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NCPR News Staff: Brian Mann

Adirondack Bureau Chief
Brian Mann grew up in Alaska, where he fell in love with public radio. In 1999, Brian moved to the Adirondacks and helped launch NCPR's news bureau at Paul Smiths College. "I love the chemistry of water and mountains," Brian says. "But I'm also pretty crazy about village life in the north country. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbors." Brian lives in Saranac Lake with wife Susan and son Nicholas. He's a frequent contributor to NPR and also writes regularly for regional magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer. E-mail

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APA Meeting Today in Ray Brook

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today in Ray Brook. This meeting
is the first without veteran chairman Dick LeFebvre, who stepped down last month. The Agency is facing a laundry list of controversial issues, at a time when there's been turnover in top staff positions. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the Sonar controversy on Lake George and other issues.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and sawmill owner Pat Mitchell testify in Albany.  <br />Photo provided by Ortloff's office.
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and sawmill owner Pat Mitchell testify in Albany.
Photo provided by Ortloff's office.

Sawmills ?Saved?: Rule Change Approved In Albany

State officials in Albany have agreed to allow the use of rough cut lumber in construction projects. Without the change to state building codes, made on Wednesday, hundreds of small sawmills in the North Country would have been forced to shut down. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Political Fight In Tupper Lake: Altamont Town Supervisor Asked To Resign

Town officials in Tupper Lake are caught in an ugly political feud. Last week, the Altamont town board urged veteran supervisor Dean LeFebvre to resign. The move came after LeFebvre published a scathing letter in the town newspaper, attacking local leaders. As Brian Mann reports, the fight comes as the town is struggling with a major budget crisis, that's forced lay-offs and deep program cuts.  Go to full article
A freshman Senator faces a tough year in Albany.
A freshman Senator faces a tough year in Albany.

Budget Cuts Could Go Deep In North Country

If the Governor does balance the budget through cuts - rather than income tax increases - the North Country could be hit hard. Government employment is a huge factor in the region's economy, accounting for one in three jobs. But as Brian Mann reports, leaders also worry that more programs will have to be paid for using local property taxes.  Go to full article

Stewardship Award: A Lake Champlain Estate Honored For Conservation

A conservation group and a coalition of private landowners have announced their choice for this year's Adirondack Stewardship Award. The honor - given each year since 1996 - is meant to recognize organizations that protect open space in the Adirondack Park. As Brian Mann reports, this year's award has gone to the owners of a private estate near Willsboro.  Go to full article

Interim Chairman Named To Head Troubled Park Agency

On Friday, Governor George Pataki appointed an interim chairman to head the Adirondack Park Agency. Jim Frenette has been a member of the commission since 1992. As Brian Mann reports, Frenette takes over at a time when the Park Agency is struggling.  Go to full article
Dr. Horace Judson<br />Source:  PSU
Dr. Horace Judson
Source: PSU

SUNY Plattsburgh President Resigns

The president of SUNY Plattsburgh says he'll resign at the end of this academic year. Dr. Horace Judson has led the school for nearly nine year, but he's faced increasing pressure to step down. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Hunter?s Body Found Near Inlet

The search for a missing hunter in Hamilton County ended Wednesday afternoon, after three grueling days. Despite a foot of fresh snow and sub-zero temperatures, rescue workers located the body of 58-year-old Arthur Birchmeyer. The Syracuse man disappeared on Saturday in a remote area of the cemtral Adirondacks. As Brian Mann reports, forest rangers suspect that Birchmeyer died of hypothermia or natural causes.  Go to full article
North Country sawmill owners meet in Ray Brook
North Country sawmill owners meet in Ray Brook

Sawmill Operators Say New Building Code Would Kill Industry

More than two hundred sawmill owners from across the North Country met last night in Ray Brook, furious about a change to New York state building codes. The new code - set to take effect January 1st - would force homebuilders to stop using the kind of "rough cut" lumber made in many local mills. As Brian Mann reports, most family run mills say the code will put them out of business.  Go to full article

Search Underway: Hunter Lost In Hamilton County

State and local authorities are searching for a hunter lost in the town of Inlet. A 58-year-old man from Syracuse was last seen early Saturday morning, hunting deer in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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