Ogdensburg, NY, Oct 01, 2012 — Congressman Bill Owens met this weekend with North Country veterans to talk about a potential new VA hospital in Ogdensburg. The veterans have been pushing for the new hospital, saying the current setup forces patients to travel too far for services--often all the way to Syracuse. The idea has gained some political traction, but VA officials say a new hospital in Ogdensburg isn't the solution. Go to full article
North Hudson, NY, Oct 01, 2012 — Governor Andrew Cuomo says the big Finch conservation deal in the Adirondacks will open new lands to snowmobilers, hikers, hunters, and anglers. State officials and green groups say that could mean a major boost for the North Country's tourism industry.
But critics say the $50 million deal will hurt the timber industry, making it harder for struggling loggers and mill operators. Some industry leaders say they worry about the loss of productive timberlands that have been harvested for more than a century. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Oct 01, 2012 — A report by the Cuomo Admistration on the death of 21 horses at a New York racing course concludes that half of the deaths could have been prevented.
The task force was appointed by Governor Cuomo following a spate of horse deaths at the winter meet at Aqueduct. The investigators, who included horse racing experts and veterinarians, did not find any evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Rather, they concluded what one task force member says was a "perfect storm" of circumstances that led to the deaths and that highlight a number of questionable practices. Director of State Operations Howard Glaser says those practices will need to change: "The health of horses and safety of riders cannot finish a distant second." Go to full article
Lake Placid, NY, Oct 01, 2012 — A new local production and publishing house is producing a short film aimed at showcasing the resources available for filmmakers from the Adirondacks and beyond. ... Go to full article
Plattsburgh, NY, Oct 01, 2012 — Acccording to Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy, the old rule said the first two weeks of October were perfect for planting garlic. But not any more.... Go to full article