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j>iyi \1H .III Vd i -|V 1 ' J..W ..II 1 '')• Thursday, October 15, 1992 • The Only Daily Newspapier in the Adirondack Park • Ninety Seventh Year • Volume XCVIII • Number 194 • 35<t Timber lands' tough times Easement, tax reforms called for to keep Ad'k backcountry intact By MATTHEW RUSSELL Enterprise Staff Writer ALBANY — The impending sale of thousands of acres of timberlands in the Adirondacks has renewed the call for legislative action to keep backcountry parcels together for the benefit of the region's environment and forest-based economy. The forest products industry in the Adirondacks is in big trouble, ac- cording to several industry sources, as evidenced by news that the Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper company is getting ready to put about 5,000 acres of timberlands on the real estate market. Also, sources say the Champion International and other large land-Owning forest industry concerns are considering selling off thousands of acres to cope with a cash crunch in a competitive business hit hard by the recession. Both the environmental community and the forest products industry agree that immediate action is needed to help companies like Lyons Falls stay in the forest products business. Hundreds of jobs in and around the Adirondacks could be lost if companies like Lyons Falls fail, experts agree. \I'm hoping this is a wakeup call,\ said forest products industry spokesman Kevin King of the Lyons Falls situation. King noted that while productive discussions of problems facing the timber industry continue, Adirondack forest lands companies are facing immediate problems. The high cost of holding land in New York, where property taxes are up to four times higher than neighboring states, is the biggest problem facing the industry and is forcing timber companies to consider putting land on the market, King said. Forces in the industry and among environmentalists are pushing for a two-pronged solution — more money for conservation easements and for land tax policy reform. Both methods involve legislative action, par- ticularly in the Senate where funding mechanisms for easements and tax policy changes have foundered recently. High level officials in Gov. Mario Cuomo's office, in the environmen- tal, coijjmunijty, «» a federaLlorestty study, group and in the umbeMndus- try are tufting their eyes to Sen. Ronald Stafford, R-Peru — Stafford is the key to passage of legislation to fund easement programs and any other legislation concerning the Adirondacks. \The senator is very interested in the problem of keeping the back- country intact. Among other concerns, easements and other tax abate- ment programs are under consideration. The effort is ongoing, and com- plicated,\ said Stafford spokesman Thomas Bergin. Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper company vice-president Daniel McGough said easements are the key. \We find that the New York state conservation easement program is the best answer in terms of continuing the present use of these forest lands,\ McGough said. The Lyons Falls mill, where the company makes several varieties of paper using a unique chlorine-free manufacturing process, employs about 250 people and makes use of several types of trees. The company has had to lay off a fifth of its labor force since the first of the year. McGough credited state officials in the Department of Economic De- velopment and the Department of Environmental Conservation for their (Continued on Page 8) Saranac Lake lottery winners go public today in Plattsburgh SARANAC LAKE — New York State Lottery officials will be in Plattsburgh today to announce that Catherine and Roger Courcelle of Saranac Lake are the winners of last weekend's $2.5 million Lotto jackpot. Lottery officials were expected to present the winners during a press conference at noon today at Champlain Center North in front of Service Merchandise, a lottery spokesperson said today. The Courcelles did not publicly announce their winnings previously because they wanted to confirm the numbers on their ticket with state lottery offices. The ticket was sold to Catherine Courcelle at the Saranac Lake News Room on Broadway here. The winning numbers were selected in the quick-pick by the lottery machine. STRIKE UP THE BAND! — The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus will appear at the Saranac Lake High School Gym at 3 p.m. Sunday. The hand will perform musicial pieces ranging from opera to patriotic medleys. Admission is free, but tickets are needed and can be picked up at the Adirdondack Daily Enterprise, 61 Broadway, Saranac Lake. (Enterprise Photo Provided) ADK's master plan seeks relief for High Peaks By ELLEN BALLOU Enterprise Staff Writer LAKE PLAICD — After approving a local law to place scenic preser- vation districts over a few areas in the town, the North Elba Town Board also heard a report from the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) concer- ning its plans near Heart Lake. The Town Board Tuesday unanimously approve a local law to place scenic preservation .overlay designations over the Uihlein Farms, and the Hart .Farm .property .which^ere preyioulsy thought to have the protec- tion, until the local open space advisory \committee discovered the desig- nation was not in place. Kim Daby, chairman of the committee, explained that the designation would not preclude the owners from subdividing the land, or even devel- oping, but would rather only require Planning Board approval of pro- posals. Owners of the property are not opposed to the protection, accor- ding to Daby. There was no one who spoke against the plan at the meeting. In other business, Will Janeway, of the Adirondack Mountain Club, presented the board with the club's master plan for die area around Heart Lake. He said that die plan had been two years in the making, and is finally up to where Adirondack Park Agency staff will present it to the commis- sioners for consideration. The club owns about 640 acres near Mount Jo off die Adirondack Loj Road, also known as the Heart Lake Road, and is at the most heavily used entrance to the High Peaks Wilderness Area. The master plan is intended to \provide a guide for die stewardship and use of die Adirondack Mountain Club's Heart Lake Property over the next ten years,\ according to the executive summary of the plan. \The plan also provides for a number of elements which will assist the state in its management of die High Peaks Wilderness Area and reduce adverse impacts on the HPWA. These include: •Efforts to better manage parking by relocating the parking lot and limiting die total number of overnight parking spaces; •provide more education to backcountry users dirough conversion of die High Peaks Information Center to a dedicated education center and con- struction of a new HPIC building; •provide greater emphasis on backcountry stewardship by expansion of the club's trail-maintenance and other volunteer stewardship programs; •assist in management of backcountry use by expanding die camping area to replace spaces anticipated to be relocated from Marcy Dam and continue to promote an alternative to camping in the backcountry; •provide day-use alternatives to use of the HPWA through continued maintenance and public use of die club's various trails including die Mt. Jo trail.\ The state's State Land Master Plan for the area, called for die closing of die South Meadow trail in the late '70s. The updated SLMP, according to Janeway, waives mat closing in favor of camping at Soudi Meadows radier tiian at Marcy Dam which lies deeper widiin the wilderness area. Some members of the Club believe that the state can't close one area (Continued on Page 8) Round 2 for Tonight's presidential debate format may spark fireworks RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ques- tioning by undecided voters could spark a few more surprises during tonight's second presidential debate, while President Bush sear- ches anew for die elusive break- through he needs to reignite his campaign. For Bush, stalled in the polls behind Democrat Bill Clinton, die pressing goal was to make a significant gain to carry into Mon- day's debate finale in Michigan — die curtain raiser for die final two weeks of die campaign. But history is on die Arkansas governor's side: no modem can- didate has lost die election with as big a lead this close to Election Day — now just 19 days away. The latest CBS-New York Times poll, published today, showed that Bush's attacks on Clinton's credi- bility weren't changing voters' minds. The poll gave Clinton 47 percent, Bush 34 percent and Ross Perot 10 percent in its survey of 854 registered voters. That's un- changed from a CBS-Times poll conducted 10 days ago. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Perot's . 3gjain#th*K>aas can- didacy likely was derailed a bit by running mate James Stockdale's unsteady showing in the vice presidential contest, but even analysts who discount Perot as serious force in die race say to- night's more relaxed format could help die Texas businessman. Clinton's task was to defend his lead without appearing too over- confident or cautious, and Demo- crats said they expected Bush to pick up where Vice President Dan Quayle left off Tuesday night savaging Clinton's trustworthiness and casting die Democrat as an eager taxer. \We assume Uiat's what he will do, but it doesn't get you votes,\ said Clinton's communications director George Stephanopoulos. \You can't win an election sim- ply by tearing your opponent down with smears and distortions. But Bush can't defend his record and he can't offer a vision for the future.\ Republicans and some otiier analysts praised Quayle's perfor- mance Tuesday night in Atlanta for landing repeated blows to Clinton on the credibility issue. \I'll try my hardest to do as well as he did — it was first class,\ Bush said as he greeted Quayle at die White House on Wednesday, when die president also worked in 90 minutes of mock debating. For all of Quayle's volleys, how- ever, Republicans said only Bush could significantly erode Clinton's lead because people focus less on the vice presidential choices. Many questioned whetiier Bush can succeed on die same track as his vice president. \He's die guy who said 'Read my lips,'\ said Republican strate- gist John Sears, \and education president and environment presi- dent and kinder, gender nation. His own record oh trust is not pure so I don't mink it gets you any- where.\ In dieir first encounter Sunday, Clinton, Perot and Bush fielded questions from a panel of journal- ists. AND DOWN SHE C&MfciJg -H Prattle : 'Sears,-, of Seard ^Contracting Ihc.^6$e|atM the back-hoe himself Wednesday to bring down the ,.j$$«iiS$».,Qff the. bumea^l^!k^i3F|>i!e&t- building on Lalte Placid Club unm The atrticture waawStroyed in a sti§jbicift# fire on Oct. 1. Police and fire officials are still investigating the fire, one of ei£h! atsott attempts at the property in the past year. (Enterprise Photo — Elteh Byllou) ' ' i i i i i HI tin r-Ti m •'•r-inii •' i ii \'-r \i'mf ii 1 MI Clinton miffed by state deft search of his ; personal file • WASHINGTON (AF)^Dei»» peats j^.;^y^ nr ^ i ^! year* it . 'TV while, of Afs«M» Stmtmf Eliabeth M. Urn Ctintf«'$ personal Spektmm*. R|tfe«Rt ftottter bossies, on wpicioM tftafe . been tmntrm* -wife Ottfctt'tt passport %&Suitto«d, 8*1 .,- ^7 ahximty feet tfere & a unappiopdM* » beNiNiufj Boudbt* «# «tte 49p4pAft daily pio»Btt«S»g.~ ; ^ *»* I Sate irtdhtitbcf new* oottft wtmjvtnots ., .. . _ ata* Cmm't yem%--< \Due & At jratidcntitatee* two on NMTI£ itim'tot^m ; tjj^. King cites accomplishments, seeks less gov't regulation if given second term By KATHLEEN ISCOTt VAUGHN Enterprise Staff Writer SARANAC LAKE — Calling New* York \one of die most over-regulated states,\ Assem- blyman James King says fewer Albany dictums and more mandate relief will help get die state and North Country region moving again. King, R-Ticonderoga, is running for re-election in die 109th Assembly District after his first two years in office. He is running against Conservative j candidate David Sawyer of Glens, Falls. The 109m District is comprised of all of Warren and Essex cc unties and parts of Clinton anc. Franklin counties, including all of Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Jn the past two years, he's gotten things a^Offljplished in Albany ^tiite also listening to the Con- cerns of and heprtg his tfonsutu- ents, King said Tuesday Airing an editorial meeting with die Enter- 'pHse. \In my first year I got dirough more bills than any other freshman assemblyman,\ King said. Includ- ed in die bills were an economic development zone for Fulton County, which used to be 109th district until lines were redrawn during redistricting this year. He also sponsored legislation for the Moses Ludington Hospital and the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid. Among his other accomplish^ ments during his-term were being \accessible to everyone\ in his district, and getting to know his territory, He said. '\.' Jfihg,|jUd' even-.though he iS.4 ; partMSf ttfc ftepubliqjtrt; inijiKiiw inj4 the -A^liWbly, it .is>:imR6ftiu4fc'.(|o^' ; have a Scpublicart representing the ; region, .noting that New York Cityi.\' : fieiWkiratS cdjitrQl the A'sa?fflWjk.. 5$ \ \It's % different, way of ldbiojiii)? at thirtgs dowrt there (New Yoir|4 City), . King said. For example^; qity ^lltofas aren't as concerned^ about gasoline taxes as those in die North Country since city-dwellers often rely on public transportation. Referring to Sawyer running as a Conservative, King said he, didn't believe a fringe candidate could (Continued on Page 8> ] --0m^Mg<

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