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Ronnie Benware outside his home on Lower Park Street in Malone.  Photo: Julie Grant
Ronnie Benware outside his home on Lower Park Street in Malone. Photo: Julie Grant

Flooded out, some Malone homeowners look for buyout

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed spending as much as $400 million to purchase homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy. His plan is to have them demolished, and then preserve the flood-prone land permanently as undeveloped coastline.

The town of Malone would like to do something similar along the Salmon River, where a handful of houses were destroyed by flooding in the past couple of weeks.  Go to full article
Jeff Rabideau and Suzie Thaller. They ran a gun shop in Altona for 18 years. Photo: Sarah Harris

How will new laws affect North Country gun dealers?

This week we're looking closely at some of the consequences of New York's new gun control law.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls the law's provisions "common sense." It closes loopholes in the state's assault weapons ban and limits magazine clips to seven bullets; background checks will now be required for ammunition purchases; and for private sale of guns, and there will be stiffer penalties for using illegal weapons.

Gun buyers and gun sellers are giving the rules a close read. In the North Country, buying a gun doesn't always mean heading to a big box store like Gander Mountain or Dick's. The region is home to over 200 smaller gun retailers, many of which are adjusting to the new laws.  Go to full article
Follensby Pond and surrounding lands are high on the wish list of environmentalists. Photo: Jon Rosenthal

NYS misses out on $2.5 million grant for Follensby Pond

The Adirondack Park's largest environmental group is blasting state officials for losing a $2.5 million Federal grant. The money would have helped to purchase Follensby Pond, a 14,000 acre tract of wild timberland near Tupper Lake.

Adirondack Council spokesman John Sheehan says the state failed to come up with matching funds for the project. "It's not so big a surprise. It is a disappointment and it's one we hope the state can recover from in the near future," Sheehan said.

The Environmental Protection Fund is used by New York to buy land for open space protection. Some green groups say Governor Cuomo has spent too much of the money on other projects.  Go to full article
At Monday's budget hearing, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens was grilled by legislators as a crowd of fracking opponents cheered and hissed. Photo: Matt Ryan for Innovation Trail

DEC may miss fracking rules deadline

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens suggested Monday that the state may miss a Feb. 27 deadline to complete its proposed fracking...  Go to full article
Photo: Nora Flaherty

Two new programs New York hopes will help dairy farmers

Governor Cuomo announced two new programs to help dairy farmers grow alongside the booming Greek yogurt business in New York.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe

The health effects of workplace mobility

Recently on NPR's Morning Edition, we've heard stories about health-conscious office workers standing at work, at special elevated work stations. In America, we tend...  Go to full article
A sommelier on the job. <a href="http://youtu.be/Q0nBd6LO-SU">Video still</a> from Innovation Trail

NY wine industry needs "masters"

In October Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a summit in Albany to promote New York's wine, beer and spirits industry. In his 2013 state budget proposal, he also made provision for...  Go to full article
The Essex Chain of Lakes. Photo: Carl Heilman II, courtesy Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy via <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Essex Lakes could be opened to limited motorized access

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed opening up large portions of the 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberlands the state is...  Go to full article
Addie Russell speaking to visiting students from Potsdam Middle School in the Assembly Chamber in March 2012. Photo: NY Assembly website

Russell: Change in school aid formula would help poorer districts

Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Russell, of Theresa, thinks the current state school aid formula is broken. She says it benefits wealthier districts at the expense of poorer...  Go to full article
D.J. O'Neill of Lake Placid, with his Cessna 185 Skywagon I and his dogs Chaka and Zozo, flies his airplane to locations throughout the Northeast to rescue dogs and bring them to no-kill shelters or adoptive families. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/"><em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em></a>

Lake Placid pilot rescues dogs from the air

A dog is a man's best friend, as the saying goes, and a Lake Placid pilot is doing his best to return the favor.

When he's not working on his patients' teeth at...  Go to full article
Standing near the Remington Arms factory, Beth Neale, deputy mayor of Ilion, N.Y., says she's watched a lot of large manufacturers leave the region. She's not sure Ilion would easily recover from losing Remington. Photo: Marie Cusick for NPR

Remington-dependent Ilion braces for impact of new gun laws

When New York state passed a wave of new gun-control laws on Jan. 15, it outlawed a type of assault rifle made just over an hour's drive from the state capital--in Ilion, NY.  Go to full article
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