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Mohawks on Cornwall Island waited to march in support of the Idle No More movement...  Photo: David Sommerstein.
Mohawks on Cornwall Island waited to march in support of the Idle No More movement... Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawks march for indigenous solidarity

Akwesasne Mohawks sent the Canadian government a message of native unity on Saturday. Hundreds of people marched across the two bridges from Massena, NY, to Cornwall, Ontario. Several tribal chiefs were among the marchers.

The demonstration was part of a movement called "Idle No More" that's swept across Canada. It protests legislation that many First Nation people say threatens their land and water.

The protest closed the border crossing for several hours. Despite a history of clashes with border officials, the march was a peaceful, family affair, full of drumming and singing.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Schools on Cuomo State of the State list

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State speech on Wednesday. He's expected to talk about a variety of issues, including his goals for New York's schools.

It's only been a few days since Cuomo's Education Reform Commission came out with its recommendations. Some education advocates say there are good ideas in the plan, but there's concern that the commission hasn't addressed the core problem of many North Country districts.  Go to full article
The confluence of the Hudson River, at right, and the Cedar River, bottom, is on the 18,300-acre Essex Chain of Lakes tract in the towns of Minerva and Newcomb. The state purchased the tract from The Nature Conservancy in late December. Photo: Carl Heilman II, courtesy of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

State completes first of Finch Pruyn land transfers

In August, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a $47 million deal to acquire nearly 70,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberlands. The state plans to add the paper company property to the Adirondack forest preserve over the next five years.

The first phase of the purchase transferred to the state with little fanfare at the end of December.  Go to full article
Jerry Lottie demonstrates a response. Photo: Sarah Harris

SUNY Plattsburgh police train to respond to a shooter

In the wake of last month's shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, colleges and schools are re-thinking their security procedures. At SUNY Plattsburgh, officers are learning how...  Go to full article
Just rocks can make a difference. Photo: Ellen Rocco

The garden in winter

The stark contrasts of a snowy landscape bring out hidden beauty in the garden and the yard. Plant stems and flower heads give depth and detail, and fences and other...  Go to full article