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Snow Graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.
Snow Graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.

How Cuomo's pension plan could help North Country schools

It took a few days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his budget plan last week for many North Country school districts to realize they had a problem. The initial funding proposal didn't provide enough money to help them out of the budget hole.

But there's still some hope in the governor's proposal. His plan includes more than $200 million in what's called fiscal stabilization funding. The idea is to help schools with a spike in pension costs this year.  Go to full article
NY Congressman Bill Owens at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fort Drum's Warrior Transition Battalion Complex in May 2012. Photo: <a href="">Army Medicine</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Owens: Fort Drum in good shape as Army considers cutbacks

The U.S. military is in the process of cutting almost half a trillion dollars from its budget over ten years. The Pentagon says the cuts will lead to a more agile force with a new strategic mission. A new Army report weighs alternatives for restructuring that could affect Fort Drum. Under one scenario, the post could see an increase of 3,000 soldiers, but under another, it could lose up to 8,000 soldiers and 15 percent of its civilian workforce.  Go to full article

Skelos: women's health act would lead to more late-term abortion

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he's strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo's Reproductive Health Act. He says it would lead to too many late-term abortions.  Go to full article
Picking our way across Marcy Brook on the Mr. Van ski trail. Photo:  Phil Brown

Backcountry skiing in the tracks of Mr. Van

It's been a tough winter so far in the Adirondack backcountry for skiers and snowmobilers. But in some parts of the North Country there's been just enough snow for a good...  Go to full article
Photo:  Todd Moe

Snow, mittens, ice cream can help beat the winter blues

A group of non-profits in the Plattsburgh area has planned a series of events in February to celebrate the season and help beat the winter blahs. The series includes more...  Go to full article

Preview: Turtle Island Quartet in Potsdam

Community Performance Series in Potsdam presents a weekend of music and dance with two world reknowned ensembles. The Turtle Island Quartet will join with Luna Negra Dance...  Go to full article