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NCPR News Staff: Chris Morris

Tri-Lakes Correspondent

Stories filed by Chris Morris


DEC offers ice safety tips

With winter in full swing, officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious on lakes and rivers.

Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling on frozen lakes and ponds are among the many winter delights enjoyed by residents and visitors of the Adirondack Park. Chris Morris offers some tips on how to be safe on the ice this winter.  Go to full article

State keeps shorter school sports seasons to save money

For the third straight year, high school sports seasons will be shorter in New York as a shaky economy has school districts looking to save money.

Cuts vary by sport. Baseball teams that play 24 regular-season games will go to 20, football teams went from 10 games to 9 or 8, depending on regional officials. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article
Those payroll dollars—all of that money—is going right back into the community... and if it weren't there, you'd notice

State finances threaten healthcare, economy

A report published this week by the Healthcare Association of New York State found that North Country hospitals are one of the region's biggest economic engines. The study shows that, statewide, hospitals employ nearly 687,000 New Yorkers and generate $108 billion in economic activity.

As Chris Morris reports, this report is the latest salvo in a debate over how to fund hospitals and the state's healthcare system.  Go to full article
Wesley Wamsganz is the subject of a search in the Adirondacks (Source:  Wamsganz family)
Wesley Wamsganz is the subject of a search in the Adirondacks (Source: Wamsganz family)

Search continues for Saranac Lake man

Police, state forest rangers and volunteers are expanding a search for a young man who went missing over the weekend near Adirondack Loj, just south of the Village of lake Placid.

Family members reported 22 year-old Wesley Wamsganz missing to Saranac Lake Village Police on Sunday.  Go to full article
We're going to show the state that we can do this, and do it in a way that's better than the past.

Lake Placid pools resources to save winter games

Officials from across the North Country were shocked Wednesday when the state announced it was canceling the popular winter and summer Empire State Games to help close New York's growing budget gap.

Within a day, community leaders from the Lake Placid region announced they would save the 2011 winter games, despite losing state funding.

Representatives from the towns of North Elba and Wilmington, the village of Lake Placid, the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the state Olympic Regional Development Authority decided Wednesday night to pool their resources.
Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article

Empire Games loss will hurt Lake Placid

The Paterson Administration has cut funding for the 2011 Empire State Games, citing the state's ongoing fiscal crisis. The popular annual competitions are run by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The news came in a letter from Lisa Del Signore, the administrator of the games, to athletes informing them that the winter, summer, and senior games, as well as the games for the physically challenged, have all been canceled.

The Poughkeepsie Journal, which broke the story, reports Del Signore's letter also said, "Perhaps in the future the economic climate will improve and the games will experience a rebirth."

The winter games were scheduled to take place in Lake Placid in late February. As Chris Morris reports, athletes and tourism officials will miss them:  Go to full article
People like Lake Colby [School]?it's like the "Little House on the Prairie" school.

Saranac Lake district may close another school

Officials from the Saranac Lake Central School District say a committee is looking into the possibility of closing Lake Colby School.

The move comes less than a year after the district closed another school in Lake Clear. Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article

VA clinic construction under way in Saranac Lake

The first concrete has been poured for a new veterans' clinic in Saranac Lake. Officials hope to be able open the center early next year, despite a contract delay that held work up for part of the summer building season.

The new clinic downtown on Depot St. is one of two now under construction to serve veterans in the region.

HES Ventures is overseeing the building's construction and will lease the property to the Department of Veterans Affairs under a contract finalized in August. Chris Morris has more.  Go to full article
We?re going to push, push, push to reach our goal as soon as possible... now is the time to start talking about job openings.

Community Store close in Saranac Lake

Organizers of the Community Store in Saranac Lake say they're very close to their fund raising goal of half a million dollars. And they've found a potential location in the village. Chris Morris reports the store could open in early summer.  Go to full article
We're all in the same boat ? the roads aren't getting any better and nothing is getting any younger.

Highway funds in doubt

With winter fast approaching and the construction season coming to an end, highway superintendents in the North Country are wondering how they will fund critical bridge and road projects next year.

The New York State County Highway Superintendents Association issued a statement this week saying many local governments don't have enough funds to pay for crucial bridge and road projects.

As Chris Morris reports, some of the most highly traveled roads in the Adirondacks are sliding into disrepair.  Go to full article

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