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Newcomb Superintendent Skip Hults is struggling to find cuts that balance his school's budget while garnering enough political support in his tiny community. NCPR file photo
Newcomb Superintendent Skip Hults is struggling to find cuts that balance his school's budget while garnering enough political support in his tiny community. NCPR file photo

Newcomb school will ask voters again to bust tax cap

Last week, four North Country school districts tried to buck the state's 2 percent property tax cap.

General Brown, Minerva, Newcomb and Tupper Lake all asked voters to approve spending increases that ranged from 7 percent as high as 24 percent. In every case, voters said no.

That means school administrators and boards of education are meeting, holding conversations with their communities -- trying to figure out how to maintain programs and services in their rural areas.  Go to full article
Eric Andrus working on his farm-to-market sailboat. Photo: Sarah Harris

Can North Country farmers feed NYC market?

Demand for local food has skyrocketed in big cities like New York and Boston. But do North Country farmers have a role to play in feeding those cities?  Go to full article
Shannon stands with the statue near the memorial in Alexandria Bay. Photo: Shannon D. Bartlett

Indian River student pays tribute to fallen veterans

As we all celebrate Memorial Day, we think about the sacrifices made by our troops. One young woman from Alexandria Bay was touched personally by the effects of war. Our news intern Josh Cameron reports on how she decided to pay tribute to fallen veterans.  Go to full article
Bethany Garretson of Keene Valley and her sister Mallory Garretson of Cherry Valley at the finisherer bell at Berkley Green in downtown Saranac Lake. They were the first women to finish the Saranac Lake 6er, held during late season rain and snow. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Flooding fears have eased; but a tough day for 6ers

Water levels remain high this morning on Ausable River in Essex County and the Indian River in Hamilton County -- but flooding fears have eased across the North Country and...  Go to full article
Map showing all SUNY campuses in New York. Source: NYS

Cuomo's tax-free zones draw mixed reviews

Governor Cuomo has been traveling the state promoting a plan to allow new businesses to go tax-free for up to a decade if they locate near a State University campus. The...  Go to full article
Too cold to plant? Too wet? You can always do a little weeding. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiotsrun/4631495177/">Susy Morris</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

A season of extremes (so far) in the garden

Over the weekend, folks were shoveling snow in the northern Adirondacks, and by Thursday it'll likely be shorts and sandals weather. What's a gardener to do when it's too...  Go to full article