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Counties Survive Budget Crunch Until Next Year

This fall, county governments across the North Country faced what many called 'a perfect storm' of financial distress. Increased pension and health care costs and skyrocketing payments into New York's Medicaid system were sucking money out of county coffers. But budget cuts and property tax hikes weren't as bad as expected. As David Sommerstein reports, the real problem may be next year.  Go to full article

State Prison Officials Say Counties Paying Less

State prison officials say they're doing their part to save counties money -- by cutting the number of "state ready" inmates sitting in local jails. The number of prisoners waiting for a spot in state prison has fallen by 96 percent -- saving counties hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

New Research: Adirondack Wetlands Holding Steady

The Adirondack Park Agency has completed a survey of wetlands in the Park, based on analysis of aerial photographs. In other parts of the country, wetlands have been overrun by development. But researchers here say wetland areas are holding steady. There are still concerns - from run-off pollution and from invasive species. Brian Mann spoke with Dan Spada, associate project analyst with the APA.  Go to full article
Freeskier goes airborne

Lake Placid: Free Skiing, Part Hype, Part Grace

Lake Placid's "Ultimate Bumps & Jumps" competition aired Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports. The two-day competition held at Whiteface Mountain featured some of the best free...  Go to full article

Preventing Flu at School: To Close or Not

Yesterday, Colton-Pierrepont schools closed due to a large number of students reporting flu-like symptoms. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Guardino Elementary...  Go to full article
Transferred land (left of photo) as seen from Thomas Mtn.

Lake George: State Protects 1300 Acres

New York state will pay roughly 900 thousand dollars to preserve a big chunk of open space in the Lake George basin. The deal announced Tuesday will protect thirteen hundred...  Go to full article
APA Chairman Ross Whaley

Critics Say Park Agency Missing Important Issues

The Adirondack Park Agency held its monthly meeting last week in Lake Placid. The two-day session drew little attention, in part because very little happened. The agenda...  Go to full article

Holiday music from Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm

Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm brought holiday cheer to the NCPR on December 12, 2003. Martha, aka the Adirondack Harper, has a new cd of holiday music called For The Love Of...  Go to full article
David Pamperin

Blue Mt. Lake: Adirondack Museum Hires New Director

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake has hired a new director. David Pamperin will take over in mid-January. He comes from Wisconsin, where he ran a system of historical...  Go to full article

Apparent Prisoner Suicides at Dannemora Investigated

State prison officials say they're investigating three apparent suicides at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The three deaths at the maximum security prison...  Go to full article

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