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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 23, 2014 — Uber is hiring David Plouffe, the mastermind of Obama's 2008 campaign, to power its own political strategy. What can a tech-savvy political animal offer a ride-sharing service?
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?

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Pro-Walmart Efforts Draw Questions

The divisive battle over a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in Saranac Lake came to the Essex County Board of Supervisors this week. A resolution to support the project was debated and ultimately postponed. Later that same day, the county manager, Cliff Donaldson, revealed to a stunned audience at a village meeting that he was the one who's been working to bring the mega-retailer to Saranac Lake. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Rev. Richard Gilbert

Through the Eye of a Needle...

The Reverend Richard S. Gilbert, will give a talk tonight at St. Lawrence University titled, "Through the Eye of a Needle: Is Economic Justice an Oxymoron?" The event is part of the University's Sesquicentennial celebration. It's open to the public, free of charge, at 7:30 in Eben Holden Hall. Gilbert is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister. He's written and lectured exstensively on economic justice, ethics, and theology. One recent talk was titled "Was Robin Hood Right?" The Rev. Gilbert has also been active in social justice work, both within the Unitarian Universalist Church and the broader community. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
First NRG officials pose in front of the gasifier in DC.  Photo credit: First NRG

Akwesasne Man Promotes "Magic" Gasifier

An Akwesasne Mohawk investor and his New Zealand tribesman partner say they have a machine that turns garbage into water, oxygen, ash, and usable gas. They've garnered the unlikely support of former Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry and comedian Dick Gregory. And today, they're planning to do a demonstration for the city of Washington, DC. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Schermerhorn Landing photo from the business website

Schermerhorn Marina Sold For $2 Million

A Binghamton investor has bought one of the St. Lawrence River's best known marinas. DF Realty purchased Schermerhorn marina, boat shop, and cottages for almost $2 million. ...  Go to full article
Bob Andrews tends his herd with a smile.

A Year on the Farm: No Calves, No Milk

It's the time of year when calf pens pop up across the North Country landscape. It's easy to forget that making milk is really about making baby cows. They don't call it...  Go to full article

The Ins and Outs of Raising Calves

"Closed herds", like the cows on Bob Andrews' farm, are in a minority in the North Country. Lots of dairy farmers are buying and selling cows at auctions, picking up...  Go to full article

Heard up North: The Last Greyhound Bus

You cannot catch a greyhound bus in the North Country anymore. The route has been taken over by Adirondack Trailways. The last Greyhound bus pulled into Canton at 12:45...  Go to full article

Inmates, Families Boycott High Phone Rates

Today, inmates around New York State will pick up the phone to call their families - collect, as always. But this time, families will refuse to accept the charges. It's a...  Go to full article

$400 Million Big Tupper Plan Echoes Across Adks

In Tupper Lake, the local planning commission is finishing work on new zoning rules that will govern the proposed $400 million resort around the Big Tupper ski area. The...  Go to full article
One of the camps that would be cleared to make way for the new resort (Source: Jack Delahanty)

Environment Questions at Big Tupper Anything But Clear Cut

The 6000-acre resort proposed for Tupper Lake would be the biggest project in the Adirondacks since the Olympic games a quarter century ago. Investors from Philadelphia want...  Go to full article

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