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Ski trails open early

There's snow.... and skiing. Brian Mann's been sampling the local conditions and reports back to Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Climate change raises public health concerns

Public health officials are more and more concerned about the effects of global warming. Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

Flu virus flourishes in cold

Researchers have known for a long time that cold weather brings the flu season. But they haven't known exactly why. Now, they think they know why cold weather affects how flu is spread. Mark Brush has more.  Go to full article

Climate and plant extinction

A new study finds that as plant species go extinct around the world, ecosystems could become a lot less productive. Rebecca Williams reports, this could be bad news for the services people depend on from nature.  Go to full article

Feds offer help for farmers hurt by drought

Farmers hurt by the region's dry weather over the summer and early fall may now be eligible for emergency loans from the federal government. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Weird weather and the October garden

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about the effects of an unusually warm October on flower beds and the vegetable garden.  Go to full article

Rain does little to ease North Country drought

As we've been reporting, the region's recent dry spell has hurt some farmers and forced at least one municipal water provider to use back up pumps. In Oneida County, the executive administrator declared a water emergency yesterday. The County gets much of its drinking water from Hinkley Reservoir. The basin at the southwest corner of the Adirondack Park is at its lowest level since it was created in 1915. Emergency management officials estimate that without rain, Hinkley Reservoir could be completely dry in 10 days. Officials in the Adirondacks lowered fire danger levels to moderate, but, as Jonathan Brown reports, many North Country counties are still worried about wild fires.  Go to full article

Small wild fires plague Adirondacks

As we reported yesterday, low water levels and a shortage of rain have brought drought conditions to the region. There are showers in the forecast for the next few days, but fire officials are still concerned about dry conditions. yesterday, three small wild fires were burning in the Adirondack backcountry. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

How the drought affects garden chores

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about the dry conditions in the garden and yard. Amy says summer chores continue, while some fall work should be delayed.  Go to full article

Canal agency mulls tapping upstate reservoirs

Water levels in some central New York reservoirs have hit all-time lows. This is forcing state officials like Carmella Mantello, the director of New York Canal Corp., to get water from secondary or even tertiary sources.  Go to full article

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