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Graphic from VT human trafficking task force [http://www.ccvs.state.vt.us/nomoreslaves]
Graphic from VT human trafficking task force [http://www.ccvs.state.vt.us/nomoreslaves]

Joining forces to stop North Country human trafficking

Human trafficking is a growing problem across the country...including here in the North Country. Undocumented farmworkers can be threatened with deportation. Sex workers or foreign brides can be held against their will. Foreign students with visas to work at Adirondack tourism destinations are vulnerable.

Law enforcement and area not-for-profits are joining forces to stop human trafficking in the North Country. Representatives from Homeland Security, the state attorney general's office and labor department, and social service agencies from St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Franklin counties met earlier this month at SUNY Potsdam. They were joined by not-for-profits that help immigrants, domestic violence victims, and other vulnerable people.

Renan Salgado is a human trafficking specialist with the Worker Justice Center of New York. He's organizing the North Country human trafficking task force. He spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article
OK Slip Falls, considered one of the prizes of the Finch, Pruyn deal Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

NYS confirms big expansion of Adk forest preserve

State officials are moving forward with two land purchases in the Adirondacks totaling nearly 10,000 acres.

State Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens will be on Prospect Mountain near Lake George later this morning unveiling one of the deals.  Go to full article
Mountain Mart in Canton, NY. According to EPA data, the agency found violations at seven gas stations in Malone, Massena, Moira, Plattsburgh, and Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Adk Energy to pay $112,000 to prevent underground gas leaks

A Malone-based company will have to install new equipment to detect leaks at gas stations it owns across the North Country. Federal officials already fined Adirondack Energy $46,000.  Go to full article
A huge crowd sets out in silence for the first half-mile of Lake Placid's Boston Strong tribute run Monday night. The event was held to honor and show support for the victims of last week's Boston Marathon bombings. Photo: Chris Morris via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

Lake Placid run honors Boston

Hundreds of people circled Lake Placid's Mirror Lake Monday night to raise money for the victims of last week's Boston Marathon bombings, and to show their support for a city...  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: <a href="http://www.innovationtrail.org/">Innovation Trail</a>

Fracking overshadows other NYS Earth Day lobby issues

Whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York continued to be the dominant issue as environmental groups held their annual Earth Day lobby day at the Capitol. ...  Go to full article
TC Boyle. Photo: Spencer Boyle, via <a href="http://www.tcboyle.com/index.html">TCBoyle.com</a>

TC Boyle: Back in Potsdam again

Writer TC Boyle will be at SUNY Potsdam Thursday evening for a reading as part of Potsdam's Lougheed Festival...  Go to full article