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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

Details released about Lansing affordable housing

In documents filed with the town of Lansing this week, Cornerstone Group has expanded and fleshed out their plans for the "Lansing Commons Apartments" to be built at the Lansing Town Center site. The first phase, planned for land already purchased by the Rochester-based developer from the town, would consist of 10 buildings and 72 rental units on 13.5 acres... more

Blue-green algae blooms found in southern Cayuga Lake

The swimming area at Taughannock Falls State Park is normally packed full of people on a sunny 82-degree day in Tompkins County, but a health concern has turned it into a ghost town. “This whole section would be full, and plenty of people would be pushed to the grass when sunbathing, but not today,” said 16-year-old Lenna Georgiadis, of Interlaken,... more

Revised Lansing senior housing gets cool reception

The village of Lansing Planning Board was rather surprised when developer Eric Goetzmann presented revised plans for senior housing last week. Unfortunately for Goetzmann, the board members’ surprise was not the happy kind. The latest plans call for 30 units of senior apartments in a three-story building along Oakcrest Road northeast of the Shoppes at Ithaca Mall and the BJ’s... more

Assemblywoman urges halt in Cargill salt mine expansion below Cayuga Lake

In a press conference Thursday morning, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton voiced concern for future mining activity below Cayuga Lake, calling for a moratorium on expansions of the Cargill salt mine, a proposal which has mine workers concerned. Cargill was approved for a $640,000 sales tax abatement by the county in October after the company was seeking the abatement to help fund... more

Fish-killing disease VHS confirmed in Cayuga Lake, first in Finger Lakes in decade

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the presence of a fish-killing virus in Cayuga Lake. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) has killed thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake, which runs north-south between Seneca Falls and Ithaca. VHS, which poses no threat to humans, causes hemorrhaging of fish tissue and internal organs. It has impacted fish populations... more

Cayuga unveils plans for one of state’s largest solar farms

It was just a few years ago that Cayuga Operating Company was on the verge of closing their coal plant in Lansing, but today they are planning for a new future in solar. The company unveiled plans to construct one of the state’s largest solar farms at its 434-acre site in Lansing. Ironically, the solar farm will be located on... more

Lansing girls crush Section IV track competition

Lansing nearly doubled the second-place team’s score in winning the Section IV Class C girls track championship Thursday, May 25 in Trumansburg. The Bobcats won with 160 total points. Newark Valley had 89 and Oneonta had 53 for third place. Trumansburg placed fifth (41 points) and Dryden placed eighth (22). The Bobcats swept the top three spots on the podium... more

SP: Ithaca man charged for gas station burglary after trying to flee troopers

State Police say an Ithaca man is facing several charges for crimes committed in Tompkins County. Troopers say it started Monday when they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car being driven by 24-year-old Dennis Noonan. State Police say when troopers tried to stop Noonan on North Triphammer Road in the Town of Lansing he refused to stop... more

Ithaca woman charged with shoplifting

On May 19th at approximately 3:10 pm deputies in Tompkins County arrested an Ithaca woman following a larceny complaint. Deputies charged Seok Young Jo, 22, of Ithaca with petit larceny after a shoplifting complaint was filed with authorities. She posted bail and was released with an appearance ticket for Lansing Town Court on May 23rd. more

Attorney General: Massive heroin network busted up in the Finger Lakes

A massive 217-count indictment named 31 people in the Finger Lakes, and according to many state officials — could have taken a serious amount of heroin off the streets. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the indictment on Wednesday, which included New York, Bronx, Queens, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins counties. “Today’s arrests should send the message to those terrorizing and... more

The craziest softball game Groton may have ever seen

Groton defeated visiting Lansing, 17-10, on senior night Tuesday at the Groton Elementary School field. All 17 runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Indians trailing 10-0. “It was amazing,” said Groton head coach Ed Dow, who has been a modified and varsity coach at Groton for more than two decades. “I’ve never been in a... more

Lansing girl sets Section 4 record in pole vault

Lansing’s Emily Gallagher set a Section 4 record in the pole vault Friday during the Bobcats Field Festival at Lansing. She cleared 12 feet, 3 inches. The previous sectional record of 12-1 was set by a pair of Vestal athletes — Camille Ginyard in 2010 and Kari Stromhaug in 2014. Gallagher also won the long jump at 15-10 1/2. IthacaJournal.com:... more

Water rescue deployed to save a man, dog in Lansing

A man and his dog have several departments to thank today, after a water rescue Friday night in Lansing. Fire Officials say the pair were walking near Ludlowville Road around 6:00 pm, when the dog jumped into Salmon Creek. The man jumped in after, and both were swept away by the rapid water. The Lansing Fire Department were first on... more

Vann no longer employed as Tompkins deputy

A Trumansburg man convicted of three misdemeanors is no longer employed as a deputy in the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. The Human Resources Department of Tompkins County confirmed he was not working for the sheriff’s office on Wednesday. A department representative declined to comment on whether he was fired. The Ithaca Journal is awaiting a response from the department on... more

More Lansing pushback on gas moratorium

Village of Lansing Mayor Donald Hartill says he will volunteer to join the Tompkins County Energy and Economic Development Task Force (EEDTF) to 'try to bring some sense' to its plan that would extend Lansing's moratorium on natural gas indefinitely in order to force developers to use sustainable energy solutions. Hartill said that a proposed plant that would have brought... more
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