Tri-Lakes stories of the year, part one

Over the past year, a lot has happened in the Tri-Lakes.

The sale of a county-owned nursing home, the search for several people missing, with some still unaccounted for, the killing of a now-famous moose and more have had people talking.

Now, the staff of the Valley News and Denton Publications has come up with a list of the top 10 stories of the year. This week, we will go through the list of honorable mentions. In the Dec. 15 edition, we will go over the stories that finished as the sixth through 10th best stories as voted on by staff.

In the Dec. 22 edition, we will review the stories that ranked second through fifth, based not only on staff voting but online voting by Valley News readers. Go to valleynewsadk.com, and look up polls under the opinion header. The poll link will also be posted on the Valley News’ Facebook and Twitter sites. We are also asking readers to submit comments as they cast their votes for these stories that can be used online and in print.

Finally, in the Dec. 29 edition, we will unveil the story that was voted number one. The choices for the top five are as follows (in random order):

•Essex County sells Horace Nye •Rail trail •Bruce The Moose •Colin Gillis search •Adirondack Club and Resort

Voting will be open from Thursday, Dec. 6 through Friday, Dec. 14.

Honorable mentions:

The 114th Assembly District race

The year started off with the Valley News asking Jay Supervisor and Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors Randy Douglas if he would ever consider a run for state office. He responded that the only way that he would was if state Sen. Betty Little or Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward were to retire.

Sayward, the former Willsboro Supervisor and Essex County chairwoman, did just that in March, announcing that she would not seek re-election in what was about to become the 114th Assembly District after the legislative map was re-drawn. Douglas’ name was immediately at the top of everyone’s short list of candidates, but he surprised his Democratic Party and the region, announcing that he felt he needed to stay in Jay and help the community recover from Tropical Storm Irene.

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