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Charges and questions after kayaking death on Lake George

A Queensbury man faces a charge of reckless operation after a fatal collision yesterday with kayakers on Lake George. Warren County Sheriff's Lieutenant Robert Smith says 73-year-old Donald Peltier apparently did not see the man and woman paddling separate boats on the lake's choppy water. The body of 63-year-old Peter Snyder, of Troy, NY, was pulled from the lake around 8 o'clock Wednesday night. His wife, Bonita Hagan, was also thrown into the water by Peltier's motorboat. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

DEC chief says Adirondack environment much improved since '70

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AP - As a young lawyer, Pete Grannis helped organize the first Earth Day celebration in New York City - just a few months before he was hired to put teeth into enforcement at a new environmental agency created by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.

Later, after 30 years in the state Assembly, Grannis rejoined the Department of Environmental Conservation as commissioner in 2007. This week, he's traveling around the state in an electric car, visiting the sites of environmental success stories to mark the 40th anniversary of both Earth Day and the DEC.

Grannis says the DEC has made great strides over the past four decades, but is now hobbled by the state's fiscal crisis - the DEC budget has been cut $32 million dollars and the staff reduced by 400 in the past 18 months.

Grannis was in Lake George yesterday to give the good news about the Adirondacks. Since the first Earth Day, he said, acid rain levels in the Adirondacks have fallen and species such as moose and bald eagles have returned. The DEC commissioner said a recent analysis found that acid rain levels dropped in all 48 Adirondack lakes that are monitored on a long-term basis. And he said wildlife such as moose, bald eagles, peregrine falcons and ospreys have re-established themselves in the North Country, and beaver and otter populations are flourishing.  Go to full article

Ethan Allen inspection suit goes forward

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(AP) _ A New York judge has refused to dismiss negligence claims against state inspectors who certified the capacity limit for a Lake George tour boat before it capsized in 2005, killing 20 of the 48 on board.

State Court of Claims Judge James Ferreira says there are issues to determine at trial, including whether the inspectors are immune from claims.

Ferreira says testimony showed inspectors simply extended the Ethan Allen's the capacity limit of 48 year to year, though they had authority to change it and order stability tests after the 40-foot boat was modified.

He's also refusing to immediately grant the claims against the state.

The boat tipped over in clear, sunny weather, sending screaming tourists into the Adirondack lake. Most of them were senior citizens from the Midwest on a fall foliage tour.  Go to full article

For first time, Park Agency allows chemical herbicide in Adirondack lake

For the first time ever, the Adirondack Park Agency will allow the use of a chemical herbicide to kill invasive water plants inside the blue line. More than 1500 pounds of triclopyr will be used in Lake Luzerne in the spring, in an effort to fight Eurasian water milfoil. Yesterday's precedent-setting decision comes as more lakes and ponds across the Adirondacks are struggling with the invasive weed. As Brian Mann reports, this outcome reflects a dramatic shift from the debate over fighting milfoil on Lake George.  Go to full article

APA opens hearings on boathouse rules

The Adirondack Park Agency convened the first of four public hearings on new rules for boathouses last night at its headquarters in Ray Brook. The proposal limits new boathouses to 900 square feet in size, 15 feet in height, and sets a minimum roof pitch for a boathouse. Contractors, architects and environmentalists turned out to comment. Chris Knight reports.

(The APA has scheduled three more public hearings on the revised boathouse definition: tonight in Old Forge and Thursday in Albany and Lake George.)  Go to full article

Exploring art, science and history underwater

A new art exhibit in Lake George combines shipwrecks, the visual arts and science. The "Raising the Fleet" exhibition is truly in the lake - viewable on land and 40 feet below the surface. Underwater easels near the sunken wrecks of 18th century vessels hold artwork by Elinor Mossop. They include microscopic images of amoebae with sketches of military shipwrecks. Todd Moe spoke with biologist Sam Bowser about this art/science collaborative exhibit.  Go to full article

Theme Parks in Lake George, Montreal hit hard by weather & recession

One of the region's largest seasonal employers says the struggling economy and this summer's wet weather triggered a dramatic decline in revenue. Six Flags, which operates the Great Escape theme park in Lake George and La Ronde park in Montreal, says revenue last quarter was down 13%. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Preview: Elements in Alliance on Lake George

NCPR is media sponsor for Elements in Alliance: Natural Visions, an installation of sculpture, furniture and painting at the historic Boathouse at the Silver Bay Conference Center, in Lake George. The show is this weekend, with an opening reception on Saturday night. It features the art of John Van Alstine, Jonathan Sweet, Caroline Ramersdorfer and Barney Bellinger. Todd Moe spoke with John Van Alstine about the exhibit.  Go to full article

Wet weather frustrates locals and tourists; worries businesses

This summer has been cool and wet, with average temperatures in July about five degrees below normal. The National Weather Service reports that parts of the region have had nearly ten more inches of rain this summer compared with last summer. Brian Mann checked in with business owners, locals and tourists and has our story.  Go to full article

Arts and healing for women vets

An Adirondack group that combines the arts and healing begins its eleventh season this summer. The annual gathering at Great Camp Sagamore for women with cancer and chronic illness uses music, visual arts, yoga, writing, storytelling and nature walks to help women deal with their disease. Women at the Arts and Healing retreat say the rural setting of Great Camp Sagamore helps them slow down and focus. There are two retreats this year at Camp Sagamore and Piseco Lake. Creative Healing Connections co-founder and storyteller Fran Yardley tells Todd Moe that this year also marks a new chapter; the group is offering a retreat for women veterans dealing with issues from active duty in the first Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam.  Go to full article

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