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Ethan Allen Questions Raised as Survivors Speak

Federal investigators raised the Ethan Allen from the bottom of Lake George yesterday. The 40-foot tourboat capsized at midafternoon Sunday. The National Transportation Safety Board says its review of the deadly accident, which left 20 elderly tourists dead, could take as long as a year. Questions are being raised about the small crew aboard the vessel, and about movements of the passengers that might have caused the boat to capsize. Brian Mann has details. Production help for this story came from Joel Hurd and Vermont Public Radio.  Go to full article

DEC Plans First "ATV Road" In Adirondack Park

State officials say they hope to build a 12-mile ATV trail in Franklin county. The route would be the first of its kind inside the Adirondack Park. The road would connect the Blue Mountain Road to Rt. 458 in Franklin County. 4-wheeler advocates say they hope the backcountry trail will be the first leg of a regional recreation system. As Brian Mann reports, environmentalists worry that parts of the road will cross state forest land.  Go to full article

Bush Administration Considers New ATV Safety Regs

A top Federal regulator is considering more government safety restrictions on all-terrain vehicles. The move comes at a time when the north country has seen a rash of 4-wheeler deaths and injuries. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Crash Kills 2 At Paul Smiths College

A Paul Smiths College student and his passenger were killed on Sunday when their snowmobile hit a rock on Lower St. Regis Lake. Twenty-year-old Joshua Rau and twenty-year-old Kristine Guest, were both pronounced dead at the scene by investigators. As Brian Mann reports, the fatal accident was the second to strike the college campus in a week.  Go to full article

OSHA Fines GM for Workplace Violations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined General Motors Powertrain in Massena $160,000 for poor record keeping and safety hazards. As David Sommerstein reports, OSHA alleges GM intentionally failed to record work-related injuries and illnesses.  Go to full article

Trucker Charged in Fatal Crash, Victims Identified

A truck driver from Quebec City is being held without bail this morning at the Essex County jail in Elizabethtown, following Sunday's fatal crash at an immigration checkpoint on the Northway. As Martha Foley reports, four victims have been identified, including a five year old girl.  Go to full article

Border Patrol Faces I-87 Checkpoint Safety Questions

The victims of Sunday's crash were parked at an immigration checkpoint set up by the U.S. Border Patrol. This is the second major accident at the traffic stop in less than a year. But officials say the checkpoint will re-open after the investigation is complete. As Brian Mann reports, some locals say the program is unsafe.  Go to full article

Food Tracking Gaining Steam?

On the heels of the discovery of mad cow disease in the U.S., North Country Congressman John McHugh is among lawmakers calling for a national animal ID program to track meat. As David Sommerstein reports, similar technology may be the future in helping consumers know more about the food they eat.  Go to full article
John McCullough at his dock in the American Narrows.
John McCullough at his dock in the American Narrows.

Speed & Noise in the American Narrows

The waters, mountains, and forests of the North Country are where people go to relax and take in nature. They're also venues for occasional conflict. Snowmobiles and ATVs compete with skiers and hikers for trails and access in the Adirondacks. On the St. Lawrence River, boats cause the controversy - the faster and the louder they are, the more they draw criticism. A new generation of high-performance power boats are becoming increasingly popular. And for some, they've become a symbol of recklessness and noise in an area that makes placid waters big business. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Snowmobiles and Kids: Last of a 3 Part Series

Snowmobiles are a growing part of the north country's culture--a source of winter fun for locals and a powerful draw for tourists. But this season has seen a painful number of serious accidents and deaths. More than 20 snowmobilers have died in New York--another 26 in Ottawa and Quebec. And four more in Vermont. High speed and alcohol are two main culprits. But in this final part of our series on snowmobile safety, Brian Mann reports that children may be the most at risk.
Part 1 of series, Part 2 of series.  Go to full article

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