Sunday, October 8, 2023

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.




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  1. louis curth says:

    Here are a couple of “Interesting reads” which would seem to be consistent with the Explorer’s mission statement; “we aim to further the wise stewardship, public enjoyment for all, community vitality and lasting protection of the Adirondack Park.”

    *** NYT 10/6/23 – It’s Not Your Imagination. Summers Are Getting Hotter. By Nadja Popovich and Adam Pearce

    *** Rutgers Today 9/30/23 – Wildfire Preventing long-term health risks for firefighters. By Deirdre Lockwood

    *** NCPR 10/2/23 – The ‘silver tsunami’ of baby boomers has hit the North Country, and they have health care needs. By Amy Feiereisel

    I would also add the following observation: As wildland fires increase in a globally warming world, the need for more rangers and more young volunteers to be fire fighters and emergency responders MUST be an urgent political priority. At present, we risk losing the locally based young emergency personnel we need to adequately protect our Adirondack communities, our people and our visitors. This is unsustainable!

    Fighting wildfires successfully must start with a return to the Smokey Bear era’s strong emphasis on education in fire prevention, and in adopting wildland-urban interface methods of construction. Saving lives and valuable real property in our forested regions in the coming years will not be achieved unless our political leaders can fix the underlying problems that are driving young families away and preventing young people from being able to volunteer – low wage gig economy, affordable housing, lack of adequate childcare, lack of reliable medical care and additional health protections for emergency responders and their families against cancer and other long term illnesses faced increasingly by responders.

    For the good of the Adirondacks and its people, both young and old, I hope we can all come together and meet these challenges.

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