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Senator Charles Schumer with workers at the Alcoa East facility on April 1, 2013. Photo: Julie Grant
Senator Charles Schumer with workers at the Alcoa East facility on April 1, 2013. Photo: Julie Grant

Schumer calls on EPA to finalize Alcoa clean-up cost

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited the Alcoa East plant in Massena Monday. He came to announce that the aluminum-maker is prepared to start the first phase of a $600 million modernization plan, that will secure 900 jobs in Massena.

But there's still a catch. Before Alcoa begins construction, it wants a price tag on clean up the Grasse River. The company previously polluted the river.

Schumer used his speech to call on the Environmental Protection Agency to approve a final cost of the clean up, so Alcoa can move forward.  Go to full article
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo

SUNY-Fort Drum program to train those on the "front lines" with returning soldiers

A new program from SUNY Oswego is looking to train people who work with Fort Drum's soldiers in the basics of mental health and counseling. It's starting with a course that's being taught right now at Fort Drum, "Trauma management and stewardship."

Fort Drum is home to the 10th Mountain Division, one of the most heavily deployed units in the US. When those soldiers return home from overseas, they can suffer from a range of physical and mental problems connected to their service, like post-traumatic stress disorder, mental issues associated with bodily injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.  Go to full article
Beekmantown High School Principal Diane Fox will take over July 1 as the next superintendent of the Saranac Lake Central School District. Photo: Chris Knight, via <a href="http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/536215/Meet-Diane-Fox.html?nav=5008">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

Incoming SL school super: the problem is money

Many school districts in the North Country face cutting staff and programming in order to trim their budgets and stay under the state's property tax cap. Some are showing signs of serious financial stress.

Just last month, Tupper Lake School District leaders said the district could become insolvent and may have to close its doors in a few years unless it gets more state aid.

Neighboring Saranac Lake Central is struggling to find a way to preserve its core programs while closing a more than $1 million budget gap.

The district recently hired a new superintendent, Diane Fox, who said working within its budget constraints will be her biggest challenge.  Go to full article
An instructor leads a workshop on card-making at the North Country Arts Council's studio in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

North Country Arts Council brings out kids' creativity

The North Country Arts Council has been a growing force for cultural activity in the Watertown area since its inception in 2009.

The group aims to spotlight the...  Go to full article
This baseball uniform breastplate was originally owned by Charles Henry Bailey, a miner who was a charter member of the Lyon Mountain Baseball Club in 1877. The breastplate was made by his mother, who owned a boarding house in Lyon Mountain. It is now in the collection of the Adirondack Museum.  Photo: Adk Museum

Adirondack Attic: an heirloom from baseball's early days

Just in time for the start of baseball season, Andy Flynn visits the Adirondack Museum for a look at a baseball uniform from the 1870's.  Go to full article
Part of the 7.2 mile contaminated stretch of the Grasse. Photo: David Sommerstein

Alcoa commits to 900 jobs in Massena; Grasse cleanup still in flux

The company that built Massena will keep its plants open there for at least another 30 years.

Alcoa announced Saturday it will invest $42 million to modernize...  Go to full article
The state Comptroller's Office will audit the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates winter sports venues like the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. Photo: ORDA

State to audit Olympic authority

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is fighting deep financial woes even as its venues rebound. That's according to a financial report released this week by the...  Go to full article
Mountain Mart in Canton, NY. According to EPA data, the agency found violations at seven gas stations in Malone, Massena, Moira, Plattsburgh, and Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Adirondack Energy fined for violations

The owner of several Mountain Mart gas stations in the North Country has agreed to pay $46,000 to settle environmental violations. The Environmental Protection Agency found...  Go to full article

NYS budget finished, but squabbles continue

The state Budget was finished three days early, but lawmakers still found things to squabble about, including the timing of the voting sessions during a week where the...  Go to full article
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It's April Stools Day. What will you doo?

It's April Fools' Day--or April Stools day, and the Lake Champlain Committee is encouraging people to pick up dog doo, no joke.  Go to full article
It's garden prep season.  Photo:  Todd Moe

How to help your garden feed itself

Did you poke around your garden this weekend? As the snow melts, it's time to start thinking about spring cleaning in the lawn and garden. Horticulturist Amy Ivy says much...  Go to full article
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