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NCPR News: Nora Flaherty, Reporter/producer


All Before Five: 7/22/11

The Tug Hill Commission is making its case to survive the streamlining of state government...from the skies. And central New York's Tompkins County gets ready for hydrofracking.  Go to full article
Employees "kinked up the hose" but it didn't work, according to DEC documents.
Employees "kinked up the hose" but it didn't work, according to DEC documents.

Madrid's Mapleview Dairy may face fine for 1000 gallon manure spill

A Madrid Dairy could face a fine of up to $37,000 from the state Department of Environmental Conservation after it spilled 1000 gallons of liquid manure from its manure storage lagoon into Brandy Brook on July 6.

The headline of this story formerly read "10,000 gallon." NCPR regrets the error.--ed.  Go to full article
An Army biologist examines a little brown bat captured at Fort Drum Military Installation in northern NY for evidence of white-nose syndrome. Photo Fort Drum.
An Army biologist examines a little brown bat captured at Fort Drum Military Installation in northern NY for evidence of white-nose syndrome. Photo Fort Drum.

Fort Drum little brown bat research raises survival hopes--slightly

Fort Drum is best known as the home of the 10th mountain division but the 107-thousand acre military base is also home to a maternity colony of little brown bats. And as white-nose syndrome has been decimating that species in New York and across the region, that's colony is increasingly rare.

A maternity colony is where female bats come together to give birth to their young. Most studies of white-nose syndrome have taken place in hibernacula: the places where bats go to hibernate - mostly in caves.

Chris Dobony is a fish and wildlife biologist at Fort Drum. He's been researching the effects of white-nose syndrome on the maternity colony for the last few years. He spoke with Nora Flaherty about the disease, and the slightly auspicious results of his work.  Go to full article

Farmers Under 40: National FFA no longer farmer-focused

Even as young adults are learning to farm in college, one of the most iconic organizations for kids growing up in rural, traditionally agricultural communities, Future Farmers of America, has shifted its mission away from farming.

In fact, it's not even called "Future Farmers of America" anymore -- in 1988, it changed its name to "the National FFA Organization." And its mission now is to help teach kids to "meet the challenges of feeding a growing population" through work in "a broad range of career pathways."

Farming's still part of that but a less important part. With farmers growing older and few kids coming up to replace them, the change raises a lot of questions.

Carol Wright is the FFA advisor for Canton Central School. She's from a North Country farm family, and she was an FFA member when she was in school.
Her brother's still a farmer, as are a lot of her former high school classmates. She told Nora Flaherty the change in focus reflects a larger social shift.  Go to full article
The international border divides the Thousand Islands.
The international border divides the Thousand Islands.

Lingering questions, anxiety after Canada eases boater check-in requirements

It's been just over a month since agents from the Canadian Border Security Agency fined American fisherman Roy Anderson $1000 and threatened to seize his boat. Anderson was doing something boaters have been doing for generations without thinking it was an issue--floating, without docking, in Canadian waters on the St. Lawrence.

Since then, there's been a lot of confusion among boaters about where they could and couldn't go--and a lot of concern among those who depend on the tourism industry for their living about how that confusion would affect the season.

Two major developments Friday seemed to indicate the situation was on its way to being resolved--but Nora Flaherty reports it's more complicated than that.  Go to full article
The Thousand Islands divided by the international border ©Google
The Thousand Islands divided by the international border ©Google

A small victory for US politicians: Canada eases restrictive boating rules, slightly

A month after agents from the Canadian Border Security Agency fined fisherman Roy Anderson $1000 and threatened to seize his boat, state and national politicians are still working to ease punishments on boaters who drift across the border.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was in the Thousand Islands Friday, doing just that. Nora Flaherty has more.  Go to full article
Passengers help hoist sails on the Lynx
Passengers help hoist sails on the Lynx

Sun, wind, and cannon fire on the St. Lawrence

The Privateer Lynx is a replica of the clipper schooners that shipbuilders made in Baltimore to fight in the war of 1812. The Lynx continuously sails America's waterways as an educational vessel.

Last month, the Lynx spent a few days in the Port of Ogdensburg, before sailing on to a sold-out run in Clayton. Nora Flaherty went along on one of the Lynx's 2-hour "sailaways."  Go to full article
It’s an important facility for us, and it has a major impact on the economy in the county.

Newton Falls Paper Company cancels re-opening

The Newton Falls Fine Paper company will not reopen in October, according to a release the company sent to the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development agency.

The Company, in the Adirondack town of Clifton, laid off about eighty employees last December with hopes they'd be hired back this fall.  Go to full article
Canton Elementary School students
Canton Elementary School students

Property tax cap passed quietly, but could make a big noise in North Country schools

Buried by the passage of the same sex marriage law Friday night, was the news that the state legislature also passed the 2 percent property tax cap.

Over the last several months several North Country educators have came out against the cap, saying it would disproportionately affect poor rural areas and would make it difficult for schools to keep up with rising costs.

Canton Central School District Superintendent William Gregory has been among the most outspoken of these opponents and wrote a letter last year to Governor Cuomo arguing against the cap. Nora Flaherty spoke with Gregory to get his take on how the cap will affect North Country school districts.  Go to full article
Marie and Louise Tyo
Marie and Louise Tyo

Same-sex marriage in New York an important stepping stone, says one Potsdam couple

On Friday night, New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. And Potsdam couple Louise and Marie Tyo were watching.

Marie and Louise have been together for fifteen years, and they have a daughter. They got married in Canada a few years ago, and during the Patterson administration New York began recognizing marriages from all states and countries.

So Louise and Marie are legally married in New York already, but as far as they're concerned the passage of gay marriage in their home state is a huge symbolic victory and a stop on the road to federal recognition of their marriage.

Nora Flaherty spoke with Louise and Marie Tyo.  Go to full article

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Nora Flaherty got into public radio kind of by mistake--the local public radio station was in the same building as the office of the Anthropology department at the University of Michigan, where Nora was studying to be a professor. But after a few weeks as an intern, she was convinced she'd stumbled into the right place.

Nora became a reporter and on-air host at Michigan Radio, where she did stories on environmental issues, housing, the arts, among other things. Nora moved to New York City in 2005, and became a producer at WFUV. At WFUV, Nora hosted a weekly interview program and reported on the long-term issues faced by September 11th survivors, education, and less serious topics like fairy tales, freak shows and pop music.

A serious dog person, Nora loves hanging out with her "pack" (her husband and their dog), cooking, and driving in foreign countries.