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November, 2017

Deer hunter indicted in woman’s death

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On the day before Thanksgiving, Rosemary Billquist, 43, was walking dogs in a field in the evening when she was shot by a hunter who evidently mistook her for a deer. The Department of Environmental Conservation announced that the hunter has been indicted on a charge of second-degree manslaughter, which carries a prison term of 5 to 15 years. Following is the DEC news release. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced today that the man who shot and killed a woman walking her >>More

November, 2017

Warren Buffet urged to remove Adirondack tank cars

Tank cars near Boreas River

As the Adirondack Explorer has noted in stories, billionaire Warren Buffett’s company owns all or many of the empty tank cars stored on a rail line in the central Adirondacks. We have reached out several times to Marc D. Hamburg, a spokesman for Buffett’s company, for comment, but he has not returned any of our calls. Now the Adirondack Council is calling on Buffett to remove the tank cars and urging others to write him. Following is the council’s news release: MINERVA, N.Y. – The Adirondack Council is calling on billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett to remove his oil tanker railroad >>More

November, 2017

Ranger rescues hikers lost on Thomas Mountain

Thomas Mt. cabin

  Two hikers from New York City got lost on Thomas Mountain near Lake George but managed to find their way to the cabin near the summit. Presumably, they were coming from Cat Mountain as the trail can be a bit hard to follow after leaves have fallen. From the cabin, you merely follow an old road to the parking area. However, the hikers in question were not prepared to travel at night, so they waited for a ranger to rescue them. Following is the latest Forest Ranger Report, covering November 20-26. Town of Salem Washington County Wildfire: Three Forest >>More

November, 2017

Poll: Stefanik’s district opposes Arctic drilling

The League of Conservation Voters says a new poll shows that the constituents of Elise Stefanik, whose district includes the Adirondack Park, oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and tax plan backed by President Donald Trump. She voted against the tax bill earlier this month, but Congress is still debating the issue. A tax bill in the Senate would open the Alaskan refuge to oil drilling. The league commissioned the poll. Following is the group’s news release. Washington, D.C. — A new bipartisan poll by Global Strategy Group and Bellwether Research shows that both the Republican tax plan >>More

November, 2017

Rangers find body of man missing for 5 months

Adirondack forest rangers recently found the body of a man who had been missing since June 12. The Watertown Daily Times identified him as Kenneth W, McCall, a native of Lowville. He was reported missing by his girlfriend. His remains were found in the Jadwin State Forest in northern Lewis County, just west of the Adirondack Park. Following is the latest Ranger Report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Town of Diana Lewis County Search:  On Nov. 12, a hunter found items that led Forest Rangers, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, and New York State Police to commence search efforts for a >>More

November, 2017

DEC charges hunters with deer-jacking

Deer jacking

State environmental conservation officers recently arrested four hunters, in three separate incidents, for illegally hunting deer. Two of the suspects were accused of deer-jacking: shooting deer from pickup truck in Fulton County in the Adirondack foothills. They were issued a total of eighteen tickets. Following is a news release of ECO activities from late October to early November. The descriptions of the incidents are verbatim, but we changed the order and shortened the headlines. Deer-jacking spree On the night of Oct. 28, ECOs Shane Manns and Jason Hilliard responded with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police >>More

November, 2017

Adirondack Hiker Triggers Search On Algonquin

State forest rangers responded to a number of requests for help from hikers and hunters November 6-12. One hiker from Ballston Spa got lost on Algonquin Peak and set off his inReach device. Rangers responded to the emergency call, but the hiker eventually got out on his own. Following is the Rangers’ Report for the period in question. Search: DEC Dispatch received a call on Nov. 5 at 10:57 a.m., from In-Reach Services, a GPS location company, reporting a 23-year-old male from Ballston Spa in need of assistance on Algonquin Peak. The subject was concerned about the icy and windy >>More

November, 2017

Hiker Needs Escort From Trail Near Marcy Dam

In the latest Forest Ranger report, DEC says a ranger rescued a man who called for help on a trail near Marcy Dam. It was getting dark, and he had no flashlight or headlamp. Plus, his cellphone battery was running low. A ranger responded and escorted him back to the trailhead. Following are all the incidents from October 30 to November 5. Town of Johnsburg Warren County Recovery: At 5 p.m. on Nov. 1, a radio call came in from the DEC trail crew working on the East Sacandaga Trail. The crew had been notified that a man in his >>More

October, 2017

Vermont Arrests Man In Moose Poaching Case

Last week we posted a news release about the search for the culprit who killed a lactating moose out of season and dragged it for eleven miles on a road in Vermont. Today, Vermont authorities announced they made an arrest in the case. Following is a news release from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife. Wardens Arrest Suspect in Northeast Kingdom Moose Poaching Case IRASBURG, Vt. – Vermont State Game Wardens arrested a suspect in a high-profile Northeast Kingdom moose poaching case this weekend.  Gerin Fortin, 20, of Irasburg was arrested on Sunday and charged with six counts of big game >>More

October, 2017

Rangers Located 2 Hikers In Good Condition

The state’s forest rangers conducted two searches for missing hikers in the Adirondacks the week of October 23-29. Both men were located in good condition. Following are all the incidents in the latest ranger report. We took the liberty of reordering them to put the Adirondack incidents first.  Essex County Town of Keene Search: On Oct. 28 at 5:12 p.m. DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker at the Adirondack Loj who had become separated from his father while hiking Rocky Falls in the High Peaks Wilderness. Three Forest Rangers responded to begin a search for the >>More