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Seemingly, yes! In a fascinating example of how what happens halfway around the world can impact us here at home, Brattleboro, Vt.-based FiberMark’s Lowville plant will be closed next week in part due to a year-old Chinese law that limits...
Yesterday I talked with Amy Ivy  (of Coop. Extension) about a neat event in Plattsburgh Saturday afternoon that’ll bring people who want to eat local food together with people who produce food, local food, even in this dead part of...
This is part of a series of farmers writing about life on the farm , week to week, through the season. Courtney Grimes-Sutton is co-owner of Mace Chasm Farm in Keeseville. Read all of Courtney’s journal entries here. And you should check out...
I cover the Champlain Valley, so I cross back and forth between Vermont and New York a lot. Sometimes the places blur together and I don’t even notice I’ve crossed the state line. But other times – in the islands, in Port Henry and...
Update, 4:45 pm: Nora again in Canton — we’ll be continuing to follow this story with Brian in the Adirondacks, but in the meantime you can check your weather conditions on our weather page, where you’ll also find weather alerts by...

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Simple Beauty: Georgia O'Keeffe at the Shelburne Museum
Georgia O'Keeffe is most famous for her paintings of the American Southwest, but O'Keeffe's first maturity as an artist came while painting in Lake George. Brian Mann visited the new Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont..
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Lake Champlain Maritime History, pt. 1
Wreck diving off Burlington with Brian Mann.
Inspectors working on Lake Champlain bridge at Crown Point
Inspectors working on Lake Champlain bridge at Crown Point

Inspections raise safety questions about Crown Point bridge

New York transportation officials continued their inspection of the Crown Point bridge last week. The bridge which crosses Lake Champlain near Ticonderoga is one of the busiest routes from New York into Vermont. One lane of the crossing was closed to traffic as a team tested everything from the road decking to the cement support piers that serve as the bridge's foundation. This latest round of inspections raised some new questions about the bridge's structural integrity. Brian Mann has been following this story and spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Who should regulate farm waste?

Big livestock operations can raise thousands of cows, chickens or pigs under one roof. It helps keep the price of food lower. And it helps the farmer's bottom line. But neighbors complain the government's not doing a good enough job of monitoring the pollution these farms produce. Yesterday, Brian Mann reported on the debate over regulation of farm waste at the north end of Lake Champlain. Missisquoi Bay's shoreline is controlled by Vermont and Quebec. Phosphorous draining into the lake from farms feeds soupy algae blooms in the murky water. Critics say farmers and government regulators need to do far more to control pollution from farms. But many farmers and their advocates argue that self-regulation and voluntary compliance make the best sense. In New York State, the Department of Environmental Conservation has principal responsibility for monitoring water pollution from farms. In Vermont, those regulations are enforced by the state Department of Agriculture, which also works to promote the development of farms. Dave Lane, Vermont's deputy secretary of agriculture, acknowledges that his agency has a dual and sometimes contradictory role. Other states around the country are considering following Vermont's model. Rebecca Williams reports.  Go to full article
Roger Rainville, president of the Farmer's Watershed Alliance

In Lake Champlain's National Wildlife Refuge, farm pollution feeds debate

The north end of Lake Champlain sits on the Atlantic Flyway, a crucial travel corridor for millions of migratory birds heading south for the winter. It's also home to Vermont's largest great blue heron rookery. But Missisquoi Bay is also one of the most polluted bodies of water in the North Country. Every year, tons of phosphorous-rich manure from nearby dairy farms seeps down into the lake. In recent years, that pollution has triggered gooey algae blooms. Critics say farmers and government regulators need to do far more to cut phosphorous pollution. Industry leaders are pushing back. As Brian Mann reports, many farmers insist that voluntary programs and self-regulation are still the best solution.  Go to full article
Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars

Refugee All-Stars: songs of war turn to hope

A chance encounter by two filmmakers in a refugee camp in Guinea, West Africa brings us our next story. Zach Niles and Banker White met the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars in...  Go to full article

Storm topples trees, power lines and tractor trailer

Several thousand customers are without power this morning around the North Country and Vermont following severe storms last night. The fast moving storm knocked down trees...  Go to full article

Big Sky hopes to reroute North Country flights

Flights from Watertown to Boston have been a big hit with North Country residents. Passenger numbers at the airport have doubled since last year, when a previous carrier flew...  Go to full article

As Big Sky looks to grow, Massena fears low numbers

Yesterday we reported on plans by Big Sky airlines to expand service across the North Country. The company has been serving Watertown, Ogdensburg, and Massena for three...  Go to full article
Rabies vaccine bait

Area flights part of national effort to eradicate rabies

Wildlife experts will be flying all over the North Country dropping raccoon treats this week. You're bound to see and hear them. Their small Beechcraft planes will be about...  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Flying low to vaccinate raccoons

We reported on wildlife experts who will fly all over the North Country and Vermont this week, dropping an oral vaccine meant to inoculate raccoons against rabies. The...  Go to full article
Joplin James and his wild magic campers

Waiting for Harry at "Wild Magic" camp

Friday night, Harry Potter fans all over the North Country were waiting for the release of Book Seven: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In Shelburne, Vermont...  Go to full article

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