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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 20, 2014 — Steve Ballmer, 58, on Tuesday resigned from the software giant's board because of other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Aug 19, 2014 — David Leonhardt recently compared the terms people search for online in places The New York Times figures life is easiest, against the counties where it's hardest. He discusses the results with Robert Siegel.
Aug 19, 2014 — Some Brita water bottles made for children pose a possible danger due to lids that can break into pieces with sharp edges, says Brita, which has announced a recall.

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Clayton Prepares Wind Farm Moratorium

Clayton, in the Thousand Islands portion of the St. Lawrence River, is the latest North Country town to consider a moratorium on industrial scale wind turbines. A developer of the wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau wants to erect 40 to 60 windmills in Clayton. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Mike Davis, Cornell Research Farm, Willsboro (Source:  Ben Stechschulte)

"Three Farms" Portrays Adirondack Organic Movement

Tonight at the Keene Central School, the group Adirondack Harvest will host the screening of a new film called "Three Farms." The documentary focuses on the daily work and rituals on three organic farms, one in Keene Valley, another in Willsboro, and a third in Keeseville. Photographer Ben Stechschulte, who spends part of each year in the Adirondacks, made the film over a period of years. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
SLU president Daniel Sullivan

SLU Aims to Lure 100 Alumni 'Home'

There's a growing national trend of people, especially seniors, moving to be close to their alma maters. Retirement communities have popped up around Ann Arbor, Gainsville, Notre Dame, and Stanford. St. Lawrence University wants to harness the trend and other ties to former students to stem the decline of the local tax base. It's launched an initiative called "Coming Home". The goal is to lure 100 alumni to move to the Canton area and boost property taxes by 10 million dollars. The university's starting by prepping 3 sites behind Appleton Arena in Canton for alumni committed to building environmentally sustainable homes. It's selling another 20 parcels at the Snow Bowl in Colton. And it's partnering with United Helpers to offer senior townhouses or apartments. SLU president Daniel Sullivan told David Sommerstein the initiative helps the local economy and the university itself.  Go to full article

Sales Tax Boosts County Revenue at Commuters' Expense

2006 has started off as a record year for sales tax revenue in the North Country. Sales tax receipts are up almost 10% in St. Lawrence County, 17% in Lewis County and 21% in...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Cautious With Wind Power

This week, the Plattsburgh town council voted unanimously for a one-year moratorium on wind farms. There are a couple spots in the town where wind power production would be...  Go to full article

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...  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...  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...  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

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