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St. Lawrence County "walking a financial tightrope," says NYS audit

An audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says St. Lawrence County is "walking a financial tightrope". The audit found the county's fund balance decreased 68 percent from 2007 to 2011. Legislators used surplus funds to close budget gaps and keep property tax increases last year to an already-high 14 percent.  Go to full article
Adirondack Health Chief Senior Services Officer Marc Walker talks with Uihlein Living Center resident Peggy Forkey at the Lake Placid nursing home in November of last year. Photo: Chris Knight via <a href="http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/536629/Nursing-homes-in-the-red.html">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

Can the North Country make nursing homes work?

Many nursing homes around the state are seeing big financial losses, and the situation is the same, if not worse, here in the North Country.

That's sparked a dialogue in the last few months among the region's long-term care leaders about ways they can partner, share services or even consolidate under one organization. Leaders of at least eight to 10 of the region's nursing homes have been involved in these talks.

Some long-term care advocates believe North Country nursing homes are at a tipping point.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's strict new smoking ban takes effect Saturday.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em, St. Lawrence County

Today is the last day tobacco use is permitted on St. Lawrence County property. A ban takes effect Saturday that outlaws smoking, chewing, and other tobacco uses on property owned or leased by the county.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

Court upholds local fracking bans

New York State's second highest court has ruled in favor of two towns which passed laws banning gas drilling.

In two decisions released Thursday, the court ruled...  Go to full article

NY counties push "no new mandates" law

Counties across the state are declaring a "Mayday" for Mandate Relief.

County leaders across New York are using the month of May to press state lawmakers to...  Go to full article
Photo: Brian Mann

Essex County Route 73 repairs postponed

KEENE, N.Y. (AP) State transportation officials say they've postponed a project to repair the slopes along one of the main roads in the Adirondack Mountains.
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Orthodox priests lead a Friday night Lenten service in the chapel at the Monastery of St. Silouan the Athonite, near Prescott, Ontario.  Photo: Todd Moe

Crossing borders to create a small-town Orthodoxy

The single most important day in the Orthodox calendar - Easter, or Pascha, is this Sunday. Many Orthodox churches base their holiest days on the Julian calendar, rather...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/25947183@N04/5728324248/">Ove Overmeyer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS casino vote may be on hold for this year

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders tried to jumpstart negotiations over siting several new gambling casinos in New York. But they also concede that the plans...  Go to full article
Once a public school, the Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility operated from 1984 until 2011.  Now it's up for sale. Photo: New York state

Want to buy a North Country prison? Bargain basement prices!

What happens to prisons and correctional facilities when there aren't enough inmates to fill the jail cells?

That's the dilemma facing nearly a dozen communities...  Go to full article
John Johnson Jr. looks through some clippings from the Watertown Daily Times's archive Wednesday at the newspaper's offices in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

John Johnson Jr. steps down at Watertown Daily Times

After a long career at the helm of the Watertown Daily Times, John Johnson Jr. is far from calling it quits. But he is stepping down from daily oversight at the Times and its...  Go to full article
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