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National Grid using my backyard as a fix it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.
National Grid using my backyard as a fix it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Power crews were prepared for an Ice Storm '98 repeat

While many remain without power, and some people have sought shelters, this storm wasn't as devastating as the Ice Storm of 1998. But residents - and the power companies - were preparing as if it could have been.  Go to full article
Flooding occurred as the West Branch of the Ausable rose more than six feet due to an ice jam. Photo: Larry Master
Flooding occurred as the West Branch of the Ausable rose more than six feet due to an ice jam. Photo: Larry Master

Clinton, Essex, Franklin brushed by ice storm

The weekend ice storm struck only a glancing blow in the eastern part of our listening area, including Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties, as well as Quebec. Emergency alerts and travel bans were imposed as freezing rain hit on Sunday, but the area avoided serious accumulations of ice and saw few power outages.  Go to full article
Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester NY. If one of a doctor's patients is admitted, he'll get an alert. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/taudiophile/2793938059/">Aaron Giambattista</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester NY. If one of a doctor's patients is admitted, he'll get an alert. Photo: Aaron Giambattista, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Putting doctors in the loop when there's an emergency

Many health care providers don't know when their patients are admitted or discharged from hospital, or seen by an ambulance crew. That makes it harder to deliver comprehensive care.

The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization has set up a simple alert system that's aimed at changing that.  Go to full article
Scott Haworth, age 46, in a photograph distributed by the New York State Police
Scott Haworth, age 46, in a photograph distributed by the New York State Police

Body of missing hiker found in Keene

State police say the body of a hiker who vanished in the Adirondacks back in September has been located near a trailhead in the town of Keene.

An autopsy report found that Scott Haworth, from Chicopee, Massachusetts, took his own life.  Go to full article
The "red zone" in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. NCPR File Photo: Brian Mann
The "red zone" in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. NCPR File Photo: Brian Mann

Clean-up, controversy follow Lac-Megantic disaster

The criminal investigation continues in eastern Canada, three weeks after a train disaster that police now say killed 47 people.

An unmanned train full of oil rolled free, derailed and then exploded in the heart of Lac-Megantic, a small rural town about three hours east of Montreal.

Civil lawsuits are already being filed here in the US - and there's a fight brewing over who will pay for the massive cleanup.  Go to full article
Keeping vigil and keeping watch at St. Agnes Church in Lac-Megantic. Photo: Brian Mann
Keeping vigil and keeping watch at St. Agnes Church in Lac-Megantic. Photo: Brian Mann

In Lac-Megantic, first steps toward normal

The official death toll in Lac-Megantic Canada has risen to 35, following the deadly train explosion earlier this month that flattened a big part of the community's downtown.

Now the rural Canadian town is making its first, painful steps toward recovery.  Go to full article
Lightning strikes triggered fire on Lyon Mountain. Photo: Mountain Lake PBS
Lightning strikes triggered fire on Lyon Mountain. Photo: Mountain Lake PBS

Lightning strike knocks out regional PBS station

Mountain Lake PBS, one of the North Country's biggest public television outlets, was off the air in many areas this morning because of a transmitter fire on the summit of Lyon Mountain in the Adirondacks.

The fire began Tuesday night after lightning struck transformers near the broadcast tower on the peak in Clinton County.  Go to full article
Bicknell's Thrush. Photo: Larry Master
Bicknell's Thrush. Photo: Larry Master

Emergency Adk tower plan worries bird experts

A plan to build and upgrade emergency communications towers on four summits in the Adirondack Park is sparking new controversy because of the possible impact on a rare songbird called the Bicknell's thrush. The thrush is a "species of concern" in New York, because of its dwindling population and its small, alpine breeding area.

Last winter, the Adirondack Park Agency set strict rules for the construction project, designed to limit any impacts on the songbird. But facing pressure from local leaders, the APA decided earlier this month to scrap those restrictions.

The last-minute change is drawing criticism from scientists and conservation groups that study Bicknell's thrush.  Go to full article
Tyler Hale, a firefighter in Cayuga Heights, tested leather and rubber boots to measure their effects on joint and muscle movement. Photo: Matt Richmond / WSKG
Tyler Hale, a firefighter in Cayuga Heights, tested leather and rubber boots to measure their effects on joint and muscle movement. Photo: Matt Richmond / WSKG

Researchers hope to make the job of first responders easier

New York State first responders have had plenty of opportunity to put their training to the test over the past two years during extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storms Lee and Irene.

The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports on research that may make their challenging job easier, starting from the ground up.  Go to full article
Essex County's Emergency  Operations Center in the town of Lewis.  The new communication system will provide for modern two-way radio linkages, as well as microwave and high speed data lines. Photo courtesy Essex County
Essex County's Emergency Operations Center in the town of Lewis. The new communication system will provide for modern two-way radio linkages, as well as microwave and high speed data lines. Photo courtesy Essex County

APA approves new emergency communications system

The Adirondack Park Agency approved a new $16 million emergency communication system that will link first responders over a huge swath of the central and eastern Adirondacks.

APA commissioners voted unanimously to green light the project, which will mean improved communication for police, fire, and ambulance squads from Tupper Lake to Johnsburg to Elizabethtown.  Go to full article

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