K&J – Special at 5pm tonight – An Interview with Saranac Lake School Superintendent Diane Fox

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(Airing on 106.3WNBZ at 5pm today) Earlier today in Saranac Lake the Middle school and Petrova Elementary School were put in lockout mode and students were dismissed at 9:30am. The reason noted was a domestic dispute which affected one of the School District’s Staff Members..  We were in communications at the time with the District’s Superintendent Diane Fox and tweeted regular updates on the situation…  Our Interview airs on 106.3 at 5pm Friday plus we’ve included a link to the podcast here as well.  The emergency lockout has come to an and end… Superintendent Fox is back in her office at the high school and we caught up with her there…  To get us started I asked her to walk us hrough what happened.. She tells me the early dismissal was  brought about by a credible threat which was geared towards one specific staffer in the building.. The threat caused serious…

K&J – Dede Scozzafava Talks Cuomo Budget – Tax Cap

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In New York when it comes to Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, most environmental organizations in the Adirondacks are giving his agenda good marks.. Especially when it comes to the Environmental Protection Fund which could receive full funding if the legislature approves Governor Cuomo’s Budget. Dede Scozzafava is the Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government speaking in the Town of Plattsburgh Offices on Banker Road in Plattsburgh as part of her “Opportunity Tour” to discuss the proposals with leaders in the state. In this podcast we’ll hear some of the presentation plus we’ll take with Scozzafava about the budget and especially about the implications of the lower tax cap which is in some cases a negative number.

K&J – A Forum on Trade (TPP) and the Global Economy

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On Wednesday night, city councilors, residents and SUNY Plattsburgh students gathered at the Auditorium in Plattsburgh’s city hall to discuss the implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership..  The Forum is Moderated by Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong. There were about 60 people in the audience and the panel included Timothy Palmer, the Group Leader of the North Country…

Doing it Themselves will save $600,000

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You know all of those projects you have around the house that you’ve decided to do yourself because it would be too expensive to hire a contractor to come in and get it done…..  Well in Saranac Lake… The Department of Public Works has taken this concept to the next level and could save as…

Bike Snow Cross & Enduro Comes to Mt Pisgah

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Organizers say the 2016 Empire State Winter Games are promising to provide as riveting an experience for spectators as for the athletes themselves..  Opportunities include a number of new contemporary action sports and new venues including Mt Pisgah in Saranac Lake.. Topping off the always-inspirational final leg of the torch run and parade of athletes…

Choosing Animal Control, or Too Many Skunks

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Patti Hackett is a resident of the Plattsburgh. She spoke to the City Council on Thursday about their decision to eliminate the Animal Control Officer as part of their efforts to balance the budget.. Not only did Patti suggest that the skunk problem would proliferate if it was left unchecked, she also brought an alternative to…

K&J – Discovering Plattsburgh’s Events Series

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Discover Plattsburgh, and The Adirondack Coast in conjunction with The City of Plattsburgh’s Community Development office and Events Coordinator Sandra Geddes announced a new events series yesterday afternoon saying the combination and sharing of the marketing of the region becomes an integral part of the City’s promotional planning..  Click on the play bar to listen to…

K&J – Saranac Lake Republicans Caucus on Tuesday

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There are now officially four candidates in the race for two village trustee seats in the Village of Saranac Lake..  Republicans overflowed into the main hallway just outside of the Town Board Room on the first floor of the Harrietstown Town Hall on Tuesday evening.. Click on the play bar below to listen to our…

K&J – Democrats Caucus in Saranac Lake

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Democrats in the Village of Saranac Lake held their caucus on Monday evening in the village offices on the second floor of the Harrietstown Town Hall…  The caucus was chaired by Trustee Tom Catillaz. The group of about 30 Democrats nominated Current Village Trustee Paul VanCott and Chamber President Rich Shapiro to represent them as…

Ice Palace Construction Begins

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405 Blocks of Ice came out of Lake Flower on Monday and construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace is underway.. The overall design began to take shape early in the day and by 1pm volunteers had already begun on row number 3 of the foundation which over the next several days will…

Winter Carnival Posters Now Available

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Collectible posters designed by “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau for the 2016 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival are now available for sale. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the Winter Carnival poster design since 2012. He created the poster to correspond with the carnival’s theme “Superheroes & Villains.” Proceeds from the poster sales…

Ice Palace Construction Begins Today

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Construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace will begin on January 25. Construction involves harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according to a blueprint. Construction on the palace will continue until the start of the carnival on February 5. The Ice Palace is built by volunteers,…

K&J – Touring Tupper’s Emergency Services Building

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On the K&J show today we invite you to Join us for a tour new Emergency Services Building with Village Trustee and Volunteer Firefighter David “Hadje” Maroun.. Maroun is a captain in Tupper’s Fire Department and in today’s podcast he and Fire Driver Joe Aresenault take us through the new facility…  The department on Sunday gave a…

2016 Winter Carnival Grand Marshal: Jimmy Law

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The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee chose Jimmy Law as its 2016 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade on February 13. Jimmy Law was born and raised in Saranac Lake and graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1985. He is married to Robin Hogan and they reside in nearby Rainbow Lake. He is a…

Jason Ashley / Grateful Toad Banned from Selling Designer Drugs

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has secured a temporary order barring Jason Ashley and his head shop, “The Grateful Toad” on Broadway in Saranac Lake, from selling improperly labeled designer drugs.  Schneiderman also filed papers seeking a permanent injunction against Ashley and thousands of dollars in penalties and costs. The order was signed by State…