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Saranac Lake Candidates Debate Walmart

Candidates for Saranac Lake Mayor and Village Board went head to head last night in a well-attended debate-style forum at the Saranac Lake High School. They discussed a number of issues including rising property taxes, open government and the condition of rental properties in the community. But many in the audience had showed up to hear what the candidates think of Wal-Mart's proposal to build a supercenter at the eastern entrance to the village. As Chris Knight reports, few of the candidates gave a clear-cut answer.  Go to full article
A full house at the press conference

Investors Unveil Racetrack Plans

Investors unveiled plans for a $108 million professional racetrack in St. Lawrence County yesterday. They said the project was in its preliminary stages. As David Sommerstein reports, it could be years before a racecar roars across the finish line.  Go to full article
A turbine outside Bill and Pat Burke's house.

Tug Hill Places Its Future With Wind

Maple Ridge wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau is the biggest wind power producer east of the Mississippi. Its 120 turbines are set over 14 miles in 4 Lewis County towns. They can spin out up to 170 megawatts of electricity, enough to power most of Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Jefferson Counties. This summer, Maple Ridge will build another 90 turbines. The Tug Hill region is at the cutting edge of a wind energy boom. And it's benefiting economically, earning tens of millions of dollars in tax payments and land leases a year. That's the trade-off for a ridgeline that will never look the same. In part two of our series on wind farms, David Sommerstein visits the neighbors of the largest wind farm in the East.  Go to full article

Students Press to Change TAP

College students and Veterans groups joined together to ask for changes in New York's tuition aid program to assist students with a lowered family income because a parent is...  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County [source: Horizon Wind Energy]

Wind Offers Hope, Conflict in North Country

New York State has pledged to get 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2013. 18% already comes from hydropower. Experts say most of the remaining 7% will come...  Go to full article

Bill Would Allow Financial Aid Flexibility for Students in Transition

The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) has introduced a bill they say would help students whose family incomes change radically in mid-year to make changes to...  Go to full article

Pro-Walmart Efforts Draw Questions

The divisive battle over a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in Saranac Lake came to the Essex County Board of Supervisors this week. A resolution to support the project was...  Go to full article
Rev. Richard Gilbert

Through the Eye of a Needle...

The Reverend Richard S. Gilbert, will give a talk tonight at St. Lawrence University titled, "Through the Eye of a Needle: Is Economic Justice an Oxymoron?" The event is part...  Go to full article
First NRG officials pose in front of the gasifier in DC.  Photo credit: First NRG

Akwesasne Man Promotes "Magic" Gasifier

An Akwesasne Mohawk investor and his New Zealand tribesman partner say they have a machine that turns garbage into water, oxygen, ash, and usable gas. They've garnered the...  Go to full article
Schermerhorn Landing photo from the business website

Schermerhorn Marina Sold For $2 Million

A Binghamton investor has bought one of the St. Lawrence River's best known marinas. DF Realty purchased Schermerhorn marina, boat shop, and cottages for almost $2 million. ...  Go to full article

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