Category: Environment

Third Annual Adirondack Winter Challenge

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the success of the third annual Adirondack Winter Challenge in Lake Placid, which highlights Upstate New York as a world-class tourism destination. Hundreds of State and local officials, community members and professional athletes joined Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and senior administration officials to participate in some of the region’s most…

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…

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…

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…

Cuomo: New York is “Stronger than Any Point in History”

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Governor Cuomo says the State of the State is stronger than at any point in recent history…   Albeit about an hour behind schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The Governor says with all that they’ve done however, The state is not immune to the problems vexing our nation.. Crumbling infrastructure, a slow economic recovery, the unambiguous reality…

K&J – First Night Saranac Lake

In Today’s Podcast, we’re talking with members of the Committee in charge of organizing First Night in Saranac Lake…  The committee was gathered for their final working meeting Tuesday night at the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce offices at the North Elba Townhouse in Saranac Lake..  First Night Saranac Lake kicks off at 6pm Thursday…

Polar Plunge Raises over $28,000 for Special Olympics

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On the colder and windier side of the news, Plattsburgh’s Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics was held on Saturday at noon. According to their website.. The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics raised just over $24,000 but that number may not include all of the funds raised on Saturday..  All of the money raised goes to benefit…

Saranac Lake is “Pro Snow”


There’s a group in Saranac Lake that has just returned from a summit on Climate Change in Miami…   And now they have one of the first municipal resolutions of support in the East Coast…  From the Saranac Lake Village Board.. The initiative these students are working on is called the I AM PRO SNOW initiative..  In…

K&J – Honoring 46er Number One Herb Clark

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The Site of the Saranac Lake 6er Bell has also become the next site on the Saranac Lake Walk of Fame…  A Plaque Honoring 46er number One Herb Clark was unveiled.. Join us as we hear from Franklin County Legislator and Saranac Lake Village Trustee Barb Rice, and Clark Family Member Jim Clark. It was…

ADAC Joins in Opposition to Defunct Oil Train Storage in the Adirondacks

Another Stakeholder in the Adirondacks is weighing in with strong opposition to the plan by Chicago-based Iowa Pacific Holdings, which owns the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, to store defunct oil cars on railroad tracks between Saratoga Springs and Newcomb. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council Coordinator Pete Nelson says “This is exactly…

Plattsburgh City Beach Temporarily Closed

Several recent beach water samples have exceeded the standards for swimming and the beach has been temporarily closed.  The city has initiated a comprehensive investigation in conjunction with the Clinton County Health Department.  The general public should be informed on how the City tests for water quality, what is looked for, and how it affects…

Plattsburgh’s Snow Removal Committee Tells City to Take Over


A committee appointed by Plattsburgh’s City Council aptly named the Snow Removal Advisory Committee is recommending that the city assume the responsibility for winter maintenance for all the sidewalks, a responsibility that is currently assigned to property owners in the City… There are three parts to the committee’s report to the council… Part One demonstrates…

Snow Removal Advisory Committee to Release their Findings

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Plattsburgh’s Snow Removal Advisory Committee (Charged with the task to research immediate and long range solutions for pedestrian access on City sidewalks and to summarize that research and present their findings and recommendations) announced on Friday that they will present their findings and recommendations at the Stafford Middle School Auditorium next week (… Click above to read more )

SUNY Plattsburgh Restricts Smoking to Parking Lots

Tobacco use on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus is now restricted to a limited number of designated parking lots. The SUNY Plattsburgh Tobacco Restricted Campus Policy took effect Aug. 15th and includes all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including but not limited to: tobacco and clove cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah-smoked products, bidis, kreteks, electronic cigarettes or “vapes,” smokeless tobacco or “chew,” and snus. It does not include cessation products specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.

According to Bryan Hartman, vice president for student affairs, the policy applies to all members of the college community, including faculty, staff, students, volunteers, trainees, consultants, contracted staff, vendors, guests and visitors. “The policy does not imply that individuals must quit using tobacco products, It implies that they must restrict the use of those products to the designated locations. (… Click to read more )

K&J – Revisits Lyme Disease Research at Trudeau Institute

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Today on the K&J Show, we’ll look back at a conversation about Lyme Disease, from the Summer of 2014, and the impact of tick born diseases on the North Country.. and the nation as a whole.. And we start by looking at a new focus on the issue at Trudeau Institute where Dr Timothy Sallati is creating a research center of excellence for the study of Lyme and other tick born diseases (… Click above to listen )

Invasive Species Summit and Awards August 14th in Brant Lake

Brant Lake Association, the Town of Horicon and the Adirondack Council will hold an Adirondack Park Invasive Species Summit & Award Presentation on Friday, August 14 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at Horicon Town Hall.

The purpose of the summit is to recognize and celebrate progress combating invasive species at Brant Lake and at surrounding lakes. Participants will discuss updated strategies and priorities, including ways the state can continue and improve its assistance to local communities and lake associations.

Town of Horicon Supervisor Matt Simpson and Brant Lake Association President Wayne Butler will welcome participants, followed by Brant Lake Association Board Member Douglas Schultz and Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway, who will make some introductory remarks prior to the award presentation. (… Click for more )

Bio Terrorism “Silent Strike Drill” comes to Saranac Lake August 19th

Franklin County is sponsoring a “Silent Strike Drill” on August 19th… And The Director of Public Health at Franklin County Public Health Katie Farrell Strack says it’s a simulation of a bio-terrorism event at the Saranac Lake High School…

Farrel Strack spoke to the Village Board in Saranac Lake on Monday night… Franklin County Public Health has been handing out posters in and around the county promoting the event and looking for volunteers to participate…. The Exercise is set for August 19th.. at the Saranac Lake High School… If you would like to participate you can call 481 – 1587

K&J – DEC Wildlife Technician Ben Tabor on Nuisance Bears

Today on the K&J Show we’re talking with DEC Wildlife Technician Ben Tabor about nuisance bears in the North Country. We found Ben at Camp Colby a DEC owned camp on Lake Colby in Saranac Lake, across from Adirondack Medical Center and our conversation, while it focused on bears, will take us also to Eagles, and other wildlife in the Adirondack Park.

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