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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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High Tech Business Relocates to Lake Placid

A new high-tech business in Lake Placid plans to create 30 jobs over the next three years. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Lieutentant Governor Mary Donohue said Auleron Technology Group will receive a $120,000 grant to help move all its operations to the North Country. As Chris Knight reports, local officials say the company will help fill the void left by the recent elimination of 60 jobs at another high-tech Lake Placid employer.  Go to full article

AMC Wants to Buy Two Local Nursing Homes

A hospital that serves the Tri-Lakes region is moving forward with plans to purchase a pair of local nursing homes - Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid and Mercy Healthcare Center in Tupper Lake. The Board of Trustees at Adirondack Medical Center voted last week to conduct a feasibility study of the buyout. As Chris Knight reports, local officials believe the deal is the best option available for keeping both nursing homes open.  Go to full article

Adirondack Medical Center Reviews Policies Following Death

The state Health Department is investigating a hospital in the Tri-Lakes for its role in the death of a woman who jumped from a moving ambulance earlier this year. As Chris Knight reports, officials at Adirondack Medical Center say they're cooperating fully and will make any needed changes to hospital policies or procedures.  Go to full article
Bear canister. (photo: Wildlife Conservation Society)
Bear canister. (photo: Wildlife Conservation Society)

New High Peaks Rule Requires Bear-proof Containers

A new regulation that will require the use of bear-proof food containers in part of the Adirondack High Peaks region took effect yesterday. Ed Reed, wildlife biologist with the Department of Environmental Conservation in Ray Brook, says the rule is meant to reduce the potential for negative encounters between bears and people. He spoke with Chris Knight.  Go to full article
Richard LeFebvre
Richard LeFebvre

LeFebvre to Lead APA

The Adirondack Park Agency has named Dick LeFebvre to serve as the APA's next executive director. LeFebvre replaces Dan Fitts, who resigned earlier this month in the wake of a scandal involving the misuse of office computers. LeFebvre was chair of the APA board until 2002 and had been serving as executive director of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District. As Chris Knight reports, LeFebvre will be asked to help restore the environmental agency's damaged reputation.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Question Tupper Lake Powerline Plan

An Adirondack environmental group is asking the New York Power Authority to further research a proposal for a new power line that would serve Tupper Lake and the Tri-Lakes region. The Resident's Committee to Protect the Adirondacks says one of the proposed routes crosses forest preserve land and creates a possible conflict with the "Forever Wild" clause of the state constitution. As Chris Knight reports, representatives of the Power Authority say they're looking into the concerns.  Go to full article

Essex County Deputy Dies in Northway Traffic Accident

An Essex County sheriff's deputy was killed early Wednesday morning. A tractor-trailer struck Eric Loiselle while he conducted a routine traffic stop on the Adirondack Northway. As Chris Knight reports, state police believe driver fatigue is a factor in the accident.  Go to full article

APA: Spiegel's House Must Comply

The Adirondack Park Agency moved a step closer on Friday to forcing the removal of a controversial mansion in Lake Placid. Following the recommendation of APA staff, the agency board voted unanimously to suspend Arthur Spiegel's permit until environmental conditions are fully satisfied.  Go to full article

Adirondack Park Agency Director Resigns

The head of the Adirondack Park Agency resigned on Friday. Dan Fitts and four other agency staff members were acused of using their office computers to download and share nude photographs of women. The state environmental agency had faced growing public pressure over the scandal. An editorial last week in the Plattsburgh Press Republican called for Fitts to step down, describing him as "well-liked" and "effective" but arguing that his credibility had been ruined. The APA board accepted Fitts's resignation Friday at their meeting in Speculator. Fitts, who led the APA for ten years, had been on unpaid suspension. As Chris Knight reports, the agency has yet to decide the fate of the four other employees.  Go to full article

APA Considers Punishment for Five Employees

The Adirondack Park Agency met in executive session last night prior to its regular meeting in Lake Pleasant. The agency board is considering possible disciplinary action against five APA employees, including Executive Director Dan Fitts, implicated in an investigation into nude photos on office computers. As Chris Knight reports, a formal decision on their fate may come today or tomorrow.  Go to full article

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