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Entries from December 26th, 2007

Essential Air Service is Bad

December 26th, 2007 · 4 Comments · News

I am not an airline industry expert, but I am an air traveler and a taxpayer. I ran across this article many months ago when I started following the developments surrounding the airport here in Plattsburgh. While I believe there is potential here, I firmly also hold to the idea that trying to remediate our terrible New York business environment through taxpayer-funded subsidies will never work. In a recent interview with our de-facto Clinton County economic development head, ANN’s Paul Plack gets the official story about how we went from SAC base with nuclear bombers to Plattsburgh International Airport with flights to Florida:

Special Feature: Gary Douglas, Plattsburgh International Airport
(I had to use IE to get this page to work, Gads…)

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Plattsburgh International to Lose Big Sky

December 19th, 2007 · 2 Comments · News

Whoa! Look what I just read on TU The Buzz Business News:

Big Sky ending all upstate air service

The Billings, Mont.-based regional carrier, which flew in the Northeast and Midwest as Delta Connection, will end that service Jan. 7, it announced Wednesday afternoon.

The company blamed bad weather, weak revenue and high fuel prices for its decision.

The move leaves communities from Plattsburgh and Saranac Lake to Watertown, Massena and Ogdensburg without regular air service. Plattsburgh does have twice-weekly flights to Florida.

Earlier this week, Big Sky confirmed it would end its Boston-Albany flights on Jan. 7, three days after Colgan Air, flying as US Airways Express, ends its own service on the route. Albany airport officials said they’re seeking another carrier to serve the route. (Link)

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December 17th, 2007 · 1 Comment · News

Back Country Visitors Cautioned About Snow Conditions

Adirondack back country users are warned of the danger of avalanches by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis.

“The recent snowstorm has brought a significant amount of new snow to the Adirondacks and we expect that snow enthusiast will want to get out and enjoy it,” Commissioner Grannis said. “Anyone who plans a visit the Adirondack back country, particularly the High Peaks region, should be prepared for avalanche conditions.”

Winter visitors to the back country of the Adirondack Mountains should be aware of avalanche danger and take necessary precautions. Snows have accumulated to sufficient depths on Adirondack Mountain slopes to create conditions conducive to avalanches.

While avalanche danger increases during and immediately after major snowfalls, as well as during thaws, avalanches can occur in any situation where snow, slope and weather conditions combine to create the proper conditions.

The majority of avalanches in the United States occur in the western mountains. However, avalanches do occur in New York and can have dire consequences.

DEC reminds back country winter recreationists to take the following precautions when traveling in avalanche prone terrain:

  • Know basic avalanche rescue techniques.
  • Check the snow depth.
  • Check how much new snow has fallen.
  • Practice safe route finding.
  • Check the degree of the slope.
  • Check the terrain.
  • Carry basic avalanche rescue equipment.
  • Never travel alone.
  • Let someone know where you are going.
  • Do not be afraid to turn around.
  • Use common sense.

DEC provides information on avalanche danger and safety precautions. “Avalanche Preparedness in the Adirondacks” is available as PDF or by contacting the DEC Region 5 office at (518) 897-1200.

Information regarding the terrain, weather and snow conditions can be obtained from DEC Forest Rangers at (518) 897-1300.

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