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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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Architect rendering:view from Lake Flower Avenue. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC
Architect rendering:view from Lake Flower Avenue. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

Saranac Lake residents divided over hotel development

Public opinion is still split over a controversial hotel project proposed for the Village of Saranac Lake. Lake Flower Lodging wants to build a 93-room, four-story hotel on the lake's shoreline, but the project first needs village approval for a zoning change.

The village Planning Board held a public comment session on the project last week that drew a crowd of nearly 100 people to the Harrietstown Town Hall.  Go to full article
Luge racer Erin Hamlin of Ramsen, NY. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia
Luge racer Erin Hamlin of Ramsen, NY. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia

USA Luge, in financial straits, reaches out for political help

Just months after capping off one of its most successful seasons on the ice, USA Luge is facing a financial crunch. Officials with the Lake Placid-based organization say if the shortfall is not remedied it could affect some of its programs in the next year.

The situation was worsened recently by the loss of a key sponsor of the United States luge team, the Army National Guard. USA Luge officials are now reaching out for political help.  Go to full article
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, right, listens Friday as Maureen Sayles of North Country Community College explains the benefits of a new career training program the college is seeking federal funding to create. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, right, listens Friday as Maureen Sayles of North Country Community College explains the benefits of a new career training program the college is seeking federal funding to create. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Sen. Schumer swings through Adirondacks, pushes tech training grant for NCCC

Senator Charles Schumer was in the North Country on Friday, making stops in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Speculator. In Saranac Lake, Schumer said he's pushing for grant funding to create a new academic program at North Country Community College (NCCC) that would train workers for a rapidly growing industry.

NCCC is one of thirty SUNY community colleges that have teamed up to apply for $15 million from a U.S. Department of Labor career training program. The college is seeking to train people in mechatronics, a multi-disciplinary field that incorporates engineering, mechanics, and electronics.  Go to full article
A dump truck drives through Main Street in downtown Saranac Lake Thursday. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
A dump truck drives through Main Street in downtown Saranac Lake Thursday. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake considers large truck ban for downtown

Saranac Lake Village trustees asked their staff this week to draft a local law that would eliminate unnecessary truck and commercial vehicle traffic from sections of Main Street and Broadway.

The push for the truck ban comes from a group of downtown business owners and advocates for improved bicycle and pedestrian access in the community.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mytravelphotos/6919024628/">Jasperdo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: Jasperdo, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saranac Lake board will weigh residence as well as comments

The village of Saranac Lake is officially drawing a line between "insider" and "outsider" comments from the public at its meetings.

Village officials say they will listen to people who live outside the village but will give more weight to thoughts and concerns raised by village taxpayers.

The move comes as the village continues to get feedback on a controversial hotel project.  Go to full article
Myriad BRM offices on Main St. in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Myriad BRM offices on Main St. in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Biotech firm pulls out of Saranac Lake

The Village of Saranac Lake's plan to grow a cluster of biotechnology companies suffered a setback Monday.

Myriad RBM, one of two biotech firms the village lured from Lake Placid three years ago, plans to shutter its Saranac Lake site. The change will leave the company's roughly two dozen local workers out of a job.  Go to full article
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

New design for Saranac Lake resort and spa

The company that wants to build a controversial high-end waterfront hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has revised its design.

Lake Flower Lodging has reoriented the building on the lakefront site and dropped its height by roughly 12 feet. The changes come in response to concerns raised by village residents and members of Saranac Lake's Planning Board.

But some still aren't convinced that the Lake Flower Spa and Resort's is a fit for the community.  Go to full article
Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Saratoga Lake. Photo: Janice Painter, CC some rights reserved
Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Saratoga Lake. Photo: Janice Painter, CC some rights reserved

Beating invasive water milfoil, year by year

New York state's first-ever Invasive Species Awareness Week is drawing to a close.

There's been a slew of public outreach and education initiatives - all to help educate the public about invasive species on land and in water, and ways to stop their spread.

One took paddlers to Upper Saranac Lake to learn about a successful and ongoing 10-year campaign to rid the lake of Eurasian watermilfoil.  Go to full article
Uihlein Living Center nursing home in Lake Placid.  Photos: Mark Kurtz
Uihlein Living Center nursing home in Lake Placid. Photos: Mark Kurtz

Adirondack Health will sell Lake Placid nursing home

Adirondack Health plans to sell its nursing home in Lake Placid to a New York City-based healthcare services company. The organization's president and CEO, Chandler Ralph, announced the news in guest commentaries published Tuesday in local newspapers.

She said Adirondack Health will partner with Post Acute Partners, which operates nursing homes, assisted living, independent living and other healthcare facilities in New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. This is one in a long list of big changes for the largest private employer in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
The Essex Chain of Lakes. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
The Essex Chain of Lakes. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

Essex Chain of Lakes almost ready for lots of summer visitors

The state is expecting a large number of visitors this summer to one of the key acquisitions in the Finch, Pruyn and Co. land deal. A limited number of campsites will be available to the public in the Essex Chain of Lakes in the central Adirondacks starting next month.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a longer-term management plan to guide recreation for this new tract of Forest Preserve.  Go to full article

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