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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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Saranac Lake Homeowners Respond to Rising Taxes

It's a complaint that's been heard repeatedly from individual residents across the North Country--people are afraid of losing their homes because they can't afford to pay skyrocketing property taxes. As Chris Knight reports, many of these same people are now taking a more constructive approach to the problem by organizing into "concerned taxpayer" groups.  Go to full article

Preservationists Hope to Save St. Regis Fire Tower

A group of hikers and history buffs trying to save the St. Regis Mountain fire tower in the Adirondacks are resting a little easier. The Department of Environmental Conservation has decided to keep the tower up until the Adirondack Park Agency can consider reclassifying the area around it as historic. Chris Knight has the story.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Company Announces Layoffs

Half the workforce is being eliminated from one of Lake Placid's largest employers. Serologicals Corporation, the parent company of Upstate USA, will be cutting 23 positions outright and giving another 39 people the opportunity to relocate to facilities in California or Virginia. As Chris Knight reports, the decision is part of a reorganization at the corporate level.  Go to full article

Paul Smith's College Dean Takes New Job

Paul Sorgule, the dean of culinary arts and hospitality management at Paul Smith's College for nearly three decades, has stepped down to take a position at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, Sorgule says it was just time for him to make a change in his life.  Go to full article

Big Tupper Developer Withdraws Annexation Request

Developer Michael Foxman has withdrawn his request to have the Village of Tupper Lake's boundaries redrawn to include his proposed 700-unit resort home project. As Chris Knight reports, Foxman received conflicting legal advice about whether it's possible to annex the land from the Town of Tupper Lake into the village.  Go to full article

Aspen Expert Says Adks. Face Resort Housing Crisis

This week we're focusing attention on the vacation home boom in the Adirondacks. At an affordable housing conference over the winter in Saranac Lake, regional leaders heard a presentation from Mick Ireland. Ireland is a local government leader in Aspen, Colorado. That resort community has fought back against the pressures of vacation home development, creating more than 2,000 units of protected middle-income housing. As Chris Knight reports, Ireland says the Adirondack Park should prepare itself for the same struggle.  Go to full article

Another Lake Placid Hotel Goes Upscale

One of Lake Placid's leading hotel owners says his company will add 40 luxury guest suites and rebuild the fašade of the Lake Placid Holiday Inn. The project is expected to cost as much as $6 million. As Chris Knight reports, the move is part of a major push in Lake Placid to appeal to upscale visitors.  Go to full article
Outdoorsman Gary Hodgson<br />(Source: John Quenell)
Outdoorsman Gary Hodgson
(Source: John Quenell)

Explosion at Lake Placid Elementary Injures Retired Ranger, Frightens Children

An explosion at Lake Placid's elementary school yesterday injured Gary Hodgson, a retired New York State Forest Ranger. Hodgson suffered burns and lacerations when a fire-making demonstration ignited a horn of flamable black powder. A number of students were taken to the emergency room in Lake Placid. The school was evacuated. Hodgson is reportedly in stable condition. Chris Knight has details.  Go to full article
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source: ESD)

Appeal Rejected in ORDA Contract Dispute

A state appeals court has once again ruled in favor of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA was sued over the awarding of a lucrative food services contract for ski centers at Gore and Whiteface Mountains. Boston Culinary Group claimed that ORDA awarded the contract to a competitor after an unfair bidding process. As Chris Knight reports, the State Supreme court upheld a decision yesterday to dismiss the lawsuit.  Go to full article
Sen. Clinton addresses Paul Smiths grads (Source:  Nancie Battaglia)
Sen. Clinton addresses Paul Smiths grads (Source: Nancie Battaglia)

At Paul Smiths Ceremony, Clinton Calls For Education Funding

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton gave the commencement address yesterday at Paul Smiths College, in the Adirondacks. Clinton called for more funding for higher education. As Chris Knight reports, her appearance came as the school recovers from a painful year.  Go to full article

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