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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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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

Officials Praise Pataki as Friend of the North Country

Reaction to Governor Pataki's decision not to seek a fourth term continues to come in from across the North Country. As Chris Knight reports, leaders of the region's Republican Party and some local officials say they'll be hard pressed to find a governor who is as strong a supporter of the North Country.  Go to full article

IP Applies for Tire Chip Burn

International Paper has re-submitted its application to conduct a controversial two-week test burn of tire chips at its Ticonderoga mill. As Chris Knight reports, the paper company now hopes the test can take place this fall.  Go to full article

Tops Supermarket Chain Selling Some of its Stores

Tops Markets announced on Monday that it's putting 31 of its supermarkets in the Adirondacks and Eastern New York up for sale.  Go to full article

IP Still Committed to Conservation Deal

Despite plans for a dramatic company downsizing, International Paper says it is still committed to a landmark conservation easement deal with the state. Announced last year, the agreement would have the state pay $25 million to open 257,000 acres of IP land in the Adirondacks for public recreation.  Go to full article

Little: Campground Regulation "Arbitrary"

State Senator Betty Little says a regulation being proposed by the Adirondack Park Agency could adversely affect owners of campgrounds and long-term campers in the Adirondacks. As Chris Knight reports, the Senator plans to meet with APA officials next week to discuss the rule change.  Go to full article

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

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