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Editors' preview of this week's Lake Placid News

August 3, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The search for a 50-year-old Rochester man in the High Peaks ended in tragedy this week, as the hiker was found dead in a ravine near the Great Range.

Ralph "Skip" Baker was found by searchers Tuesday, and an autopsy conducted in Saranac Lake Wednesday revealed that he died by drowning. Learn more about this sad story on the front page of this week's Lake Placid News.

Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter stopped by the Lake Placid Summit Classic lacrosse tournament in Lake Placid Tuesday to speak with the organizer and some of the participants about this year's action, which began Monday and runs through Sunday at the North Elba Athletic Fields.

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Editor Andy Flynn caught up with USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy this week for an update on the team's training and plans for the upcoming Olympic season. Athletes hit the ice for first time in late September in Norway before entering a grueling schedule that ends with the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Staff Writer Antonio "Tony" Olivero stopped by the Mirror Lake Inn this week for the monthly People at Work feature, profiling the front desk staff about their concierge services.

We also have updates from the town of North Elba, which has scrapped its biodigester plan at the transfer station, Keene Valley part-time resident Christopher Wray's appointment as the next FBI director, former USA Luge director Ron Rossi's appointment as controller at USA Curling, bear confrontations in the High Peaks and Adirondack Health's expansion projects in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.

In addition to the many sports stories in this week's issue, there are a few notable arts-related stories. Andy Flynn reports on the Gibson Brothers' seven International Bluegrass Music Association award nominations, and Correspondent Steve Lester gives us an Artist Profile on local designer Mary Ballou Bousquet as well as a review of the latest Lake Placid Sinfonietta Sunday concerts.

As always, we have columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Frank Shatz (World Focus).



The winter sports season never really ends in Lake Placid - even during the first week of August. This week's Lake Placid News sports pages are a reflection of this, with stories about downhill skiers, bobsledders, ski jumpers and ice dancers.

Lake Placid's hometown hero Andrew Weibrecht, a two-time Olympic super-G medalist, shared a few stories and his medals with adoring fans in a Meet An Olympian session at the Olympic Museum. He was joined by up-and-comer and recent U.S. Ski Team member Cecily Decker.

Another Lake Placid native featured in this week's LPN is Nina Lussi, who captured a bronze medal in the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships held in Park City, Utah. Not a bad start to what will hopefully be a season that leads to the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Team USA bobsled season also got underway last week with the push championships in Calgary, Alberta. The team is looking to turn over a new leaf after the tragic death of their former leader Steve Holcomb, who died in May.

The summer figure skating season continued last week, and skating correspondent Christie Sausa provides readers with a recap of the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships held in the Olympic Center.

Other sports news items include a summary of the Can-Am Rugby Tournament social division championship game and an update on Aimee Caligiore, who recorded a solid finish in an elite golf tournament.



On this week's Adirondack Expeditions page, Justin Levine writes about Alex Caskey, a Tufts University graduate student who is studying the relationship between agriculture and Wildlife in the Champlain Valley this summer.

Outdoors columnist Joe Hackett uses his space this week to describe how fears and phobias can intensify as outdoor travelers go deeper into the remote backcountry.



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