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The Akwesasne Mohawk casino
The Akwesasne Mohawk casino

Mohawk chief lays out casino plans

On Wednesday the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announced a 100 million dollar expansion of its Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Details are still fuzzy. But plans call for a hotel, stores, up to eight restaurants, maybe even a water park. The Mohawk Bingo Palace, now located down the road, will also be folded into the facility. The tribe says the projects will double casino-related employment to some 1400 jobs. Jim Ransom is one of three Mohawk chiefs. Big plans in Akwesasne, especially ones related to gambling, have a history of fizzling out due to divisions between the tribal government and traditionalists. But Ransom told David Sommerstein he thinks the need for change is clear.  Go to full article
Congressman John McHugh (R-Pierrepont Manor)

McHugh, Johnson spar on foreign policy

Congressman John McHugh and Democratic challenger Robert Johnson sparred often in a debate at Massena town hall last night. The candidates for the 23rd district disagreed on health care funding, stem cell research, and the Bush Administration tax cuts. But as David Sommerstein reports, the biggest differences were over the war in Iraq and other foreign policy.  Go to full article

Preview: international piano competition at Crane

NCPR is media sponsor for the Julia Crane International Piano Competition and Festival this weekend. 17 young pianists from around the world will compete for the top prize. Todd Moe talks with Paul Wyse, who teaches piano at Crane and is director of the competition, which began in 2002.  Go to full article

Botulism spreads in Great Lakes

A disease that has killed tens of thousands of birds is spreading throughout the Great Lakes region. The latest die-off occurred along a Lake Michigan shoreline. Linda...  Go to full article

David Amram: music, poetry, life

Composer, conductor and musician David Amram has been called "the Renaissance man of American music". Amram and Jack Kerouac collaborated on the first-ever jazz poetry...  Go to full article
Assembly-woman Dee Dee Scozza-fava (R-Gouverneur)

Candidates espouse views from "foothills"

The race for the 122nd Assembly district is a rarity these days - no dueling polls, no mudslinging, and relatively small amounts of money. Republican DeDe Scozzafava is...  Go to full article

US Proposes Border Card, like EZ Pass

The Department of Homeland Security sparked controversy earlier this year with a proposal to require passports or similar documents at the US Canadian border. Critics say it...  Go to full article
Bob Andrews and his silos, topped off for winter.

A Year on the Farm: batten down the hatches

This year, David Sommerstein's been sending monthly audio postcards from Bob Andrews' 80-cow dairy farm near Gouverneur. At this time of year, farmers are in high gear to...  Go to full article

After 27 years, Potsdam lumber mill shuts down

Potsdam Hardwoods has shut its doors. The lumber mill opened 27 years ago. But rising costs, and foreign competition, have forced the mill's Canadian owners to consolidate....  Go to full article

Small protest to hispanic laborers

There's been little public opposition in the North Country to the growing number of Hispanic workers on dairy farms. But earlier this month, a small group protested outside...  Go to full article

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