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The St. Lawrence Zinc facility in Balmat. Photo: Google Earth.
The St. Lawrence Zinc facility in Balmat. Photo: Google Earth.

Montreal firm plans to buy Gouverneur zinc mines

A Canadian company has signed a letter of intent to buy the zinc mines outside Gouverneur for $12 million. Beaufield Resources says it plans to hire workers this year.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in Massena on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Gillibrand promotes manufacturing bill at Alcoa Massena

Senator Gillibrand was in Massena Friday, talking about her "Made in America Act", her first bill in the 113th Congress. The senator said she chose to appear at the Alcoa East Plant for its symbolic significance.  Go to full article
Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

ORDA removes plaque honoring disgraced official Ortloff

Chris Ortloff's plaque has been removed from the Lake Placid Hall of Fame.

Ortloff is a former state Assemblyman, reporter and state Parole Board member who was convicted of federal coercion and enticement charges in 2010 after he was arrested in a sting operation. Ortloff had arranged to meet who he thought were two underage girls at an Albany area hotel for a sexual tryst.

Ortloff was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 for his contribution to the 1980 Olympic Games, which were held in Lake Placid. Up until last week, a plaque and a tribute on ORDA's website could still be viewed by the public.  Go to full article
Kristen Rohne, an educator with the Lake George Association, sieves for Asian clams during a lakewide survey completed in September 2012. Photo: Emily DeBolt, Lake George Association

NY commmits new money to stop Lake George invasives

State Environment Commissioner Joe Martens was in in the North Country on Friday, unveiling $250,000 in new funds to help stop invasive species from reaching Lake George....  Go to full article
TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit at the TAUNY Center's Folk Store in Canton. Photo: Nora Flaherty

How the North Country can support artists, grow economy

The North Country's Regional Economic Development Council has been one of the most successful in the state. It's received top awards twice now, for projects that range from...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his Executive Budget Address on Jan. 22, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="">Flickr</a>

Amended Cuomo budget includes min wage hike, cuts to disabled

Governor Cuomo has made several changes to his budget proposal. The amendments range from imposing a teacher evaluation plan on New York City, to cutting the cost of hunting...  Go to full article
Mature apple tree before and after pruning. Photo: W. Lord, UNH Co-operative Extension

The science and art of pruning apple trees

Pruning apple trees can bring trepidation to gardeners, but pruning improves the tree's vigor and fruit production. If you have an apple tree in your backyard, now is the...  Go to full article