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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 18, 2014 — Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists, without hotel tax. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.
Apr 18, 2014 — Professor and economist Matthew Gentzkow, the recent winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, discusses how to predict media slant and use big data in economics.
Apr 18, 2014 — Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.

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Clinton Calls for Point Person on Northern Border

Senator Hillary Clinton says the controversy over new passport requirements is proof the U.S. needs someone to oversee border issues with Canada. Yesterday, Clinton introduced a bill that would create a Northern Border Coordinator in the Department of Homeland Security. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
John Scarlett, a back-to-the-lander, who stayed in Rossie.  See a larger photo in the Today's Photo section of our website

Back to the Land: Finding Connections Between Now, and Then

About 35 years ago, a funny thing happened in the North Country. Young people moved here, singly and in groups, to settle. They were latter day hometseaders. They bought some of the cheapest land in the country -- many drawn here by the popular Strout Real Estate catalog. Other came to college here and stayed on. They built their own homes, planted gardens, and tried to live simpler life. They were called back-to-the-landers, and many are still here. Folklorist Jill Breit is tracing connections between those settlers of the 60s and 70s, and a new wave settling now. She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Breaking Ground<br />(Source:  Amy Freiman)

In Newcomb, a Rural School Fights for its Future

Yesterday, we reported on the shortage of affordable housing in the Adirondacks. Local leaders say working families are being pushed out, as vacation home-owners move in. The pinch is being felt most immediately in local schools. Enrollments are declining sharply across much of the North Country. In the last two years, elementary schools have closed in Champlain and Racquette Lake. A Catholic school shut down in Tupper Lake and another may close in Potsdam. Some school districts are struggling to find a more hopeful future. They're adding programs and building new facilities, hoping to attract more families. Brian Mann has this story from the Town of Newcomb in Essex County.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Drug Prices, Availability

Consumer groups and two state lawmakers say the elderly and others taking multiple prescription drugs could be needlessly spending thousands of dollars a year, because they...  Go to full article

Layoffs Announced at GM Massena Plant

General Motors plans to lay off nearly 100 workers at its Massena plant beginning later this month. The plant employs 450.  Go to full article

Debate Over North Country's Low Cost Power

There's renewed debate over the future of the North Country's share of cheap electricity produced at the hydropower dam in Massena. The local Alcoa and General Motors plants...  Go to full article

Watertown Copes With Growing Pains

The greater Watertown area is experiencing a period of tremendous growth. Once known as an industrial city powered by the Black River, Watertown's economy today is driven by...  Go to full article

North Country Senators Want Empire Zone Tax Relief for Adirondack Park

State senator Betty Little wants to create a vast tax relief zone for the six million-acre Adirondack Park. Empire Development zones offers incentives to growing businesses,...  Go to full article
An elk with CWD.  Photo by Dr. Beth Williams, University of Wyoming, courtesy of CWD Alliance.

Officials Fight Odds to Stop Chronic Wasting Disease

State officials are trying to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, or CWD, a fatal neurological disorder in deer and elk. It's thought to be transmitted through...  Go to full article

CWD - Lessons from Wisconsin

People in Wisconsin have lived with concerns about chronic wasting disease since the first case surfaced there over two years ago. It was found in a wild deer. So far, some...  Go to full article

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