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Ethan Allen Returns To Lake George, Questions Remain

The Ethan Allen was re-floated on Lake George yesterday, four days after it capsized with 47 elderly tourists aboard. Twenty passengers, all from Michigan, died in the accident. The tour boat is being tested by the National Transportation Safety Board. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Coast Guard Looks at Passenger Weight Guidelines

The captain of the Ethan Allen, 74-year-old Richard Paris, gave a blood sample voluntarily earlier this week. Full results of yesterday's tests by the National Transportation Saftey Board won't be available for months. The preliminary report added to mounting evidence that the Ethan Allen may have been top-heavy before it capsized Sunday afternoon. Eyewitness Joyce Cloutier, from Loudonville, told an Albany TV station that the Ethan Allen appeared "extremely unstable" as Paris struggled to keep it upright while making a right-hand turn. Cloutier says passengers started toppling to one side of the boat, which then capsized. She watched the accident from another boat about fifty yards away. Cloutier's voice was heard on a 9-1-1 tape released Tuesday.

U.S. Coast guard officials say they've begun rethinking the weight calculations that determine how many passengers a boat can carry safely. The tour boat on Lake George isn't governed directly by the Coast Guard rules, but safety recommendations influence state guidelines. The rules would also affect boats operating on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Champlain. Brian Mann spoke with Coast Guard spokeswoman Angela McArdle, who says expanding waistlines may force a change in standards.  Go to full article

Pataki Seeks Tougher Boating Regulations

Officials say the Lake George tour boat that capsized this weekend killing 20 passengers was not appropriately certified to carry 48 passengers. The Ethan Allen was carrying 47 passengers and a captain when it capsized Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board acting chairman Mark Rosenker says a road test on the boat's twin sister yesterday found the boat started to become unstable after just three barrels, each weighing 477 pounds, were placed on its left side. The board was planning to test 12 barrels. 12 would have been the equivalent of 48 passengers. Rosenker also said passengers on the Ethan Allen did not receive a safety briefing before their trip. Such a safety briefing is not required by state law, however. Yesterday, Governor George Pataki says he'll propose new standards for tourboats in New York. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Playing With Fire

Some of us are more practiced at building fires than other. But sometimes all the practice in the world doesn't help. Commentator Betsy Kepes just got lucky.  Go to full article

Michigan Town Grieves After Lake George Tragedy

Many of the passengers board the Ethan Allen were visiting Lake George as part of a leaf-peeping tour. They were elderly men and women, mostly from Michigan. Brian...  Go to full article
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Lake George Tourboat Accident Claims 21 Elderly Tourists

At least 21 elderly tourists died yesterday in on Lake George when their sightseeing boat capsized in a bay near Diamond Point. Many of the 49 passengers aboard were with a...  Go to full article

In Potsdam, State Spreads Word on CWD

The Department of Environmental Conservation held a meeting on chronic wasting disease in Potsdam last night. It's one in a series around the state to inform hunters about...  Go to full article

DEC Truck Crashes on Vandalized Bridge in Disputed Champion Lands

State officials are investigating the vandalism of two bridges in the Champion Easement lands near Santa Clara in the northern Adirondacks. One of the bridges collapsed...  Go to full article

Adk Boy Scouts Will Merge With Albany

The Boy Scout council that serves Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties faces growing financial difficulties. The group closed their summer camp near Malone in August. The...  Go to full article
Getting ready: Some of the rowers in the Grateful Oars club at the Head of the Rideau in 2003 (photo: Grateful Oars)

North Country Rowers Prepare for Race on the Rideau

Rowing is a sport that appeals to people for a number of reasons. It can be a leisurely way to spend some time on a river or lake, or enjoying the company of friends. ...  Go to full article

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