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NCPR News Staff: Chris Knight

Adirondack Correspondent
Chris Knight Chris Knight is a senior staff writer for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake. Before joining the Enterprise, Chris was the news director for Mountain Communications, which owns several Saranac Lake radio stations, for eight years. Chris works for North Country Public Radio as an occasional contributing reporter.

Away from work, Chris enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking and just about anything else in the outdoors. He and his wife Kate-Lyn live in Saranac Lake and have two children. E-mail

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NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve. Photo: Brian Mann
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve. Photo: Brian Mann

APA: NYCO may drill on forest preserve tract

The state Adirondack Park Agency has approved a controversial proposal that will allow NYCO Minerals to conduct exploratory drilling on state Forest Preserve land.

The unanimous decision to amend the unit management plan for the Jay Mountain Wilderness took place Friday at the agency's monthly meeting in Ray Brook. It was opposed by environmental groups who questioned the legality of the proposal and may continue the fight by taking the APA to court.  Go to full article
A Cape Air flight preparing for takeoff at Adirondack Regional Airport. Photo: Brian Mann
A Cape Air flight preparing for takeoff at Adirondack Regional Airport. Photo: Brian Mann

Cape Air cancels plans for further NYC-area flights

Cape Air has nixed its new service between the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear and White Plains before it even started.

The airline says the decision was based on poor advance bookings for the once-a-day, round-trip service, which was scheduled to start June 26 and run six days a week through Labor Day.

High ticket prices may be one reason why the White Plains route hasn't generated much interest.  Go to full article
Brett Lawson, superintendent at NYCO Minerals' Lewis mine, points in June 2013 toward a 200-acre parcel of state-owned land, above and behind the rock wall, where the company wants to mine wollastonite. Also pictured, from left, are NYCO employees Dawn Revette and Brian Shutts. Photo by Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Brett Lawson, superintendent at NYCO Minerals' Lewis mine, points in June 2013 toward a 200-acre parcel of state-owned land, above and behind the rock wall, where the company wants to mine wollastonite. Also pictured, from left, are NYCO employees Dawn Revette and Brian Shutts. Photo by Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

APA takes up disputed Jay mining plan

The Adirondack Park Agency will consider a controversial proposal to amend the management plan for the Jay Mountain Wilderness area this week.

The change would make the plan consistent with a constitutional amendment New York voters approved in November, letting NYCO Minerals conduct exploratory drilling for wollastonite on a 200-acre parcel of Forest Preserve land in the town of Lewis.

The APA says the amendment repeals wilderness guidelines that would otherwise prohibit NYCO's drilling operations, but a coalition of environmental groups is urging the APA to drop the proposed amendment.  Go to full article
Student interns from Paul Smith's College and Middlebury College, with faculty from Paul Smith's College, Trudeau Institute and staff from the state Department of Health, conduct a tick collection orientation session. The session was a primer for a tick research and surveillance program planned for the Adirondacks this summer and fall. Photo by Jake Sporn
Student interns from Paul Smith's College and Middlebury College, with faculty from Paul Smith's College, Trudeau Institute and staff from the state Department of Health, conduct a tick collection orientation session. The session was a primer for a tick research and surveillance program planned for the Adirondacks this summer and fall. Photo by Jake Sporn

Trudeau Institute on the leading edge of Lyme disease research

The Adirondacks are expected to be New York's next battleground in the fight against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

To gain a better understanding of how the disease will impact the park, researchers from Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake are teaming up with the state Department of Health, Paul Smith's College and Adirondack Health on a tick monitoring project.

Those involved with the pilot project say it could be the first step toward making the Adirondacks, specifically Trudeau Institute, a center for research and public outreach into one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases in the country.  Go to full article
Crews hired by Roedel Companies are restoring the Hotel Saranac's original arcade. The arcade ran through the ground floor of the building from Main Street to Academy Street until it was blocked off in the late 1970s when Paul Smith's College extended the hotel's central staircase to the ground floor. Photo by Chris Knight-Adirondack Daily Enterprise<br />
Crews hired by Roedel Companies are restoring the Hotel Saranac's original arcade. The arcade ran through the ground floor of the building from Main Street to Academy Street until it was blocked off in the late 1970s when Paul Smith's College extended the hotel's central staircase to the ground floor. Photo by Chris Knight-Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Renovations take the Hotel Saranac back in time

Crews are well into renovating and restoring Saranac Lake's iconic downtown hotel.

New Hampshire-based Roedel Companies purchased the Hotel Saranac in early December from the Arora family for $1.4 million. The company has promised to return the 1927 hotel "to its historic grandeur."

Chris Knight recently took part in a tour of the ongoing renovations.  Go to full article
St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers' new veterans community residence will welcome its first residents sometime next month. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers' new veterans community residence will welcome its first residents sometime next month. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake center will welcome vets fighting addiction, PTSD

A new community residence for veterans suffering from both addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder is a few weeks away from opening its doors in Saranac Lake.

It's located in a quiet wooded lot near the main campus of St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers.

The center is meant to help veterans of the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with veterans of the Vietnam War. St. Joseph's received $3 million in state funding to build the 25-bed, 10,000-square-foot facility.  Go to full article
A Cape Air worker unloads luggage from one of the airline's nine-seat Cessna 402 airplanes from Boston at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear in April 2012. Photo: Chris Knight/<a href="https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a><br />(Enterprise photo -- Chris Knight)
A Cape Air worker unloads luggage from one of the airline's nine-seat Cessna 402 airplanes from Boston at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear in April 2012. Photo: Chris Knight/Adirondack Daily Enterprise
(Enterprise photo -- Chris Knight)

Flights from Lake Clear to the NYC area are coming this summer

Cape Air has announced plans to provide a daily round-trip flight between the Westchester County Airport in White Plains and Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear this summer.

The service will begin June 26 and run six days a week through Labor Day. It's designed to give local travelers access to the New York City market. Local officials are also hopeful it could bring tourists from the city to the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Rabbi Eli Hersh, right, talks with Paul Pillis of Gabriels at the Paul Smith's College VIC Tuesday. Also pictured are Hersh's father-in-law, Sam Bojman, and his daughter Bryna. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Rabbi Eli Hersh, right, talks with Paul Pillis of Gabriels at the Paul Smith's College VIC Tuesday. Also pictured are Hersh's father-in-law, Sam Bojman, and his daughter Bryna. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Former Camp Gabriels prison will become Orthodox Jewish camp

A downstate rabbi plans to turn the former Camp Gabriels prison in Franklin County into a summer camp for Orthodox Jewish boys.

That plan was outlined to local residents Tuesday at the Paul Smith's College VIC. Rabbi Eli Hersh of Spring Valley said between 150 and 250 boys from Orthodox Jewish communities, mostly in the New York City area, would attend the seven-week camp.

There are still unanswered questions about what the property will be used for the rest of the year, but town of Brighton residents welcomed the prison's new owner to the community.  Go to full article
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at a Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at a Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake hotel stumbles over flood zone regs

A Malone developer's plan to build a 90-room, four-story hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has hit a major stumbling block.

Unless the federal government agrees to revise the designated flood zone around Lake Flower, the hotel that's been proposed on the lake's shoreline could be going nowhere.

Planning has ground to a halt as developer Chris LaBarge awaits a decision on whether the flood zone map for the lake can be revised.  Go to full article
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Public will see plans for the new Camp Gabriels next week

The public will get its first look next week at the plan to convert a now shuttered state prison near Paul Smiths into a summer camp and year-round educational retreat.

A pair of downstate men are in the process of purchasing Camp Gabriels, which the state closed in 2009. The state approved the sale of the property just last week.  Go to full article

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