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Watertown High School students return to school after Facebook rumor kept many home

A lot more kids made it to school today at Watertown High School, than did yesterday. About 50% of students stayed home yesterday after rumors on Facebook led many to believe a student would be coming to school with a gun. Absenteeism was at about 25% today.  Go to full article
Santa told my grandson that Rudolph and the other reindeers had been playing reindeer games, and... knocked the train off the tracks."

Polar Express derails

The Polar Express train ride to see Santa Claus might have been even more memorable than usual - when it went off the rails on the way to the North Pole last night. More than 300 children and adults were on the train. The Utica Fire Department says there was one minor injury, but otherwise no one was hurt.  Go to full article
(Photo: Jon Rosales)  Shaktoolik in January, from the air as you'd approach the village. It sits on a gravel bar no more than 80 yards wide.
(Photo: Jon Rosales) Shaktoolik in January, from the air as you'd approach the village. It sits on a gravel bar no more than 80 yards wide.

SLU Professor calls for climate assistance for Alaskan villages

Delegates from nearly 200 countries have been meeting over the past two weeks in South Africa for the United Nations Convention on climate change. St. Lawrence University professor Jon Rosales just returned from Durban. He's been advocating on behalf of villages on the Bering Strait, on the west coast of Alaska, which are the focus of his research. Julie Grant has more.  Go to full article
Figure 1.6a Projected change in annual temperature for the 2080s in the Northeast relative to the 1980s baseline period. (NYSERDA Report)
Figure 1.6a Projected change in annual temperature for the 2080s in the Northeast relative to the 1980s baseline period. (NYSERDA Report)

Climate report predicts changes for northern NY farms

One of the lead investigators of the recent report on climate change in New York says the heavy storms this spring and summer, and the mild temperatures this fall will not necessarily be the "new normal" for the north country and Adirondacks. But Cornell University climate researcher Arthur DeGaetano says the heavy rainfall and warm weather could be a glimpse into the future.

The report, released late last month by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, is based on the work of more than 50 scientists. It paints a harsh picture of extreme climate events - predicting that upstate New York will have heavier, and more frequent downpours, like those we've seen this year.

The report says the temperature in New York has already warmed 2.4 degrees in the past forty years. It projects a further rise of as much as three degrees by the 2020s, with the temperature steadily warming as much as nine degrees by the 2080s.

DeGaetano says that means northern New York would have a climate more like North Carolina or Georgia. He says the report isn't meant to scare people. It's meant to help them transition along with the climate. DeGaetano says agriculture will be one of the industries most affected. He spoke with Julie Grant.  Go to full article
Unfiltered water at the Louisville Senior Citizens Housing Center.
Unfiltered water at the Louisville Senior Citizens Housing Center.

Federal budget has communities worried about clean water

Advocates for clean water are concerned about proposed Congressional spending cuts. The program that helps communities afford expensive water and sewer projects is expected to be cut in half. Julie Grant reports many local governments won't be able to afford them.  Go to full article

Hunter's death ruled suicide

The death of a hunter whose body was found this week on Mount Jo has been ruled a suicide. The Essex County coronor's office ruled that the gunshot wound that killed 63-year old Russ Beede of Lake Placid was self-inflicted.

Beede was last seen Saturday morning, when he went hunting alone on lands off Loj Road in the Adirondacks, in the town of North Elba.

An investigation started Sunday, because his vehicle had been parked in the same place for two days. A team of searchers found his body in rugged terrain Wednesday, within a half mile of his vehicle.  Go to full article
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All Before Five: 12/01/11

Congressman Bill Owens wants to repeal $5.50 fee on Canadian visitors to the U.S., Brian Mann reports from Vaughan, north of Toronto, where immigrants are seen as key to the future, and the Innovation Trail visits Occupy encampments around New York.  Go to full article
At this point, there's no indication that there was any foul play.

Hunter found dead in the Adirondacks

The body of a hunter who had been missing in the Adirondacks since Saturday was found on Wednesday. Russ Beede of Lake Placid was 63 years old.

David Winchell is spokesman for the state department of environmental conservation in Ray Brook.

Winchell says Mr. Beede went hunting alone, on the property of the Adirondack Mountain Club. His body was found in that general vicinity. More than forty people and two K-9 units have been searching the woods for him since Monday.

Winchell says now that Mr. Beede has been found, New York state police will take over the investigation. He says it does not look like there was any foul play involved.

Winchell says it's not uncommon for people to go missing in the mountains during hunting season. He says most come out unharmed. But he does caution hunters and hikers to make people aware of their plans, and to make sure they are healthy before entering the wilderness.

Winchell says state police will complete an investigation and an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of Mr. Beede's death.  Go to full article
Scientists say warmer temperatures could lead to increasing asthma rates and mosquito-borne diseases.
Scientists say warmer temperatures could lead to increasing asthma rates and mosquito-borne diseases.

Scientists: Climate change in New York could increase diseases

A new report finds that New York may suffer disproportionate effects of climate change in the coming decades, when compared with other regions. The report was co-authored by scientists from Cornell, Columbia University, and Hunter College. It finds that because New York is a northern state, it has already warmed more than twice the global average--2.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the last forty years.

The report paints a harsh picture, including possible extreme temperatures in the coming decades, along with sea-level rises, downpours, droughts, and floods. The changes are projected to affect nearly every region and every facet of New York's economy, including upstate ski resorts and dairy farms.

The report finds that the changing weather patterns will also affect public health. Co-author Patrick Kinney is director of Columbia University's Climate and Health Program. He spoke with Julie Grant about the diseases and other problems that could be in the north country's future.  Go to full article
Linda Barberic's partner Keith helps her prepare a healthy meal, using olive oil instead of butter. (Photo by Julie Grant)
Linda Barberic's partner Keith helps her prepare a healthy meal, using olive oil instead of butter. (Photo by Julie Grant)

Trying for a healthy Thanksgiving

With so many Americans facing diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems, the Thanksgiving meal has become a battleground in some families. Some family members want to make it a healthy meal, others want to stick with their traditional family dishes. Julie Grant reports:  Go to full article

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