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IED
Audio Slideshow:
Soldiers learn to spot IEDs at Ft. Drum
Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, kill more American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other weapon. David Sommerstein visits a hands-on IED training exhibit at Fort Drum near Watertown.
amish school
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Ian Coristine: Thousand Islands photographer
Todd Moe visits photographer Ian Coristine on Raleigh Island, his seasonal home. River residents and visitors have probably seen Coristine aloft in his red ultralight aircraft searching the Thousand Islands for the perfect photo.
oiled heron
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The Slick of '76: Looking Back and Forward
This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the “Slick of ‘76,” a 300,000-gallon oil spill in the heart of the Thousand Islands. The event re-shaped the way a generation views its relationship to the river. David Sommerstein reports.
prairie smoke
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Chaumont Barrens: the North Country's Prairie
David Sommerstein takes a nature walk on this unique Nature Conservancy land that contains some of the nation's easternmost prairie habitat.
La Duchesse
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Aboad La Duchesse in Clayton
La Duchesse is a 110-foot Gilded Age treasure that's become the crown jewel of the Antique Boat Museum's collection in Clayton. Todd Moe tours the historic houseboat.
La Duchesse
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At a Grindstone Island Square Dance
Only 11 people live on Grindstone all winter, but when the weather changes, families who’ve spent generations of summers there return. On Saturday nights, the place to be is the big dance at Dodge Hall, especially when some fiddlers and callers get together for an old-fashioned square dance.
Audio Slideshow
Preserving the Indian River Lakes
Between the high profile destinations of the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks, there's a hidden gem of a region. It's called the Indian River Lakes. David SOmmerstein sends an audio postcard.
Audio Slideshow
Iraq Through a Camera Lens: Watertown Daily Times Photojournalist Mark Dye
Mark Dye, a photojournalist with the Watertown Daily Times, spent a month in Baghdad earlier this winter. He was embedded with troops from Fort Drum, and sent daily photos and stories documenting the lives of soldiers and civilians in Iraq.
Audio Slideshow
Kayaking: The Blackwater Challenge
The U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team trials in preparation for the world championships this winter in Australia, was held on the "Route 3 Wave" on the Black River near Watertown. Kayakers have 45 seconds to add up points for each trick they make. If the whitewater flushes them downriver, they can paddle their way back to the wave until time runs out. David Sommerstein reports.
Animated Film Videos & Audio Slideshow
Art Without Borders: Carmen D'Avino
Carmen D’Avino began his career as a painter in the 1930s. He’s been a World War II military filmmaker, a sculptor, and an avant-guarde animator in New York City. For many years he lived in an old farmhouse in Hammond. David Sommerstein stopped by for a visit. This special report features nine videos of D'Avino's film work, most unavailable anywhere for decades. The artist died later in 2004.
Audio Slideshow
The Joy of Junk: Beachcombing with Captain Honk
A North Country angler and artist who spends most of his time on Lake Ontario turns junk found along the shoreline into fish sculptures. It's just one of the hobbies that keeps Tom Bintz, aka Captain Honk, busy as he divides his time between fishing, travel, art and demolition derby competitions.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.
Dr. John Rugge (Source:  Hudson Headwaters)
Dr. John Rugge (Source: Hudson Headwaters)

Rugge: NY healthcare must change

Despite the fierce opposition to some of the state health commission's recommendations, nobody contests that changes are needed to the state's health care system. Many of New York's hospitals are in bankruptcy, and a majority of the nursing homes operate at a loss. Dr. John Rugge, of the Hudson Headwaters system of community-based clinics, has been appointed to serve on a panel advising Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer's transition team. He's one of three physicians serving on Spitzer's 26-person health care advisory committee.
Martha Foley talked with him about the commission's recommendations. He welcomed the revolutionary scope of the report, but he said it'll take many years to "fix" health care in the state.  Go to full article

Multimillion dollar parasite fight continues

One of the most destructive invasive species in the Great Lakes was also the first one to arrive. The sea lamprey invaded the Lakes more than a hundred years ago, and no one's been able to get rid of it. As Rebecca Williams reports, it's the only invader in the Lakes that managers have been able to control... but it takes millions of taxpayers' dollars every year to keep the blood-sucking parasite in check, and there's no end in sight.  Go to full article

UpNorth Music Pocast: Maxon Family and Against Reality in Sackets Harbor

We met some great musicians in Sackets Harbor November 8-11, 2006. Here's a look back with some terrific music by the Maxon Family and Against Reality.  Go to full article

Questions at Clayton wind forum

More than 100 people with questions about wind power attended a forum in Clayton last night. Three different developers have proposed industrial-scale wind farm projects in...  Go to full article

State looks for input on ?rooftop? highway

State officials hope to accelerate a plan for a rooftop highway with a series of public meetings across the North Country this week. The idea of a highway between Watertown...  Go to full article

"Rooftop highway" meetings, revisited

State officials hope to move along a plan for a rooftop highway across the North Country this week with a series of public meetings. David Sommerstein reports.
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Windmills spark jobs and power

A developer submitted an application for a wind farm in Cape Vincent last week. According to the Watertown Daily Times, AES Acciona Wind Power NY wants to erect 65 wind...  Go to full article
Tom Mitchell

About Holiday Road

Tom Mitchell, the lead performer with Holiday Road, has written so many songs that he decided he better do something about getting them out for the public to hear. He credits...  Go to full article
The American eel

Eel release "grand experiment"

Biologists in Canada are taking extreme measures to prevent the disappearance of a mysterious and fascinating fish. For the first time ever, they've stocked the St. Lawrence...  Go to full article

Ft. Drum explores training buffer

The construction boom around Fort Drum has military planners worried about keeping open space for the base itself. Earlier this month, Army officials met with agriculture...  Go to full article

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