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Daniel Ashline-Beaudet is a nuclear medicine tech and head of the union at CVPH. He's worried about potential job losses. Photo: Sarah Harris
Daniel Ashline-Beaudet is a nuclear medicine tech and head of the union at CVPH. He's worried about potential job losses. Photo: Sarah Harris

North Country hospitals fear fiscal cliff

Lawmakers in Washington are still deadlocked in budget negotiations, with automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to kick in early next year. North Country hospital leaders say that if the nation goes over the so-called fiscal cliff, regional hospitals will face major cuts.

Administrators from CVPH, Adirondack Health, and Elizabethtown Community Hospital gathered in Plattsburgh yesterday to discuss those cuts. Their tone was grim.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Ft. Drum. Photo: NCPR archive photo by Joanna Richards

New York invests big in Fort Drum housing

Thursday we reported that the North Country was one of the top winners of grant money and economic development funding in Governor Cuomo's statewide competition.

The region won $90.2 million for everything from waterfront development in the Thousand Islands to tourism marketing in the Adirondacks. But one of the biggest single investments that New York will make is in new housing, including apartments and multi-family homes, for the area around Fort Drum.

Brian Mann spoke about that effort, and other details of the Regional Economic Development Council spending plan, with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Guns and ammo at an Arizona gun shop. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saechang/">Mike Saechang</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en"> some rights reserved </a>

Albany leaders consider gun control

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in talks with legislative leaders on a gun control package that he could introduce as part of his State of the State message on Jan. 9, 2013.

The governor says the state's gun control laws, among the strictest in the nation, could still use some further revisions.

"Our assault weapon law has significant flaws and significant loopholes," said Cuomo.

He's trying to find common ground with legislative leaders, in order to present a package of bills early next month that could be passed by the legislature.  Go to full article
Katy Briedis and her 13-year-old dog, Olive. Photo: Riley Spellman

Heard Up North: De-stress with doggies!

The end of the year can be stressful. There's shopping to be done, cookies to be decorated, gifts to be wrapped, and holidays to be celebrated. And for college students,...  Go to full article
Todd's toboggan class at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne.  All we need is snow!  (Photo: Jim Mandle)

Back to school to build a toboggan

You don't have to be a child to enjoy a simple winter treat -- sliding down a hill on a toboggan. A snowy backyard hill has been hard to find this month, but that didn't...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article