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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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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

Republicans Get a Head Start on Hillary

Edward Cox, a New York City attorney and son-in-law of former president Richard Nixon, has been meeting with North Country Republicans as he considers a run. As Chris Knight reports, Cox is already on the offensive against Senator Hillary Clinton.  Go to full article

Schumer Visits the Adirondacks

As part of a tour of the North Country on Monday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer traveled to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, the community leaders and local elected officials who met with Schumer shared many of the same concerns.  Go to full article

ORDA President Takes New Job

The top official at the state-run Olympic Regional Development Authority is stepping down after nine-and-a-half years on the job.  Go to full article

Adirondack Park Agency Chief Suspended

Adirondack Park Agency chief Daniel Fitts was suspended Friday after an investigation into inappropriate material found on computers at APA headquarters. A report from the state Inspector General's Office says Fitts and four other APA employees had images of nude and partially nude women on their office computers. As Chris Knight reports, the agency board may take further action against those involved before the end of the week.  Go to full article

"Invasives" Fight Needs People and Money

Non-native plant species like zebra mussels, water milfoil, and purple loosestrife are called "invasives." They can overwhelm native species, upsetting whole ecosystems. In the Adirondacks, private groups that have been fighting invasives for years are now hoping for public help. Invasives are considered one of the most serious threats to the region's, and the state's, environment. A state task force studying the problem brought its draft report and recommendations to a meeting in Ray Brook this week. As Chris Knight reports, members found a receptive audience, with its own suggestions.  Go to full article
The future museum (Source: NHMA)
The future museum (Source: NHMA)

State will Donate Another $5 Million to Tupper Lake Museum

Governor Pataki traveled to Tupper Lake yesterday where he announced $5 million in funding for the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. As Chris Knight reports, the additional money allows the museum, which is still under construction, to reach its fundraising goal so it can open its doors next year.  Go to full article
Duck Hole Dam in 2000. Photo courtesy Gary Dean.
Duck Hole Dam in 2000. Photo courtesy Gary Dean.

Hikers and State Officials Debate Fate of Crumbling Duck Hole Dam

A group of hikers say a crumbling dam in a remote area of the Adirondack High Peaks should be rebuilt. They hope to save a famous man-made pond known as Duck Hole. The group has started a website and begun writing to state officials, who say they're studying the problem. But as Chris Knight reports, some hikers and environmentalists say the aging dam, which stands in a wilderness area, should be allowed to collapse.  Go to full article

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