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Bob Andrews feeds the heifers in his barn in Fowler. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Bob Andrews feeds the heifers in his barn in Fowler. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Dairy farmers fear own "fiscal cliff"

One big item caught up in gridlock created by the current budget debate, with its "fiscal cliff" threat, is the federal farm bill.

Most farmers are still covered by crop insurance and other programs until next planting season, but that's not true of dairy.

Dairy farmers now have no safety net if milk prices fall. And with feed prices soaring, many feel they're falling off a cliff of their own.  Go to full article
Last year, SUNY Officials spoke with SUNY Potsdam and Canton councils, who both expressed displeasure with a shared presidency.

Canton town leaders to say no to SUNY consolidation at trustee meeting

Canton town leaders were on the way to Albany at Tuesday morning to speak at the meeting of the SUNY Trustees. Town Supervisor David Button says SUNY Central may start pushing for the Canton and Potsdam colleges to hire a shared president. Button doesn't think it's a good idea.  Go to full article
Joyce Morency, supervisor of the town of St. Armand. Photo: Nathan Brown, courtesy of <a href="">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

Saying goodbye to a veteran Adirondack lawmaker

One of the North Country's veteran politicians passed away this week. Joyce Morency, the long-time town supervisor in St. Armand near Saranac Lake, was 77 years old.  Go to full article
Major General Stephen Townsend has taken over as commanding general of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division. Photo courtesy Fort Drum

New general takes command at Fort Drum

Major General Stephen Townsend has taken over command of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division following a ceremony at the post Monday morning.  Go to full article
New York City's East River viewed from Roosevelt Island, 2 p.m. on Monday, October 29. Photo: <a href="">Mark Lyon,</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Poll finds New Yorkers convinced of climate change

A new poll finds that, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, more than two thirds of New Yorkers say they now believe in climate change.

They also give Gov....  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

Anti-fracking group calls health review process "surreal"

A coalition of environmentalists and elected officials called on Governor Cuomo's health and environmental agencies to provide more information on a health review on...  Go to full article
Winter Solstice. Photo: <a href="">Rob Faulkner</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

An appreciation for the darkest days of the year

Aileen O'Donoghue, who teaches astronomy and physics at St. Lawrence University, loves this time of year, when the sun sets early and rises late. She shares her enthusiasm...  Go to full article