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Sen. Patty Ritchie at Fort Drum Day gathering. Source: <a href=""></a>
Sen. Patty Ritchie at Fort Drum Day gathering. Source:

Ritchie joins all North Country Senators against gun laws

When New York's senate passed tough new gun legislation Monday, 18 Republican senators voted against the package, including all four senators representing the North Country.

Senator Patty Ritchie of St. Lawrence County says she would have voted yes for individual bills, like the one known as Mark's Law. That will impose tougher sentences on people who shoot first responders. It's named after a Cape Vincent EMT who was shot and killed when responding to a call in 2009.  Go to full article
Photo: Village of Massena
Photo: Village of Massena

Village of Massena may bring back youth curfew

The village of Massena is considering reviving a 40-year-old curfew. In the past couple decades, juvenile curfews have been challenged by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and often failed constitutional tests in the courts. But the Massena police are confident that this one passes the test.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake Police patrolling in the village. Source: SLPD on Facebook
Saranac Lake Police patrolling in the village. Source: SLPD on Facebook

Saranac Lake police restricted to village limits

Police in the Village of Saranac Lake will no longer respond to calls outside the village, unless it's a life-or-death situation.

The village's Board of Trustees decision Tuesday night was unanimous. They cited concerns about costs and potential liability. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Failure to provide adequate resources is neither prudent nor acceptable

Potsdam considers police force size

The Potsdam Village Board opened a public discussion on the size of the police force last night.

Two positions have remained unfilled since one sergeant resigned last year, and another was promoted to chief. That's prompted questions about how big a police force the village needs.  Go to full article

Texting while driving will be punished more harshly, says Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he'll introduce a bill to crack down on texting while driving, with new punishments and penalties. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The Hudson at North River yesterday. (photo: Sandy Demarest)
The Hudson at North River yesterday. (photo: Sandy Demarest)

High waters threaten along Schroon, Hudson rivers

John Warren is host of the Adirondack Almanack blog. We hear his Adirondack conditions reports every Friday morning here on North Country Public Radio.

He joined Martha Foley this morning from Chester, in Warren County. He'd been out and about between there and Vermont yesterday, watching Lake Champlain, and the rivers and streams on his way.  Go to full article
Some overzealous patrols have had an effect on the local economy

Snowmobilers say they're being harassed by law enforcement

A coalition of leaders from the North Country's snowmobile tourism industry is complaining that law enforcement officials are harassing sledders.

They say sticker inspections and multiple trail stops are discouraging visitors from visiting the area.

But as Brian Mann reports, these concerns come as law enforcement agencies are grappling with a growing number of snowmobile injuries and deaths.  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

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