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SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Schwaller resigns SUNY Potsdam presidency

SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller made a surprise announcement Tuesday that he's stepping down from his post, effective July 31. Schwaller didn't detail his reasons for resigning. In a letter to campus, he said simply "the time is right for new leadership."

Schwaller's unexpected announcement comes during a period of change at the SUNY campuses in neighboring Potsdam and Canton, one touched off last year with a controversial plan to consolidate presidencies at the two schools, with Schwaller presumably at the top.

SUNY leadership in Albany stepped back from the shared presidency after protests from the Canton College community. Now, Schwaller's announcement is renewing concerns about consolidation.  Go to full article
State of the art snow making techniques help ORDA maintain venues even in warmer weather. Photo: ORDA

Profile: Ted Blazer's ORDA anchors NY winter tourism

There's snow on the ground in the Adirondacks. The winter tourism industry in the region is hoping to bounce back this season after last year's disastrously warm weather.

But winter tourism in the region faces some big challenges going forward, including questions about climate change and competition from big venues and destinations in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Ted Blazer is head of the state-run Olympic Regional Development Authority, which is headquartered in Lake Placid. Much of the future of winter tourism in the region depends on him.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

NY will miss fracking rules deadline

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation confirms it will miss a key deadline and delay approval of hydrofracking in New York once again.

Anti-fracking forces see an opportunity in the likely new delay, while those waiting to benefit economically from the gas drilling process are feeling frustrated.  Go to full article
Attorney Charu Narang is representing three women in separate lawsuits against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Three Lawsuits target Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept

Three women with the same attorney have filed lawsuits against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and members within it for allegations relating to sexual misconduct...  Go to full article
Les Blomberg, noise expert, testifies to the Burlington Board of Health. Photo: Sarah Harris<br />

Burlington Board of Health holds F-35 hearing

The F-35, the Air Force's new fighter jet, may be coming to the Burlington airport. People are worried about noise from the plane, but there's also another concern: public...  Go to full article
Long Lake Central School's "Corner Garden". Photo: Long Lake Central School

Sharing a garden in Long Lake

Long Lake Central School's community garden has been growing fresh food for the cafeteria for eight years. It's been such a success that surplus produce from the garden...  Go to full article