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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.

Spitzer promises legislation on same-sex marriage

Governor Eliot Spitzer says he will introduce a bill to legalize gay marriage before the end of the legislative session. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Reform Day in Albany yields no reform

Governor Spitzer put pressure on the legislature to pass a campaign finance reform bill, on the day known as Reform Day at the Capitol. But the governor met resistance and as the day ended, there was no agreement.  Go to full article
Sirex woodwasps

Invasives spread across North Country; threaten Adirondack Park

The Sirex wood wasp has now spread across most of New York and virtually all the North Country. By burrowing and laying eggs in pine and scotch trees, the invasive insect kills them by introducing a fungus into their sap. As Jonathan Brown reports, officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation are considering hauling restrictions, and possibly quarantines, to keep the wasps from spreading further.  Go to full article

Logging debate in Albany ripples through North Country

As we reported last week, New York's comptroller wants more timber harvesting in state forests. Thomas DiNapoli's office conducted an audit of timber sales that found the...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh public television toppled in Plattsburgh

One of the North Country's largest public television stations will be off the air for at least a week following the collapse of a 400-foot tower on Lyon Mountain. Martha...  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Dairy Subsidies

This year's state budget includes $30 million of assistance for New York's dairy farmers. Farmers have to apply for the money by next Friday. Milk prices have been low, while...  Go to full article
Adult sea lamprey (Source:  NYS DEC)

In Lake Champlain sea lamprey battle, the parasite is winning

Fishermen, environmentalists and government scientists met yesterday in Burlington to talk about the future of Lake Champlain. The lake faces huge environmental problems --...  Go to full article
Emerald ash borer

Keeping out some nasty, wood-eating invaders

State environmental officials are warning people about bringing firewood srom down-state to camps and campgrounds in the North Country. As Jonathan Brown reports, the concern...  Go to full article
Finch Pruyn's holdings include the Boreas Ponds (Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Explorer magazine)

Frinch Pruyn hopes to sell all assets in the Adirondack-North Country

Finch Pruyn, the biggest private employer and one of the largest landowners in the North Country, has announced it hopes to sell all its assets. Jonathan Brown has details.  Go to full article

Protecting 260,000 acres inside the Blue Line

State officials completed an agreement to protect almost 260,000 acres of timberland in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

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