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November 11, 2013

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25 YEARS — 1988

An estimated 100 Saranac Lake public school teachers conduct an informational picket in Riverside Park across from town hall to address the lack of progress in contract negotiations. News of a tentative settlement last month gave the community the impression the labor dispute had been resolved, so the union crisis committee decided to become more public. 

The U.S. Border Patrol has issued six warnings to businesses located in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties for failing to comply with some provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Though the names of the businesses weren’t released, Ben Deluca, assistant chief patrol agent at the local U.S. Border Patrol sector headquarters in Swanton, Vt., said that Lake Placid, a big resort area with more service and tourist businesses, tends to offer the types of jobs that illegal aliens seek.

Malone’s second prison, Bare Hill Correctional Facility, will begin accepting inmates this week, which is expected to alleviate pressure on the state to accept inmates from county jails. The $55 million, 700-bed, medium security facility offers 394 jobs, with an annual operating budget of $15 million. 

The state outbid a group of Lake Placid businessmen for ownership of the Adirondack Railroad. The local group that wanted to reopen the 118.4-mile railroad as a tourist attraction was angry that tax dollars were used against them. The state’s plans for the tracks weren’t clear. 

50 YEARS — 1963

Frank Stevens, the newly elected Elizabethtown supervisor, said the decrease in the summer tourist trade is a North County problem. He said the reason behind the lack in tourists stems from the increase in automotive transportation, trailers and portable vacation homes. There are plans to revamp sections of Route 9 and to focus on winter sports as a tourism opportunity. 

Area residents are split on whether off-track betting on race horses should be legalized. Four area clergymen and two educators say no: They agree it would encourage people to try and get something from nothing, and they think earmarking part of the revenue for school systems has no redeeming value. Six area residents say yes: since on track-betting is legal, why not get tax revenue from off-track betting, which happens regardless of legality? 

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