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Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Some of you use CBC content and some of you don’t. But major changes just announced by the CBC will certainly affect future programing. Today at least, the most detailed reporting on this is coming out of CBC news: CBC to cut back supper-hour...
News flash out of Seattle: the minimum wage has just been raised to $15/hour, by far the highest in the country. Indeed, it’s double or more the rate in Arkansas ($6.25) and about half the states,  almost triple the rate in Georgia and...


Aug 22, 2014 — Argentina calls them vulture funds, but those hedge funds have a legal right to demand payment. Still, is that moral when a nation is the debtor and its citizens will suffer as a result?
Aug 22, 2014 — Airlines have the right to refuse a passenger suspected of having Ebola. But if you're sick with a contagious disease, what are your rights when it comes to canceling and refunds?
Aug 22, 2014 — The world's largest food company is requiring all of its suppliers of dairy, meat, poultry and egg products to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Animal rights groups applaud the move.

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Brian Mann aboard an Adirondack locomotive
Brian Mann aboard an Adirondack locomotive

Tourist train ridership grows

The Village of Tupper Lake has won a $600,000 federal grant to convert a section of abandoned railroad track into a multi-use trail. The 4.6 mile route will be open to snowmobile riders, hikers, cross-country skiers and bicyclists. Tupper Lake also hopes to serve as a new stop on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. The tourist railroad now operates two routes, one near Old Forge and the other between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. A coalition of economic development groups is hoping to win roughly $20 million in state funding to extend the line. With this year's train season winding to a close, Brian Mann checked in with Doug Masters, marketing director for the railroad. Masters says ridership increased this summer.  Go to full article
Assembly-woman Dee Dee Scozza-fava (R-Gouverneur)

Candidates espouse views from "foothills"

The race for the 122nd Assembly district is a rarity these days - no dueling polls, no mudslinging, and relatively small amounts of money. Republican DeDe Scozzafava is seeking a fifth term representing what's known as the "foothills" district. It's a heavily Republican area skirting the northwestern Adirondacks, encompassing parts of St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego counties, and all of Lewis County. Karl Williams, a Democratic party activist from Henderson Harbor, is hoping to pull off an upset. The two face off in a debate tonight at 7 at Jefferson Community College in Watertown. David Sommerstein profiles the race.  Go to full article

Government losing grip on natural gas pricing?

When natural gas prices were deregulated in the 1990s, your bills were supposed to go down. You may have noticed that's not what happened. Lester Graham reports the government has had a difficult time determining why.  Go to full article

NY lawmakers urged to focus on state debt

A budget watch dog group says before the legislature returns later this year to perhaps vote themselves a pay raise, they should do something about the state's debt, which is...  Go to full article
Bob Andrews and his silos, topped off for winter.

A Year on the Farm: batten down the hatches

This year, David Sommerstein's been sending monthly audio postcards from Bob Andrews' 80-cow dairy farm near Gouverneur. At this time of year, farmers are in high gear to...  Go to full article

DEC releases snowmobile plan

The state DEC has released their long-awaited snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. Environmentalists have raised concerns. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

USDA considers milk payment change

Dairy prices are set by a dense skein of market forces and government controls. The US Department of Agriculture periodically issues milk marketing orders intended to...  Go to full article

After 27 years, Potsdam lumber mill shuts down

Potsdam Hardwoods has shut its doors. The lumber mill opened 27 years ago. But rising costs, and foreign competition, have forced the mill's Canadian owners to consolidate....  Go to full article

Farmers on the wrong side of the law

Over the last five years, the number of Mexican and Central Americans working on the North Country's dairy farms has risen dramatically. Industry leaders agree farms depend...  Go to full article

Small protest to hispanic laborers

There's been little public opposition in the North Country to the growing number of Hispanic workers on dairy farms. But earlier this month, a small group protested outside...  Go to full article

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