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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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North Country Artisans Head to NYC

A small business initiative in St Lawrence County was named as an international finalist for the World Chamber of Commerce's "Best Unconventional Project" award. It's the only American finalist in any category. The Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative was launched in 2003. It offers technology and marketing tools and workshops to small business owners and artisans. Next weekend, most of the group is caravaning to New York City for a one day street fair said to attract over a million people. Greg Warner stopped by their last meeting and brings us this report.  Go to full article

Four Years On, Chatham Still in Court

A Vancouver-based lumber company is finalizing the purchase of a chipboard mill in St. Lawrence County. Ainsworth Lumber will buy the plant from Chatham Forest Products. But the factory has yet to be built. A dispute over an emissions permit has tied up the project in lawsuits since 2001. Supporters say the plant would boost an ailing forest industry. But environmentalists say it would pollute North Country air more than developers are letting on. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

DEC on Chatham's Emission Tests

To learn more about how the DEC would monitor the chipboard plant's air emissions, David Sommerstein spoke with the DEC spokesman Steve Litwiler. He says the company will have to do an initial smokestack test 180 days after it starts production.  Go to full article
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)

Appeal Rejected in ORDA Contract Dispute

A state appeals court has once again ruled in favor of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA was sued over the awarding of a lucrative food services contract for...  Go to full article
Camping on Sacandaga (Source: NYS DEC)

Despite Rain, Campgrounds Expected To Fill Up

Despite the rainy forecast, traffic is expected to be heavy this weekend at north country campgrounds. Earlier this spring, five of the region's campgrounds made a list of...  Go to full article

APA Hears Boreal Forest Arguments

The Adirondack Park Agency held the first of five public meetings in Colton last night. The agency is gathering comments regarding the classification, or reclassification,...  Go to full article

Big Tupper Resort: APA Says Dozens of Questions Need to be Answered

The Adirondack Park Agency issued a thirty-three page report yesterday, raising questions about key aspects of a new resort proposed for Tupper Lake. APA staff want more...  Go to full article

Controversial Lake George Cell Tower Faces APA Opposition

State officials with the Adirondack Park Agency say a cell phone tower proposed for the hills above Lake George is unnecessary and would harm the region's scenic views. A...  Go to full article

Huge Resort Proposed In Tupper Lake Sparks Excitement & Worry

In the coming months, people in Tupper Lake will decide whether to support a huge new resort development in the hills above the village. The project - with more than 700...  Go to full article

Lake George Wants to Dim the Lights

Stars could be a little brighter over Lake George next year. Town officials are proposing new zoning laws to reduce light pollution--that includes shutting off the...  Go to full article

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