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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

Stories filed by Brian Mann

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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

Washington County Fire Kills 4 Children

Officials in Washington County say a house fire early Tuesday morning was the deadliest in the last ten years. Four children were killed in the blaze, which burned a home in Fort Edward. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Olympian Jimmy Shea Will Sit Out Sled Season

Olympic gold medallist Jimmy Shea says he'll sit out at least the first half of this year's skeleton world cup season. Shea -- a Lake Placid native and a popular athlete at the Salt Lake Olympic Games - has announced that he's recovering from surgery. Brian Mann has detail.  Go to full article

A Fading Tradition: The November Hunt for Whitetail Deer

In the north country, deer hunting is a family tradition. The passion, and the skills, are passed along through generations, usually from father to son. But these days, many hunters worry that their tradition is fading. More young men are growing up in cities, where hunting can seem old-fashioned, or even frightening. And even in rural America, some fear that the culture of the hunt will slowly vanish. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Prison Doctor Loses License: Accused of Sex With Inmate

A doctor who worked at the Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone has been stripped of his license by New York's department of health. The doctor was accused of having unprotected sex with an inmate. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Bog River Vote Delayed

The Adirondack Park Agency commission got a first look at a new plan for the Bog River and Lowe's Lake on Thursday. The plan -- for an area near Tupper Lake -- includes a restriction on commercial floatplane use. As Brian Mann reports, the Agency won't vote on the proposal until January.  Go to full article

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