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Nat'l Guard Families Braced for Send-Off

Some 2000 family members and friends filled Fort Drum's McGrath Gymnasium Saturday for an emotional farewell to 700 New York National Guardsmen. The soldiers, many from the North Country, are in the final preparations for a year-long mission in Iraq.
They will soon become the first New York National Guard infantry unit sent into combat since World War Two. They'll replace an active duty combat force serving in Iraq. The 108th's roots date back to 1898 when it was created as a voluntary infantry unit. Today, its members come from all across upstate New York and western Vermont. As David Sommerstein reports, families are bracing themselves for a difficult year ahead.  Go to full article
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A Rink-Side Seat to History

David Sommerstein talks with Steve Yianoukos, associate athletic director at Clarkson University. He drove the zamboni at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, including the "Miracle on Ice" game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.  Go to full article
Mark Laycock, newly named Conductor of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

Lake Placid Sinfonietta Hires New Conductor

Maestro Mark Laycock was recently named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. Laycock, a violist, trained under the Curtis String Quartet, and is a former winner of the Leopold Stokowski conducting competition. He lives in Princeton with his wife, also a violist, and two children. Laycock is currently Music Director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He began conducting high school musicals in St. Louis when he was 16 years old, and made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 21. He told Todd Moe he loves all music, but doesn't listen to relax.  Go to full article
DEC's Rob Davies, Colton's Hank Ford, and Sen. Ray Meier debate snowmobile plan

Colton: Snowmobilers Call for Wider, Longer Trails

New York's Conservation department was expected to begin a series of public hearings next week, on a controversial snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. But yesterday,...  Go to full article

Lewis County Speedway Deal Under Investigation

State officials are looking into whether Lewis County properly transferred $500,000 of highway funds to an auto racetrack near Lowville. The speedway's owner was a large...  Go to full article

Commentary: To Build (yet another) Fire

It may be no mystery to a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout, but commentator Fred Schneider, a recent transplant to the region, found that there is much to learn about making a good...  Go to full article

Market-based Approach to Mercury Reductions

For the first time, the U.S. government is preparing to regulate mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Part of the administration's proposal is to use a...  Go to full article

Controversial Article Ignites Snowmobile Politics

Last month, a former official with New York's conservation department outraged many snowmobile riders when he joked about killing people who drive their sleds on trails in...  Go to full article

Declining Enrollment May Close Some Area Schools

Parents filled the high school auditorium in Saranac last night. Many were angry over a new report that could lead to the closure of two of the district's elementary schools...  Go to full article

Adirondack Boosters Gleeful Over Mars Rock

NASA scientists are planning some serious trouble-shooting today, hoping to regain contact with the Mars rover "Spirit". It's been two days since we've heard from "Spirit",...  Go to full article

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