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All Before Five: 3/28/08

New Yorkers slam the new Great Lakes and St Lawrence River management plan from the U.S.-Canadian joint commission... David Paterson could bring the state budget in on time - something that's rarely happened over the past 25 years... And some North Country lawmakers suggest selling state-owned parks and recreation facilities as one way to close New York's $4.5 billion budget deficit.  Go to full article
Freighter in the Thousand Islands.

IJC: Environmental plan just out of reach

A binational commission has chosen a new plan for controlling water levels on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. The International Joint Commission says "Plan 2007" is a minor tweak of a plan called "D+" and benefits almost every stakeholder in the region. The IJC says it improves conditions for hydropower, shipping, and some wetlands in Lake Ontario over the existing plan. And it makes water levels more reliable for the Port of Montreal. The IJC is making its decision official at press conferences in Washington and Ottawa this morning at 10. Irene Brooks is the U.S. chair of the Commission. She told David Sommerstein the IJC wanted to choose the best plan for the environment, which is known as "B+". "B+" is by far the preferred alternative in the North Country. But Brooks says that plan would cause too much erosion along the southern shore of Lake Ontario, near Rochester, and hurt property owners.  Go to full article

New passport rules raise ire along the border

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security finalized new passport rules yesterday. As of June, next year, a passport or some other approved document will be required to enter the U.S. by land, sea or air. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Paterson, lawmakers agree to framework of state budget

Governor David Paterson and legislative leaders say they've passed the first milestone on the way to a state budget; they've agreed on how much money to spend, and how to pay...  Go to full article

North Country lawmakers propose sale of NY parks and recreation land

A pair of North Country Assemblymembers say one way to cut the state budget -- and generate new revenue -- would be to sell off dozens of campgrounds, golf courses, and...  Go to full article

Clamor in the capitol as budget debate turns political

It was back to business as usual in Albany yesterday, with interest groups protesting about proposed cuts to the budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Students hit the fashion runway in Heuvelton

From trash to fashion in Heuvelton

Earlier this month the Heuvelton Central School Art Club held its fourth annual Wearable Art Show. It was a fashion program that featured clothing from found or recycled...  Go to full article

Celebrating art outdoors along Lake Champlain

Artists are invited to take part in this summer's Plein Air Event in the Champlain Valley. "Plein air" began with 19th century French Impressionists who took the act of...  Go to full article