State closes Wakely Mountain trail and fire tower, citing safety

I thought they just restored the tower five years ago? Well, oops.

"New York state officials have closed a trail in the Adirondack Mountains until further notice because of safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower."

"The 92-foot tower was closed to public access last December because of structural problems, and the tower’s condition has since worsened."

"The Department of Environmental Conservation says there’s a chance the tower could collapse in heavy winds. DEC officials plan to make repairs as soon as possible to prevent a collapse."

Producer Price Index, April 2007-2017

The Producer Price Index (PPI) is a weighted index of prices measured at the wholesale, or producer level. A monthly release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the PPI shows trends within the wholesale markets (the PPI was once called the Wholesale Price Index), manufacturing industries and commodities markets. All of the physical goods-producing industries that make up the U.S. economy are included, but imports are not.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Producer Price Index for All Commodities [PPIACO], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/PPIACO, May 11, 2017.

Federal Deficit In 2009 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars

The federal deficit is larger then it used to be in the past. But at the same time, the population has grown and there are more taxpayers then in years past. More importantly, the economy has grown, so there is more money to counteract the inflationary pressures of deficit spending. See also my graph of the deficit by percentage of the GDP: http://andyarthur.org/chart-federal-deficit-as-a-percentage-of-gdp.html

Data Source: Historical Tables, Table 1.3—Summary of Receipts, Outlays, and Surpluses or Deficits (-) in Current Dollars, Constant (FY 2009) Dollars, and as Percentages of GDP: 1940–2021. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/omb/budget/Historicals

Map: Bub And Sis Lakes

Map: Bub And Sis Lakes

(and beyond to Moss Lake) and also a trail along the top of a ridge called the Vista Trail. They start out together and split after about 0.2 miles. Take some time to explore the Vista Trail.

The trail to the three lakes is a very pleasant walk in the woods suitable for families. It ascends about 200 feet and the walk to the nearest water is about 0.5 miles. The walk to the stream that flows between Sis and Bubb lakes (where both are visible) is about 0.9 miles. The total mileage for the whole loop including Moss Lake is 6.5 miles. Look below for a shorter loop option.

http://www.cnyhiking.com/SisBubbMossLakeLoop.htm