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DEC, anglers meet on cormorants

Cormorants are a native fish-eating bird. Almost killed off by pesticides earlier in the century, cormorants are back, and sport fisherman say they're eating up their business. But research hasn't yet shown enough to act. Yesterday the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources held an information session in Ogdensburg. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Teacher and Coach Rescued

Forest rangers yesterday found a popular teacher and coach who had been missing in a remote area of the northwest Adirondacks since Monday. William Merna left for a weekend fishing trip in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area on Saturday. His family reported him missing Tuesday morning.
     Merna was found almost three miles from his campsite at Cowhorn Pond. Forest rangers in a helicopter spotted him standing in the Oswegatchie river, waving at them. He was tired and hungry but uninjured.
     Merna has taught at the Ogdensburg Free Academy for 35 years. He's one of the most successful boys' basketball coaches in the state, with over 500 wins. The Ogdensburg City School District's Board of Education officially dedicated the school's basketball court the "William B Merna" basketball court.
     State police officers and deputies from the county sheriff's office assisted in the search. Sheriff Gary Jarvis of St Lawrence County told Gregory Warner it was easy terrain to get lost in.  Go to full article

Cleanup Scheduled at Former Feed and Coal Site in Potsdam; Motel May be Built

Cleanup of a contaminated property in the village of Potsdam could make way for the development of a new motel. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

The DEC Warns Anglers on the Dangers of Ice Covered Waters

State officials are urging anglers to scout out locations before trekking to their favorite fishing spots on Tuesday - the opening day of trout season. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

DEC Hosts Discussion of Grass River Unit Management Plan

The Department of Environmental Conservation is holding an open house tonight to talk about the Grass River unit management plan. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Rural Fire Fighters Get Help With Wildfires

Like the rest of the Northeast, the North Country is experiencing drought or near-drought conditions. Climatologists are expecting high fire danger in the region's forests this summer. David Sommerstein reports New York is offering help to local fire departments that are often the first to respond to wildfires.  Go to full article

New York DEC Names New Head Ranger

After months of being vacant, the Department of Environmental Conservation has filled its position of the Head of Forest Rangers in New York State. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

DEC Weighs Chatham Permit Options

Now, state regulators are weighing their options. Environmentalists see the decision as a major victory against smokestack industry in the region, but economic developers say it's just a technicality.  Go to full article

DEC Reasearchers Object to Move

Thirty researchers at the state's DEC research center in Delmar say they don't want to move into downtown offices. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

New Commissioner Named to Head State's Environment Programs

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has a new commissioner. Erin Crotty was appointed Monday by Governor George Pataki. She'll replace John Cahill, who has been named as Pataki's senior policy advisor. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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