Archives for October 2019

Company Agrees To Have Rail Line Declared Abandoned

A company that owns the Tahawus rail line in Newcomb is agreeging to have the line declard abandoned. The state has been seeking to have that 30 mile stretch abandoned due to a lack of activity on it from the Saratoga & North Creek Railway. The company had stored dozens of out of service tank cars on the line in the hope they could be used to ship stone tailings south from the former iron and titanium mines in Tahawus, but no market developed for it.

Stefanik Pens Letter To Chairman On Impeachment

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has sent a letter to Chairman Adam Schiff from each of the House Intelligence Committee Republicans demanding transparency in the “impeachment inquiry” process. The letter reads:

“Knowingly withholding intelligence-related documents from Minority Members on the Committee just because we belong to a different political party is a deliberate attempt to hinder our participation and obstruct transparency in this highly sensitive inquiry,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Impeachment is not a political buzzword, it is a serious matter in which all Committee members should be fully briefed in order to ensure transparency from the beginning to the end of the process.”

Tax Help Sought For Those In Need

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax Aid program in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties are looking for volunteer tax preparers, greeters and screeners for the upcoming 2020 tax season.
The program assists those who cannot prepare their own tax returns, including older adults, veterans, the disabled, and those in rural communities. “Training has already started, but there will be another training session starting in January.” For the 2019 tax season, the sites assisted 4,150 low income individuals and families.

Racism Study Group Meets In Saranac Lake

A Racism Study Group meets Monday in Saranac Lake to discuss Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight is a comprehensive biography of one of America’s greatest orators, writers, and abolitionists. Blight draws from new information held in a private collection, and recently discovered issues of Douglas’s own newspaper to create the biography. The meeting will take place at 2pm in the Dickert Room at Saranac Lake Free Library 109 Main Street.

Olympia Sports Expected To Shut Down

Olympia Sports in Lake Placid will likely close its doors for good by year’s end. It’s part of a Maine-based company that was sold to a competitor who also specializes in sportswear and equipment. The local store in the Cold Brook Plaza has been in operation for eight years. Maine requires companies to give such notice if at least 50 workers, or a third of the workforce, could lose their jobs. Employees will have to find jobs elsewhere

Candidates For Harrietstown Town Council

Three candidates are vying for two, four-year spots on the Harrietstown Town Council. Those hopefuls are incumbents Republican Patricia Meagher and Democrat Howard Riley, and newcomer Ashley Milne, who’s been endorsed by both parties. According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Town Justice Ken McLaughlin is also running unopposed for re-election. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Ranger Rescue In North Elba

A ranger rescue in the Town of North Elba. Dispatch received a request for assistance from a married couple from Cornwall, Vermont, whose Australian Shepherd had become stranded on a ledge after falling off the side of the trail on Pitch Off Mountain. Forest Rangers arrived on scene at 1 p.m. and headed in to locate the hikers. Once the Rangers met up with the couple, they completed a 10-foot raise in a narrow crevice to rescue the uninjured dog. Rangers escorted the dog and hikers back to the trailhead. All units were cleared of the scene by 5:30 p.m.

Ranger Rescue In Keene

A ranger rescue in the Town of Keene. Dispatch got a call from a man reporting that his wife had fallen and injured her upper left leg while hiking Blueberry Mountain. Using coordinates attained through 911, Dispatch placed the couple’s location on the section of the Blueberry trail that goes over private land. Forest Rangers responded to the Marcy Field trailhead where they were met by the Keene Fire Department and the Keene Valley Fire Department Backcountry Rescue Team. Forest Rangers and volunteers located the hiker and evaluated the injury before placing her in a litter to be carried out. Once back at the trailhead, the 58-year-old woman from Keene was transported by Keene EMS to a local hospital for treatment. All units were cleared from the scene at 5:22 p.m.

Stefanik Signs On To Legislation Imposing Sanctions Against Turkey

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has joined more than 90 of her Republican colleagues to introduce legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey in response to Ankara’s military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in Northern Syria. “I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “After recently returning from a Congressional Delegation visit to Turkey, Afghanistan, and the Syria-Jordan border it is clear that terrorist groups still pose a serious threat to this region’s instability and our own national security.

Bova Cops Plea In Goyette Murder

30 year old David J. Bova has pleaded guilty to the March 13 murder of Magen Goyette in AuSable Forks. The charges include murder, attempted murder, reckless endangerment, criminal use of a firearm and menacing. Police said Bova shot the 30 year old victim in the head while she rode in her mother Michelle’s pickup truck on March 13, following several verbal altercations between Bova and Magen the night before and the morning of the incident.