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Retired nurse Jackie Hartle and hairdresser Judy Redmond want to help keep the hospital open. Photo: Julie Grant
Retired nurse Jackie Hartle and hairdresser Judy Redmond want to help keep the hospital open. Photo: Julie Grant

Gouverneur worried, still hopeful about hospital

The EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur remains closed, as officials work to correct problems with the hospital's lab. The New York State Department of Health closed the lab down late last week, which meant the hospital could no longer admit patients. Eighteen patients were moved to nearby hospitals, and 70 EJ Noble employees have been placed on leave.

There's concern that the longer the hospital remains closed, the less chance it has of re-opening. Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown and Canton-Potsdam Hospital are both considering proposals to help. But people who live in the Gouverneur-area are worried. The nearest hospital is more than a half-an-hour's drive away.

Village officials have a date with the health department Friday to talk about possible affiliations with other North Country hospitals that might allow EJ Noble to reopen.  Go to full article

Malone prison singled out in report on "extreme isolation"

A report released this week by the New York Civil Liberties Union calls for major reforms to the state prison system that would reduce the number of inmates held in solitary confinement or isolation.

According to the study, roughly 8% of state prisoners are being held in special isolation cells. Roughly a third of those solitary confinement cells, known as "special housing units," are located here in the North Country.

Critics say the use of solitary confinement by prison guards has spiraled out of control.  Go to full article
Part of the 7.2 mi. contaminated stretch of the Grasse.  Photo by David Sommerstein.

Mohawks seek better Grasse cleanup

The St. Regis Mohawks say the federal government's plan to clean up toxic chemicals from the Grasse River has improved, but it's still not good enough. The Alcoa aluminum plant in Massena dumped cancer-causing PCBs into the river before they were banned in the 1970s.  Go to full article
The Hogansburg Triangle is in pink on this map.

Judge sustains part of Mohawk land claim

Native tribes' claims to ancestral lands in New York haven't fared so well recently. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially dismissed the Oneida Nation's land claim,...  Go to full article

Harsh grades for NYS environment policy

It wasn't good year for the environment in New York State, according to Environmental Advocates. In its annual voter's guide, the green coalition opted not to name legislator...  Go to full article

NY-21: Doheny campaign poll shows him gaining on Owens

For the first time, Republican Matt Doheny has released an internal poll that shows him trailing Democratic congressman Bill Owens by just five percentage points in the North...  Go to full article
Haircap moss, showing both "generations." Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fabelfroh">Kristian Peters</a>, CC <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:GNU_Free_Documentation_License">some rights reserved</a>

Natural Selections: Alternation of generations

What if people gave birth to puppies, and those puppies in turn gave birth to people? That's similar to what some species, such as haircap moss, do. Each alternate generation...  Go to full article