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Snow on Mount Baker. Photo of the Day archive: George Cook, Saranac Lake.
Snow on Mount Baker. Photo of the Day archive: George Cook, Saranac Lake.

New snow, new dangers in backcountry

After a mostly-mild winter, the Adirondacks now have a lot more snow; up to a few feet in the high peaks. That kind of weather can be dangerous. The state Department of Environmental Conservation yesterday put out a warning to visitors to prepare well for harsh and potentially "perilous" conditions in the backcountry.

The DEC advises people to dress in layers of fleece and wool, carry the right equipment, pack food and water, never travel alone and know the terrain. The warning comes after recent rescues and an avalanche on a new slide.

Adirondack Almanack founder John Warren brings us our Adirondack conditions report every Friday. Late yesterday, he told Nora Flaherty that snow has finally reached even the snow-drought areas of the mountains.  Go to full article
Have you seen Gary Sklaryk?
Have you seen Gary Sklaryk?

Search expands for Saranac lake man

Authorities are tracking down a handful of leads as the search continues for a missing Saranac Lake man. Gary Sklaryk hasn't been seen or heard from since early Sunday morning.

Sklaryk is six feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair, a beard and mustache, and was last seen wearing a blue and gray plaid hooded sweatshirt, gray corduroy pants and black slippers

Anyone with information about Sklaryk's whereabouts is asked to contact the Saranac Lake Police Department at 518-891-4422.

As Chris Knight reports, police don't have much to go on, despite an appeal to the public for help.  Go to full article
Wesley Wamsganz is the subject of a search in the Adirondacks (Source:  Wamsganz family)
Wesley Wamsganz is the subject of a search in the Adirondacks (Source: Wamsganz family)

Search continues for Saranac Lake man

Police, state forest rangers and volunteers are expanding a search for a young man who went missing over the weekend near Adirondack Loj, just south of the Village of lake Placid.

Family members reported 22 year-old Wesley Wamsganz missing to Saranac Lake Village Police on Sunday.  Go to full article

The missing men of the "Indian Lake triangle"

The vast forests and river valleys around Indian Lake in Hamilton County offer some of the wildest and most beautiful country in the Adirondacks. But that sparsely-settled region can also be dangerous. Since 2006, three men have disappeared near Indian Lake. The most recent vanished this fall. Some officials have taken to calling the area the "Indian Lake Triangle." As Jacob Resneck reports, forest rangers charged with patrolling the area downplay the idea of any mystery. They say some visitors simply aren't prepared for the rugged, remote terrain.  Go to full article

Search team seeks new members

A couple of volunteers helped forest rangers rescue two hikers from an Adirondack trail earlier this week. Sometimes rangers rely on citizen volunteers to help in search and rescue operations. Todd Moe talks with Paul Littman, a co-founder of the Central Adirondack Search and Rescue Team. The group is sponsoring a training session for new members in Inlet Saturday. Littman says "CASART" formed four years ago.  Go to full article

Fire dispute near resolution

Resolution of a bitter dispute over fire and rescue contracts between the Village of Saranac Lake and three surrounding towns may finally be nearing an end. At a special Friday night meeting, the village and town boards reached a compromise on more than a half-dozen issues the towns wanted addressed before they agreed to sign new contracts. As Chris Knight reports, fire department officials say they're relieved.  Go to full article

Keeseville firefighters awarded for Ausable Chasm rescue

This month the Fireman's Association of New York State gave their inaugural award for emergency services to the Keeseville Fire Department. The award was for a rescue last March at the Ausable Chasm. The volunteer firefighters thought they were going to a dead-on-the-scene scenario but when they climbed down the chasm in treacherous conditions they found the person was alive. They rescued the man, Dr. Charles Delise. Gregory Warner spoke with Chief Lenny Martin, one of the rescuers.  Go to full article

Teacher and Coach Rescued

Forest rangers yesterday found a popular teacher and coach who had been missing in a remote area of the northwest Adirondacks since Monday. William Merna left for a weekend fishing trip in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area on Saturday. His family reported him missing Tuesday morning.
     Merna was found almost three miles from his campsite at Cowhorn Pond. Forest rangers in a helicopter spotted him standing in the Oswegatchie river, waving at them. He was tired and hungry but uninjured.
     Merna has taught at the Ogdensburg Free Academy for 35 years. He's one of the most successful boys' basketball coaches in the state, with over 500 wins. The Ogdensburg City School District's Board of Education officially dedicated the school's basketball court the "William B Merna" basketball court.
     State police officers and deputies from the county sheriff's office assisted in the search. Sheriff Gary Jarvis of St Lawrence County told Gregory Warner it was easy terrain to get lost in.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake Man Drowns On Middle Saranac Lake

State police and forest rangers say a Tupper Lake man drowned over the weekend on Middle Saranac Lake. Gary Cyra failed to return from an ice-fishing trip. He was an employee at Sunmount in Tupper Lake. Searchers found his parked car at the South Creek boat launch. They used search dogs Tuesday in the woods around the parking area and continued the search yesterday. State forest ranger Lieutenant Gary Friedrich led the effort. He spoke yesterday afternoon with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Thin Ice Treacherous for Snowmobile Riders

Officials in northern New York, Vermont, and Ontario are urging snowmobile riders to stay off of frozen lakes and rivers. A warmer-than-usual January combined with several rainstorms have left patchy ice conditions in many areas. Two deaths have been reported in Ontario over the last week after sleds went through the ice. In the north country, two men are in critical condition following break-throughs. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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