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Forest ranger Capt. John Streiff, right, checks a hallway at the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center before continuing a search for a shooter during a training session Thursday. Photo: Chris Morris via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Forest ranger Capt. John Streiff, right, checks a hallway at the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center before continuing a search for a shooter during a training session Thursday. Photo: Chris Morris via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

North Country law enforcement trains for shooting incidents

Police and emergency personnel gathered in Lake Placid last week to learn some critical skills and techniques for responding to an active shooting incident.

Law enforcement agencies from across the North Country took part in the training sessions, which were held at the former W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center in Lake Placid. Participants included members of New York State Police; the Essex, Clinton and Franklin County sheriff's departments; Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid police departments; and state environmental conservation officers and forest rangers.  Go to full article
A sapbucket at Newton's Sugarbush. One of the bills US Rep. Owens is introducing would make it easier for producers to tape trees on some state and conservation lands in the Adirondacks. Photo: Todd Moe

Owens gets ahead of curve on farm bill

Washington failed to pass a Farm Bill last year. Congressman Bill Owens says he's "cautiously optimistic" one will pass this year. But he's not sure exactly what will be in the massive $100 billion a year legislation that funds everything from farm programs to food stamps.

So the North Country Democrat is introducing three bills early that would help New York farmers.  Go to full article
Adirondack Health is also considering converting its around-the-clock emergency room in Lake Placid to a 12-hour urgent care center as another cost-cutting move. Photo: Mark Kurtz

More job cuts at Adirondack Health, ER cuts considered

One of the North Country's largest employers is cutting staff for the second time since December. Adirondack Health is blaming these 18 layoffs on a loss of Medicare revenue and an ongoing decline in in-patient numbers.

The organization let another 17 workers go in December.

Adirondack Health is also considering converting its around-the-clock emergency room in Lake Placid to a 12-hour urgent care center as another cost-cutting move.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announcing their tentative budget agreement on March 20, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8577652000/in/photostream">Flickr</a>

Some budget bills done, some will wait

The New York State Senate held a rare Sunday session at the Capitol, in an attempt to get the state budget finished on time in the midst of major religious holidays. But the...  Go to full article
The Beauharnois generating station. Photo courtesy of Hydro-Quebec

Would Quebec-NYC power line benefit North Country?

The Champlain Hudson Power Express is a proposed underground transmission line that could supply New York City with hydropower generated in Quebec. But opponents say the line...  Go to full article
Pruning a blueberry bush. Image: University of Missouri Extension

Another antidote for cabin fever?

The not-quite-warm-enough weather in late March and early April can be a challenge for the staunchest fans of North Country living. It's cabin fever time. Cornell Cooperative...  Go to full article