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CWD Infected Deer<br />Wisconsin DNR
CWD Infected Deer
Wisconsin DNR

Deer Disease ?Coming? Says New York Biologist

With deer hunting season in full swing, state scientists are watching closely for "chronic wasting disease" - a nervous system ailment that's spreading in deer herds in the West. So far, CWD hasn't been found in New York or Vermont, but researchers say it's only a matter of time. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Aditi Kaur
Aditi Kaur

The View From India: The Adirondacks As A Model?

Each year, people come from around the world to study the Adirondack Park. Environmentalists see this region's mix of wilderness and small communities as a model for conservation - especially in the developing world. Usually, these groups meet with scientists and park officials. But this month, a group called "Future Generations" has been meeting with shop owners and home makers and factory workers. Brian Mann spoke with Aditi Kaur, an activist visiting from India.  Go to full article
Triathlete Sandy Izzo<br />photos by Nancie Battaglia
Triathlete Sandy Izzo
photos by Nancie Battaglia

Lake Placid Ironman: The Drama & The Danger

Over the weekend, three North Country athletes raced in Hawaii's 140-mile Ironman triathlon, the sport's world championship. 55 locals competed this summer in the Lake Placid Ironman. The sport's popularity continues to grow, attracting corporate sponsors and TV contracts. But some critics say more should be done to protect amateur athletes. As Brian Mann reports, a third of those who compete, wind up ill or in the hospital.  Go to full article
Julie Silverman unveils new Wetlands Exhibit at Paul Smiths VIC
Julie Silverman unveils new Wetlands Exhibit at Paul Smiths VIC

Lake Champlain Clean-up: One Person At A Time

A conversation with Julie Silverman from the Echo Center for Lake Champlain, in Burtlington, Vt. The Center is working to find ways that regular people can help clean up the lake.  Go to full article

School For Nurses Opens in Saranac Lake

New York faces a deep shortage of nurses and other health care workers. The crisis is so severe that many hospitals are recruiting nurses from overseas. Yesterday in Saranac Lake, North Country Community College dedicated a new nursing school, designed to recruit and train more people from this region. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

State Announces Adirondack Campground Repairs

Campgrounds and trails in the Adirondacks will receive more than two million dollars for maintenance projects. The state funding was announced Wednesday by Environmental Conservation commissioner Erin Crotty. She appeared at a ceremony at the Fish Creek campground near Tupper Lake. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Jack Shea Trial: Evidence Ruled Out

A judge has ruled that key evidence can't be used in the case against a man charged for a car-crash that killed Lake Placid Olympian Jack Shea. Judge Andrew Halloran says blood alcohol tests were done improperly. As Brian Mann reports, the Essex County District Attorney plans to appeal.  Go to full article
Gary Randorf on Round Pond
Gary Randorf on Round Pond

Profile: Photographer & Conservationist Gary Randorf

Autumn color is peaking in the Adirondacks. That means hundreds of photographers are out in the field, searching for that perfect chemistry of light and landscape. Gary Randorf is one of the region's veteran photographers. His new book is called The Adirondacks: Wild Island of Hope. Brian Mann has this profile.  Go to full article

Keeseville Firm Wins Military Grant

A company in Essex County has won a 1.5 million dollar military research grant to develop a new kind of rifle scope. The scope would allow soldiers to take photographs during combat. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Proposed Hotel in Lake George
Proposed Hotel in Lake George

APA: Hotel Controversy in Lake George

A six million dollar resort project in Lake George is sparking fierce controversy inside the Adirondack Park Agency. At a meeting Friday, commissioners agreed to fast track the permit process for a new hotel, proposed by former Park Agency chairman Bob Flacke. Agency staff describe the process as "responsive government". But one commissioner says the plan is "favoritism" for a political insider. Brian Mann has our report.  Go to full article

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Brian Mann. Nancie Battaglia photo

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:

August 14, 2014 | NPR · Funeral services were held Thursday for Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed on the track after being hit by former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann attended the service; he speaks with Robert Siegel about the funeral and possible investigations into the incident.
 
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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January 2, 2014 | NPR · Parts of the Northeast and New England are expected to be hit the hardest today and Friday. More than a foot of snow may fall on Boston. The wind chill may plunge to 40 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks. Flight delays and cancellations are piling up along with the snow.
 
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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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July 11, 2013 | NPR · Twenty bodies have been recovered so far. Authorities hold out little hope that any of the 30 other people missing after Saturday's train derailments and explosions are still alive.
 
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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.