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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.

Ft. Drum explores training buffer

The construction boom around Fort Drum has military planners worried about keeping open space for the base itself. Earlier this month, Army officials met with agriculture and conservation groups, like the Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited and the Nature Conservancy, as well as the DEC, about buying development easements around the Fort Drum reservation. The program could include hundreds of acres in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Lewis counties. David Cutter is Fort Drum's community planner. He told David Sommerstein the protected land would create a buffer between training activities and the base's neighbors.  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
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 seeking a fifth term representing what's known as the "foothills" district. It's a heavily Republican area skirting the northwestern Adirondacks, encompassing parts of St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego counties, and all of Lewis County. Karl Williams, a Democratic party activist from Henderson Harbor, is hoping to pull off an upset. The two face off in a debate tonight at 7 at Jefferson Community College in Watertown. David Sommerstein profiles the race.  Go to full article

Environmental group sues over ATVs

The Adirondack Council and a group of local residents are suing Lewis County's legislature, hoping to block ATV access to county-owned public forest land. Four-wheel riding...  Go to full article
Outside the "Thirsty Otter," in Forestport.

Forestport Poker Run: the outlaw spirit, for a good cause

In the 1890s the town of Forestport in the southern Adirondacks was a rowdy logging town. The joke was there were more saloons than people. And no saloon had more of a...  Go to full article

A family tree leads to lawbreakers in Forestport

This weekend the tiny town of Forestport, southeast of Boonville, is celebrating its past - the history of a boozy, brawling town of outlaws. At the end of the 19th century,...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Place Names "Negro Creek"

Dale Hobson and Gregory Warner discuss place names and their origin: Today, Negro Creek. And the "7 Categories" of Adirondack Place Names...  Go to full article

Preview: Lowville Cream Cheese Festival

NCPR is media sponsor for the second annual Lowville Cream Cheese Festival this Saturday. The day's activities include the unveiling of the world's largest cheesecake and...  Go to full article
Marjorie Ransom

Preview: Silver Speaks - Jewelry of the Middle East

Todd Moe talks with Marjorie Ransom, a Lewis county native, who spent years in the Middle East as a U.S. diplomat. She's also researched and collected traditional silver...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Sticky Secrets of the Freeman Taffy

It wouldn't be summer without taffy. For 11 years Freeman's Taffy Stand has been a fixture at the Lewis County Fair. Jim Freeman now runs the stand.  Go to full article

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