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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...
We’ve reported a lot in the last couple years about the threat that the coming digital conversion of films poses to small movie theaters in our region, and the many efforts that have been made to help local theaters make that transition. In...


Jul 29, 2014 — Two brothers rented a condo in Palm Springs and began claiming tenants' rights after 30 days, then threatened to sue the owner for negligence, claiming the tap water damaged their espresso machine.
Jul 29, 2014 — Zillow has agreed to buy Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The two websites represent more than 60 percent of the total Internet traffic for real estate listings.
Jul 29, 2014 — You can travel the world without opening your wallet — or your eyes. Sound Transit, a collaborative website, allows users to immerse themselves in the everyday sounds of faraway places.

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Heard up North: "Stuff for Sale"

Just off Route 11 in Gouverneur is an indoor flea market. Park in the dirt parking lot - walk past a sign that says.. "Stuff for Sale." The stuff inside ranges from the antique - to the awfully modern - and there's no real division made between the two - a 19th century pot belly stove stands in the glow of a NASCAR-themed glass lamp. Gregory Warner went in to look around - and ended up getting a short tour from owner Wayne Hitchman.  Go to full article
WCS researcher Heidi Kretser (Source:  A. Keal)

High Home Prices "Gentrify" Adirondacks

Home prices in some parts of the Adirondacks have more than tripled in just the last few years. The Adirondack Park's wild scenery and tight zoning laws have made the region attractive to second home-owners and retirees. Local leaders worry that the price pressure could push out local, working families. A study conducted by Heidi Kretser, a researcher with the Wildlife Conservation Council, found signs that at least one part of the Adirondack Park is changing. Kretser studied Census information gathered in the towns of Brighton and Franklin. Her analysis appeared in the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies. She told Brian Mann that the two towns are aging. Also, the number of low-income families facing serious economic hardship because of skyrocketing home costs has risen by a third.

Kretser's study, "Housing Trends in Franklin and Brighton townships (Franklin County, NY) 1990-2000" appeared in the Fall/Winter 2005 issue of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies.  Go to full article
Citizens examine visual simulations at Noble Environmental's open house in Ellenburg...

The Wind Farm Debate Continues in Clinton

Two more North Country towns are embroiled in debate over industrial-size wind farms. In Cape Vincent, hours of public meetings have failed to yield setback requirements for a proposed 60-windmill farm near the St. Lawrence River. The town of Plattsburgh will consider a one-year moratorium on wind farms tonight.

In northern Clinton County, two projects promising almost 300 windmills are moving ahead. One of the companies held open houses last week to court supporters. Opponents have sued to halt the plans. As David Sommerstein reports, at stake are an economic windfall and a rural landscape that could be forever changed.  Go to full article

Governor Cuts Gore Mt. Project

Governor George Pataki announced nearly $3 billion in budget vetoes this week, slashing the legislature's proposed spending plan. One of the big cuts here in the North...  Go to full article

Books: Handmade in the Northern Forest

A number of North Country artists, studios, museums and farms are featured in a new book, Handmade in the Northern Forest. It also details a dozen regional driving...  Go to full article

Race Track Brings Mixed Reaction

A group of investors based in Utica wants to build a race track and entertainment complex in Northern St. Lawrence County, just south of the Mohawk reservation. They say...  Go to full article
Bill McKibben

Global Warming, North Country Style

The debate over global warming and climate change has, for the most part, ended. It's for real. Last week's cover of Time Magazine screamed "Be worried, be very worried". ...  Go to full article

With 7 Papers, Denton Covers the North Country

Yesterday, we reported that Denton Publications, based in Elizabethtown, has purchased the North Creek News-Enterprise, an 80-year old newspaper in the town of...  Go to full article

North Creek Newspaper Sold, Saved From Closing

The North Creek News-Enterprise has been sold to Denton Publications, a regional newspaper chain based in North Creek. The dollar amount of the sale hasn't been disclosed. ...  Go to full article

Volunteers Give Their Break to Katrina Victims

It may be spring break, but it's not the beach, for some local volunteers spending the week in Mississippi. The group organized by Adirondack habitat for Humanity arrived in...  Go to full article

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