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Karner blue to get habitat in Saratoga Spa State Park

Karner blue to get habitat in Saratoga Spa State Park

The state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is creating new Karner blue butterfly habitat at Saratoga Spa State Park.

Low-salt diet eyed for Lake George

Municipalities around Lake George are being asked to think about ways to reduce their use of road salt, for the lake’s sake.

Deadly crashes raise concerns along stretch of Route 67

Two fatal accidents in barely a month along the same stretch of road doesn’t necessarily mean the road is at fault — but then again, it might. The highway in question is the winding two-lane stretch of Route 67 between Northway Exit 12 and Ballston Spa.

State to help fund needed sewer, water upgrades

The Adirondacks are full of little communities that don’t need even one traffic light and maybe never will, but they definitely need better water and sewer systems. They just can’t afford them.

Golf course proposal divides Saratoga Springs council

I can’t predict which way the Saratoga Springs City Council is going to go on plans to expand Saratoga National Golf Club into a year-round resort.

Money sought for oil train response

Seventy percent of the crude oil that comes out of North Dakota and Montana moves by rail, and a lot of those trains come to the Port of Albany.

Budgets eye new road repair aid


The one-house state budgets that passed the Assembly and Senate on Thursday both include extra money to help upstate communities repair roads that are showing their mortality after the last two winters.

Interests competing for ear of governor

It’s the time of year in Albany for making “the ask.”

CDTA locks in fuel price — for 2017

The Capital District Transportation Authority this week locked in a price of $2.69 per gallon for low-sulphur diesel. But what’s interesting is when CDTA will be paying that price — it’s locking it in for its 2017-2018 budget year, three years from now, and at a lower price than it’s paying today.

Northeast is alone in deep freeze

If you’re tired of feeling like a freezer waffle, do not — I repeat, do not, for any reason — look at what the National Climate Prediction Center is saying.

Past returns to haunt Saratoga County

Avoiding the questions of whether there are paupers’ graves at the original 19th century poor home site in Milton and the recent financial costs of running Maplewood Manor, there’s still the troublesome legacy of what came between — the old Barkersville infirmary in Providence.

March is the month of great blizzards

If you’re sick of the snowy days and cold nights of the last couple of weeks, I’m here to remind you that it’s only February, and historically the worst storms come in March.

Ballston weighs a slower approach

Maybe every town in Saratoga County that has transformed from cow country into a country club suburb in the past 50 years has gone through an identity crisis.

Cuomo budgets to fight invasives

Efforts to fight invasive species across the Adirondacks will get a big boost if Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed executive budget is adopted.

$2 million dedicated to cleaning Lake George

The Fund for Lake George said it will spend nearly $2 million this year to address the lake’s environmental problems, ranging from invasive species to rising salt levels caused by wintertime road salt runoff.

Partnership has a home — but no staff yet


The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership still doesn’t have any staff to go out and market the county, but at least it has an office. Or will soon.

Mario Cuomo told truth eloquently

I only rubbed shoulders with Mario Cuomo once, but it’s a vivid memory.

Task force to target ash borer

The emerald ash borer, which lives up to its name in being both emerald green and destructively boring to ash trees, has arrived in the Capital Region.

Are trout the coal-mine canaries of lakes?

For scientists in the trenches studying animal behavior, there’s absolutely no doubt the climate is changing, and wildlife are adapting to it — or not.

Enough hands on deck for DEC?

Usually, it’s been green groups and state employee unions who have shouted loudest when cuts were proposed at the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This week, though, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli entered the debate with a report that was totally unsurprising in its conclusions, but filled with the kind of detail it takes a numbers-crunching auditor to collect.

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