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

September 2, 2015

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

August 28, 2015

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

August 28, 2015

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

August 21, 2015
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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 )

Adirondack Council; “Don’t Store Derelict Oil Tankers in the Preserve”

August 20, 2015

The Adirondack Council today called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stop the Chicago-based Iowa Pacific Holdings from using the tracks between Saratoga Springs and Newcomb as a junkyard and oil pump-out station for derelict oil tanker cars. The tankers could cause environmental damage to three scenic rivers and the “forever wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve, the […]

SUNY Plattsburgh Restricts Smoking to Parking Lots

August 17, 2015

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

August 17, 2015
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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

August 11, 2015

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

August 11, 2015

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

August 11, 2015

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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New City Policy Discourages use of GMOs and Toxic Pesticides

August 7, 2015
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The City of Plattsburgh has approved a new policy encouraging city departments and city residents to limit their use of toxic pesticides… And through their resolution the council is also working to make everyone more aware of GMOs.. 0800715 – Mike KellyCouncilman Mike Kelly sponsored the resolution and with their vote Thursday evening, It’s now the Policy of the City of Plattsburgh to encourage city departments and city residents to refrain from the use of GMO seeds and to retain from the use of pesticides in the practice of lawn care maintenance and beautification. For a closer look at GMOs we sat down with Plattsbrugh’s City Engineer Kevin Farrington… In addition to his duties as the City’s Engineer, Farrington is also a beekeeper.. We asked him to talk specifically about GMOs and their impact on the environment as well as on bees (… Click above for more / listen to the conversation )

City Council to Consider Discouraging GMO & Toxic Pesticide Use in Plattsburgh..

August 6, 2015

The City of Plattsburgh is headed towards a approving a new policy this evening that would encourage city departments and city residents to get down to earth when it comes to GMOs…   They’ll be considering a resolution recommending that residents refrain from the use of GMO seeds and also calling for refrain from the use […]

The 5% Without Cell Service May Just be in the North Country

August 5, 2015
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The Public Service Commission in New York State has a new Consumer Advocate.. his name is Michael Corso… We spoke with him following a public hearing at the Lake Placid Convention Center to discuss the “State of Telecommunications in NY.” The Public Service Commission is holding 9 hearings like the one in Lake Placid yesterday (… Click above for more, and to listen to the audio )

Boil Water Order for Town of Jay

August 5, 2015

as a result of a water main break, Town of Jay water users from the four corner intersection of Routes 9 and 86 and extending down to the Rosio residence on Route 9 are under a boil water order. This boil water order affects ONLY these residents. The Town of Jay will have bottled water […]

Adirondack Council’s New Board Chairman is Robert Kafin

August 4, 2015
New Adirondack Council Chairman Bob Kafin answers questions at Forever Wild Day on July 18 at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. Outgoing chair Ann Carmel is in the foreground.  
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The Adirondack Council Board of Directors elected environmental attorney and local not-for-profit organization founder Robert J. Kafin to serve a two-year term as its chairman during its annual meeting on July 18 at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. Kafin is a founding board member of Friends of Coles Woods, Glens Falls Action Committee and the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC). “We are thrilled to have Bob Kafin as our new chairman,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway. “Bob is a highly respected environmental attorney who began his career in the Adirondacks, but made a name for himself nationwide with his legal skills and expertise. He is one of the nation’s top environmental lawyers and he also cares deeply about the future of the park’s communities and its residents.”
He will take the reins of the organization from Ann Carmel, who chaired the Council’s board from 2011 to 2015. “Bob will do a splendid job as chairman,” said Ann Carmel. (… Click above for more )

Mayor Rabideau “Saranac Lake LDC Grant Apps are “Strongest Ever”

August 4, 2015
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Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau says the Village has submitted its “strongest grant application package ever,”  And he continues by saying “Saranac Lake is thinking big,” In an email to WNBZ, Mayor Rabideau says “Saranac Lake’s future will be unquestionably more sustainable….. With lots of new jobs generated… If these funding requests are approved,”  and […]

Saranac Lake Partners with Tupper on LWRP Applications

July 30, 2015

The Village of Saranac Lake is Joining with Tupper Lake and other municipalities in the region to develop a regional warfront re-vitalization strategy that includes individual applications for each village but also looking at opportunities for regional growth.. Saranac Lake’s Community Development Director Jeremy Evans explained to the board that they’ve already approved their portion of the project which includes (…) Click for more, including audio…

Showcasing Plattsburgh’s Green Storm-Water Basin

July 28, 2015
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The City of Plattsburgh is showcasing a newly completed green storm water bio-retention basin… The City’s Engineer is Kevin Farrington… He says the new storm water retention basin which they built next to the city’s gym is designed to be visible and to help create awareness about the importance of minimizing the impact of storm […]

ARTA shifts focus from advocacy to willing partner

July 27, 2015

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, the nonprofit citizen group that has been pushing hard for the creation of a “rail trail” through the Adirondack Park, is ready to reinvent itself. “Until now, ARTA’s role has been that of a rail-trail advocate,” the group asserted in a letter to the state Department of Transportation and Department of […]

Gillibrand Pushes Microbead Free Waters

July 26, 2015

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a new bipartisan bill in the Senate called the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 which would ban cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads Plastic microbeads are found in personal care products like facial scrubs, body washes, hand cleansers, and toothpaste. And These products are designed to be rinsed down the drain, […]