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Lake Placid's Jim Shea, Jr. Wins Olympic Gold

Seventy years after his grandfather won a pair of gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Games, Jim Shea Jr. claimed his own Olympic gold medal on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The skeleton sled racer from Lake Placid edged Martin Rettl of Austria by a fraction of a second. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Olympics: Preview of Skeleton Sledding

The Olympics heat up again today and tomorrow, as North Country athletes compete in some of Salt Lake City's most anticipated events. Today's main event is the skeleton sledding. Brian Mann has this preview of a race that features a home town hero.  Go to full article

Profile: NBC Olympic Commentator Duncan Kennedy

The north country has an army of athletes, venue staff, and volunteers working in Salt Lake City. Also in the thick of things is Lake Placid's Duncan Kennedy. The world champion luge racer was forced by illness to abandon a come-back two years ago. He's made a second career working for television, helping to explain his sport to American viewers. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

State Nursing Home Grant Could Be Mixed Blessing

New York Health Commissioner Antonia Novello visited Saranac Lake Friday, to announce a $700,000 grant for the Adirondack Medical Center. The money is part of a statewide effort to close a shortage in healthcare workers at hospitals and nursing homes. But a spokesman for one of the North Country's largest nursing homes says the grant program could actually cost them money. Brian Mann explains.  Go to full article

APA Approves New Communications Tower Regulations

On Friday the Adirondack Park Agency approved a new policy that will guide construction of cell and broadcast towers in the mountains. Huge areas of the Park don't have cell phone service. Under the policy, new towers will face tough guidelines aimed at protecting scenery and limiting clutter. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Olympic Women's Hockey: US Over China

It was another lopsided win on Thursday for the US women's hockey team. Saranac Lake's Andrea Killbourne helped to dominate the national team from China. As Brian Mann reports, the US faces stiffer competition as they head into the weekend.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Sledder Moves American Team Forward

Lake Placid sled racer Adam Heidt finished his Olympic competition in fourth place on Monday, as the singles luge event wrapped up in Salt Lake City. Heidt's finish was the best American finish in Olympic history and represents a major step forward for the US program. Italian Armin Zoeggeler took the Gold in an upset victory over German Georg Hackl. Brian Mann talks with Lake Placid photographer Nancy Battaglia, who had a front row seat Monday in Salt Lake City.  Go to full article

Canada Win Over Kazakstan Could Set up US/Canada Match in Women's Hockey

In Olympic women's hockey, if the US and Canada do meet in the gold medal round, the North Country will have players on both sides of the puck. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

North Country Athletes Make Strong Showing in Olympics' First Days

It was a big weekend for North Country residents at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Snowboarder Kelly Clark from West Dover, Vermont claimed a gold medal in the women's half-pipe. Lake Placid's Adam Heidt, a sled racer, is in strong contention for a medal as competition resumes today. Vermontville skier Bill Demong struggled in the the Nordic Combined. Brian Mann has our update on the first days of the Salt Lake City Olympics.  Go to full article

North Country Carries the Flag for Team USA

Two North Country athletes will lead the way tonight at the opening ceremonies in Salt Lake City. Amy Peterson, veteran speedskater from Ballston Spa, New York, will carry the US flag in the ceremony opening her fifth Olympic games. Lake Placid sled racer Jim Shea Jr. will recite the Olympic oath. 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:

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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.