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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 20, 2014 — The evolving discussion about women and money is filled with stats and studies. But what are women experiencing day to day when they request a pay increase? Many wish they'd asked earlier.
Apr 19, 2014 — General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 cars, newly released federal documents show. The Saturn Ions were found to have defective power steering systems.
Apr 19, 2014 — Tax credits have long been used to attract film and TV productions. But with the loss of revenue, critics of the practice say those investments are not worth it.

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Senate Vote Could Close Thrift Stores, Neighborhood Centers

The House has slashed over half the funding for an anti-poverty fund called the Community Services Block Grant. The money funds neighborhood centers around the country. Experts say it would mean many of those centers would have to close. The Senate is expected to vote on the issue later this summer. The cuts would take effect in 2006. Gregory Warner reports from a neighborhood center and thrift store in Canton.  Go to full article

North Country Micro-Enterprise Initiative Presented in South Africa

A small business initiative in St Lawrence County was a finalist in a world chamber of commerce competition. The Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative, known locally as the "ebay project," links up artisans and small business owners with technology to help them reach national markets. The Cooperative was launched two years ago with the support of Senator Hillary Clinton.

Representatives for the St Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce went to South Africa for the competition. They didn't win the award, but they brought back stories. Gregory Warner spoke with the head of the ebay project, Ruby Moore, after her return.

The Chamber is launching another round of the Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative this fall, with workshops in Canton and Paul Smiths. If you're an artisan or have an idea for a small business you can call Ruby Moore at 386-4000.  Go to full article
A cell tower in disguise

Fake Tree Tower will be Built on Lake George

The Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a controversial cell phone tower on Pilot Knob above Lake George. The tower--dubbed "frankenpine" by pro-environment groups--will be built to resemble a white pine tree. An APA committee says the tower will be nearly invisible to boaters and residents. The project faced stiff opposition from local residents and government leaders. Some APA staff members also urged the Agency commission to reject the project. But the cell phone company and state Senator Betty Little say the project will improve communication on Lake George. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Sen. Wright (right) with Grasse River Heritage members on King Bridge.

Grasse Islands Restoration Moves Ahead in Canton

An effort to revitalize Canton's waterfront got a boost from a state grant yesterday. State Senator Jim Wright announced a $100,000 to help a local group improve the...  Go to full article

Panel to Close Hospitals, Nursing Homes

A new state panel will meet next week to cut costs in New York's health care system. The 18-member commission is expected to recommend closing some hospitals and nursing...  Go to full article

Congress Restores Community Development Grants

The House of Representatives restored a major source of federal funding for downtown development and housing assistance in the North Country. President Bush had proposed...  Go to full article
Nextel has proposed a "tower tree" for Pilot Knob (File photo)

APA Senior Staff: No Opinion on Pilot Knob Cell Tower

Senior staff at the Adirondack Park Agency have once again overruled their field staff's recommendation on a controversial project. A report issued Wednesday by the APA...  Go to full article
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Tourist Season Gears Up in Alexandria Bay

When school lets out and it gets steamy hot, the North Country's summer tourism really kicks in. One of the busiest spots is Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands. ...  Go to full article
Karen Lago on Cobb Shoal, where cattails dominate due to less water fluctuation.

People Plan for Future of Mighty River

The U.S. and Canadian governments are revisiting how they control water in the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario for the first time since the 1950s. The International...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Agree on Hydropower Allocation

North Country lawmakers have been at odds over how to retain low-cost power produced at the hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River. On Tuesday they reached an...  Go to full article

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