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Essex County looks to regulate coroners

After more than a decade of conversation and multiple Enterprise articles highlighting some faults in the elected Essex County coroner system, the Essex County Board of Supervisors could start regulating the coroners more closely.


DEC Officer Saves Bald Eagle in Upstate New York

Some may complain, but New York during the winter is absolutely beautiful and has some perks. One of those perks is being able to take a front seat to nature. From the end of December through February New Yorkers are watching for eagle migration. Here in the Hudson Valley, Bowdoin Park is a popular


Essex County weighing land bank

ELIZABETHTOWN | Essex County is considering creating a land bank to address problem properties and reduce blight. Land banks are typically used by localities for neighborhood improvements. That could include tearing down unsafe structures or acquiring properties for redevelopment and repair.


Man in upstate New York gets life without parole for killing 2, wounding 1

WATERLOO, N.Y. — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and a man, as well as wounding a second woman in an upstate New York village.


Essex Co. WIC staff educate D.C. lawmakers

PLATTSBURGH — Essex County WIC Program representatives Krista Berger and Susan Cutting went to Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators and promote the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program.


Ratliff to challenge for Essex County clerk post

ELIZABETHTOWN — Kari Ratliff is looking to move from the Motor Vehicles Department here to the position of Essex County clerk. She hopes to snag the Republican Party endorsement; she has already won the nod from Moriah Town Supervisor Scozzafava, a Republican.


Politi won’t seek re-election this fall

LAKE PLACID — North Elba town Supervisor Roby Politi will not seek re-election this fall. The announcement came in a letter to the editor in today’s Enterprise. In a phone interview Friday, Politi said he’s served the community for a quarter of a century and that it’s time to let others give it a tr


Saranac sweeps sectional indoor titles

PLATTSBURGH | The Saranac varsity indoor track and field programs swept their way through the Section VII Championships Feb. 9. The boys team finished with 175.5 points, while Plattsburgh High was second with 106, followed by Saranac Lake, Beekmantown, Moriah/Westport, Peru, AuSable Valley, Keene, T


Cahill says 'time has come' to legalize marijuana in New York state

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Assemblyman Kevin Cahill says some his own family members who suffered from advanced cancer didn’t use marijuana to relieve pain because it was illegal. “I have had other members of my family who said that, in spite of the fact that it was illegal, they would use it — and sure enoug


Volunteers Needed for 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course

HELP WANTED! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County and The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition are excited to announce the launch of their 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course. Throughout this 5-week class, new gardeners will learn the ins and outs of vegetable gardening—on a bud


Chazy & Westport spreads broadband

WESTPORT — A local telecommunications group says some 620 North Country homes and businesses now have access to high-speed broadband. Round II of New York State's Broadband For All program gave Chazy & Westport Communications a $2.8 million grant to provide rural areas of Clinton and Essex counties


When to call the veterinarian

WILLSBORO — Owen and Heather Martin wondered, naturally, if they should have had their beagle Scout examined sooner after noticing he had eaten scraps of carpeting. But Dr. Sue Russell of Adirondack Veterinary Hospital said pet owners shouldn’t go through “a million tons of anxiety because their dog


Valley Grocery rises from the ashes

KEENE VALLEY | Eleven months, almost to the day, after fire destroyed the venerable Valley Grocery in Keene Valley, the rebuilt store was open for business Tuesday, much to the delight of faithful clientele.


Vermont State Police: Man cited for DUI after accident

ADDISON COUNTY — Troopers operating out of the Vermont State Police New Haven barracks dealt with three drunk driving cases in the past week. In the first instance, troopers were notified of a vehicle off Route 17 in Addison on Feb. 5 at little after 5:30 p.m. The officers were unable to locate the


Vergennes Police Log for Feb. 14

VERGENNES — Vergennes police opened two investigations last week involving youths in the area, although they are not releasing many details due to the age of the people involved and because the incidents are still being investigated.


Fresh start: After devastating fire, local grocery reopens in the Adirondacks

Last March in the bitter cold, fire broke out at the small Keene Valley Grocery in Essex County. Carol Reed owns the shop with her husband Bruce. She says that day was wrenching. “It was very devastating,” she said yesterday, speaking from behind her shop’s meat counter.


Jason Bruce case headed to trial

PLATTSBURGH — Jason Bruce, the man accused of assaulting a Schuyler Falls woman and leaving her partially paralyzed, has rejected a plea agreement. The Wilmington man, charged with second-degree assault, a felony, appeared recently in Clinton County Court for a pretrial conference.


Video: Crows flock to downtown Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — If you’ve walked around downtown Middlebury at dusk this winter, you’ve seen them: thousands of crows streaming across the sky, gathering in trees, raucously caw-cawing. What are they doing? How many are there? Have there always been so many crows in Middlebury?


Two plead guilty in case of widespread medical taxi fraud

Defendants arrested as part of a criminal probe into Medicaid fraud appear at Northern District of New York United States District Court in Plattsburgh in May 2018. Two men implicated in an alleged scheme to defraud the state out of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds have pleaded guilty.


Bill to extend 2,700-mile trail through Addison County

In a rare bipartisan accomplishment, the U.S. Senate this week voted 92-8 to pass the Natural Resources Management Act, one of the largest land preservation acts passed in the past couple of decades. In Vermont, the legislation includes funding to complete a 40-mile section of trail through Addison