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A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo

What the sequester means for Fort Drum, North Country

The across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester are set to kick in Friday, if there's no agreement between Congress and the president. That means a big impact for defense spending, including for Fort Drum, an important economic driver for the North Country.  Go to full article
Phil Brown paddles near the confluence of Shingle Shanty Brook and the Mud Pond outlet in May 2009. Photo: Susan Bibeau/Adirondack Explorer, used by permission

Story 2.0: Paddlers crack open more routes in Adks

This week, a state Supreme Court judge ruled that a back country canoe route in the wilds of Hamilton County is "navigable in fact." It was another victory for paddlers, who have been fighting for decades to win more access to rivers.

This latest ruling followed a lawsuit filed against journalist and outdoorsman Phil Brown, who paddled a remote stretch of Shingle Shanty Brook. To make the journey, Brown made a brief carry or "portage" over private land.

He was sued by private landowners, who argued that he trespassed over land that had been closed to the public for generations. The landowners involved in bringing the suit declined to comment about the ruling.

Brian Mann sat down to talk with Phil Brown about the significance of the decision and we'll hear part of our 2010 report looking at the long-running legal battle over paddler access.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders pose on March 30, 2012, following last year's early budget deal. Photo: <a href="">Governor Cuomo's office</a> via Flickr

What's holding back the state budget?

With just three weeks and one day to go before a state budget deadline, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders met to assess how far they have to go to reach a deal.  Go to full article
Computer lab. Photo: <a href="">David Nichols</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

NYS, IBM partner for science and tech education program

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that IBM and New York state are teaming up to provide science and technology education, or STEM, to high schoolers.  Go to full article
C3-class Solar Flare, Sept. 8, 2010. Photo: <a href="">NASA Goddard Space Flight Center</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Natural Selections: Solar Weather

Solar weather does more than create light shows at polar latitudes. When the sun acts up, the effects can range from communications interference on earth to lethal doses of...  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam's ChaRon Brabham during a rehearsal for the Oscars. Photo: The Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Among the stars at the Oscars

A SUNY Potsdam theater student was among six college students on stage during the Oscars last Sunday night. ChaRon Brabham, from Brooklyn, was one of the winners of The...  Go to full article