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Basically, his argument is that people have the right to go down the Hudson River however they choose.

Questions persist for whitewater rafting company

The district attorney in Hamilton County has filed an application to reinstate criminal charges dating back to 2010 against Patrick Cunningham, operator of the Hudson River Rafting Company based in North Creek.

Just three weeks after the DA's action came the death of an Ohio woman who was a passenger in a raft guided by one of Cunningham's employees.

State police have charged the guide, Rory Fay of North Creek, with criminally negligent homicide for allegedly operating the raft while intoxicated.

Phil Brown is editor of the Adirondack Explorer magazine and he's been following this story closely. He joined Martha Foley on the line.  Go to full article
Maple Ridge wind farm near Lowville. Photo: David Sommerstein<br />

Wind farms test New York's home rule tradition

A company that wants to erect 48 wind turbines in the town of Clayton recently announced it would seek permitting through the state's Article X, not the town council. Another company did the same thing in nearby Cape Vincent earlier this year.

Article X is a law passed last year. It gives a state board the authority to green light new power plants, including wind farms, possibly over local objections.  Go to full article
EJ Noble nurses and the New York State Nurses Association outside the Gouverneur hospital. Photo: Julie Grant

EJ Noble Nurses hold vigil in Gouverneur

People gathered outside the EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur Thursday afternoon, holding signs that read "Save Our Hospital" and "Patient Care First." They were there for a vigil to support the thirty nurses who have been laid off.

EJ Noble was forced to close late last month, after the New York State Department of Health closed down its lab. State officials say they're working with the hospital to rectify the deficiencies. That includes discussions with Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown about collaborating at EJ Noble lab. The health department says it's currently reviewing EJ Noble's plans to address concerns at the lab, and has no time frame for reopening the hospital.

Meanwhile, the nurses have all filed for unemployment benefits. Julie Grant went to a vigil they held Thursday, and spoke with nurses Pat Makiewicz and Ellen Meilleur.  Go to full article
Photo: Karen DeWitt

GOP senate candidate urges action on hydrofracking

Wendy Long, the Republican Senate candidate challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, is urging swift action on hydraulic fracturing in New York state.  Go to full article
Adirondack Scenic Railway car. Photo: Matt Johnson, CC some rights reserved

Tupper Lake wants state to rethink tourist train

Another North Country town is urging New York State to reopen the planning process for the rail line that cuts through the heart of the Adirondack Park.

Tupper...  Go to full article

Struggling counties urge relief of state mandates

New York's counties are making a push to get Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to take their growing fiscal crises seriously. They say they need relief from some state...  Go to full article

Preview: "Dancing at Lughnasa" in North Creek

North Creek's community theater troupe is prepping for its fall production of Dancing at Lughnasa. The play, set in Ireland in the 1930's, opens Friday, October 19th...  Go to full article
Little River Community School students prep for a weekend of spooky fun near Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

Halloween tricks all in good fun

A group of students from Little River Community School, near Canton, is putting the final touches on a haunted house. Actually, it's an old sugar shack in a grove of trees...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack brings us a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article