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DEC issued violation notice to Cargill after Cayuga Lake spill in February

DEC issued violation notice to Cargill after Cayuga Lake spill in February
A broken pipe carrying sodium ferrocyanide at the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing discharged a green liquid into Cayuga Lake last February, according to a notice of violation the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued to Cargill on Feb. 12 as revealed for the first time earlier this month through documents released by a local activist last week.  “We immediately... more

Lansing woman accused of stealing, altering checks at local organization

Lansing woman accused of stealing, altering checks at local organization
Lansing resident Diane Heffner, 67, has been accused of stealing money and altering business records of a local organization in the City of Ithaca, according to the Ithaca Police Department. Heffner has been charged with felonies of third-degree grand larceny, two counts of falsifying business records and two counts of forgery. She was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and released... more

Environmental group seeks to ban salt mining under Cayuga Lake

Environmental group seeks to ban salt mining under Cayuga Lake
Cayuga Lake is the source of drinking water for Seneca Falls, Union Springs, Aurora and Ithaca. Cargill Inc. is a Minnesota-based company that mines salt from under the bottom of the lake, as well as onshore, at the south end. The environmental group Toxic Targetings of Ithaca has accused Cargill and the state Department of Environmental Conservation of allowing a... more

Lansing accountant sentenced to 7 years prison for fraud

Lansing accountant sentenced to 7 years prison for fraud
Lansing accountant Andrew N. LaVigne was sentenced Wednesday to 87 months in prison and ordered to pay $3.6 million in restitution after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. LaVigne, 66, practiced in Ithaca for more than three decades. In March, he admitted to using his CPA practice to conceal millions in assets and also defrauded a... more

Toxics Targeting asks Cuomo to intercede in Cargill salt mine spill under Cayuga Lake

Toxics Targeting asks Cuomo to intercede in Cargill salt mine spill under Cayuga Lake
Ithaca-based Toxics Targeting is asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to intercede in a Cargill salt mine spill which took place under Cayuga Lake in February of this year, according to Finger Lakes News Radio. Walter Hang, of Toxics Targeting accused the salt mine of allowing the flow of sodium ferrocyanide into Cayuga Lake. He was also critical of New York State... more

Cargill Salt Mine, DEC accused of allowing pollutants to flow into Cayuga Lake

Cargill Salt Mine, DEC accused of allowing pollutants to flow into Cayuga Lake
An independent environmental monitor alleges pollutants were allowed to flow unchecked into Cayuga Lake from the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing. Walter Hang, of Toxics Targeting, is accusing the salt mine operators and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation of allowing the flow of sodium ferrocyanide  into Cayuga Lake. He indicated the problem may have been ongoing for several months, and maybe years, without detection. Sodium ferrocyanide, Hang... more

Hundreds of kids impacted by vaccine requirements in Tompkins County alone

Hundreds of kids impacted by vaccine requirements in Tompkins County alone
New York State passed legislation eliminating religious exemptions to school vaccine requirements in June. In Ithaca, where vaccination rates are low in several schools, public health advocates and school administrators are hopeful that the new law will improve community immunity. Some parents who were previously granted religious exemptions, however, say they may pull their kids out of school rather than... more

Lansing aims to amend wind, solar laws as eco-friendly development becomes more common

Lansing aims to amend wind, solar laws as eco-friendly development becomes more common
The Lansing Town Council will review and possibly draft a final document for a new local law that would amend the land use ordinance related to solar and wind energy systems at its meeting on Aug. 21. According to a current draft, the purpose of the law is to “facilitate and regulate the development and operation of certain renewable energy... more

Calm GrassRoots Festival for law enforcement

Calm GrassRoots Festival for law enforcement
While there was much music, partying and fun to be had during a hot Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, the festival was quite calm from the law enforcement perspective. As of Saturday, the Trumansburg Police Department covered 50 cases, none of which were criminal, said Trumansburg Police Chief Joe Nelson. These cases were for the whole village, not just... more

Two new stores moving to Triphammer Mall

Two new stores moving to Triphammer Mall
After the demise of TJ Maxx, Lansing residents can anticipate the arrival of two new franchises instead of one: a Dollar Tree store and a Planet Fitness. At the planning board meeting last night, the plan to introduce the two businesses to 2309 Triphammer Road cleared another hurdle, as the board said that only a few clarifications were necessary before... more

Cornell hosting wild horse & burro sale

Cornell hosting wild horse & burro sale
If you’ve always wanted to own a wild horse, or a burro, there’s a sale coming up at Cornell that could give you a look at what’s available, and what’s involved. The Federal Bureau of Land Management uses the auctions to control the surplus populations on its lands out west: the animals to be offered in Ithaca are still on... more

FLX holiday weekend fireworks schedule

FLX holiday weekend fireworks schedule
School is out, summer is in full swing and most Finger Lakes residents have a four-day holiday weekend on-tap to celebrate the Fourth of July. There will be fireworks in the skies above the region for the next several days. Below is a guide to where, and when, to find them. WEDNESDAY Auburn/Owasco - Emerson Park 8 p.m. concert with... more

Burned-down cottage the latest personal loss for Lansing Mayor Don Hartill

Burned-down cottage the latest personal loss for Lansing Mayor Don Hartill
Village of Lansing Mayor Don Hartill is looking ahead after suffering his second personal loss in a year and a half. On Thursday, his cottage near Maplewood Road on Cayuga Lake in the Town of Ulysses was destroyed by a fire. Around 1:15 p.m. Thursday, he received a call from Jodi Dake, clerk/treasurer for the Village of Lansing, saying that... more

Cayuga Power Plant will shut down, converting to data center

Cayuga Power Plant to close down, convert to data center
According to a report from Tompkins County Legislator Michael Sigler, the Cayuga Power Plant will be closing down next year. The power plant is planning on converting the plant into a data center and “becoming a significant energy user instead of producer,” according to Sigler. The announcement was made during a Town of Lansing Board meeting on May 15. The... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport awarded $10 million federal aviation grant

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport awarded $10 million federal aviation grant
The price tag for the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport shrank significantly on Thursday as U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced the awarding of federal funding for the expansion project. Schumer, who visited the airport in February to call for the funding, announced Thursday that the airport's expansion project had received $9,999,990 in U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration... more
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