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Clergy filled the stairwell at the Capitol Building, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push for a hike in the minimum wage. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Clergy filled the stairwell at the Capitol Building, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push for a hike in the minimum wage. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

NYers still paying the price of recession

A new report on the status of workers finds the period since the 2008 market crash may turn out to be a "lost decade" for New Yorkers, as wages stagnate and the average time for unemployment lengthens.

The union financed think tank, the Fiscal Policy Institute, finds the current economic recovery continues to be the weakest on record since the Great Depression of the 1930's.  Go to full article
David Sommerstein holds (and interviews a loon chick. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Loons sound alarm on mercury pollution

Loons have enjoyed unprecedented population growth over the last 30 years. They outlived DDT and a time when people used to shoot loons for sport.

In the new issue of Adirondack Life on newsstands now, David Sommerstein has an article on how a study of loons finds that things could have been even better. The culprit is mercury pollution. Last summer, David joined researchers banding loons in the middle of the night near Old Forge and filed this story.  Go to full article
The Pride of Buffalo. Photo by Mike Weekes

Is a geodesic catamaran the future for houseboats?

A strangely-shaped houseboat called "The Pride of Buffalo" is making a tour of western New York harbors over the next few weeks. It looks sort of like a hippie dome built on a raft -- Huck Finn meets Buckminster Fuller.

It took Michael Weekes six weeks to build his geodesic houseboat. The wooden catamaran is currently docked at Buffalo's canalside for everyone to see. He hopes to inspire others and transform his local waterfront.  Go to full article
Diagram of a mitchondrion. Graphic: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mitochondrion_mini.svg">Kelvinsong</a>, released to the public domain

Natural Selections: Mitochondria

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley explore the role of mitocondria--components that burn food molecules and produce energy--in cells.  Go to full article
Jay Nash and friends will perform at the Clayton Opera House, Sunday, September 1, 7:30pm.   Tickets: 315-686-2200.

Preview: 10th "Rock for the River" concert in Clayton

A second Rock for the River concert will be held this Sunday night in Clayton featuring Jay Nash and friends. A concert on the St. Lawrence River earlier this...  Go to full article
Two years ago in Keene: Irene delivered a wake-up call. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/35978796@N05/6096040001">Kathy Regan</a>.

Two years after Tropical Storm Irene

It's the second anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. The storm dropped nearly a foot of rain on parts of New York's North Country and Vermont.

Hundreds of miles...  Go to full article
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IhaveadreamMarines.jpg">U.S. government photo</a>

50 years ago today: electricity in the crowd, power in the moment

NCPR GM Ellen Rocco was one of the estimated 250,000 people crowding the space between the Washington Monument and The Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago today.

She was...  Go to full article
Adirondack Scenic Railroad train in Old Forge. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/72644361@N06/8183206757">Bradley O'Brien</a>, CC some rights reserved

DEC sets Adirondack rail corridor meetings for September

What to do with the controversial rail corridor that runs between Lake Placid and Old Forge? That's the question state officials will take up at four public meetings next...  Go to full article
Slot machines. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/35616354@N03/5873815259/">ragingwire</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYC voters may decide upstate gambling

New York voters have the chance this November to cast ballots on whether to allow expansion of casino gambling to non-Native communities. All the proposed sites are in...  Go to full article
A sign on the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's former gallery and gift shop in downtown Potsdam.  Photo:  Todd Moe

SLC Arts Council closes Potsdam gift shop, moves across town

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council closed its downtown Potsdam gallery and gift shop this month. The Arts Council board voted to consolidate the organization in its Snell...  Go to full article
Chip Taylor, one of America's leading Monarch butterfly experts and activists, visited Tupper Lake over the weekend. Photo:  Brian Mann

Monarch butterfly population plummets

This summer, scientists and naturalists say the population of Monarch butterflies here in the North Country, Vermont and Canada is down sharply.

The great...  Go to full article
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