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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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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
Santanoni's massive porch
Santanoni's massive porch

A Winter Postcard: Santanoni Great Camp

The wagon road to Santanoni Great Camp is one of the Adirondacks' classic trails. In summertime, it's a favorite with hikers and mountain bikers. In winter, the ten mile route from Newcomb offers one of the region's loveliest ski trips. After a gentle climb through rolling hills visitors find snowy views of one of the north country's most iconic pieces of architecture. Brian Mann made the trip this weekend. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
President Bush visits Adirondacks<br />Photo:  Michele Buck, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
President Bush visits Adirondacks
Photo: Michele Buck, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Bush?s Clean Air Plan Wins Cautious Optimism, Lawsuits & Distrust

Last week, the Bush Administration announced plans to relax key rules of the Clean Air Act, rules designed to clean up factories and power plants that contribute to acid rain. New York's attorney general immediately joined with other Northeastern states, filing a lawsuit to block the changes. Conservation groups support the lawsuit, but they disagree about President Bush's environmental agenda. Brian Mann has this report.  Go to full article
Adirondack Vets House
Adirondack Vets House

New Homeless Shelter in Glens Falls Serves Military Veterans

The state of New York has given nearly 170 thousand dollars to a new homeless shelter in Glens Falls, that offers transitional housing to military veterans. The shelter was established when a government survey found a high number of vets in the region who are living in "inadequate housing". Brian Mann spoke with the shelter's director and has our story.

To contact the Adirondack Vets House, please call 1-518-793-6545.  Go to full article

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