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Bethan Maher was hired as executive officer of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in 2012. Photo: Brian Mann
Bethan Maher was hired as executive officer of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in 2012. Photo: Brian Mann

In-depth with the Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Last month, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad executive officer Bethan Maher and Adirondack Rail Preservation Society board member Al Dunham sat down with NCPR Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann.

They spoke in-depth for half an hour at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake about the financial strengths, accomplishments, and challenges faced by the Scenic Railroad. Also, about the non-profit company's vision for the future if New York officials decide to maintain the Remsen-Lake Placid corridor as a train route.  Go to full article

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Chris LaBarge explains the design of his proposed 90-room hotel on the shore of Lake Flower at Wednesday night's Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Chris LaBarge explains the design of his proposed 90-room hotel on the shore of Lake Flower at Wednesday night's Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

New Saranac Lake hotel design presented

The design of a 90-room hotel proposed in Saranac Lake was presented publicly for the first time last week. Malone developer Chris LaBarge wants to locate the upscale, $15-million hotel on the site of three existing Lake Flower motels.

Village planning board members said they like the look and design of the hotel, but the height of the nearly 60-foot building remains an issue.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad train passing through Ray Brook. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad train passing through Ray Brook. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Reward offered for info on scenic train vandalism

An investigation is underway by local police in Lake Placid to find out who vandalized internal wiring on a locomotive owned by the Adirondack Scenic Railroad last week.

Now the non-profit, which runs excursion trains in the Old Forge and the Lake-Placid-Saranac-Lake areas is offering a $10,000 reward.  Go to full article
Adirondack Scenic Railroad train at Union Station in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Adirondack Scenic Railroad train at Union Station in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Adirondack Scenic Railroad locomotive vandalized

A locomotive used by the Adirondack Scenic Railroad on runs between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid was heavily damaged by vandals last week, according to a report in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

A spokesman for the railroad said damage to the wiring of the diesel engine could run as high as $50,000, plus lost ticket sales.  Go to full article
A Cape Air employee takes luggage from one of the airline's nine-seat Cessna 402 planes parked outside the Adirondack Regional Airport terminal. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
A Cape Air employee takes luggage from one of the airline's nine-seat Cessna 402 planes parked outside the Adirondack Regional Airport terminal. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Cape Air proposes daily summer round trips to NYC region

Cape Air has proposed adding daily round-trip service between the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear and White Plains during the summer months.

Should the Hyannis, MA-based airline's plan move forward, it would link the Adirondack Park by commercial airline to the New York City area as well as Boston.

Cape Air's proposal comes as its $1.3 million federal subsidy to serve Adirondack Regional is set to expire.  Go to full article
Renovation of the Hotel Saranac is one of two hotel projects in Saranac Lake to be put forward by the Regional Economic Development Council for funding. Photo: Susan Waters
Renovation of the Hotel Saranac is one of two hotel projects in Saranac Lake to be put forward by the Regional Economic Development Council for funding. Photo: Susan Waters

REDC backs funding for two Saranac Lake hotel projects

A pair of major hotel projects in Saranac Lake got a big boost this week. The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has included a proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower and a developer's plan to buy and renovate the Hotel Saranac on its list of 16 priority projects for state economic development funding. Several other projects in the Tri-Lakes also made the list.  Go to full article
Some environmental activists have continued to oppose the ACR project.  File photo
Some environmental activists have continued to oppose the ACR project. File photo

Nearly two years later, Big Tupper resort tangled in court

We reported yesterday that a volunteer group ARISE plans to reopen the Big Tupper ski area this winter. The group is hoping to keep the ski area active until the Adirondack Club and Resort project moves forward.

Many locals hope that developers will eventually reopen the mountain as a commercial ski center, helping to revitalize the village's economy.

The resort received the permits that it needs to build hundred of homes, condos and great camp mansions nearly two years ago from New York state.

But the project has been on hold ever since, because of a lawsuit filed by green groups. As Brian Mann reports, it now appears that a final decision could come early next year.  Go to full article
Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards
Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards

Upgrades coming to North Country airports

It's been a big month for North Country airports. Yesterday airports in Plattsburgh, Lake Clear, Watertown and Potsdam received major grants for infrastructure improvement from New York State. That's after multiple regional airports were awarded federal grants earlier this month.  Go to full article
Jim LaValley, head of ARISE and a local realtor, says Big Tupper ski area will reopen this winter on a day-by-day-when-snow-allows-basis.  (NCPR File PHOTO)
Jim LaValley, head of ARISE and a local realtor, says Big Tupper ski area will reopen this winter on a day-by-day-when-snow-allows-basis. (NCPR File PHOTO)

Big Tupper to reopen this winter

A volunteer group in Tupper Lake has announced that they'll reopen the Big Tupper Ski Area this winter for as many days as possible.

Jim LaValley, head of a group called "ARISE," say there won't be artificial snow-making. But volunteers will operate the ski lift and open the lodge whenever natural snow-fall allows.

LaValley said the mountain will be run as a "no frills" operation, but will still "provide a great ski experience."

There will be no season tickets sold. Day passes are expected to sell for $25.

The group still needs a permit from the Airondack Park Agency and hopes to raise more funds to help pay for trail grooming and other work on the mountain.

ARISE operated Big Tupper for three seasons, using mostly volunteer workers. But the mountain didn't operate last year.

Tomorrow during the 8 O'clock Hour, Brian Mann has an update on the Adirondack Club and Resort project, which includes the Big Tupper ski area.  Go to full article

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