Crime played a larger role in 2012, with a sharp hike in North Country methamphetamine labs, not to mention a bank robbery in Plattsburgh.
But the North County had plenty of good news, too, with a second big year of funding from the State Economic Development Awards, more sales-tax revenue and business growth.
Here’s a look at some of the top stories around the region:
APA OKs ADK CLUB
The biggest news for the Tri-Lakes region in 2012 came early in the year in an Adirondack Park Agency decision.
After nearly eight years of planning, public hearings, adjudication and review, permits were issued for the Adirondack Club and Resort development on Mount Morris and Oval Wood Dish forestland.
The property has been logged for more than 100 years and long seen as a good prospect for ski resort development.
There were 14 APA permits in all approved in a 10-1 vote by APA commissioners.
The tally sent a strong promise for growth in the westernmost edge of the Tri-Lakes region and a message of hope to many in the community.
Buildings on Main Street were put into renovation projects, anticipating new business arrivals.
Developers looked to roll out a sales and marketing strategy in tandem with Industrial-Development-Agency review of a public bonding plan.
Construction of the Adirondack Club and Resort was approved by APA in four phases, the first of which would redesign the ski lodge facility at Big Tupper Ski Center.
The long-term goal, over some 20 years, is to add 14 neighborhoods, many of them built in tiers around the mountain resort and existing Tupper Lake golf course.
Environmental group Protect the Adirondacks filed Article 78 litigation, along with two nearby landowners, each of whom assert wildlife research was not adequate for approval and that APA did not follow due process in the final adjudicatory-review procedure.