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Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael Mogg and Specialist Miranda Mogg stand in front of one their brigade's Kiowa helicopters in a hangar at Fort Drum. Photo: Joanna Richards
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael Mogg and Specialist Miranda Mogg stand in front of one their brigade's Kiowa helicopters in a hangar at Fort Drum. Photo: Joanna Richards

Father, daughter Fort Drum soldiers to deploy together

An unusual pair of "battle buddies" is about to deploy to Afghanistan from Fort Drum. Michael and Miranda Mogg are a father-daughter pair of soldiers with the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.  Go to full article
Bicknell's Thrush. Photo: Larry Master

Emergency Adk tower plan worries bird experts

A plan to build and upgrade emergency communications towers on four summits in the Adirondack Park is sparking new controversy because of the possible impact on a rare songbird called the Bicknell's thrush. The thrush is a "species of concern" in New York, because of its dwindling population and its small, alpine breeding area.

Last winter, the Adirondack Park Agency set strict rules for the construction project, designed to limit any impacts on the songbird. But facing pressure from local leaders, the APA decided earlier this month to scrap those restrictions.

The last-minute change is drawing criticism from scientists and conservation groups that study Bicknell's thrush.  Go to full article

Consulting firm caught in fracking bind

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing are charging there's a potential conflict of interest with a consultant to New York Gov. Cuomo's environmental agency. The controversy has caused the consultant in question to sever all ties with a gas industry lobby group. But opponents are asking that the years-long review of fracking in New York start all over again.  Go to full article
The Palace Theatre in Lake Placid hosts the <i>Go Digital or Go Dark</i> event, Friday from 5-6:15 pm.  Photo:  ANCA

Small theaters struggle in the digital age

The movie world is changing the way it makes films. Hollywood studios are going digital and later this year will no longer release films on film. Movie projectors are...  Go to full article
A sample of Paul Siskind's <i>Whence Minstrelsie Filled the Gallerie</I>, a flute concertino, commissioned for the Orchestra of Northern New York's 25th Anniversary Season by Luis Canales.  It gets its World Premiere in Potsdam and Watertown this weekend.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Preview: Orchestra of Northern NY's Spring Concert

The Orchestra of Northern New York continues its 25th anniversary season with two concerts this weekend featuring the music of love: Tchaikovsky's Overture to Romeo and...  Go to full article
Left to right: Passenger Pigeons, juvenile, male and female. Artist: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ectopistes_migratoriusAAP042CA.jpg">Louis Agassiz Fuertes</a>, circa 1910.

Natural Selections: Passenger Pigeons

Once so numerous they darkened the sky for days while migrating, passenger pigeons arrived in this region in early May each year. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley remember...  Go to full article