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DOT railroad expert Raymond Hessinger is public spokesman for the state's review of the Adironadck rail corridor.  (Photo:  Mark Kurtz)
DOT railroad expert Raymond Hessinger is public spokesman for the state's review of the Adironadck rail corridor. (Photo: Mark Kurtz)

How real is the state's review of the Adirondack rail corridor?

State officials wrapped up a series of listening sessions last night in Tupper Lake, aimed at gathering public opinion about the rail corridor that runs between Old Forge and Lake Placid.

Hundreds of people have turned out to offer opinions about the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and about the alternative of a multi-purpose trail.

But a growing number of tourism train critics say they're dissatisfied with the way state officials have conducted this review.  Go to full article
People gathered in Ogdensburg City Hall for the hearing. Photo: Sarah Harris

Ogdensburg says keep inpatient services at SLPC

New York's Office of Mental Health hopes to consolidate the state's 24 inpatient hospitals into 15 regional facilities called "centers of excellence."

But the plan has been met with strong resistance in Ogdensburg, where the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center has been a major presence for over 100 years.

Yesterday the legislature held a hearing to see how the plan would impact Ogdensburg. Practically everyone who testified said getting rid of inpatient services is a bad idea.  Go to full article
Captain William Swenson, pictured during his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan with the Army's 10th Mountain Division, will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat there. Photo provided by Fort Drum

Former 10th Mountain Division soldier to receive Medal of Honor

A former 10th Mountain Division soldier will receive the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan.  Go to full article
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo

Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum

Fort Drum may be facing personnel cutbacks as a result of the federal budget reductions known as sequestration. The post submitted recommendations to the Department of the...  Go to full article
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office

Comptroller: NY looking to invest in more entrepreneurs

The state Comptroller says he's looking for more start up companies and entrepreneurs to invest in, as part of a partnership between the state's pension fund and private...  Go to full article
Peace Paper Project's Hollander beater at the first Panty Pulping workshop in 2012. Photo: Margaret Mahan.

Listen: Underwear advocacy

The definition of "artistic expression" is often stretched to include the obscure. But even if we try to think outside the box, rarely do we think of undergarments as a...  Go to full article
Canadian "Horse Whisperer" Chris Irwin will be at Snowslip Farm in Lake Placid on Thursday at 6:30pm.  Photo: Chris Irwin

How one leading horse expert connects with clients: finesse over force

One of the world's leading "Horse Whisperers" visits Snowslip Farm in Lake Placid this week. Chris Irwin has worked with horses around the world. Todd Moe spoke with him...  Go to full article
Potsdam Museum curator Mimi Van Deusen stands outside the museum, built of sandstone.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Uncovering Potsdam's sandstone past and present

Potsdam's iconic red rock takes center stage this week during the fourth Sandstone Festival. Todd Moe talks with organizer and Potsdam Museum Curator Mimi Van Deusen...  Go to full article