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The Sacandaga River Community Park
The Sacandaga River Community Park

Audio Postcard from the Sacandaga River

It's possible to grow up--and grow old--in a North Country town, never quite noticing its treasures. Paul Wilbur was raised in Speculator, in the woods and bogs along the Sacandaga River. At the age of seventy, he volunteered to lead construction of a community park and a nature trail. The project reconnected him with his community and with his own history. Brian Mann spent a morning with Paul Wilbur and sends this audio postcard.

Directions to the Sacandaga River Community Park: Take Rt. 30 to the four corners in Speculator. South of the intersection, look for the Lemon Tree restaraunt. Across the road, you'll see the community recreation area and the park entrance.  Go to full article
Researcher Eric Britzky marks an Indiana bat roost tree.
Researcher Eric Britzky marks an Indiana bat roost tree.

Champlain Valley: Endangered Bats Colonize Private Land

Scientists in New York and Vermont say 5,000 endangered Indiana bats have colonized the Champlain Valley. The discovery confirmed this summer is good news for a species that's dying off in other parts of the country. But as Brian Mann reports, the bats are roosting on private land. That means new challenges for landowners and for researchers who hope to protect the species.  Go to full article

Adirondack Climate Change Called "Reality"

This week, scientists, government and business leaders, and pro-environment groups are meeting in Raquette Lake. They're talking about global warming caused by human pollution and the impact on our region. The latest research suggests that the north country's climate has already begun to shift. Temperatures are rising subtly. Other human impacts--like acid rain and the spread of invasive species--may be accelerating the pace of change. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Scozzafava To Run As "Conservative"

A candidate who lost last week's GOP primary in the 113th Assembly district says he'll campaign hard in the general election. Thomas Scozzafava announced yesterday that he'll run on the Conservative Party line against Republican Teresa Sayward. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Live From The Adirondack Music Camp

Hafiz Shabazz is a music professor at Dartmouth College and heads the World Music Percussion Ensemble. He performed this piece recently at the Adirondack Music Camp in Schroon Lake.  Go to full article

A Summer Camp Where The Play Is Music

Summer camp season is over for another year. Thousands of kids visited the north country, learning about the outdoors--about literature--about computers. At the Adirondack Music Camp, in Schroon Lake, the focus was classical music. Teenagers from all over the world gathered around their passion for sound and rhythm. Brian Mann sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Profile: Conservationist Clarence Petty

Yesterday in Old Forge, the Adirondack Park Agency honored one of its first employees. 97-year-old Clarence Petty is a life-long resident of the Adirondacks. He grew up in the Cold River country south of Saranac Lake. As Brian Mann reports, Petty has helped to shape the Park's future for more than seventy years.  Go to full article

New York, Vermont Senators: $55 Million For Lake Champlain

Senators from New York and Vermont introduced new legislation Thursday, that would spend 55 million dollars cleaning up Lake Champlain. The money would fund programs designed to cut pollution and control invasive species. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Scozzafava Demands Recount in 113th GOP Assembly Primary

Election officials say the high number of absentee ballots are raising questions in the 113th Assembly District Republican Primary. Tom Scozzafava - who lost the initial tally by a narrow margin - is demanding a recount. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

113th, 114th Assembly Primaries: Results

In the 114th Assembly district, Republican incumbent Chris Ortloff overwhelmed a strong primary challenge. Just to the south - in the 113th district - Willsboro town supervisor Teresa Sayward won a narrow GOP primary vote. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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Brian Mann
grew up in Alaska, where he fell in love with public radio. In 1999, Brian moved to the Adirondacks and helped launch NCPR's news bureau at Paul Smiths College. "I love the chemistry of water and mountains," Brian says. "But I'm also pretty crazy about village life in the north country. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbors." Brian lives in Saranac Lake with wife Susan and son Nicholas. He's a frequent contributor to NPR and also writes regularly for regional magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer.

Recent Brian Mann stories carried by NPR:

July 24, 2014 | NCPR · Small-town startups often struggle to attract serious investors. But efforts are under way to help entrepreneurs outside the urban beltway find financing.
 
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December 16, 2013 | NPR · Forty seven people died in July when a freight train derailed and dozens of tanks carrying oil exploded and caught fire. Much of Lac-Megantic was leveled. For the first time since then, freight cars will travel through this week. Officials say they'll only carry "dry goods." Residents are worried.
 
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August 28, 2013 | NPR · For the last four decades the Rockefeller Drug Laws have been impacting many in upstate New York. North Country Public Radio undertook an ambitious reporting project to tell this national story throughout this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Rockefeller Laws.
 
July 26, 2013 | NPR · More than two weeks after a fiery train crash left 47 dead in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, the town's center remains in shambles, while a criminal investigation and lawsuits are underway.
 
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February 14, 2013 | NCPR · Forty years ago, New York enacted tough laws in response to a wave of drug-related crime. They became known as the Rockefeller drug laws, and they set the standard for states looking to get tough on crime. But a new debate is under way over the effectiveness of such strict sentencing laws.
 
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February 14, 2013 | NCPR · George Prendes was 23 when he was sentenced under New York's Rockefeller drug laws — tough mandatory sentencing guidelines for nonviolent drug crimes. The 15 years Prendes served for a drug transaction still reverberate for him and his family.
 
November 4, 2012 | NPR · As New York City's first responders begin to show fatigue, and in many cases deal with losses of their own homes, replacement crews of firefighters are getting ready to roll into Manhattan and Long Island. Among them are a group of firefighters from a small rural fire station in the mountains of upstate New York.
 
August 29, 2012 | NCPR · New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to decide soon whether to allow natural gas companies to use the controversial drilling technique known as hydro-fracking. New Yorkers are sharply divided on the issue. Industry groups and activists are campaigning hard to shape how the decision will be received.
 
May 28, 2012 | NCPR · Farm worker advocates and top Obama administration officials have been pushing hard for new regulations that would improve safety for teenagers working on farms. But facing fierce opposition from the agriculture industry and its allies in Congress, the Department of Labor abruptly withdrew a set of rules that advocates said could save dozens of lives every year.
 
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April 30, 2012 | NPR · The Obama administration backed off a proposal to restrict kids under 16 from working on farms after a major push by conservatives and farm state Democrats. But farmers themselves weren't too happy about the restrictions, either.