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Ice fishing season starts

This winter got off to a particularly cold start. It's had the usual affect on all things deciduous, migratory and those among us who just plain hate cold weather. But there's another flock that's kept a glad eye on the thermometer lately. These are people with thick coats, thick hides and portable shanties sitting forlornly in the driveway. They're ice fisherpeople, of course. And their time has come. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service

Open water in the arctic

Polar bear researchers off Alaska's northern coast found striking differences in sea ice conditions recently. Lori Townsend reports.  Go to full article

North Country digs out from snow, ice, wind - thousands still without power

Thousands of homes in the North Country are still without power this morning. Heavy snow in the St. Lawrence Valley and a powerful ice storm in Essex and Warren County did the most damage. But power outages stretched to every county in the region. There have been no reports of major injuries or accidents. But as Brian Mann reports, some neighborhoods won't see their power restored until tomorrow afternoon.  Go to full article
Picking up ice blocks
Picking up ice blocks

Ice Palace adds sparkle to Saranac Lake

This is the time of year that people celebrate winter by going ice fishing, sledding, skating, and skiing. It's also the start of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Now in its 111th year, it's the longest running event of its kind in the Eastern U.S. The centerpiece for this year's event is the Ice Palace. For more than a week, large chunks of ice were harvested from Lake Flower, and slush was mixed as mortar. It's extreme masonry during what is typically one of the coldest weeks of the year. The ice castle team dealt with wind, rain and relatively mild temperatures this week. Todd Moe spoke with Dean Baker, chair of the Ice Palace committee, while his crew of volunteers was adding some final touches Thursday.  Go to full article

Safe footing and green lawns

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about keeping sidewalks and driveways clear of snow and ice while protecting the environment. Salt? Sand? Sometimes it takes just a little more "elbow grease".  Go to full article

Can we skate yet on the Rideau Canal?

The Ottawa area is also breaking records for early snow: well over 45 inches have fallen in December alone. While shovelers wonder where to put it all, skiers are ecstatic over one of the best early seasons in memory. Meanwhile, skaters are impatiently awaiting the foot of ice needed to get out on the nearly 5-mile-long Rideau Canal Skateway. Lucy Martin caught up with National Capital Commission spokeswoman Kathryn Keyes yesterday morning for an update on the perennial question, "Can we skate yet?" The answer?... not quite.  Go to full article

Sea ice melting faster than predicted

New research shows Arctic sea ice is melting much faster than predicted by computer models. Rebecca Williams reports the researchers say that could accelerate the impacts of global warming.  Go to full article
Ice crowds under the bridge in Ausable Forks (Photos courtesy of:  Martha Spear)
Ice crowds under the bridge in Ausable Forks (Photos courtesy of: Martha Spear)

Ice dams flood two North Country communities

Local officials watched nervously Monday across the North Country as rivers rose with early spring rain and melting snow. Ice dams were the big worry. A bottleneck of ice on the Great Chazy River forced residents to evacuate neighborhoods in Champlain. Another dam on the Ausable River triggered flooding in the town of Jay, where a state of emergency was declared. Brian Mann was in the village of Ausable Forks yesterday when crews fought to dislodge one of the massive clots of ice. He sent this report.  Go to full article
The icebreaker <i>Martha L. Black</i>
The icebreaker Martha L. Black

River advocates outline "safe" icebreaking

The Canadian Coast Guard's icebreaker, the Martha L. Black, will start clearing the shipping channel in the St. Lawrence River on Monday. The breaker will begin at the locks in Massena and push its way upriver. But some who live on the river would rather let nature take its course. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Skaters warned off -- for now.
Skaters warned off -- for now.

Ice builds in Ottawa

The Rideau Canal winds through the heart of Ottawa. It's scenic in summer. In winter, it emerges as a dominant feature of city life, nearly five miles of outdoor skating. Students and businessmen commute on skates. Tourists come from both sides of the border. The Skateway is the star attraction for Winterlude. Hundreds of thousands of people crowd the ice during the three-week-long carnival held every February, bringing $150 million dollars into the region's economy. The unusually warm start to this winter cast doubt on any skate season at all. January may be a write-off, but deep cold has finally arrived, making Winterlude's prospects look--nearly solid. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

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