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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

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Lake Placid Olympic Torch<br />Source:  Erica & David Henry
Lake Placid Olympic Torch
Source: Erica & David Henry

Olympic Torch Extinguished in Lake Placid, No Money for Fuel

The Olympic Torch in Lake Placid was relit last weekend as part of the 25th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games. But officials at the Olympic Regional Development Authority say the flame had to be extinguished because there wasn't enough money to pay for the fuel needed to keep it burning. Chris Knight has our story.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake Developer Reveals Backers

The Pennsylvania developer who hopes to build a massive vacation home resort in Tupper Lake has unveiled his team of investors. Michael Foxman plans to sell building lots for more than eight hundred homes and condos on a parcel surrounding the Big Tupper Ski area. The project is now under review by the Adirondack Park Agency. Foxman has faced questions about his background, which includes a Federal indictment in the 1990s following the collapse of a savings and loan. Last week, he provided the names and resumes for a half-dozen principal partners, who will spend roughly seven million dollars to acquire the Big Tupper property. As Chris Knight reports, local officials in Tupper Lake say they're confident that this team has the experience to make the project successful.  Go to full article

Aspen Expert Says Adirondacks Faces Resort Housing Crisis

At an affordable housing conference Wednesday 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
Big Simon Hunting & Fishing Club
Big Simon Hunting & Fishing Club

Tupper Lake: New Resort Development Will Close Historic Hunting Club

A historic sportsmen's club in Tupper Lake is expected to lose access to more than two thousand acres of forest land. Local members have been hunting and fishing on the land for more than fifty years. As Chris Knight reports, a new housing development at the Big Tupper ski area will end the lease.  Go to full article

Second Major Housing Development Planned for Adirondacks, In Jay

The Adirondacks have seen a housing boom over the last five years. Hundreds of new vacation homes and condos have been built, usually on single lots or in small subdivisions. Major developers are now proposing massive housing projects inside the park. One 800-home vacation resort in Tupper Lake is now under review by the Adirondack Park Agency. As Chris Knight reports, the APA is now examining a second, 700-home subdivision in the town of Jay.  Go to full article

Rumors of Violence Frighten Parents, Students at Saranac Lake Schools

Four students have been arrested in Saranac Lake for allegedly painting threatening graffiti and spreading rumors of a Columbine-style massacre. The latest arrest, of a 16-year-old male student, was made on Monday night. Police and school officials say the threats frightened hundreds of parents and children, but there was no actual plot. As Chris Knight reports, many parents kept their kids home yesterday, the day the rumored "bloodbath" was supposed to take place.  Go to full article

Massive Tupper Lake Real Estate Proposal Draws Praise & Questions

The Adirondack Park Agency met in Tupper Lake last night to review plans for a massive new real estate project around the Big Tupper Ski Center. The project's developers are calling it "The Preserve On Tupper Lake". With more than eight hundred high end vacation homes and condos now on the drawing board, the proposal would reshape the entire community. It would bring jobs and a higher tax base to Tupper Lake. But as Chris Knight reports, some question the development's impact on the environment and on the village's infrastructure.  Go to full article

Big Plans for Big Tupper

Plans to re-open and turn the Big Tupper ski area into a four season resort community got their first public airing last night in Tupper Lake. The project involves construction of over 700 housing and lodging units. As Chris Knight reports, local officials are excited about the potential economic impact of the plan.  Go to full article

Wind Power Company Looks to Adirondacks

Wind power is attracting more and more attention in the north country. A 70-turbine project has been proposed for the town of Burke in Franklin county. Construction of a massive wind farm is expected to start next spring on the Tug Hill Plateau in Lewis County. At least one wind power company is now looking at sites in the Adirondack Park. The plan worries some environmental groups, who worry about the impact of turbine towers on the Park's scenery. Chris Knight has our story.  Go to full article
Larger land claim map at the link below
Larger land claim map at the link below

County Governments Oppose Mohawk Land Deal

Legislators in Frankln County voted unanimously Thursday to oppose a land claims settlement between the state and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. County officials say a ten million dollars payment meant to offset the loss of taxes isn't big enough. As Chris Knight reports, the arguements made by legislators mirror those heard earlier this month when St. Lawrence County Legislators voted to oppose the settlement.  Go to full article

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