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Turtle crossing near the flooded approach to the RT 22 bridge in Wadhams. Archive Irene flooding photo: Matt Foley
Turtle crossing near the flooded approach to the RT 22 bridge in Wadhams. Archive Irene flooding photo: Matt Foley

Update: Flash flood concerns ease, but high water remains a danger

Update, 10:00 a.m. Saranac Lake and the state Department of Environmental Conservation have issued a press release about high river levels there (pdf.) The release has this to say:

"Flooding conditions in the vicinity of Saranac Lake continue to result in abnormally high water conditions in Lake Flower and the Saranac River. These abnormally high water conditions have caused some localized flooding of residences and businesses adjacent to the Saranac River in the Village of Saranac Lake and in some downstream locations."

Wednesday, 8 a.m.. The National Weather Service says there is a chance for more showers and thunderstorms today -- especially later this afternoon and into the evening.

Forecasters are warning that locally heavy rainfall is possible. With creeks and rivers already high and the soil saturated, the National Weather Service says there could be "isolated areas of flooding."

Actual flood watches and warnings have been canceled in most of the region. Still, water gauges show many rivers and lakes just below flood level this morning.

Lake Champlain at Whitehall, the Richilieu River at the north end of Lake Champlain, the Indian River at the Indian Lake dam are all just below flood stage.  Go to full article
Dan Pacheco, a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone equipped with a camera. Photo: Ryan Delaney

Privacy vs. the economy as Syracuse considers drones

Syracuse lawmakers have begun weighing the pros and cons of being a part of the domestic drone industry.

The Common Council's public safety committee held its first hearing on the matter late last week.  Go to full article
Student crews work on the MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein

Military drones raise local questions

There's controversy about the Obama Administration's use of drones, or unmanned military aircraft, to kill alleged terrorists. Critics have said the attacks violate international law, and have also killed many civilians.

The drones that fly over Afghanistan are often piloted by people sitting in Syracuse.

And there are local privacy concerns about these drones as well. Those pilots train by flying high over the North Country and the Adirondacks.
They may watch bridges or buildings, even follow cars, without anyone knowing they're being watched.

David Sommerstein's story about the fuzzy line between military preparation and an unwelcome eye in the sky first aired in January, 2013.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. Photo: <a href=""> Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office</a> via Flickr

Cuomo appoints corruption commission to investigate legislature

Governor Cuomo has joined forces with the State's Attorney General to create a commission with wide-ranging powers to investigate corruption in the state legislature.
...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">rockcc_histcoll</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New area code on the way for 315 region

The state Public Service Commission has extended the comment period for a plan to add another area code in Northern and Central New York. Eighteen counties currently use area...  Go to full article
Sylvain Foisy, Gretchen Koehler, Brandt Kronholm and Rebecca Koehler will perform at ONNY's "American Pops" concert tonight in Potsdam and tomorrow night in Watertown.  Photo: Harold Ellingsen

Fiddling family to feature in ONNY "Pops" concerts

The Orchestra of Northern New York presents its annual summer "American Pops" concert tonight at 7 pm in SUNY-Potsdam's Hosmer Hall, and tomorrow night at 8 pm in Watertown's...  Go to full article
Elected officials and Alcoa leaders break ground at the Massena East plant. Photo: Julie Grant

Alcoa breaks ground at Massena East plant

Alcoa Aluminum broke ground Monday on a $600 million expansion and modernization project at its manufacturing plant in Massena.

Company officials were joined by...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href=""> Intel Free Press</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY toughens up on texting behind the wheel

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that creates new, stiffer penalties for teenaged and new drivers who text while they're driving. The law will now treat...  Go to full article

Adirondack Attic: dude ranches, rodeos, wranglers

Pick an object, any object, and let's see what stories it can tell. Andy Flynn visits the Painted Pony Rodeo in Lake Luzerne for a look at the history of dude ranches in the...  Go to full article
Tomatoes are off to a slow start this year, but gaining. Photo: Martha Foley

Rain, rain go away (for now)

Rainy weather continues. Besides leading to dangerous flooding in many parts of New York State, the wet weather is having its way with gardeners and farmers as well. ...  Go to full article
As town supervisor Bill Ferebee looks on, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lauds Keene for response to Irene Photo: Brian Mann

In long Irene recovery, Keene's celebration day

The brand new $2.8 million Keene fire hall was crowded with neighbors and dignitaries over the weekend.

They came on a damp Saturday morning to celebrate the...  Go to full article
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