Environment

Cleaning Up Nuisance Properties

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Removing Detroit’s blighted residential properties, and small businesses, would cost an estimated $850-million dollars. And another $1-billion to tackle the city’s larger commercial and industrial property. That according to a 330-page task force report on the problem in Detroit.  In Saranac Lake the village board has approved a resolution to declare accumulation of rubbish, garbage,…

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Remediation Begins

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Contractors are on site at the former Wilson Farms in Saranac Lake and Community Development Director Jeremy Evans says they’ve been hired to complete a DEC approved environmental remediation plan…  It includes removing all of the gasoline pump fixtures, The Concrete Slab, the canopy, underground tanks and associated piping and any contaminated soil..  As for…

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Plattsburgh Council Says “$30,000 is Too Much”

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Plattsburgh’s City Council sends City Engineer Kevin Farrington back to the drawing board, literally, to look for a lower cost alternative to designing and planning for mold abatement and new bathrooms on the city’s waterfront…   The proposal by AES Consulting to just create the plans for Mold removal and the construction of Bathrooms is $30,000.00.…

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Cleaning Up Plattsburgh

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The Plattsburgh Beautification Committee is sponsoring a cleanup on the rails this weekend… Councilor Becky Kasper says cleaning up the rails is really about giving travelers a better view of the city from the train..”It will get underway tomorrow morning at 8:30 at the Smithweed Bridge.. If you go from Weed Street and follow the…

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It’s Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

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The DEC has named this week Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week..  and they’re asking residents to become familiar with this intrusive little bug so that they can keep better track of where this tree killer’s path of destruction may lead next…   The emerald ash borer, first discovered in New York in 2009, is an invasive…

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The Lake Placid Volunteer Week Committee has named Dean Dietrich as this year’s Volunteer of the Year..   Both the Adult and Youth Distinguished Volunteers of the Year have been chosen in fact for 2014. The two youth volunteer honorees are Julianna Matos and Tony Miller… They’re both seniors at Lake PlacidCentralSchool.  Dean recently retired from…

K&J – Cornell Uihlein Maple Research – Dr Michael Farrell

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Today on the K&J Show, we’re considering the possibilities when it comes to more efficient maple syrup production in the Northeast.. Join us for a look at new technology and additional streams of revenue in the maple industry, including Birch, and Walnut.. We’re speaking today with Congressman Bill Owens and The Director of the Cornell…

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Adirondack Park Population Declining

A newly published report identifies four dominant trends shaping life inside the Adirondack Park: • The Park’s population is declining at a steadily increasing pace; • The median age in the Park is eight years older than in the rest of New York State and, more strikingly, five years older than in the communities outside…

Holding Back Invasive Species in the Adirondacks

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A new report—Boat Inspection and Decontamination for Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention: Recommendations for the Adirondack Region—is now available to help guide decisions on where to prioritize actions to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS). This first-time analysis for the Adirondack region summarizes the best available science, analyzes current AIS distribution and boater…

Plattsburgh Approves Engineering Study for Saranac River Walk Project

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The City of Plattsburgh is moving forward with phase two of the Saranac River Trail… Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon says they have funds available as part of a grant which they’re going to use to build a bridge from Saranac Street to Durkee Street…  The 1.6 Million Dollar Grant will fund the construction of a bridge…

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Sea Lamprey Barrier – Grand Opening Thursday

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On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00AM representatives of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, Quebec will officially open the new and state-of-the-art sea lamprey barrier. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will present information on the construction, operation, and importance of the new barrier.. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

Lake Placid’s Village Cleanup

Lake Placid’s Village Cleanup Day is Saturday.. We caught up with some of the organizers of the event setting up for the volunteer lunch which traditionally follows the work of the morning..   AUDIO – 051214 – Lake Placid Village Cleanup Day

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DOT-111 Rail Cars No Longer Labeled as Safe for Crude Oil

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand praised U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx’s announcement of a new safety alert that energy companies and oil shippers should no longer use DOT-111 rail cars, and that those companies will be required to make public the routes that Bakken crude is being shipped on, and alert first responders…

Owens Pushes Keystone Pipeline

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Congressman Bill Owens is again throwing his weight behind efforts to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.. In a statement, Owens says “he is fully supportive of efforts in the Senate to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and he continued by saying “he has long called for the approval of the pipeline arguing…

K&J – Crude Oil “Transportation Without Representation”

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In the Wake of Wednesday’s train derailment in Lynchburgh Virginia involving several cars carrying crude oil which ignited and were allowed to burn themselves out, Plattsburgh Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong says something’s got to be done to mitigate the risk to residents as a result of transporting crude oil by train through the city.. “It seems…

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Adirondack Council on Dangers of Transporting Crude by Rail

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We have an update from the Adirondack Council today on the Dangers of Transporting explosive crude Oil through the region… The Council is urging the EPA to take action to protect the Adirondack Park and Lake Champlain along with more than a dozen lakeshore communities from the risk of an accident or a spill.. In…

Adirondack Club and Resort – One Step Closer to Reality

The lengthy battle the ACR has faced is now in the hands of the appellate court judges. On Monday, the State of New York Supreme Court, , heard oral arguments from the attorneys for Protect the Adirondacks, The Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Club and Resort regarding the Article 78 lawsuit. Jim LaValley is…

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Adirondack Council Buying Carbon Allowances

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The Adirondack Council is one of the only environmental groups vying to retire 1,000 tons of carbon pollution this week.. That’s because they’re competing against power plants for carbon allowances at government auctions. Willie Janeway is the Council’s Executive Director… He says “they’re inviting people to partner with the council to help purchase and then…

Earth Day Trees for Sale – At Lake Placid Electric Dept.

In honor of Earth Day, The Village of Lake Placid Electric Department and the New York Power Authority are partnering again for the 14th year to sell trees.  Administrator for the Tree Power Program, Virginia Partridge says one of the job descriptions for the Lake Placid Electric Department this time of year is selling trees.…

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Town of Jay Cleanup Day

The Town of Jay announces their annual clean up day for residents… The Town of Jay Highway Department will be accepting old clothing, furniture, televisions, empty paint cans, vacuum cleaners, carpeting, copper, cast iron, steel aluminium, old computers, stereo systems, radios, bikes, lawn mowers, light fixtures, lamps, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners.. The cleanup day…