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Protestors at an Albany anti-fracking demonstration in August, 2012. Photo: Brian Mann
Protestors at an Albany anti-fracking demonstration in August, 2012. Photo: Brian Mann

Fracking fuels grassroots activisim

In the five years since New Yorkers first began to hear about horizontal hydrofracking, the state has become a battleground over the gas drilling technique.
While opponents have some high profile support, their movement remains mostly a loose collection of small groups that have been remarkably effective.  Go to full article
Dave Pasick sticks his head out of the barn on Szaro Farms outside  Utica, N.Y. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

New York rediscovers an old crop: hops

New York was once the dominant grower of a main ingredient in beer: hops. As craft brewing has taken off in the state, it's created an opportunity for farmers to get back into hop growing.  Go to full article
Chewbacca and his date arrive on the red carpet at Friday's Go Digital or Go Dark premiere  at Lake Placid's Palace Theater. Photo: Chris Morris via <a href="">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

Big support for small Adirondack theaters

There's been a lot of talk lately about North Country movie theaters that are struggling to convert to new digital technology.

Without help, as many as 10 small movie theaters - from Indian Lake to Ausable Forks - could go dark.

A region-wide fundraising effort called "Go Digital or Go Dark" got underway last week in Lake Placid. Some theaters will need hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for the new digital projectors.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddling on Boreas Pond in North Hudson, in Essex County. He'll be in Indian Lake paddling on July 21 for the Adirondack Challenge. Photo: Brian Mann

On 'Adirondack Day' Governor calls for new tourism push

Yesterday was Adirondack Day in the state capitol with groups from across the Park offering food, crafts and information about the North Country to people in Albany.
...  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo signing the tax cap legislation in Erie County in July 2011. Photo: <a href="">Governor Cuomo's office</a> via Flickr

Administration tries to axe teachers' union lawsuit

New York is trying to get a lawsuit by the state's largest teachers' union tossed out of court.

New York State United Teachers filed a lawsuit earlier this year,...  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant

Why Sen. Schumer wants Medicare changes

Senator Charles Schumer will be at Samaritan Hospital in Watertown Tuesday, pushing for changes to the Medicare law. He says elderly patients are being charged unfairly for...  Go to full article
The first day of dredging to remove PCB-laden sediments from the upper Hudson River in 2009. Photo: David Chanatry.

GE sues utility as dredging restarts on Hudson

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) General Electric Co. has filed a lawsuit against National Grid seeking money from the utility for a share of costs for the $1 billion-plus Superfund...  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence University cast of "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?" at a performance in Canton in 2011. Photo: Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Fighting bullying with theatre and creativity

An anti-bullying organization will use a play written by a St. Lawrence University theater professor as part of its "peaceful schools" tour this spring.

SLU...  Go to full article
Terry Tempest Williams.

Readers & Writers: Terry Tempest Williams, "When Women Were Birds"

Our guest is well-known essayist and poet Terry Tempest Williams, talking about her most recent book, When Women Were Birds, Fifty-Four Variations on Voice - a...  Go to full article
State Senator Patty Ritchie speaks in support of Fort Drum at a community listening session hosted by the Army Thursday at Case Middle School in Watertown. Listening, from left, are Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division Commander Major General Stephen Townsend, and Army stationing expert Colonel Thomas O'Donoghue. Photo: Joanna Richards

Watertown community comes out to support Fort Drum

About 200 community members turned up in a school auditorium in Watertown Thursday night in a showing of regional support for Fort Drum. The event was billed as a "listening...  Go to full article
Photo: Ove Overmeyer, <a href="">Creative Commons</a>, some rights reserved

Will Cuomo drop abortion rights bill, campaign finance reform?

Governor Cuomo says he'll know in a couple of weeks whether two key items on his end of session agenda will become law- an abortion rights bill and public financing of...  Go to full article
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