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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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Audio Postcard From Lake George, Where An Invasive Species Has Taken Root

The political debate is raging over the use of a chemical herbicide to slow the spread of an invasive plant on Lake George. Brian Mann revisits a summer trip on the lake, made with the Lake George Park Commission's Mike White in 2001.

Note: Story updated for broadcast.  Go to full article

Lake George: Bitter Debate Over Plan To Use Chemical

The Adirondack Park Agency has delayed a final vote on the use of a chemical herbicide in Lake George. Many locals hope the chemical "Sonar" will kill an invasive plant species called Eurasian watermilfoil. But Park Agency staff oppose the plan. As Brian Mann reports, the debate has turned ugly, with Lake George residents promising to lobby Governor Pataki.

Tuesday during regional news, we'll take the sonar question out onto the waters of Lake George, revisiting a summer trip to a bay that's infested with Eurasian watermilfoil.  Go to full article

APA Considers Banning Floatplanes on Lowes Lake

The Adirondack Park Agency moved a step closer on Thursday to banning floatplanes on Lowes Lake. At the meeting yesterday, the Department of Environmental Conservation presented its plan for the Bog River management area, southwest of Tupper Lake.  Go to full article
Broken phones on I-87<br />Photo provided by APA
Broken phones on I-87
Photo provided by APA

Coming Soon: Emergency & Cell Phone Service on Northway

At its meeting today in Ray Brook, the Adirondack Park Agency is expected to approve a new emergency phone system on I-87. The old network hasn't functioned properly for years. As Brian Mann reports, the upgraded system will also mean better cell phone coverage in the remote area between Schroon Lake and Peru.  Go to full article

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

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