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Donald A. Combs, 84 of Sauquoit has been located. Mr. Combs had been missing for several days.

84-year-old hiker found alive in Adirondacks after search

New York State Police and New York State Forest Rangers say an elderly hiker missing since last Thursday has been located alive in the southern Adirondacks.

"Donald A. Combs, 84 of Sauquoit has been located," the release confirmed. "Mr. Combs had been missing for several days."

According to the Rome Sentinel newspaper, Coombs was last seen on Thursday of last week. He was hiking in the Black River Wild Forest.

The search for Coombs began on Sunday.

Local media report that Donald Combs of Sauquoit in central New York was located Thursday by search dogs about a mile and a half from a family camp site.  Go to full article
The "red zone" in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. NCPR File Photo: Brian Mann
The "red zone" in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. NCPR File Photo: Brian Mann

NPR: First Responders Unprepared For Another Oil Train Disaster

This week, we've been looking at the aftermath of that deadly train derailment in Quebec that left 47 people dead. The accident in Lac-Megantic one year ago has opened a new debate over the safety of the massive oil-tanker trains that are passing daily through towns here in the North Country.

It's also caused communities across the US to ask whether their fire departments and emergency crews are ready if that kind of train disaster occurred here? As NPR's David Schaper reports, many first responders say they don't have the equipment, the manpower or the training to respond.  Go to full article
Andre LaFlamme, a paramedic in Lac-Megantic, remembers July 6 2013 as "hell."  He stands on a ceremonial boardwalk outside the destroyed area known as the "red zone."  Photo:  Monique Cornett
Andre LaFlamme, a paramedic in Lac-Megantic, remembers July 6 2013 as "hell." He stands on a ceremonial boardwalk outside the destroyed area known as the "red zone." Photo: Monique Cornett

One year later: sorrow, hope and hard work in Lac-Megantic

Early Sunday morning in a small town in eastern Quebec, thousands of local residents held a midnight vigil for the victims of one of North America's deadliest train accidents.

One year ago, an American-owned tanker train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed and erupted in Lac-Megantic. The flames incinerated the community's downtown. Forty-seven people died.  Go to full article
The Black River in full spate, almost four feet above flood stage, noon Thursday April 17.  Photo: Brian Caird
The Black River in full spate, almost four feet above flood stage, noon Thursday April 17. Photo: Brian Caird

Updated: Black River receding, but officials urge caution

UPDATE - 2 P.M. High water in the Black River continues to fall. According to the the National Weather service, the water level at Watertown reads 11.5 feet at this hour. The Schroon River also continues to fall, but remains in the moderate to major flood zone, at just over 9 feet at Rivebank.

UPDATE - 8 A.M. The Black River is falling this morning. According to the National Weather Service, it's now just over 12 feet at Watertown, still two feet above flood stage, but down a foot and a half since it crested early yesterday morning.

It had been expected to crest at 14.2 feet, but after reaching 13.8 feet the river fell through the day. Those levels are still the second highest the Black River has been in recorded history. Flood warnings remain in effect for Jefferson and Lewis counties, and counties along Lake Champlain.


APR 18, 2104 - People along the Black River in the Watertown area were watching the river closely today, after forecasters predicted the Black would come close to setting a new record for high water as it crested. But as of this afternoon, the water levels are going down, according to the National Weather Service and emergency crews on the ground.  Go to full article
Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff during a press conference announcing discovery of McKay's body.  (Photo:  Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used with permission)
Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff during a press conference announcing discovery of McKay's body. (Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used with permission)

Missing Australian found near Ray Brook, took own life

An intensive, nearly two-week search in the Adirondacks for a missing Australian soldier ended Wednesday when a state forest ranger found Paul McKay's body on Scarface Mountain near Ray Brook.

An autopsy released Thursday found McKay committed suicide by hypothermia.

The 31-year-old Australian Army captain was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

While the search for McKay is over, as Chris Knight reports, there are still many unanswered surrounding his disappearance.  Go to full article
As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors.-Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo: Icy weather triggers NY emergency

A state of emergency remains in effect this morning across much of New York because of the dangerous blast of icy temperatures and heavy snow.

The national Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning until 11 am this morning across much of North Country Public Radio's listening area.

Wind chill readings this morning are expected to plunge to 38 degrees below zero with winds up to 20 miles an hour. That means frostbite can result in as little as 15 minutes on exposed skin.

Meanwhile, state officials in New York say a travel ban is still in effect this morning for commercial vehicles on I-87 from Albany south to New York City. I-84 between Connecticut and the Pennsylvania border are closed to all traffic, including passenger and emergency vehicles.

Travel is also limited on the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Long Island Expressway. Those travel restrictions are expected to be lifted at 8 am this morning.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement last night saying that "Safety remains our top priority."

He urged New Yorkers to check on neighbors and loved ones and avoid travel if possible until the storm passes.

"As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors," Governor Cuomo said.

"To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, I am declaring a statewide state of emergency, so resources can get to communities where they are needed as quickly as possible."  Go to full article
Weather alerts and warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service for all of the North Country (Image:  National Weather Service Burlington)
Weather alerts and warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service for all of the North Country (Image: National Weather Service Burlington)

Dangerous cold snap hits North Country

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York will activate its emergency center later this morning to prepare for a pair of winter storms that are expected to bring snow, wind and dangerously low temperatures to much of the state.

The North Country could face especially difficult conditions, including a mix of difficult driving conditions and harsh cold.

State officials say a windchill watch is in effect across the region, with the cold expected to reach -30 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit on today and Friday.

The National Weather service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and wind chill advisories for most of the North Country Public Radio listening area.

In some areas, significant snowfall is possible, with difficult driving conditions and dangerously low temperatures.  Go to full article
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says people should be "vigilant" about price gouging during ice storm clean-up.  (NCPR file photo)
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says people should be "vigilant" about price gouging during ice storm clean-up. (NCPR file photo)

Attorney General warns about ice storm price gouging

As people across the North Country move to clean up downed trees and frozen pipes from this week's lingering ice storm, New York's Attorney General is warning about price-gouging. Eric Schneiderman says it's illegal for companies to charge "excessive prices" following an emergency.  Go to full article
State trooper Bob Smith went door to door to check on residents possibly without power. Photo: David Sommerstein
State trooper Bob Smith went door to door to check on residents possibly without power. Photo: David Sommerstein

Facing ice & cold, first responders go door-to-door

Some 2,000 utility workers from across the Northeast struggled to restore electricity in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties yesterday - even as ice-coated tree limbs kept pulling down power lines.

In St. Lawrence County, officials set up shelters in Gouverneur, Edwards, Colton, and Harrisville as residents braced for last night's sub-zero temperatures.

National Guard troops and state police went door-to-door to check on residents in the hardest hit parts of the county. David Sommerstein went along and has this report.  Go to full article
National Grid using my backyard as a fix it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.
National Grid using my backyard as a fix it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Power crews were prepared for an Ice Storm '98 repeat

While many remain without power, and some people have sought shelters, this storm wasn't as devastating as the Ice Storm of 1998. But residents - and the power companies - were preparing as if it could have been.  Go to full article

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