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NCPR News Staff: Brian Mann
News Reporter and Adirondack Bureau Chief

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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

APA Tackles Backlog of Alleged Violations

The Adirondack Park Agency is meeting this week in Ray Brook. Included on this month's agenda are a half-dozen enforcement cases. The Agency is trying to sort out a backlog of more than a thousand alleged violations, some dating back nearly 20 years. Brian Mann talks with Martha Foley about the APA's efforts to enforce its environmental regulations.  Go to full article

Lake George Hotel On Fast Track: APA Favoritism?

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today, to consider fast-track approval for a major new hotel on Lake George. The developer says a quick answer is necessary to save the project. But a pro-environment group claims that the Park Agency is showing favoritism to a former commissioner. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

45th District Senate Race: Democrat Struggling To Compete

On November 5th, voters will choose a new state Senator to replace 37-year veteran Ron Stafford. Stafford announced his retirement this spring, but the race for his seat hasn't generated much excitement. A much-anticipated Republican primary never materialized. Now, Republican Assemblywoman Betty Little is facing Boyce Sherwin, an under-funded Democrat from Malone. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Interview: Ursula Bauer

The head of the Tobacco Control Program for the state Department of Health says poor people in the North Country are especially vulnerable to cigarette addiction. She spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Despite North Country Cancer Clusters, Anti-Smoking Campaign Lackluster

New York's Department of Health says lung cancer rates across the North Country are a hundred percent higher than expected. But despite new revenue from cigarette taxes and the tobacco settlement, there's little funding for tobacco programs. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
 A discussion group at the Wildlands Exchange Conference.
A discussion group at the Wildlands Exchange Conference.

Canada's Parks: A More Restrictive Model for the Adirondacks?

This summer, visitors to the High Peaks found more rules and regulations than ever before. The new unit management plan bans campfires and limits the size of hiking groups. But compared with parks in Canada, the Adirondacks are still wide open.
At a conference this weekend, recreation users and pro-environment groups debated a future where that could change, with access to the backcountry limited by quotas and permits. Brian Mann has our story.  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.