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Jury acquits Saranac Lake man of rape on Paul Smith’s campus

SARANAC LAKE — A jury lifted a huge burden from a Saranac Lake resident Thursday when it found him not guilty of sex crimes that could have sent him to prison for as many as 50 years.


Tupper requests access from homeowners to install meters

TUPPER LAKE — This village has sent out letters to everyone on its municipal water system, requesting easement rights on their property to install water monitors required by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in basements and backyards, and they are starting to get a response.


Vote for marijuana legalization in N.J. held off; what it means for N.Y.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Talk about a buzz kill. Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in New Jersey were in for a letdown Monday when the state’s top lawmakers canceled a vote to do just that, knowing they didn’t have the necessary votes to push the bill through.


SUNY Potsdam professor’s new novel set in rural NY state

POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam professor Rick Henry’s latest novel, “Letters,” is set in a rural area of upstate New York, a region that he has continued to use as a backdrop for his fiction writing over the span of his 20-year career at the college.


More asbestos to abate over spring break at Saranac Lake school

SARANAC LAKE — An unplanned asbestos abatement may soon resume at the Petrova school building. Last year, it was found that plans for removal and replacement of the flooring in six locations in the school did not match up. It’s not as simple as just ripping up a little extra flooring. The floors at


Four possible themes for Winter Carnival 2020

SARANAC LAKE — Themes for next year’s Winter Carnival are down to four: “Myths and Legends,” “Fairy Tales,” “Saranac Lake Rocks” and “Winter Magic.”. The Winter Carnival Committee will choose the final theme when it meets at 6 p.m. April 23 in the Saranac Lake High School large group instruction roo


After overtime controversy, Clarkson knocks off Cornell on Klack’s winner to secure ECAC Hockey crown

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — For the second year in a row, Clarkson found itself in overtime in the ECAC Hockey championship game. This time, it ended differently for the Golden Knights.


Stephentown, N.Y.: VITA offering free tax preparation

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will provide free tax return assistance from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Stephentown Memorial Library, 472 State Route 43 at Grange Hall Road.


Cuomo criticizes Democrats for anti-Trump agenda

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday criticized fellow Democrats — including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — saying they’re spending too much time attacking President Trump and not enough time explaining their own vision for the nation.


Upstate New York Maple Syrup Lands National Wal Mart Deal

Central and Upstate New York is known for many things; Pizza, Chicken Riggies, Half Moons just to name a few. Another item that should be on the list, but probably not getting the recognition it should is Maple Syrup. It may change soon with a Canton Syrup maker getting a national distribution deal


Candidates named in NCCC president search

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College officials have revealed the names of three finalists seeking to succeed President Steve Tyrell. Ron Cantor of Maine, current NCCC official Joseph Keegan and Sara Thompson Tweedy of Westchester County will visit the college this Monday through Wednesday.


Crossing Andrew Cuomo’s red lines

The governor has made passage of the budget contingent on a few policy demands. Will lawmakers comply?. From the beginning of this year, it appeared that New York state was going to have a budget season like no other in recent history. Democrats have their strongest hold on the state Legislature in


Clarkson back on top of ECAC

LAKE PLACID — A 12-year drought for the Clarkson University men’s hockey team is over. On Saturday in front of 5,713 fans at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, the Golden Knights captured their first ECAC title since 2007 and sixth overall, defeating Cornell 3-2 in overtime in a game filled with dra


Borrow, Bolt enjoy journey with Stanley Cup

LAKE PLACID — The Stanley Cup made an appearance in Lake Placid on Friday for all to see. The legendary trophy, won by the Washington Capitals last season, was on free display in the late morning and early afternoon for hockey fans to view and take photos with at the entrance of Herb Brooks Arena in


Essex County Health to bar patrons: ‘Bottoms Up!’

ELIZABETHTOWN | The Essex County Health Department is taking the fight against colorectal cancer ... to the bar. This month marks National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the department is doing its part by leaving educational messages, in the form of drink coasters, at local bars and restaur


Stefanik: Green New Deal too costly

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says she opposes the proposed Green New Deal resolution because it will raise taxes and change the economy. “It’s a massive tax hike on American families,” the Republican from Schuylerville said in a recent phone interview. “It’s a non-starte


Essex sheriff: Emaciated dogs saved by hotline call

NEWCOMB — Two Newcomb residents face animal cruelty charges after an anonymous tip led Essex County Sheriff's deputies to their home. Due to that call to the Essex County Animal Cruelty Hotline, they found two large-breed dogs that "were severely emaciated due to lack of care," the Sheriff's Departm


Cornell's Loss a Fitting Microcosm to Frustrating Season

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The famous Miracle on Ice rink was packed, filled nearly to the rafters with Clarkson fans who’d taken the 90-minute trip. The arena was loud, aided by a healthy contingent of vociferous Cornell fans.


Garcia picks Mineville to launch judgeship candidacy

MINEVILLE — Former Essex County district attorney Julie Garcia will announce her candidacy for State Supreme Court Justice, 4th Judicial District, at an event set for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Mineville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5802, 9 Veterans Way.


Essex County leads DEC spring fish stocking list

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released information on its spring fish stocking schedule, and Essex County leads the way statewide with 97 locations.