DEC grants permit to Cargill for mine shaft construction

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has granted a permit to the Cargill Cayuga Salt Mine to construct a new $42 million mine shaft, one month after officials contested new permits for mining under Cayuga Lake. The DEC does not believe the construction of the new mine shaft would cause any problems. "DEC carefully reviewed and considered all comments and... more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finds funds for second year of Cayuga Lake hydrilla treatment

Treatment of hydrilla, a highly invasive aquatic weed found near the village of Aurora on Cayuga Lake, is wrapping up this year with some optimistic signs for the future. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found funding for additional monitoring and treatment next year, while this year's crop of hydrilla appears to be decaying, slowly but surely. That information... more

Body found in Taughannock Falls State Park gorge

The body of an unidentified male was found in the Taughannock Falls State Park gorge around 11 a.m. Friday. The body was located about a half-mile west from the gorge parking lot at Route 89, said Dan Keefe, spokesman for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. New York State Park Police are investigating the death.... more

Warm, mostly sunny day for Eclipse Day 2017; Tuesday looks unsettled

Eclipse Day is here. People have been planning their entire schedule’s around it — and while those in the Finger Lakes won’t see a complete eclipse — there will still be something interesting to see with a significant portion of the sun getting covered up in the afternoon. The next total solar eclipse won’t come until April 8th, 2024, which... more

Powerball numbers: Did you win Saturday’s $535 million jackpot?

Can you feel the excitement as the Powerball jackpot grows to the fifth largest ever? Here are Wednesday’s winning numbers: 17-19-39-43-68, Powerball: 13, PowerPlay: 4X The estimated jackpot is $535 million. The lump sum payment before taxes will be about $338.8 million. If there is no jackpot winner, the amount grows even larger for the next drawing. Syracuse.com: Read More more

Cornell students in Barcelona safe and accounted for, university says

Cornell University students currently in Barcelona, Spain are safe and accounted for following a deadly terrorist attack in the city, the university says. “Cornell University has been in contact with our students in the area and all are safe,” Senior Director of Communications John Carberry said. ISIS has claimed responsibility for a the attack in which a white van jumped... more

Cass Park campaign revs up with 2 more events

A community-wide effort to raise funds needed to fully enclose the Cass Park Arena is in its second year under the auspices of the Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau (FIYB), the nonprofit organization that exists to facilitate support for the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB), announced FIYB President Jeff Love and IYB Director Liz Klohmann. Two fundraising events are planned... more

Tompkins Legislature revises comment sign in, approves wireless surcharge

Hoping to offset the losses from the diminishing landline public service surcharge, the Tompkins County Legislature passed a new law Tuesday to impose a surcharge on prepaid wireless devices. The new legislation replaces the previous law imposing a monthly surcharge of 30 cents to postpaid wireless devices, and replace it with a similar law that would include a 30-cent surcharge... more

Here’s a toast to China: FLX international exports Finger Lakes wines

A father and son duo, Lance and Matthew McFetridge, are making their love of the Finger Lakes, of the wines produced there, and their connections to the Far East a new business opportunity. Working with local wineries, Keuka Spring, McGregor Vineyard, Fox Run, Boundary Breaks, and Red Newt Cellars, the McFetridges are making sure the region is represented in the... more

Quiet midweek weather for the Finger Lakes

A new area of high pressure will build into the Finger Lakes on Wednesday, resulting in another couple days of sunny, dry weather.  First, though, fog and some low clouds are in place early this morning in the wake of yesterday’s storm system and rain. Some of the fog may be locally dense this morning, so be on the lookout... more

Ithaca attorney alleges while walking home, two men attempted to rob, assault him

An Ithaca man says he was walking home on Hudson Street just after 11:30 p.m. on Monday night when he noticed the sound of heavy breathing close behind him. Russell E. Maines, a local attorney, says he left his office on East Seneca Street late and proceeded to walk to his home on Prospect Street. Nearly home, while walking uphill... more

Big Red football opens camp with reminder; growth comes after the rain

As stretching ended and strength and conditioning coach Tom Howley’s whistle kicked off the 2017 Cornell football season, the skies opened. Rain poured down, almost hail-like in force. Not one player complained. They know that after the rain is when you see the biggest growth. So as a new season commenced on Tuesday afternoon on Schoellkopf Field, head coach David... more

Generations Bank announces Amy Favata as Assistant VP – Controller

Generations Bank announces the hire of Amy Favata as Assistant Vice President – Controller. She will work out of the bank’s corporate headquarters in Seneca Falls and oversee the accounting department. Favata brings more than 16 years of financial experience to the role. She is a graduate of State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor in Accounting.... more

Slight chance of showers on Tuesday; weather improves throughout week

This week is going to look and feel like late-summer. Temperatures will be steady and comfortable throughout the week. Especially after Tuesday. There will be a slight risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the afternoon hours, but according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil that risk will be minimal. Instead, the region will see warming temperatures and mostly dry... more

Ithaca High campus springs to life for fall sports

With the stresses of handing in paperwork and medical records behind them, high school athletes can now focus on the competition as programs throughout the state hosted their first practices of the season on Monday. On a comfortable 80-degree day at Ithaca High School, several teams were scattered on the athletic fields and courts in the morning. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

Project matches students, work in Dryden

It was clear from that first meeting in the spring that Lexi Hartley was a woman on a mission. As program educator with Dryden Rural Youth Services, one of Lexi’s many hats was to create and oversee successful summer employment opportunities for Dryden teens. Part of the mission plan was the creation of Project Lead, a job readiness program for... more

Marginal risk for storms on Friday; weekend will remain mostly-dry

Don’t expect Friday to be a washout. In fact, don’t expect any day this weekend to be a washout in the Finger Lakes. The National Weather Service says that showers and thunderstorms will develop on Friday. Especially during the afternoon hours. Those showers and thunderstorms, though, as has been common all summer — will have the slight risk for strong... more

Thursday will be warm, sunny; weekend forecast improving

The remainder of the week, including the weekend — shows an improving forecast, according to the National Weather Service and Finger Lakes Weather. Both forecasters agree that while there’s a risk for some showers or thunderstorms on Friday, Saturday and Sunday — a large portion of those days will be spent dry, and without rain. Outdoor plans should be just... more
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