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Authorities say Young, age 44, liked to hike in the Adirondacks (Photo distributed by State Police)
Authorities say Young, age 44, liked to hike in the Adirondacks (Photo distributed by State Police)

Missing woman's body found near Inlet

Forest rangers in the Adirondacks have found the body of a Central New York woman who went missing last Friday. 44-year-old Kerry Young was found near the town of Inlet yesterday, following a two-day search that involved helicopters and more than fifty people. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
There's going to be a lot of unhappiness that we're not going to be able to do the job that we have been traditionally expected to do.

DEC blazes trail in staff cuts

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signaled that the state could cut up to 10,000 workers. Which could make the state look really different.

One state agency has already been deeply affected by staffing cuts. That's the Department of Environmental Conservation, or D-E-C. The Innovation Trail's Emma Jacobs reports that's changed the way the agency does its job.  Go to full article
Conservationist and ORDA president Joe Martens
Conservationist and ORDA president Joe Martens

Martens choice for DEC will shape key decisions in Adirondack-North Country

Governor Andrew Cuomo has named a top conservationist with deep ties in the North Country to head the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Joe Martens is president of the Open Space Institute, which has brokered some of the biggest land preservation deals in the Adirondack Park.

Martens is also head of the state's Olympic Regional Development Authority's board of directors - helping to operate sports venues in Lake Placid, Johnsburgh, and Wilmington.

As Brian Mann reports, Martens' nomination is drawing praise from across the political spectrum.  Go to full article
Wesley Wamganz, age 22
Wesley Wamganz, age 22

Search for Saranac Lake man scaled back

State officials say the search for Wesley Wamsganz is being scaled back this week after more than nine days of intensive effort.

Wamsganz, who is 22 years old, was last seen on November 20th in the Adirondack High Peaks. His Carhart jacket was found on a trail near Marcy Dam. But crews of volunteers, tracking dogs, and a state police helicopter found no additional sign of Wamsganz.

In the days since, temperatures in the mountains have plunged into the single digits, with high winds, freezing rain and snow. Last night, Forest Ranger Capt. John Streif met with the Wamsganz family. He informed them that the large-scale effort to find their son was being suspended.

A short time later, Captain Streif spoke by telephone with Brian Mann from the Adirondack Loj, which was the headquarters for the search.  Go to full article
22-year-old Wesley Wamsganz was last seen on Saturday
22-year-old Wesley Wamsganz was last seen on Saturday

Thanksgiving search turns up no new clues

Roughly thirty searchers spent another disappointing day in the High Peaks yesterday, trying to find 22-year-old Wesley Wamsganz.

The Saranac Lake man disappeared on Saturday and was last spotted by witnesses near a trailhead at the Adirondack Loj.

Brian Mann has our update.  Go to full article
Wesley Wamganz, age 22
Wesley Wamganz, age 22

No sign of Wamsganz Wednesday, search to resume

A small army of searchers will head back out into the woods this morning, hoping to locate 22-year-old Wesley Wamsganz from Saranac Lake.

Wamsganz was last seen on Saturday heading into the woods near the Adirondack Loj in the High Peaks region. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Photo: Martha Foley
Photo: Martha Foley

The put-and-take of pheasant hunting

Every once in a while, you catch a glimpse of a pheasant along a roadside.
It was almost certainly put there, or nearby, by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

You've heard of fish hatcheries and stocking, but New York State also hatches and stocks pheasants each year. They're bred in Ithaca, at the state's last remaining pheasant farm. The Reynolds Game Farm ships some 30,000 adult birds all over the state at this time of year.

WRVO's Joyce Gramza follows some of the birds from farm to field to learn more about the program.  Go to full article

Two key state environment players gone

Two men familiar to North Country health and environmental interests are already off the state payroll. Al Hicks and Dr. Ward Stone both accepted early retirement offered to help close New York's budget deficit. The two made names in the region by sorting through some of the most troubling health and environmental problems, from PCB contamination along the St. Lawrence River's Massena industrial zone, to the emerging threat of white nose syndrome killing bats across the east. Martha Foley talks with Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann about what the loss of Hicks and Stone means.  Go to full article
Section of the proposed new snowmobile  <br />trail system in the Adirondacks
Section of the proposed new snowmobile
trail system in the Adirondacks

NY finalizes Adirondack snowmobile plan, first project set for Hamilton County

Later this morning, the Adirondack Park Agency is expected to approve a plan creating the first major piece of a new regional snowmobile trail.

The project in Hamilton County includes construction of a new 12-mile hub trail that would link the towns of Piseco and Speculator.

State officials say this project in the Jessup River area will be a model for a much larger snowmobile trail system now in development across the Park.

But critics on all sides say they're not sure this plan is workable or affordable. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Adk campgrounds get more visitors

Campgrounds in the Adirondacks are reporting a healthy number of visitors this summer. Compared to last year, the sites managed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation are seeing more campers. DEC spokesman David Winchell says, overall, tourist numbers don't show a big increase -- about one percent. Still, he says, this up tick helps maintain and improve campgrounds throughout the Park. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

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