Feb 04, 2013 — New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed opening up large portions of the 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberlands the state is acquiring from The Nature Conservancy for public recreation.
Among other things, DEC's classification plan would allow motor vehicle and limited floatplane access to the Essex Chain of Lakes tract, which would become a new canoe area.
The plan is drawing praise from local government leaders who've fought for access to the former Finch lands, and criticism from environmentalists who want more the property protected as wilderness. Go to full article
Watertown, NY, Feb 04, 2013 — Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Russell, of Theresa, thinks the current state school aid formula is broken. She says it benefits wealthier districts at the expense of poorer ones, and that legislation she's introduced would make the formula more equitable. Go to full article
Lake Placid, NY, Feb 04, 2013 — A dog is a man's best friend, as the saying goes, and a Lake Placid pilot is doing his best to return the favor.
When he's not working on his patients' teeth at High Peaks Dental in Lake Placid, 48-year-old D.J. O'Neill takes to the skies in his single-propeller airplane - a red and white Cessna 185 Skywagon I, to be exact - to rescue dogs from animal shelters in other parts of the U.S. Go to full article
Ilion, NY, Feb 04, 2013 — When New York state passed a wave of new gun-control laws on Jan. 15, it outlawed a type of assault rifle made just over an hour's drive from the state capital--in Ilion, NY. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Feb 04, 2013 — New York's newest Senator, Cecilia Tkaczyk, has been on the job for just over a week now, after a two and half month long court battle over absentee ballots resulted in a... Go to full article
Gatineau, QC, Feb 04, 2013 — "Metamorphoses" is running at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through February 16. The play contains adult material and is not suitable for children under 16. Running... Go to full article
Plattsburgh, NY, Feb 04, 2013 — Starting seeds indoors is a mid-winter routine that gives gardeners a nice taste of the coming season: potting mix on the fingers, the fragrance of moist soil. Mostly, the... Go to full article