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

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Airport Security Changes

National Guard troops have stepped aside at Albany Airport, replaced temporarily by deputies from the county sheriff's department. As Brian Mann reports, National Guard soldiers will wind up their special anti-terrorism duties at airports across the country by the end of the month.  Go to full article

Icy Canoe on South Bay

Yesterday, we heard about canoe races - the Whitewater Derby in North Creek in particular. Today, we stay on the water, but on a canoe trip of a different sort. Brian Mann paddled up the headwaters of Lake Champlain in the late fall of 2000 - up South Bay, which will never see the traffic that the Saranac, or the Grasse or the Oswegatchie do. There's never a busy season, though the scenery is spectacular.  Go to full article

Whitewater Derby in North Creek

Canoe season is in full flood - both for recreational boaters and more focused paddlers. Races opened the season in earnest on rivers across the North Country. In Canton, C-1 Pro World Championships headlined the 41st annual Rushton races. The Teva Black River Rodeo brought kayaking pros to the Black River in Watertown. And wintry weather ended just in time for the hundreds of boaters gathered from around the country for the 45th annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby in North Creek. Brian Mann dropped by for the race and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

College Classes Return To State Prisons

State officials say they plan to bring taxpayer funded college programs back to New York's prisons. Inmate classes were cut by Governor Pataki nearly a decade ago. As Brian Mann reports, the new program will be paid for by the Federal government.  Go to full article

People: Shelburne Museum's Impressionist Pioneers

Brian Mann talks with Henry Joyce, chief curator at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. It's a conversation about the Webb-Havermeyer family -- a North Country dynasty that pioneered the collection of Impressionist paintings.  Go to full article

Wilderness Within Reach: A Shorter Canoe Route In the Adirondacks

There are plenty of weekends when chores and family and spring's tricky weather make it tough to escape for a long backcountry canoe trip. Fortunately, the North Country offers plenty of shorter routes - half-day trips that promise fantastic views without a lot of hassle. Over the weekend, Brian Mann paddled on the Osgood River in the Adirondacks. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Michele Buck
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Michele Buck

President George Bush Met In the Adirondacks With Hospitality & Protests

President Bush praised environmental volunteers while celebrating Earth Day in the Adirondack Mountains. The President made a symbolic stop to help a trail crew working near the Ausable River. He also pushed for a market-based system to reduce acid rain. Brian Mann has our story from Wilmington.  Go to full article
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Michele Buck
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Michele Buck

President Visits Adirondacks for Earth Day

President George Bush is scheduled to arrive at Lake Clear Airport later this morning. He'll spend Earth Day in the Adirondacks, helping to rebuild a trail and talking about his plan to cut acid rain. As Brian Mann reports, the President will be met with excitement...and with protests.  Go to full article
How the USGS seismograph saw the quake.
How the USGS seismograph saw the quake.

Earthquake Rattles North Country

A moderate earthquake hit the north country on Saturday, damaging churches, cracking foundations, and shattering storefront windows. The tremor and two long aftershocks did the most damage in Clinton County, fifteen miles southwest of Plattsburgh. Brian Mann toured the area and has this report.  Go to full article

President Plans Visit to North Country for Earth Day

The North Country's Congressional delegation says President George Bush will visit the Adirondacks on Monday. The Earth Day visit comes just two weeks after the Bush Administration unveiled a new "Clear Skies" program designed to help reduce acid rain. Brian Mann reports health and environmental groups plan to protest during the President's visit.  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:

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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.
 
October 29, 2013 | NCPR · With just a hundred days to go before the Winter Olympic Games open in Russia, even many gold medalists are still fighting for a place on Team USA. Justin Olsen, a bobsledder from San Antonio, Texas, helped the U.S. win a historic gold medal four years ago in Vancouver, but he's struggled to overcome injuries in the lead-up to Sochi.
 
September 10, 2013 | NPR · New York adopted one of the toughest gun control laws in the U.S. — banning the sale of assault rifles and banana clips. Many of the state's county sheriffs hate the law and some say they won't enforce it. The fight over gun rights and gun safety has become a hot issue in sheriff races, as local law enforcement officials seek re-election in rural counties.
 
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.
 
July 11, 2013 | NPR · In Lac Megantic, Quebec, locals are waiting impatiently for answers following Saturday's train explosion that left 50 people dead. The provincial government in Quebec is blasting the railroad at the center of this disaster for responding too slowly — and requesting more aid from Canada's federal government to help the rural town rebuild.
 
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.
 
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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.
 
February 18, 2012 | NPR · U.S. bobsled racers triumphed at the 2010 Winter Olympics, but it's been tough sledding ever since. The American team has lost big sponsors and struggled to win big races. This weekend, the world's top sled teams face off in Lake Placid, N.Y., for the world championships. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports that American athletes hope the home-track advantage will give them a shot at a medal.