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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.
Students learn the old ways of logging at the Adirondack Woodsman School.
Students learn the old ways of logging at the Adirondack Woodsman School.

Summer school, lumberjack style

The Adirondack woodsman is a North Country archetype - brawny, independent, deeply versed in the ways of the North Woods. There are still loggers working in the forests of the Adirondacks and Tug Hill Plateau, though most are aided by chain saws and huge machinery today.

At Paul Smiths College, a summer school program is keeping the skills and ethos of the Adirondack woodsman alive. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Verizon workers on strike in Saranac Lake. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Verizon damage disrupts emergency calls; workers on strike

The Associated Press reports state police are investigating damage to Verizon equipment that disrupted 911 emergency calls in parts of Herkimer and Onieda counties yesterday. An Oneida County dispatcher says service is up and running this morning.

Damage to a Verizon optic circuit box also knocked out landline and cell service to northern Oneida County. Lewis County Sheriff Mike Talbot told the AP some calls to his office were disrupted, but the 911 system was OK.

Verizon Communications workers were still on the picket lines across the North Country Tuesday. Local members of Communications Workers of America Local 1118 in Saranac Lake, Potsdam, Malone, Ogdesnsburg and Plattsburgh joined 45,000 other Verizon workers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic who've been on strike since contract talks stalled on Sunday.

Chris Knight talked with a small group of Verizon field technicians who were picketing outside the company's Church Street office in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

Croghan dam wins grant

State environment officials won't remove stop logs from the village of Croghan's historic dam - at least for now. As David Sommerstein reports, the delay comes as Croghan won a $100,000 grant to begin rebuilding the dam.  Go to full article
Photo: David Chanatry.  The Maple Ride Wind Farm in Lewis County has had a positive effect on property values, unlike projects in other counties.

Study shows wind turbines have mixed affect on property values

Wind power projects have been controversial in the North Country ever since the Maple Ridge Wind Farm started turning in Lewis County more than five years ago. One of the big...  Go to full article
Boonville's airfield isn't much more than a field, but it does have gas.  Pilot Bob Keller gases up.

Heard Up North: Pumping gas for flight

Whether it's from a float plane, a little two-seater, or even one of those little commercial jets, the aerial view of the North Country is unforgettable. You can see the...  Go to full article
The Tug Hill Plateau is actually a "cuesta" in geological terms, rising gently from Lake Ontario in the west then diving steeply into the Black River valley in the East. This shot looks east.

Fighting for its life, Tug Hill agency takes to the air

Yesterday, we heard about a not-for-profit called LightHawk, which offers environmental groups private flights to help them give an aerial perspective to their "green"...  Go to full article
Bob Keller of Boonville volunteers dozens of hours of flight time to environmental organizations via LightHawk.  [Aerial support for these 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. Flying high above, say, a forest, a factory, or a wetlands...  Go to full article
The Croghan Island Mill and Dam

DEC to remove "stop logs" from Croghan Dam

The Department of Environmental Conservation will remove stop logs from the historic dam in Croghan tomorrow morning. That's according to former Croghan mayor Glen Gagnier,...  Go to full article
Derek, 28, and Jake, 23, Conway in their freestall barn.

Farmers Under 40: business sense and passion for young dairy farmers

Today, we continue our week-long series Farmers Under 40 with a look at the young people getting into what many consider a shriveling industry.

Dairy remains one...  Go to full article
The DEC says the Croghan dam is a hazard.  The sawmill's in the background.

Story 2.0 - Croghan asks for time on crumbling dam

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it's on schedule to remove the last stop logs from the Croghan dam any day now. That'll lower the pond on the Beaver River...  Go to full article

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