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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.
Vincent and Louise Boyea
Vincent and Louise Boyea

About Vincent and Louise Boyea

Traditional fiddler Vincent Boyea grew up on the border of Franklin County where fiddlers from Quebec, Ontario and Northern New York played dances together and influenced each other's styles. His wife Louise grew up in a musical household but just took up the piano a few years ago so that she could accompany Vincent. Playing music is their favorite way to pass long winter evenings. Here's a feature produced by NCPR's Todd Moe in December 2005.  Go to full article

IP tire burn canceled

International Paper has canceled a controversial plan to burn tire chips as an alternative fuel source at the company's mill in Ticonderoga. IP announced yesterday that had concluded a test of tire-derived fuel nearly a week early. The test was also halted briefly last week when emissions threatened to exceed mandated levels. Spokeswoman Donna Wadsworth says preliminary test data indicates that long-term use of tire-derived fuel would not be economically feasible. While burning tires at a third of the target rate, the boiler was already producing particulate pollution close to the permitted environmental limit. State officials in Vermont -- including Governor Jim Douglas -- opposed the test and filed a lawsuit to block it. They worried that increased pollution would blow across Lake Champlain. Yesterday, pro-environment groups praised IP's decision to cancel the project. BJ Ernst is executive director of the Northeast Clean Air Coalition in Vergennes Vermont. She spoke last night with Brian Mann.  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 and Plattsbrugh is more than 30 years old. Martha Foley has more.

Schedule of meetings:

11/14, 7 pm: Best Western University Inn, Canton
11/15, 7 pm: Franklin Co. Courthouse, Malone
11/16, 7 pm: Old County Courthouse, Plattsburgh  Go to full article

ROTC coming to SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh's president has endorsed the idea of opening an Army ROTC affiliate on the campus. The plan has raised concerns with some students and faculty because of...  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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Congressman John McHugh (R-Pierrepont Manor)

McHugh, Johnson spar on foreign policy

Congressman John McHugh and Democratic challenger Robert Johnson sparred often in a debate at Massena town hall last night. The candidates for the 23rd district disagreed on...  Go to full article

US Proposes Border Card, like EZ Pass

The Department of Homeland Security sparked controversy earlier this year with a proposal to require passports or similar documents at the US Canadian border. Critics say it...  Go to full article

APA approves Ti Lowe's sign, feud continues

The Adirondack Park Agency approved a sign yesterday for the new Lowe's store under development in Ticonderoga. The review process triggered a major feud between elected...  Go to full article
"Krazy Katie" Alberry (right) with friends in front of her artwork.

Heard Up North: artist "Krazy Katie"

Coffeehouses are great places for budding artists to show their work, and maybe even make some money for future projects. David Sommerstein bumped into one high school...  Go to full article

Wind opponents sue in Clinton County

Wind power opponents have sued to block construction of a wind farm in Clinton County. The lawsuit says the towns of Altona, Clinton, and Ellenburg failed to conduct a...  Go to full article

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