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Bruce Heyman is now fully installed and beginning his official work as the newest U.S. ambassador to Canada. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Heyman said the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline project is important, but there’s far more to the...
Broad results of Monday’s provincial election in Quebec are quite clear: the Liberal Party, lead by neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard, has won a solid majority government. The Parti Québécois, now reduced to the role of official...
The price of stamps here in Canada has gone up, as of March 31st. It’s a pretty hefty hike. A first-class stamp was $0.63. Now that’ll cost $0.85 – if purchased as a book or roll. The cost of just one first class stamp? $1.00. The...


Apr 19, 2014 — Fears of a bubble continue as tech titans reported their quarterly earnings; the culture of digital distraction finds more critics; and fallout from the Heartbleed bug raises questions for government.
Apr 19, 2014 — The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
Apr 18, 2014 — Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists, without hotel tax. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

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A turbine outside Bill and Pat Burke's house.
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 serving on active duty in Iraq. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 from the wind. And the North Country is poised to play a prime role. 120 turbines are already spinning out power on the Tug Hill Plateau. Two companies have plans to erect hundreds of turbines in Clinton and Franklin counties. And more prospecting is underway from Cape Vincent to Chateaugay. Wind farms can evoke strong reactions, often for aesthetic reasons. But anti-wind groups in the region have a long list of negatives that go far beyond the view. David Sommerstein looks at the issues.  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
Bob Andrews tends his herd with a smile.

A Year on the Farm: No Calves, No Milk

It's the time of year when calf pens pop up across the North Country landscape. It's easy to forget that making milk is really about making baby cows. They don't call it...  Go to full article

The Ins and Outs of Raising Calves

"Closed herds", like the cows on Bob Andrews' farm, are in a minority in the North Country. Lots of dairy farmers are buying and selling cows at auctions, picking up...  Go to full article

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