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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 30, 2014 — The "sharing economy" has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing.
Aug 30, 2014 — A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.
Aug 30, 2014 — Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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Utility Promises Upgrade

The Public Service Commission has ordered National Grid to submit a full report on last month's windstorm. The report is due on April 24th, but company officials are already conceding that the North Country's electrical infrastructure is outdated and fragile. William Flaherty is vice president of business services with National Grid. He's based in Glens Falls. Flaherty told Brian Mann that the company plans to spend tens of millions of dollars repairing and upgrading equipment.  Go to full article

Alcoa Workers Picket Over Contract

Alcoa workers held an informational picket Monday outside the aluminum plants in Massena. Union officials say Alcoa's proposed new contract cuts health care and pension benefits, especially for new employees. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Alcoa Future Uncertain in Massena

The labor unrest comes as Alcoa's future in Massena remains unclear. Alcoa's talks with the New York Power Authority over a new power contract have stalled. The aluminum giant has offered to guarantee 500 to 700 jobs in exchange for locking in some of the lowest electricity rates in the country. That's several hundred fewer than today's employment level of about 1000. The Power Authority is holding out for more jobs. The Power Authority says it's waiting to hear back from Alcoa for talks to continue. Alcoa's Sue LeClair says no meetings are scheduled, but the company is willing to return to the table if progress can be made. David Sommerstein spoke more with Ernie LaBaff about the stand-off. He's president emeritus of the Aluminum, Brick, and Glassworkers Union International.  Go to full article
Shari Wolfe and her daughter Rebecca Hanni, inside The Pantry.

Heard up North: Big Fish Eats Small Fish in Theresa

Rebecca Hanni and her mom Shari Wolfe run "The Pantry", a small grocery store in Theresa. They've got all the basics. Milk, bread... even fresh produce. But these days...  Go to full article

Maple Season Underway

The maple syrup season is underway across much of the North Country. Over the weekend, hundreds of visitors and neighbors stopped by Yancey's Sugarbush, near Croghan, in...  Go to full article
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.

Croghan Crazy about Maple Syrup

It's a busy week for New York's maple syrup producers. In 2005, they made more than 222,000 gallons of syrup according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. ...  Go to full article
A train in the wilderness

New Group Wants $20 Million for Adirondack Train

A powerful coalition of Republican lawmakers, chamber of commerce leaders, and local activists have unveiled plans to rebuild a railroad into the central Adirondacks. The...  Go to full article

APA Delays Big Tupper Development Review

Officials at the Adirondack Park Agency want more information about a new resort in Tupper Lake for more information about their project. The APA issued a notice yesterday...  Go to full article

NYPA Grant to Fund Alternative Energy Growth in SLC

The New York Power Authority has invested $10 million in a matching grant program to bring hi-tech alternative energy businesses to St Lawrence County. It's money that was...  Go to full article
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre

APA Explores Roll In Affordable Housing

The Adirondack Park Agency begins two days of meetings today with local government leaders. This year's seminar in Saranac Lake will focus on affordable housing. Many...  Go to full article

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