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NCPR News Staff: Chris Knight

Adirondack Correspondent
Chris Knight Chris Knight is a senior staff writer for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake. Before joining the Enterprise, Chris was the news director for Mountain Communications, which owns several Saranac Lake radio stations, for eight years. Chris works for North Country Public Radio as an occasional contributing reporter.

Away from work, Chris enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking and just about anything else in the outdoors. He and his wife Kate-Lyn live in Saranac Lake and have two children. E-mail

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Peter Frenette is airborne under the Sochi slogan as he competes in the Sochi Olympic Ski Jump Team competition. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Peter Frenette is airborne under the Sochi slogan as he competes in the Sochi Olympic Ski Jump Team competition. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

A rough Olympics for Saranac Lake ski jumper Peter Frenette

The US ski jumping team failed to advance last night in Sochi. It was the final event of these Olympics for Saranac Lake jumper Peter Frenette, who said he was frustrated by his performance.

"I came here expecting to compete well and didn't really do that but I made it here and had fun. I'm at the Olympics having a good time. It's a great accomplishment just to make it, so got to remember that."  Go to full article
Lowell Bailey had a break-out day in Sochi, which could bode well for two races still to come. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Lowell Bailey had a break-out day in Sochi, which could bode well for two races still to come. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Lowell Bailey's very good day in Sochi

The big news yesterday for the North Country's contingent at the Winter Olympics was Lowell Bailey, the veteran biathlon skier from Lake Placid.

After two frustrating races early in the games, Bailey notched an eighth place finish in the men's 20k race. That's the best-ever finish for an American in biathlon, a sport that combines target shooting and cross country ski racing.
Right after crossing the finish line, he spoke with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise's Chris Knight, one of our correspondents in Sochi.  Go to full article
Portrait of USA's Billy Demong, #31, after he competed in the Sochi Olympics Nordic Combined Normal Hill/10km 2/12/14. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Portrait of USA's Billy Demong, #31, after he competed in the Sochi Olympics Nordic Combined Normal Hill/10km 2/12/14. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Bill Demong's tough day in Sochi

One of the North Country's top medal hopefuls had a challenging day yesterday in Sochi. Bill Demong from Vermontville finished 24th in the Nordic combined, a sport that includes long distance ski jumping and cross-country ski racing.

Chris Knight from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is in Sochi. He was at trackside for yesterday's race. We heard from him there:  Go to full article
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake competes in her first Olympic biathlon on Sunday. Photo: Nancie Battaglia.
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake competes in her first Olympic biathlon on Sunday. Photo: Nancie Battaglia.

North Country biathletes struggle in Sochi

It was a very tough first weekend for the North Country's biathlon racers competing in Sochi. Three racers from the Adirondacks -- Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey and Annelies Cook -- competed at the Winter Olympics in the sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. All three finished well out of medal range.  Go to full article
Biathlete Annelies Cook at a meet in Eastern Europe, as captured from the TV screen. Archive Photo of the Day: George S. Cook, Saranac Lake NY.
Biathlete Annelies Cook at a meet in Eastern Europe, as captured from the TV screen. Archive Photo of the Day: George S. Cook, Saranac Lake NY.

Adirondack biathlon trio hits stride in Sochi

One of the most astonishing stories in this year's Winter Olympics is that a handful of small Adirondack villages -- Lake Placid, Paul Smiths and Saranac Lake -- have produced three of the ten athletes on the US biathlon team.

Chris Knight with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is one of our Sochi correspondents and he caught up with the North Country's biathlon contingent at the Olympic Nordic center yesterday.  Go to full article
Spectacular views in Sochi in the final countdown to the opening ceremony.  Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Spectacular views in Sochi in the final countdown to the opening ceremony. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Sochi dispatch: excitement growing

Opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi are tomorrow evening and some early competition is already underway in Russia.

One of our correspondents on the scene there is Chris Knight from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. As North Country athletes and families settle in for the games, Chris told Brian Mann that things in Sochi seem to be in good shape.  Go to full article
Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff during a press conference announcing discovery of McKay's body.  (Photo:  Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used with permission)
Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff during a press conference announcing discovery of McKay's body. (Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used with permission)

Missing Australian found near Ray Brook, took own life

An intensive, nearly two-week search in the Adirondacks for a missing Australian soldier ended Wednesday when a state forest ranger found Paul McKay's body on Scarface Mountain near Ray Brook.

An autopsy released Thursday found McKay committed suicide by hypothermia.

The 31-year-old Australian Army captain was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

While the search for McKay is over, as Chris Knight reports, there are still many unanswered surrounding his disappearance.  Go to full article
Paul McKay, a member of the Australian Army, was last seen in Ray Brook on Dec. 31. This is one of several photos posted on his Facebook page four days before he disappeared.
Paul McKay, a member of the Australian Army, was last seen in Ray Brook on Dec. 31. This is one of several photos posted on his Facebook page four days before he disappeared.

Search expands for missing Australian

State forest rangers are expanding the primary search area for an Australian soldier who's been missing in the Adirondacks for two weeks.

A person fitting Paul McKay's description was last seen walking east toward Lake Placid on the railroad tracks near the federal prison in Ray Brook, carrying a large backpack and wearing a winter jacket and snowpants. That was around noon Dec. 31, two days after McKay flew to the U.S. from Australia.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake police are looking for Paul McKay, seen here in August 2013.<br />Photo: provided
Saranac Lake police are looking for Paul McKay, seen here in August 2013.
Photo: provided

Police seek Australian missing from Saranac Lake

Police in the Saranac Lake area are asking for the public's help in their search for a missing Australian man. 31 year-old Paul McKay was last seen leaving a Saranac Lake hotel on Dec. 31.

He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and had left all his belongings to his father.  Go to full article
Caleb Strong, center, of Victor, stands inside the Berkeley Green gazebo in Saranac Lake with Loring Porter of Lake Placid, left, and Kyle Forbes Bissell, right, of West Salem, Mass. Strong was the first hiker to complete the village's Winter 6er Challenge Saturday. Porter, who was the first Saranac Lake 6er in May, took second place, and Bissell finished third. Photo: CHris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Caleb Strong, center, of Victor, stands inside the Berkeley Green gazebo in Saranac Lake with Loring Porter of Lake Placid, left, and Kyle Forbes Bissell, right, of West Salem, Mass. Strong was the first hiker to complete the village's Winter 6er Challenge Saturday. Porter, who was the first Saranac Lake 6er in May, took second place, and Bissell finished third. Photo: CHris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Winter 6ers battle weather across six peaks

Dozens of hikers battled rain, snow, sleet and ice recently for the chance to become the first to hike the six mountains in the Saranac Lake area in winter in less than 24 hours.

Caleb Strong of Victor, near Rochester, was the first to cross the finish line and claim the title of first Winter Saranac Lake 6er. This was the second event put on by the village of Saranac Lake this year as part of its 6er hiking program, which is designed to boost tourism.  Go to full article

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