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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.
Giant Hogweed   Photo:  NYS DEC
Giant Hogweed Photo: NYS DEC

Look out for Giant Hogweed

State environmental officials are trying to nip a huge, dangerous plant in the bud.

The giant hogweed, a monster plant with flowers the size of umbrellas and sap that causes blisters and blindness, is spreading across New York. The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for help locating outbreaks.  Go to full article
The Croghan Island Mill

Croghan scrambles to save its dam

The Lewis County village of Croghan is mounting a last-ditch effort to save its dam on the Beaver River as well as the historic sawmill it powers.

The dam is crumbling and is considered a high hazard by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. State officials said they'll remove the stop logs next month and may breach the dam completely. Local officials say that will leave shoreline residents high and dry, and hurt a grassroots effort to rebuild the dam. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Farmers say milk pricing is "broken"

Congress is about to begin work on a new bill for America's farms. Dairy farmers are particularly concerned about what will go into the next Farm Bill.

North Country farms hemorrhaged money in 2009 when the price of milk tumbled well below the cost of production. Those that didn't sell their herds are still trying to recover.

Some of the region's dairy farmers brought their concerns to a listening session held by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Herkimer last month. Dave Bullard reports.  Go to full article
New York Farm Bureau president Dean Norton

Dairy seeks protection in farm bill

New York agriculture commissioner Darrel Aubertine also held a public session on the farm bill and the state's dairy farms. This one was last Friday at the state fairgrounds...  Go to full article

Teachers step up to help school budgets

School across the North Country finalized their budget plans last week. Now they go before the voters on Tuesday, May 17.

Most spending plans raise taxes and cut...  Go to full article

A passion for bluebirds

A co-founder of the New York State Bluebird Society will lead a free program on attracting bluebirds to backyards Tuesday night in Watertown. John Rogers has maintained an...  Go to full article

State aid cuts squeeze rural schools

Across the North Country, school districts are wrestling with deep cuts to their budgets - the result of Albany's efforts to rein in billions of dollars in deficit...  Go to full article
7th grader Kerrigan Mahoney helped organize a talent show to raise money for her school.

Students show talent to fight for the arts

The latest Siena College poll found Governor Cuomo enjoying the support of near three-quarters of New Yorkers even after his austerity budget cut $1.2 billion to schools. Now...  Go to full article

Senators challenge inmate count

The North Country State Senators are suing to block a new law for redistricting this year. It would count prison inmates in the districts where their home residence is, not...  Go to full article

Farmer arrested for employing illegal immigrants

Federal agents raided a Jefferson County dairy farm yesterday and arrested the farmer, a week after one of his Hispanic employees died in an apparent accident. 47 year-old...  Go to full article

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