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The six commissioners of the International Joint Commission took testimony from more than two dozen people last night in Alexandria Bay. Photo: David Sommerstein.
The six commissioners of the International Joint Commission took testimony from more than two dozen people last night in Alexandria Bay. Photo: David Sommerstein.

River residents give water levels plan thumbs up

There were no surprises last night at a public hearing in Alexandria Bay about managing water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. More than 150 area residents overwhelmingly supported a new plan that would restore wetlands, fish and wildlife, and lengthen the boating season.

The Jefferson and St. Lawrence county legislatures both support the plan. Assemblywoman Addie Russell spoke in favor, as did influential green group Save The River.

And there were no surprises the night before near Rochester, either, where residents of the south shore of Lake Ontario railed against the plan for the damage it could do to their property.

But as David Sommerstein reports, what emerged last night were personal stories that illustrate what's at stake, and the challenge the agency in charge of making the decision faces.  Go to full article
Last year's Adirondack Common Ground Alliance meeting, held in Long Lake, brought together some of the  Park's most influential leaders. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Adirondack factions meet in Newcomb, seeking "common ground"

Lt. Governor Bob Duffy is expected to be in Newcomb today for a meeting of the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance. The group meets each year to talk about ways that different factions in the Park can partner on projects.  Go to full article
At the scene of the crash in Antwerp that took six lives in July 2012. Photo: Joanna Richards

Driver charged in 2012 Antwerp crash that killed six

The driver of a tractor-trailer that killed six people in the town of Antwerp last July has been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving and three traffic infractions. WWNY-TV reports that James Mills pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was released.

Mills' vehicle reportedly plowed into a line of traffic stopped for paving work being done on Route 11, just north of Antwerp.  Go to full article
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris

Amish farmers partner with Agri-Mark

Most of the North Country is losing population, and losing farms. But there's one group that keeps growing: Old Order Amish. They're drawn to the St. Lawrence Valley by the...  Go to full article
Common redshank, foraging on a mudflat, hunts better thanks to light pollution. Photo: <a href="">Stefan Berndtsson</a> Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: You're welcome, Mother Nature

Much of human activity has a big downside for the natural environment. But sometimes, the problems we pose to nature can give a leg up to certain species. Martha Foley and...  Go to full article
Canal Street String Band. Photo: Bill Gamble

Preview: Canal Street String Band

The Canal Street String Band features three musicians, 55 strings, and music spanning a couple of centuries. This Buffalo-based group will be playing three shows here in the...  Go to full article
IJC Chairwoman Irene Brooks faced a determined crowd at an earlier water level hearing in Alexandria Bay. Tonight's hearing will be at the Bonnie Castle Resort from 6-9 pm. Photo: David Sommerstein

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence water level plan draws mixed reviews

The International Joint Commission, or IJC, that governs water levels on Lake Ontario and St Lawrence River is presenting a new...  Go to full article
Tom Welsh, a fishing guide from Johnsburg, speaks at a public hearing on the new Finch Pruyn lands in Minerva. Photo: Nicholas Mann

Public comment period ending for new Adk Park lands

This is the final week for the public to offer input and opinions about how to manage tens of thousands of acres of new public lands in the Adirondack Park.

The...  Go to full article
Migrant workers rally at the capitol in Montpelier this spring. Photo: Sarah Harris

Migrant worker and activist allowed to stay in U.S.

Danilo Lopez will be allowed to stay in the country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says. Lopez, a Vermont migrant-worker-turned-activist from Mexico,...  Go to full article
Clarence Forbes plying his trade. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: Using modern technology to move an Amish shed

Amish-made wooden sheds are becoming a fixture in backyards. They're neat and tidy, and handy for storage or even as a rustic bunkhouse.

But delivery can be ...  Go to full article
Elastic Bond, courtesy of Nacional Records.

Miami latin soul band keeps it 'Real'

This weekend, tens of thousands of people will inundate the little town of Trumansburg, outside Ithaca, for the Grassroots Music Festival. It's become one of the premier...  Go to full article
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