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Massena Businessman Proposes Regional Airline

The federal program that subsidizes air service in rural areas, including the North Country, has faced cuts under the current budget deficit. Lawmakers have fought to keep the service alive, saying it's the only way for airports like Massena, Watertown, and Saranac Lake to remain viable. Under the current system, operated by Mesa Air, all flights go to Pittsburgh. A Massena entrepreneur sees the situation as an opportunity. Ed Kaneb, Jr. is seeking $30-50 million to start his own regional commuter airline based in Massena. It would fly to Syracuse, with connections to northeast cities like Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, and New York City. Kaneb Jr. spoke with David Sommerstein. He sees the large population centers across the border as potential markets.  Go to full article

Thousands of Uninsured in Tri-Lakes: Most Have Jobs

A survey published this week found that more than three thousand people in the Tri-Lakes area are living without health insurance. The Adirondack Medical Center is heading a task force that hopes to cut that number by one-fifth over the next two years. Brian Mann spoke with AMC president Chandler Ralph, who says the hospital now spends a quarter-million dollars each year treating people with no insurance.

The survey published this week was conducted by SUNY Potsdam's Center for Applied Research. The study was paid for by Excellus-Blue Cross of Utica, a member of the Tri-Lakes Uninsured Task force. To learn about low-cost and free health insurance, call this toll-free number: 1-866-872-3740.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Fran Betters, Fly-Tyer

Anyone with an eye for beauty can appreciate the sight of a well-tied fishing fly. A little piece of feather here, a bit of fur there all to lure in the hungry trout. Where did these designs come from? Do they work? Fran Betters of Wilmington has spent years studying the insects he's imitating when he constructs an Ausable Wulff fly, one of the many successful flys he's designed. Lamar Bliss reports  Go to full article

Write-In Candidate Takes Messages to Colleges

A controversial St. Lawrence County activist is taking his write-in campaign for Congress to college campuses. Donald Hassig is challenging Republican Congressman John...  Go to full article

Pataki Marks Earth Day With Adk Land Deal Announcement

Governor George Pataki celebrated Earth Day by announcing the largest state land purchase arrangement ever in New York's Adirondack region. The state and International Paper...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Praise New Land Deal

John Sheehan, with the Adirondack Council, tells Martha Foley why this new International Paper land deal is important.  Go to full article

Adirondacks: International Paper Sells Development Rights on 260,000 Acres

Governor George Pataki will announce a landmark conservation deal today with International Paper that will freeze development on a quarter-million acres of land in the...  Go to full article

Ethan Allen Shutdown Devastates Boonville

The southern Adirondack hamlet of Boonville is struggling to absorb news that its largest private employer is closing. Ethan Allen Interiors announced Monday it will close...  Go to full article

Music: Celia Evans

We celebrate spring, life and the outdoors with folksinger Celia Evans. She's passionate about her day job, as a professor at Paul Smith's College, and about songwriting.  Go to full article

Boquet River Conservation Deal Protects 110 Acres

The Adirondack Nature Conservancy has bought more than a hundred acres of forest and wetland near the mouth of the Boquet River on Lake Champlain. The deal will prevent...  Go to full article

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