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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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Municipal Power Group Settles Legal Battle

A group of St. Lawrence and Franklin County towns has cleared a minor hurdle in their quest to create a municipalized power system. The Alliance for Municipal Power has settled a two-year-old lawsuit with its former partner. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Gives Final Budget Speech

Governor Pataki released his 12th and final budget, to mixed reviews. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Blazer Returns to ORDA

The Olympic Regional Development Authority has a new president and CEO. And he's a familiar face. Ted Blazer was unanimously re-appointed to his old job Tuesday by the ORDA Board of Directors. Up until his departure last summer, Blazer oversaw millions of dollars in upgrades and improvements at Whiteface, Gore Mountain, and at the Olympic venues in Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, his return is being praised by local officials.  Go to full article

New People, New Plans for Small Farms

Agriculture is changing in the North Country. Dairy still dominates the countryside, but more farmers are turning to alternative means of working the land. Some of these...  Go to full article

Massena Wins Kroc Community Center

The Salvation Army will build a new 85-acre community center in Massena with a multimillion dollar grant from the Kroc Foundation. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Move to Release Emergency Heating Aid

Assembly Democrats want the state to immediately release $200 million to help low income New Yorkers pay for rising heating costs. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Strong passions at the task force meeting in Canton

Unity Proves Elusive in NYPA Talks

St. Lawrence County leaders and citizens regrouped late last week after what they perceived as a major rebuff by the New York Power Authority. In 2003, they negotiated a...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Retirement, with Yaks

Kenneth Wilson flies helicopters for the army. He's based at Fort Drum. He's a few years away from retirement. After years of traveling around the world away from his family,...  Go to full article
Lyon Mountain driller probes the seam

In Adk Iron Mine, Hard Life And Deadly Hazards

America has watched over the last week as the coal mine disaster unfolded in West Virginia. Twelve men died after an explosion rocked the underground works. Mine tragedies...  Go to full article

Workshops Promote Winter Energy Conservation

Homeowners and landlords across the North Country are trying to keep fuel costs down this winter. The St. Lawrence County Energy Alliance, a group of residents, fuel...  Go to full article

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