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Mary Rain (right) announces her candidacy at the St. Lawrence County courthouse in Canton. Joining her is Tandy Cyrus, whose son, Garrett Phillips, was murdered in 2011. The crime is still unsolved. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Mary Rain (right) announces her candidacy at the St. Lawrence County courthouse in Canton. Joining her is Tandy Cyrus, whose son, Garrett Phillips, was murdered in 2011. The crime is still unsolved. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Republican DA hopeful launches sharp attacks early

The race for St. Lawrence County District Attorney is on. And yesterday the challenger came out swinging. Republican Mary Rain attacked two-term incumbent Nicole Duvé for failing to bring criminals to trial. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. Photo:  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr

Are pensions a backdoor way to fight corruption?

The commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate public corruption is holding its first series of hearings.

At the kick-off event in New York City, a federal prosecutor prominent in busting corruption in the legislature says he's found a back door way to confiscating the pensions of convicted state politicians.  Go to full article
Jim LaValley, head of ARISE and a local realtor, says Big Tupper ski area will reopen this winter on a day-by-day-when-snow-allows-basis.  (NCPR File PHOTO)

Big Tupper to reopen this winter

A volunteer group in Tupper Lake has announced that they'll reopen the Big Tupper Ski Area this winter for as many days as possible.

Jim LaValley, head of a group called "ARISE," say there won't be artificial snow-making. But volunteers will operate the ski lift and open the lodge whenever natural snow-fall allows.

LaValley said the mountain will be run as a "no frills" operation, but will still "provide a great ski experience."

There will be no season tickets sold. Day passes are expected to sell for $25.

The group still needs a permit from the Airondack Park Agency and hopes to raise more funds to help pay for trail grooming and other work on the mountain.

ARISE operated Big Tupper for three seasons, using mostly volunteer workers. But the mountain didn't operate last year.

Tomorrow during the 8 O'clock Hour, Brian Mann has an update on the Adirondack Club and Resort project, which includes the Big Tupper ski area.  Go to full article
Slicing and serving cheesecake in Lowville. Photo:  creamcheesefestival.com

Lowville to unveil colossal cheesecake on Saturday

NCPR is media sponsor for Saturday's 9th annual Cream Cheese Festival in downtown Lowville. The event celebrates Lowville's distinction as home of the world's largest cream...  Go to full article
Leonard Gereau in front of his parents' former house--once in Tahawus, since 1963--in Newcomb.

50 years ago: Moving the village of Tahawus

The last couple of years there's been a lot of debate in the Adirondacks about what happens when communities struggle and shrink. There are already ghost towns across the...  Go to full article
A male Siamese Fighting Fish flaring at his reflection in a mirror. Photo: Maldeez via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Betta_Fighting_Reflection.JPG">Wikimedia Commons</a>

Natural Selections: Winners and Losers

Animals, like humans, keep an eye on their fellows, particularly when the action is hot. Siamese fighting fish who witness a conflict treat the winners and losers...  Go to full article