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The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that state environment officials are still trying to contain an outbreak of destructive feral hogs around the town of Peru, on the fringe of the Adirondack Park. “DEC is continuing...
Over the weekend, people gathered from New York and Vermont to celebrate the completion of the new Lake Champlain Bridge, from Crown Point to Addison. The hero of the day was bridge designer and world-renowned architect Ted Zoli, who was born in...
Yikes.  The big Laurentian Aerospace project, widely seen as the Next Big Thing for Northeastern New York, has been snagged for years as it seeks to lock down private financing.  (New York state has already offered up a generous incentive...
The Burlington Free Press notes that a year ago today the waters of Lake Champlain rose above flood stage, launching a battle for survival that gripped the valley for months.  (The lake didn’t drop below flood stage again until June...
Back in January, NCPR’s Brian Mann reported on the feral pig problem in the North Country. The story garnered a lot of comments, probably because of its juicy headline–”Feral Hogs Invade Champlain Valley,...


Special Reports

Audio Slideshow
King's Garden at Ft. Ticonderoga
1920s landscape architect Marion Coffin designed a pleasure garden for the Pell family's summer home, the Pavillion, at Fort Ticonderoga. It was neglected and almost forgotten until, about ten years ago, workers began to restore the garden to Coffin's plan. Todd Moe takes a tour.
Photo Audio Essay
Lake Champlain Maritime History
Wreck diving off Burlington, the Battle of Valcour Island and the Battle of Plattsburgh with Brian Mann.
Photo Audio Essay
Fort Ticonderoga's Grand Encampment
Fort Ticonderoga, a bottleneck of history—a visit to the annual "grand encampment" where stories of the French and Indian War and the Revolution come to life amid the sounds of fifes, drums and cannon fire.
Eric Andrus working on his farm-to-market sailboat. Photo: Sarah Harris
Eric Andrus working on his farm-to-market sailboat. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sail barge Ceres brings Champlain Valley produce to NYC

Vermont farmer Eric Andrus just completed a major voyage. Andrus built a sail-powered, carbon-neutral cargo barge called the Ceres. He filled it with produce, and sailed it from Vermont to New York City last month.

The idea was to bring farm products from the Champlain Valley to new markets via historical waterways.  Go to full article
Some green groups say valuable forest lands would be lost in the proposed NYCO land swap. Photo:  Brian Mann

2 Adirondack land swaps proposals on ballot

Two of the six amendments on Tuesday's ballot deal with land swaps in the Adirondack Park. One of the proposals has split environmental groups.

Proposition 4 would clear up some land disputes for owners of property on Raquette Lake, in Hamilton County. It would allow the state to give clear titles to the around 200 homes along the lake. In exchange, the landowners would contribute to a fund to buy alternative land for the Adirondack forest preserve. There is no organized opposition to that land swap.

But Proposition 5 is more controversial. It would allow a mining company to take over 200 acres of what are now forest preserve lands to expand its open pit mining operations.  Go to full article
Plattsburgh City Hall. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Three candidates seek to become Plattsburgh mayor

Voters go to the polls in Plattsburgh tomorrow to elect a new mayor. Incumbent Republican Donald Kasprzak decided not to seek re-election.

Democrat Mark Tiffer, Republican and Independence party candidate James Calnon, and independent candidate Chris Rosenquest are vying for the seat in a three-way race.  Go to full article
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia

Whallonsburg Grange hosts "Songs for the Day of Dead"

Songs for Halloween, murder ballads and gospel tunes will fill the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Friday at 7:30 pm. Songs to Celebrate the Day of the Dead will feature...  Go to full article
Essex, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34715542@N02/4083583139/">Raymond Johnston</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

41 horses seized for neglect in Essex

Forty-one malnourished horses have been seized from a property in the town of Essex in the Champlain Valley. That's according to a ...  Go to full article
With cold nights and sunny days bright fall foliage is finally here. Archive Photo of the Day: Patricia Lincourt.

How to help plants survive a frost or two

Scattered frost doesn't necessarily mean the end of the vegetable garden. Some tender leafy plants won't survive (basil, winter squash...), and fruits like tomatoes and...  Go to full article
Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards

Upgrades coming to North Country airports

It's been a big month for North Country airports. Yesterday airports in Plattsburgh, Lake Clear, Watertown and Potsdam received major grants for infrastructure improvement...  Go to full article
Looking down on the action at Airborne Park. All photos: Sarah Harris

Almost airborne at Airborne Park Speedway

Fans, friends and families have been coming to Plattsburgh's Airborne Park Speedway for stock car racing since 1955. Since those old days stockcar racing has become a...  Go to full article
Essex, NY, seen from a pier in Lake Champlain. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34715542@N02/4083583139/">Raymond Johnston</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

George Davis learns community from life in Essex

For George Davis, life in Essex, New York has been a lesson in community. He's become a cheerleader for the little town -- serving on boards, restoring a historic property,...  Go to full article
Guy Palardy in front of a roll of drainage pipe. Photo: Sarah Harris

Are tile drains bad for Lake Champlain?

Farmers in the Champlain Valley often use tile drains in their fields. They help the region's clay soil drain faster and produce higher crop yields.

But for...  Go to full article

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