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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 21, 2014 — The nation's second-largest bank has agreed to pay nearly $17 billion to settle allegations that it misled investors into buying toxic mortgage-backed securities.
Aug 21, 2014 — Restaurants and hotels are posting new job openings faster than they can fill them. This is a promising sign for the economy.
Aug 21, 2014 — The soundtrack for Marvel's blockbuster space opera Guardians of the Galaxy is No. 1 for the second week in a row. Nielsen SoundScan reports the compilation sold 93,000 copies last week.

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$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 Adirondack Park Agency has also begun a review of the project. Developer Michael Foxman, from Philadelphia, hopes to build more than 700 mansions, condos and townhouses over roughly six thousand acres. It would be the biggest project in the Adirondacks in the last 25 years. Yesterday, we looked at some of the environmental questions surrounding the resort. This morning, in part two of our report, Brian Mann looks at how this project could shape development across the Adirondack Park.  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 to build more than 700 mansions, townhouses and condos near the Big Tupper Ski area. This week, the company will submit their application to the Adirondack Park Agency. Conservation groups and some local residents say a plan to build "great camp" style estates on the property would damage the forest and disrupt wildlife. But as Brian Mann reports, the environmental issues aren't as clear-cut as some critics say.

Tomorrow during the Eight O'Clock Hour Brian reports on the park-wide implications of the Big Tupper Resort project. Green groups and some loggers say this development could set precedents that would alter the Adirondack backcountry forever.  Go to full article

Developer Buys Deferiet Mill, But Not for Paper

A Syracuse-area developer has bought the Deferiet paper mill near Carthage. But as David Sommerstein reports, the plant isn't likely to make paper again.  Go to full article

GM Massena Fights For Work, 180 Jobs

Union leaders from Massena's General Motors plant were at a United Auto Workers conference in Washington last week. While they were there, they lobbied lawmakers for help...  Go to full article

Deferiet Mill Bought, But Not For Paper

A Syracuse-area developer has bought the Deferiet paper mill near Carthage. But as David Sommerstein reports, the plant isn't likely to make paper again.  Go to full article

Wind Power Blowing Ahead on Wolfe Island

Harvesting wind for power has become one of northern New York's hottest, and more controversial, issues. The Maple Ridge wind farm is already spinning out up to 170...  Go to full article

Walmart Announces Plans For Saranac Lake

Several months of Saranac Lake Walmart rumors were put to rest yesterday. The mega-retailer officially announced plans to build a Supercenter in the village. The 121,000...  Go to full article

Farmers, Lawmakers to Fight Bush's "Milk Tax"

Dairy farmers will join New York and Vermont's congressional delegations to fight a proposed "milk tax" in President Bush's 2007 executive budget. The budget calls for a 3...  Go to full article

Pataki Proposes Funding Cuts to Hospitals

Governor Pataki's proposed budget would mean hundreds of millions of dollars in funding cuts to hospitals and nursing homes statewide.  Go to full article

New Housing Project in Lake Placid

A downstate developer has announced plans for a major workforce housing project in Lake Placid. If approved, the development would include 40 town house units capped at a...  Go to full article

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