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Fort Drum touts economic impact

Fort Drum released figures Friday on how much money the Army base pumps into the area's economy. That figure stands at $1.24 billion in fiscal 2006. The largest chunk goes to payroll. The base's 3,700 civilian employees brought home more than $200 million. Almost $750 million went to Fort Drum's soldiers, numbering more than 17,000. Retirees in the base's surrounding area got $30 million. Jonathan Brown asked Jeff Graham, the mayor of nearby Watertown, how this money affects the city.  Go to full article

School funding formula vexes Ogdensburg

The state budget was friendly to most school districts in the North Country. Schools in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis counties, for example, will get $22 million more in state aid than they did last year. But the budget, especially the state's byzantine school funding formula, wreaked havoc in Ogdensburg. City schools superintendent Maurice Barry was expecting a 5% increase in state aid. Turns out Ogdensburg only got a 2.85% increase. That created a gap of $260,000. And Barry can't figure out why. He spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

Protecting and serving St. Lawrence County

St Lawrence County is one of the largest counties east of the Mississippi. Its population is just over 100,000 people, according to recent census data. That's about a tenth of Rhode Island's population. But policing the county still requires driving from one end to the other, constantly. And the challenges in St Lawrence are emblematic of those throughout the North Country. Gary Jarvis knows these challenges intimately. He's spent 39 years in the Sheriff's Department - eight years as Sheriff. He's retiring in December. He talked to Jonathan Brown about what's changed - and what hasn't.  Go to full article
Eddie Cruz and Clancey Watkins in a scene from <i>Spinning into Butter</i> (photo: Tara Freeman)

Preview: Spinning into Butter

The play Spinning into Butter opens at St. Lawrence University tonight. Theatre is often considered a great place to probe private feelings and public behavior, as...  Go to full article
George Ciccariello-Maher and Martha Foley in the studio

Chavez: a view from the frontlines

From the outside, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez looks like a wild Latin revolutionary. He's certainly a provocateur: he's called President Bush "the devil," Condoleeza...  Go to full article
Finch Pruyn's holdings include the Boreas Ponds (Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Explorer magazine)

Frinch Pruyn hopes to sell all assets in the Adirondack-North Country

Finch Pruyn, the biggest private employer and one of the largest landowners in the North Country, has announced it hopes to sell all its assets. Jonathan Brown has details.  Go to full article

Protecting 260,000 acres inside the Blue Line

State officials completed an agreement to protect almost 260,000 acres of timberland in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Marine Corporal Henry Bogrette

A brother remembers CPL Henry Bogrette

A plane carrying the body of a marine from St. Lawrence County was scheduled to land in Watertown at four this afternoon. Corporal Henry Bogrette of Richville was killed...  Go to full article

Quebec voters turn politics turvy

Politics in Quebec has long been dominated by the question of sovereignty - whether the French-speaking province should split off from Canada to become its own country. The...  Go to full article

Flights to Boston take off soon

Big Sky Airlines will start service next month in the North Country. As Jonathan Brown reports, the flights to and from Boston are the result of talks with Delta Airlines and...  Go to full article

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