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Photo: Sergio Ruiz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How a St. Lawrence county coop is building local food distribution

A farmer cooperative in St. Lawrence County is getting a federal grant to sell more local produce to schools and hospitals. As David Sommerstein reports, the North Country Grown Cooperative is one group trying to build a distribution system for local food in the North Country.  Go to full article
Cornell Cooperative Extension held workshops on New York's health plan Marketplace. It opens next week. Photo: Sarah Harris, NCPR.

What does the Affordable Care Act mean for the North Country?

On October first, a major part of President Obama's major health care law, the Affordable Care Act, will roll out across the country. New Yorkers will be able to shop for health insurance through an exchange called the Marketplace. But for people who hope to sign up for a plan, there may be more questions than answers.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise visit to the Adirondacks this week to talk about the Finch Pruyn deal.

Governor Cuomo intervenes in Finch land process

Governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise visit to the Adirondacks yesterday, meeting with the Adirondack Nature Conservancy at Follensby Pond near Tupper Lake and then talking with local government leaders at Gore Mountain near North Creek.

The topic on the table was the Finch Pruyn Land deal. The Adirondack Park Agency is currently in the process of classifying tens of thousands of acres of new lands that are being added to the protected forest preserve.

Brian Mann joins me now in the studio to talk about the governor's visit. Brian, why did the governor turn up suddenly like this?  Go to full article
Corroded steel on the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: <a href="">Mike Phillipens</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY capital plan needs more detail, says watchdog group

A budget watch dog group says New York's new 10 year plan of how it will spend over $174 billion dollars in road and bridge and numerous other projects, lacks transparency...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend:

Leaves are at or near the peak of change...  Go to full article
Andrea Hill making a wheel thrown mug in her home studio in Saranac Lake. Photo:  Todd Moe

How do they do that? Creativity up close

NCPR is media sponsor for the 7th annual "Artist at Work" studio tour" this weekend. The three-day event features more than 40 artists who will open their studio doors to the...  Go to full article
Christine Hoffman has just moved her jam and jelly business, The Spicy Wench, into the new shared-use commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor. Photo: Joanna Richards

Sackets Harbor shared kitchen fills gap for small food producers

A new commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor is starting to help small food producers grow their businesses. The shared-use facility is the first of its kind in Jefferson...  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica CC some rights reserved

Schumer: VA needs better mental health services

Senator Charles Schumer says better communication between police and Veterans Affairs could have prevented last week's Navy Yard shooting.

Police say Navy veteran...  Go to full article
Renovation of the Hotel Saranac is one of two hotel projects in Saranac Lake to be put forward by the Regional Economic Development Council for funding. Photo: Susan Waters

REDC backs funding for two Saranac Lake hotel projects

A pair of major hotel projects in Saranac Lake got a big boost this week. The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has included a proposed 90-room hotel on...  Go to full article
A crane lowers Ron Spooner's jeep into a "duck" boat getting ready to cross the Rhine river. Photo: Ron Spooner

Memories of post-WWII Germany, in "duck" photos

Earlier this month, we reported on the discovery of what might be the wreckage of a 10th Mountain Division "duck" vehicle that sank during World War 2 in Italy.
...  Go to full article
A forested floodplain: Lousiana bayou along the Pearl River. Photo: <a href="">Josh Kellogg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Flood-plain forest restoration

Trying to put nature back the way we found it can be more complicated than just leaving things alone. Dr. Curt Stager talks with Martha Foley about attempts to restore "green...  Go to full article
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