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Bill Owens faces an extended ethics review following his controversial 2011 trip to Taiwan. NCPR file photo
Bill Owens faces an extended ethics review following his controversial 2011 trip to Taiwan. NCPR file photo

Owens faces further ethics probe for Taiwan junket

The House Ethics Committee announced yesterday that it is extending its review of Congressman Bill Owens' controversial trip to Taiwan in 2011. The panel also released a preliminary report from investigators.

That probe found that the Democrat from Plattsburgh may have violated congressional guidelines by making a trip paid for by a foreign government.

Investigators are also calling for subpoenas to be issued in the next phase of the probe.  Go to full article
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2002 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Cuomo: "Rooftop highway" needs economic reality check

While in Potsdam Tuesday, Governor Cuomo threw cold water on the decades old idea of a new Interstate between Watertown and Plattsburgh. But he left open a sliver of hope for supporters of the so-called "rooftop highway."  Go to full article
Wooly mammoths with other Ice Age megafauna. Mauricio Antón, from "Who Killed the Wooly Mammoth," <a href="">PLOS Biology</a>, 2008. CC, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Ice Age mammals

During the last Ice Age North America was home to many varieties of "super-sized" mammals, megafauna. Giant beaver, 'possums, bears, sloths and other creatures joined the more familiar wooly mammoth in the land bridge migration. Dr Curt Stager and Martha Foley look at the question, "Why so big?"  Go to full article
Jamie Sheffield will sign copies of <i>Here Be Monsters</i> Saturday, 9:30-12 noon, at the Community Store in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy the author.

How one Adironack mystery novel came to be

Like the protagonist in his debut novel, Here Be Monsters, Jamie Sheffield spent his childhood in New York City, and "escaped" to the Adirondacks later in life. ...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to local press at Clarkson University Tuesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.

For locals, Cuomo's presence in Potsdam is what matters

Governor Cuomo broke little new ground during a stop in Potsdam yesterday. In a speech at Clarkson University, he revisited the themes of his State of the State message from...  Go to full article
Darius Gibbs, a former soldier and member of the Watertown Sportsmen's Club, aims a rifle at the range. Photo: Joanna Richards

How soldiers feel about the gun debate

The gun control debate has reached a new pitch following the passing of the SAFE Act in New York state. But how do the Army and soldiers -- who work with weapons every day --...  Go to full article
Residents at Horace Nye nursing home. NCPR file photo

Where will we live when we're old?

An advocacy group for senior citizens says there's not enough quality housing for elderly New Yorkers that will allow them to remain in their homes.

A new study by...  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo, speaking at Clarkson University in Potsdam on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Photo: David Sommerstein

Cuomo: Business + universities = Economic Development

In Potsdam yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo again pushed his new initiative to create 10 Innovation "Hot Spots."

They'd bring business and universities together to...  Go to full article
<i>A Cold and Lonely Place</i> is the sequel to <i>Learning to Swim</i>.

Book review: A Cold and Lonely Place

In the opening scene of Sara J. Henry's new novel, a body is found in Lake Flower, frozen into the ice near the village of Saranac Lake. Betsy Kepes has this review of A...  Go to full article
<i>Goodwill from Sharon</i> by Sharon Cheng is part of the "New Work for a New Year" exhibit in Potsdam.

New art for the new year

Artwork by more than 30 North Country artists is featured in a new exhibit at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam. New Work for a New Year features art...  Go to full article
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...  Go to full article
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