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A progressive I know steadfastly maintains mainstream media is enslaved by tiresome voices from the right and the left. Just so much Tweedledum and Tweedledee, no real choice at all. There’s lots of room to debate the state of choice in...
The list of dangerous topics best avoided in polite company often includes religion, politics, money and sex. But what would be left to blog about if we honored that wisdom? So today I’ll hit up money. Specifically my new guilty pleasure,...
Slightly over a year after the July 6, 2013 inferno which claimed 47 lives in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian Press reported the locomotive from that rail disaster was up for auction. It was to have been included in an sale of...
“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...

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Aug 28, 2014 — And you thought cemeteries were for the dead. A nighttime census of leafy Bellefontaine in St. Louis reveals at least two species of bats. Parklike graveyards provide key habitat for urban wildlife.
Aug 28, 2014 — Two dams blocked the river for more than 100 years. The lower dam is completely gone and the last 30 feet of the upper dam were blown up this week. Now, the river is returning to life.
Aug 28, 2014 — In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?

Wisconsin Oneidas Eye Antwerp Land

The plot continues to thicken in Governor Pataki's efforts to resolve land claims in New York with native tribes. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin may acquire 1000 acres of state forest land in Jefferson County as a part of a settlement. As David Sommerstein reports, the Nation would be prohibited from developing the land commercially.  Go to full article

DEC Draft Bans ATVs in State Wilderness

The Department of Environmental Conservation yesterday released a draft of rules for all-terrain vehicle use on state land. As David Sommerstein reports, the policy would ban four-wheelers from wilderness areas in the Adirondacks and Catskills.  Go to full article

EPA Issues Federal Regulations on Mercury

Yesterday the EPA issued a rule requiring power plants to cut mercury emissions by 50% over the next 15 years. It reverses EPA's earlier position requiring stricter controls, and favors the version supported by utility companies. Critics say the go-slow approach puts people and environments at risk.  Go to full article

Conference Committee Considers State Budget

The state Assembly and Senate will convene a joint conference committee this morning to work on the state budget. The Republican-led Senate began passing budget bills...  Go to full article

EPA Sets Limits on Smog

The Environmental Protection Agency has set new limits on smog and soot pollution. The aim is to help tens of millions of people who live downwind from the dirtiest...  Go to full article
President Bush in Adirondacks 2002

Clear Skies Plan Fails in Senate, Environmental Defeat For White House

The Bush Administration suffered a major defeat yesterday in the Senate. The Clear Skies initiative failed to pass a key committee vote, thanks in part to opposition from...  Go to full article

For New Lisbon Chipboard Mill, One Step Closer

Lisbon residents are one step closer to seeing a new chipboard manufacturing plant in their town. A Canadian lumber company announced it intends to build the plant. They...  Go to full article
Wind developer Jim McAndrew

Wind Power Comes To Adirondack North Country, Raising Hopes & Fears

Two commercial wind farm projects are in the planning stages in the Adirondack Park. Other wind farms are moving forward in Franklin county, near Malone, and in Lewis county...  Go to full article
Author & activist Bill McKibben

Commentary: Wind Power A Necessary Evil & Symbol of Hope

If wind power projects go forward in the North Country, they will change the visual landscape for some of the most pristine areas in the Adirondack Park. Author and activist...  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury)

North Country Senator Introduces "Local Housing" Bill

In the Adirondack Mountains, housing costs continue to shoot up, driven by state land purchases and by vacation-home buyers. Average homes now sell for more than two hundred...  Go to full article

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