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The crash scene on Friday in North Hudson, a remote Essex County community in the Adirondack Mountains.  Photo:  New York State Police
The crash scene on Friday in North Hudson, a remote Essex County community in the Adirondack Mountains. Photo: New York State Police

14-year-old Quebec girl dies in Adirondack bus crash

The victim of a fatal bus accident in Essex County on Friday has been identified as 14-year-old Chelssy Mercier from Quebec.

State Police say Mercier died when the tourist bus overturned in North Hudson while traveling from Quebec to New York City with 55 passengers. Officials say Mercier's mother was also aboard the bus.

There's no word yet on what may have caused the accident. According to police, the bus operated by a company called Autobus Fleur de Lys entered the median and flipped over.

Passersby tried to help Mercier, who was trapped under the bus, and State Police also attempted to revive the girl, but she died at the scene.  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
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens hauls a canoe over one of the carry trails between the Essex Chain Lakes.  Photo:  Brian Mann
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens hauls a canoe over one of the carry trails between the Essex Chain Lakes. Photo: Brian Mann

New to explore in the Adirondacks: the Essex Chain Lakes

This is the final week for public comment on the new management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes in the central Adirondacks.

The 11,000-acre chunk of wild forest and lakes near the town of Newcomb is part of the massive Finch Pruyn conservation deal that has expanded the Park's public land.

State officials are hoping the Essex Chain will offer a popular new alternative for paddlers and hikers and anglers, drawing more visitors to a part of the Park that often sees little traffic.

Our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann made the trip last week and has our story.  Go to full article
Gore Mountain is an anchor for Warren County's winter economy. Photo: Gore Mountain website
Gore Mountain is an anchor for Warren County's winter economy. Photo: Gore Mountain website

Comptroller: Olympic authority needs "fiscal balance"

A new report issued this week by New York's state Comptroller office is aiming fire at the business and accounting practices of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

That's the state-owned enterprise that operates sports and tourism venues in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

The audit found that ORDA is losing money and is often forced to borrow cash to pay for basic operations.  Go to full article
If the concept unveiled today by state officials is adopted, trains would no longer run to Saranac Lake's station (seen here) or to Lake Placid.  Train service might eventually be offered as far north as Tupper Lake.  Photo:  Susan Waters
If the concept unveiled today by state officials is adopted, trains would no longer run to Saranac Lake's station (seen here) or to Lake Placid. Train service might eventually be offered as far north as Tupper Lake. Photo: Susan Waters

State may convert section of Adirondack train route to rail-trail

State officials say they plan to reopen the planning process for the historic railroad track from Old Forge to Lake Placid.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, state Transportation and Environment commissioners also said they would consider converting a large segment of the historic train route to a "rail-to-trail" system.

If the proposal goes forward, tracks along the stretch from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid, via Saranac Lake, would be removed and replaced with a trail surface.

"In response to public interest, we are reopening the Unit Management Plan, providing new opportunities to engage local communities and support the regional economy as we plan for the corridor's future," said DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald in a statement.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

NY offers new tours of Capitol, Empire State Plaza

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Visitors to New York state's Capitol this summer will be able to take advantage of new free tours of the historic building and the nearby Empire State Plaza.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the 30-minute tours of the plaza will focus on its history and design. The tour will include stops at the plaza concourse, the Egg Center for the Performing Arts and the outdoor plaza, which is adjacent to the Capitol and includes several state buildings and memorials.  Go to full article
The bus owned by the Tubby Tubes Rafting company was carrying 31 customers and 3 employees.

Tourism bus crashes in Adirondacks, killing 15-year-old

State police say a bus accident Saturday afternoon in Lake Luzerne has left one 15-year-old dead and injured another. The accident took place just after midday.

The bus owned by the Tubby Tubes Rafting company was carrying 31 customers and 3 employees. They were traveling to make an excursion on the Hudson River.

According to police, the bus overturned, apparently because of mechanical problems.

"A fifteen year old river guide employed by Tubby Tubes was ejected from the bus and died at the scene," according to the State Police statement.

A customer who suffered an ankle injury was transported to Glens Falls Hospital. An investigation of the one-vehicle accident is underway.  Go to full article
At North Creek Station. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/altuwa/8117850154/">Sébastien Barré</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At North Creek Station. Photo: Sébastien Barré, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adirondack tourism trains cut schedules

The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting that the tourism training serving the Gore Mountain area around North Creek will reduce its operations this summer.

The Saratoga and North Creek Railway has operated 7 days a week in past years. This summer, it will make runs four days a week, Friday through Monday.

A spokesman told the railroad that the runs were cut back after they analyzed mid-week ridership.  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
Water's Edge owners Tom and Leslie Knoll. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Water's Edge owners Tom and Leslie Knoll. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Why people keep coming back to the Adirondacks

It's almost summertime, and already seasonal tourists are making their way back to the Adirondacks. Tom and Leslie Knoll are a couple of the people who offer to put them up. They've owned Water's Edge Cottages in Long Lake since 1982, and they say their place has 40 feet of beach and beautiful views of the sunset.

Zach Hirsch dropped in for a visit last week and asked them, What makes the Adirondacks so unique?  Go to full article

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