgh

New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was in Plattsburgh on Wednesday to attend a government affairs forum sponsored by the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce. Spitzer, who's seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2006, told the audience of nearly 200 local officials and business people that state government is failing the people of New York. As Chris Knight reports, the attorney general said lawmakers and state officials have to be held more accountable.  Go to full article

Schoolkids Pack Supplies for the Gulf Coast

Teachers and students at an elementary school in Saranac Lake are doing their part to help a school on the Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Katrina. They spent Tuesday afternoon filling new backpacks full of school supplies and packing them in boxes to be trucked to Long Beach, Mississippi. The elementary school and many other homes and buildings there were destroyed. As Chris Knight reports, the backpacks will give the Mississippi students a boost for the new school year, and give local kids a personal connection to the hurricane's effects.  Go to full article

Sagamore Hosts Hollywood Celebs

A historic landmark in the Adirondacks served as the backdrop for a major motion picture last week when part of the upcoming feature "The Good Shepherd," starring Robert DeNiro and Matt Damon, was filmed at the Great Camp Sagamore. As Chris Knight reports, several local motels and hotels were booked with cast and crew from the production.  Go to full article

Parish Volunteers on the Road South

A "parish to parish" hurricane relief effort took to the road Friday afternoon when a truck full of supplies left for Mississippi from Saranac Lake. It was the first of many trips planned for a long-term campaign to help one town impacted by Hurricane Katrina. As Chris Knight reports, the Saranac Lake volunteers learned the people of Laurel, Mississippi are trying their best to get back to normal.  Go to full article

APA Appoints New Director, Richard Lefebvre

The Adirondack Park Agency Board officially appointed a new executive director at its meeting Thursday in Ray Brook. Richard Lefebvre takes over for Daniel Fitts, who resigned last month after a report from the state Inspector General found he used his office computer to download and share images of nude women. As Chris Knight reports, Lefebvre's first meeting as executive director was marked by both praise for his hiring and criticism from several agency opponents.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Native Copes With Aftermath

A number of Gulf Coast residents originally from the North Country have been trying to cope with life after Hurricane Katrina while doing what they can to help others in need. Saranac Lake native Lucy Duprey is a realtor in Houma, about 60 miles southwest of New Orleans. As Chris Knight reports, Duprey has been trying to find temporary housing for the thousands of evacuees being sheltered in the town.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Skaters Raise Money for Hurricane Relief

Fundraisers and benefits for victims of Hurricane Katrina took place in communities across the North Country over the weekend. In Peru, a bottled-water company was donating several thousand gallons of water. In Vermontville, personal hygiene items were being collected at the town hall. Many people made $1 donations while checking out at their local grocery stores. Chris Knight stopped by a unique benefit that was taking place in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

Gas Prices Could Hurt Fall Tourism

With the Labor Day weekend here and fall foliage season approaching, some in the tourism industry say the recent spike in gas prices could impact the numbers of visitors to the Adirondacks. For those who still decide to come to the region, the high cost of gas may mean less money spent in local shops and restaurants. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Sayward Says Gas Tax Repeal Easy

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward is asking Governor Pataki to call an emergency session of the state legislature to remove the state's gas tax for the rest of the year.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Begins Cleanup of Contaminated Soil

The Village of Lake Placid may have to come up with as much as $1 million to clean up thousands of tons of petroleum contaminated soil. So far the pollution has only been found where a sewer line project was taking place. As Chris Knight reports, the Department of Environmental Conservation is trying to determine how large the contaminated area is.  Go to full article

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