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Special Reports

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Audio Slideshow:
Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
Photo Audio Essay
Protecting the Tug Hill Plateau: Fish Creek
Last summer, New York State, the Nature Conservancy, and a Boston-based timber company announced a plan to preserve 45,000 acres of forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein visited the “East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest” to see how the plan is shaping up.
"Report Card," artist:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45128746@N04/8225894773/"<br />>Regina Holliday</a>, CC some rights reserved<br />
"Report Card," artist:>Regina Holliday, CC some rights reserved

North Country schools get high marks

An education advocacy group has issued report cards to schools across New York, and the North Country had some high marks for student performance.

Abraham Wing Elementary school in the Glens Falls area ranked first in the state for student performance among low income districts. Voters in Abraham Wing recently voted no on a proposal to merge with Glens Falls Central School.

No middle or high schools from the region were among the top 10 in their categories. But many North Country high schools received a mark of "A" for student performance.  Go to full article
Lewis County is best known for rolling hills and farm fields, but residents are feeling good about its economy, too. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/">Doug Kerr</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved </a>

Lewis county residents bullish on economy

Earlier this year, Lewis County had the second highest unemployment rate in New York, behind the Bronx. But residents of Lewis County have a more positive economic outlook than they've had in years. That's according to a survey by Jefferson Community College.  Go to full article
Senator Charles Schumer announces the restoration of funding for low-volume and Medicare-dependent hospitals Friday at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville. Photo: Joanna Richards

Schumer touts Lewis County rural hospital funding return

Democratic US Senator Charles Schumer was at Lewis County General Hospital on Friday, touting the return of funding for New York's rural hospitals.

The funding had been suspended for three months by Congress, and Schumer worked with Republican Senator of Iowa Charles Grassley to reinstate the funding as part of Congress's fiscal cliff deal.  Go to full article
Bob Keller of Boonville volunteers dozens of hours of flight time to environmental organizations via LightHawk.  Photo: David Sommerstein (Aerial support for photos provided by LightHawk)

Giving environmental issues a bird's eye view

Environmental issues can be tough to convey to the public, and to policymakers, because they're landscape scale, not human scale.

Flying high above, say, a forest,...  Go to full article
Slicing and serving cheese cake at last year's festival in Lowville. Photo: creamcheesefestival.com

All things Cream Cheese in Lowville

The largest cheesecake in the country will be the centerpiece of the 8th annual Lowville Cream Cheese Festival on Saturday. The event celebrates the region's dairy industry...  Go to full article
Synthetic drugs are marketed as "bath salts" or "plant food." This product is thought to mimic Ecstasy. Photo: <a href-"http://www.flickr.com/photos/666_is_money/">Raquel Baranow</a>, cc <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Lewis County considers synthetic drug ban

Like many other local governments in New York, responding to the bizarre behavior of people using the drugs known as "bath salts," Lewis County is considering a ban on many...  Go to full article

Expansion of Boonville springwater company set to create 60 jobs

A spring water company plans to add 60 jobs at its bottling plant near Boonville. Right now, Nirvana Water employs about 125 people in the area. With help from US Senator...  Go to full article
The Croghan Island Mill  Photo: David Sommerstein

Croghan dam reclassified as "low risk"

People working to save the small, historic dam in Croghan from demolition recently got something of a reprieve. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has...  Go to full article
John Martin in the main woodworking shop.

How it works: a tour of the Croghan Island Mill

At one time, there were four mills located at the Croghan Dam, on each side of the Beaver River. John Martin is owner and operator of the last remaining, the Croghan Island...  Go to full article

HUD gives nearly $500,000 for homeless, mental health programs

Two North Country not-for-profit agencies will get nearly $500,000 from the Federal department of Housing and Urban Development, to fund programs for the homeless.  Go to full article

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