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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
Moose in the marsh on Raquette Pond in Tupper Lake. Photo: Ted Merrihew. NCPR Photo of the Day from 10/13/09.
Moose in the marsh on Raquette Pond in Tupper Lake. Photo: Ted Merrihew. NCPR Photo of the Day from 10/13/09.

Driver's ed for moose zones

Moose populations are on the rise. They're well established in northern New England. Seeing a moose is nothing new in Maine - about 29,000 moose there last year. Or New Hampshire - 6,000 moose. Or even Vermont - home to some 3500 moose.

Now moose are more and more common in New York - 500 to 800 moose -- and in Massachusetts and Connecticut as well.

Although some people are delighted by the occasional moose sighting, as their numbers increase these large animals pose a growing danger on the roadways.
Maine records 600 to 700 vehicles collisions with moose every year. And moose-car collisions can be deadly, for humans and the moose.

Northern states have launched educational programs to try to reduce moose-car collisions. New Hampshire, in particular, may have something to teach the rest of the region. As part of a reporting collaboration with Northeast stations, Shannon Mullen has more.  Go to full article
Border Patrol vehicles await the bus in Canton.
Border Patrol vehicles await the bus in Canton.

Citizenship questions far from the border

Across the North Country, border patrol road checkpoints where agents stop cars and ask passengers their citizenship have become a part of daily life. Today we have a story about another step in the creeping influence of homeland security inside the border.

It's now become commonplace for federal agents to board buses and trains across Upstate New York and ask passengers for proof of citizenship. The checks are sweeping up some drugs and illegal immigrants, but also people who are here legally. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
A young rider checks her bike at the free valet parking. Photo by Craig Miller.
A young rider checks her bike at the free valet parking. Photo by Craig Miller.

Ottawa offers green solutions to crowd management

When 100,000 people crowd a city on a hot, sunny day, there are bound to be some glitches. Food, water, waste...parking. They can add up to a pile of trouble. The commission that runs most of the public spaces and big public events in Canada's capital organized some "green" solutions yesterday.  Go to full article

House fire in Washington County leaves six children dead

A house fire in Fort Edward over the weekend left six young children dead from smoke inhalation.

Washington County officials are investigating the Saturday morning blaze but say they don't suspect foul play. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Whiteface Mountain is barely visible, obscured by smoke from the Quebec forest fires yesterday.<br />Photo taken by Judy Andrus Toporcer, near Lake Placid Airport on Monday, May 31, 2010
Whiteface Mountain is barely visible, obscured by smoke from the Quebec forest fires yesterday.
Photo taken by Judy Andrus Toporcer, near Lake Placid Airport on Monday, May 31, 2010

Rain offers relief from wildfires still burning in Quebec

Rain forecast across New York and Vermont, as well as parts of Ontario and Quebec could "wash away" smokey haze that drifted south into the U.S. from Canada yesterday. Meteorologist Brooke Taber of the National Weather Service in Burlington also says shifting winds could send the smoke back north as the storms pass through.

Acrid haze blanketed a vast area yesterday -- from central Ontario and Quebec across New York's North Country and much of New England.

While the weather shift may provide some relief, Quebec firefighters are still trying to contain some of the dozens of wildfires. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Photo by Janet Sullins/Save the River.
Photo by Janet Sullins/Save the River.

Save The River prods Seaway for transparency

Save the River, based in the Thousand Islands, wants the St. Lawrence Seaway to make public how it decides when to open the waterway every spring. The environmental group has filed a legal petition with the federal government. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Eight "aggressive" bears shot or euthanized in Adks

Reports of black bears breaking into camps and trying to steal food from campers are on the rise in the Adirondacks. There have been no human injuries. But state Department of Environmental Conservation officials say eight so-called "nuisance" bears have been killed this summer alone. Chris Knight has our story.  Go to full article

CDC worries about vaccination gaps

Babies and young children get a lot more vaccines today than they did ten years ago. To most parents, it's a chance to protect their children from more diseases. But there are pockets of places where lots of people are opting out of vaccines. Julie Grant reports that it has the Centers for Disease Control concerned.  Go to full article

APA pleased with cell phone progress

The Adirondack Park Agency says it's pleased with work performed so far by cell phone service providers on a series of new towers along the Adirondack Northway. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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