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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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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
Surrounded by children in the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center youth ski program, biathlete Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake holds a sign for a trail at the ski center named for her Thursday. Cook was nominated this month to the U.S. Olympic Team for February's winter games in Sochi, Russia.  Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Surrounded by children in the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center youth ski program, biathlete Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake holds a sign for a trail at the ski center named for her Thursday. Cook was nominated this month to the U.S. Olympic Team for February's winter games in Sochi, Russia. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Adirondack x-country ski area launches Olympians

A small cross-country ski center in Saranac Lake is now home to three trails named for local Olympians who grew up skiing its woods and slopes.

Dewey Mountain Recreation Center christened its newest trail last week for Annelies Cook.

The 29-year-old biathlete from Saranac Lake was recently nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in February at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

As Chris Knight reports, Cook says the small Nordic ski area played a big role in her development as a skier.  Go to full article
Local residents, including Lindy Ellis, right, and Ginger Dora, center, listen to a presentation Wednesday night during a public hearing in the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake on a proposed 90-room Lake Flower hotel. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Local residents, including Lindy Ellis, right, and Ginger Dora, center, listen to a presentation Wednesday night during a public hearing in the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake on a proposed 90-room Lake Flower hotel. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake residents weigh in Lake Flower hotel project

The first in a series of public hearings on a major hotel project proposed in Saranac Lake was held Wednesday night in the village. Lake Flower Lodging LLC wants to build a four-story, 80,000-square foot upscale resort hotel on the site of three small motels on Lake Flower.

The project recently won $2 million in state economic development funding. However, local residents have raised concerns about the height of the building along the village's picturesque shoreline.  Go to full article
Police take a suspect into custody as part of a drug sweep in Saranac Lake.  This strategy has been used for decades to reduce drug-related crime in the North Country. Photo: Chris Knight
Police take a suspect into custody as part of a drug sweep in Saranac Lake. This strategy has been used for decades to reduce drug-related crime in the North Country. Photo: Chris Knight

North Country drug war continues, despite debate

This year, North Country Public Radio is looking in-depth at America's 40 year era of mass incarceration - a period of American history that saw the massive growth of prisons around the US, and here in our region. This week, we're focusing on how those policies changed the North Country.

A big part of the rising inmate population has stemmed from the war on drugs. Under state and Federal law, millions of felons have spent much longer sentences behind bars.

That's starting to change. In 2009, New York state reformed the Rockefeller drug laws. As a result, the number of drug offenders behind bars in New York's has dropped by two-thirds.

Despite state and national debate, however, many local and state law enforcement agencies still use many of the same tough-on-crime strategies that have shaped America's drug war for decades.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake police officers help Angela Ball out of a police car on her way into the Harrietstown Town Hall courtroom for arraignment on a second-degree murder charge Monday night in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake police officers help Angela Ball out of a police car on her way into the Harrietstown Town Hall courtroom for arraignment on a second-degree murder charge Monday night in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Woman charged in Saranac Lake murder

Authorities are continuing to probe Saranac Lake's first murder case in nine years. The body of Ward Wilbur of Lake Placid was found by police inside an apartment building in a residential neighborhood of the village Monday morning.

Police say he had been beaten and stabbed by his former girlfriend, who's been charged with second degree murder. New information in the case was released yesterday, but many questions, including what sparked the alleged attack, have yet to be answered.  Go to full article
Canoes sit overturned along the shoreline of Leroy Douglas' campground in Silver Lake in July of this year. Douglas has settled a federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and Adirondack Council that alleged they conspired to halt his development plans on the lake.<br />Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adireondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Canoes sit overturned along the shoreline of Leroy Douglas' campground in Silver Lake in July of this year. Douglas has settled a federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and Adirondack Council that alleged they conspired to halt his development plans on the lake.
Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adireondack Daily Enterprise

Silver Lake man settles suit against APA, Adk Council

A Silver Lake man has settled the remaining claims in a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council.

Leroy Douglas had claimed the environmental group conspired with APA to reopen a 2006 enforcement case the agency pursued against him for a wetlands violation.

As part of the settlement, neither the APA nor the Council acknowledge any wrongdoing.  Go to full article

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