ADK Review Board News
- OIL TANKER TRAINS SPARK ANGER, FEAR, QUESTIONS – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that hundreds of people packed the Plattsburgh City Hall Auditorium in Northern New York last night, to hear from experts and to voice their own concerns about the growing traffic of oil tanker trains passing through the North Country.
- SPINY WATER FLEA CONFIRMED IN LAKE CHAMPLAIN – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
A staff report notes that the spiny water flea s the first aquatic invasive zooplankton to be confirmed in Lake Champlain, bringing the known number of nonnative and aquatic invasive species in Lake Champlain to 50.
- STEC: NYS MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT THE LAKE – The Chronicle ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter David Cederstrom reports that Assemblyman Dan Stec addressed the issue of aquatic invasive species and the measures being taken to stop their spread in Lake George at the 129th annual meeting of the Lake George Association this week.
- APA APPROVES TUPPER LAKE LOGGING PLAN – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the state Adirondack Park Agency board has approved a timber company’s plan to log some of its lands in the town of Tupper Lake.
- ADIRONDACKS MAY BECOME A CONDUIT FOR TAR-SANDS OIL – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Reporter Phil Brown reports that while four environmental organizations are sponsoring a forum in Plattsburgh this week on the dangers of transporting Bakken crude oil on trains through the Champlain Valley, the trains may someday be moving another hazardous fuel through the region.
- GOVERNOR SHOULD SIGN AQUATIC INVASIVES BILL (Commentary) – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks, writes that legislation passed in June banning the transport of aquatic invasive species across New York has not yet been signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
- LAKE GEORGE WILL USE VARIOUS WAYS TO GET COMPREHENSIVE-PLAN INPUT – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Amanda May Metzger reports that as a committee proceeds with updating the Comprehensive Plan for Lake George, officials have announced a community-wide four-day event in September and a social media component to get as much feedback from the public as possible.
- ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TACKLES J&L STEEL SITE CLEANUP – Daily Courier-Observer ( Massena, NY) Website
Reporter Martha Ellen reports that cleanup of theJones & Laughlin Steel Corp. site has become a community focus with residents wanting the buildings razed and the property, one of a handful zoned industrial in the Adirondack Park, available for reuse.
- QUEST TO CONTAIN – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Matthew Turner reports that the state Department of Conservation is continuing to investigate an oil spill, which occurred on the property of a local fuel supplying company, and resulted in oil leaking into Mill Pond.
- SIERRA CLUB’S NEW YORK CHAPTER ENDORSES TEACHOUT – Capital New York ( Albany, NY) Website
Reporter Conor Skelding reports that Zephyr Teachout has received the endorsement of the New York Chapter of the Sierra Club.
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- OIL SPILL UNFOLDING ON MILL POND IN LAKE PLACID – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Andy Flynn reports that residents bordering Mill Pond are are concerned about an oil spill that has been discovered on the dammed-up portion of the Chubb River.
- LGA MEETING SET ON INVASIVE SPECIES – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
A staff report notes that the Lake George Association’s annual meeting is set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Lake George Club on Bolton Road in Diamond Point.
- MORE GRANTS FOR POLICE-FIRE BUILDING? – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Shaun Kittle reports that Tupper Lake village Mayor Paul Maroun has said that he is still seeking money to build a shared-services building.
- APA MUST LEAD STATE LAND MASTER PLAN REVISION (Commentary) – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Peter Bauer writes that the Adirondack Park Agency should go to great lengths to avoid a secretive process around State Land Master Plan reform.
- SUPPORTERS LAUNCH "YES" CAMPAIGN FOR REDISTRICTING AMENDMENT – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Karen DeWitt reports that supporters of a November ballot amendment on redistricting say it will help prevent rampant partisan gerrymandering when the next district lines are drawn in the Senate and the Assembly.
- ESSEX CHAIN DRAFT UMP TO BE REVISED – Hamilton County Express ( Speculator, NY) Website
Reporter Cristine Meixner reports that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced it will revise the Essex Chain Complex Draft Unit Management Plan to include a snowmobile trail.
- GROUP CHALLENGES NEW YORK REDISTRICTING PLAN – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
The Associated Press reports that a government watchdog group is challenging the wording of a ballot question on redistricting, saying the referendum on this fall’s ballot is deceptive.
- PUBLIC SPLIT ON HOTEL – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the public remained split on a zoning change for the controversial Lake Flower Spa and Resort at the latest informal meeting held to discuss the issue.
- DISCUSSION: OIL TANKER TRAIN TRAFFIC THROUGH THE NORTH COUNTRY – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
A staff report notes that community leaders and members of the public from the Champlain Valley will gather tonight to talk about oil train traffic in the North Country and new concerns about public safety.
- PRELIMINARY FINDINGS OF THE JEFFERSON PROJECT RELEASED IN FUND FOR LAKE GEORGE ANNUAL MEETING – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Christina Scanlon reports that more than 30 years of water monitoring results and the last year’s preliminary findings of The Jefferson Project were released Saturday, detailing the good, the bad and a hopeful future for Lake George.
- TOWER MAY LAND TOWN IN COURT – Hamilton County Express ( Speculator, NY) Website
Reporter Pete Klein reports that the Long Lake Town Board has authorized Supervisor Clark Seaman and Attorney to the Town Carl T. Ferrentino to negotiate with John Adams and his attorney regarding access to property on Mount Sabattis.
- TUPPER RULING MAY BE FACING ONE MORE FIGHT – Hamilton County Express ( Speculator, NY) Website
Reporter Cristine Meixner reports that environmental groups Protect the Adirondacks and Sierra Club, as well as a neighboring landowner have asked the Appellate Division of the Third Judicial District of Supreme Court for permission to take their case against the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort to the Court of Appeals, New York state’s highest court.
- LAKE GROUP’S MEETING WILL FOCUS ON FANCY MAP – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Amanda May Metzger reports that the Jefferson Project, the most advanced digital map of a freshwater lake system ever produced, will headline The Fund for Lake George’s annual meeting Saturday.
- NYCO ARGUMENTS POSTPONED TILL LATE OCTOBER – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Reporter Phil Brown reports that arguments in State Supreme Court over NYCO Minerals’ plan to drill for wollastonite on Lot 8 in the Jay Mountain Wilderness have been postponed until October 24.
- ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the village of Saranac Lake has said it will let the state Adirondack Park Agency do the heavy lifting when it comes to the environmental review of the proposed Lake Flower Spa and Resort.
- FUNICIELLO VISITS CANTON, CALLS HIMSELF ONLY REAL LOCAL CANDIDATE – Watertown Daily Times ( Watertown, NY) Website
Reporter Alan Rizzo reports that Matt Funiciello, the Green Party candidate for the states 21st Congressional District, visited St. Lawrence County on Wednesday.
- DEC TO REVISE DRAFT ESSEX CHAIN PLAN – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( ) Website
A staff report notes that the state DEC says is will make "substantial revisions" to its draft managment plan for the Essex Chain Lakes in the Central Adirondacks.
- SNOWMOBILE MUDDLE FORCES REWRITE OF ESSEX CHAIN LAKES PLAN – North Country Public Radio ( ) Website
Reporter Brian MAnn reports that state officials are going back to the drawing board to develop a plan for public use of the Essex Chain Lakes near Newcomb. It is noted that the DEC ran into a major complication over a proposal for using snowmobiles in the area.
- PRIVATE DRONES CLEARED FOR FLIGHT OVER UPSTATE NEW YORK – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Ryan Delaney reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the first private drone flights over upstate New York as part of a national testing program.
- SEN. GILLIBRAND: RURAL EXPORT FORUM PLANNED IN NY – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
The Associated Press reports that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has announced that the Obama administration is bringing its "Made in Rural America" export forum to upstate New York.
- PETER BAUER: NO BALANCE IN NYCO MINING EXPANSIONS – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks, writes that the balance achieved in the original NYCO Oakhill permit has been expertly whittled away over the past 15 years.
- THURMAN CHIEF BLASTS COUNCILMEN FOR INACTION ON DEC DIRECTIVES, SECRETIVE DECISION-MAKING – Adirondack Journal ( Warrensburg, NY) Website
Reporter Thom Randall reports that Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood has publicly chastised the Thurman town board for not following through with an agreement with the state for environmental remediation.
- OIL TRAINS PASS WITHIN ONE MILE OF MANY NORTH COUNTRY SCHOOLS – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Claire Woodcock reports that a series of maps released Wednesday by environmental and health groups show that many North Country schools lie within a mile of rail lines utilized by tanker trains carrying crude oil.
- A JUDICIAL RETREAT FROM PROTECTING THE ADIRONDACKS – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Christopher Amato questions whether the courts have fallen out of love with the Adirondack Park as their recent approval of the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake omitted any discussion of the uniqueness of the Adirondack Park, the history or purpose of the APA Act, or the special place the Park occupies in the hearts and minds of the people of New York.
- GROUPS DISPUTE RESORT RULING – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Kim Smith Dedam reports that environmentalists have filed a motion asking Appellate Division justices to revisit their decision on resort development here.
- PLANNING BOARD SATISFIED WITH LOWERED HOTEL HEIGHT – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that Saranac Lake planning board members said Tuesday that they are satisfied with some of the changes made to the design of the proposed Lake Flower Spa and Resort.
- ESSEX COUNTY TO NEGOTIATE FOR RADIO UNINSTALL PROCESS – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Kim Smith Dedam reports that Essex County supervisors have voted to give to give Essex County Manager Daniel Palmer authorization to negotiate with Wells Communications of Plattsburgh for a price to remove radios as the new emergency radio-system is installed.
- AIR BRAKE TO LAUNCH SAFER PRODUCTS AS RAILWAY CARRY MORE CRUDE OIL – Watertown Daily Times ( Watertown, NY) Website
Reporter Ted Booker reports that New York Air Brake intends to capitalize on tougher safety rules for railroad carriers due to the increase in crude oil shipping by launching new locomotive brake products.
- RESORT APPROVAL CHALLENGED AGAIN – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Shaun Kittle reports that two environmental groups and one Tupper Lake land owner are seeking to appeal the Adirondack Park Agency’s approval of the Adirondack Club and Resort.
- EXPANDED INVOLVEMENT IN TASK FORCE ON OIL TRAINS EYED – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Joe LoTemplio reports that an effort to form a city-sponsored task force on trains carrying oil through Plattsburgh has been withdrawn to focus on a more regional effort.
- US ATTORNEY MAY INVESTIGATE MORELAND COMMISSION – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Karen DeWitt reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has confirmed that the U.S. Attorney has sent a warning letter regarding possible interference by Governor Cuomo’s aides in an ethics probe.
- THREAT SPURS TOURISM PANEL TO ACTION – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Denise Raymo reports that Franklin County tourism advocates voted to hire a consultant to create a marketing strategy, after one member threatened to quit over the group’s inaction.
- DAVE GIBSON: ZIP-LINE WILL SCAR ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Dave Gibson writes that the Zip-flyer, a thrill ride recently approved by the Town of Queensbury for French Mountain, will adversely impact scenic values and hiking opportunities on the summit.
- VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID SURVEY – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
A staff report notes that the Adirondack Mountain Club will be hosting a citizen science monitoring training at its Lake George Office on the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive forest pest, that is causing widespread mortality of hemlock trees in NY and the eastern U.S.
- LOCAL MEAT MOVEMENT SET BACK BY TRI-TOWN SLOWDOWN – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Adam St. Pierre reports that the animosity between Tri-Town Packing of Winthrop, one of very few slaughterhouses and meat packing plants in the North Country, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service continues to cause concern for local meat farmers, restaurants and consumers.