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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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Kid Radio: Praise For Summer, From Summer Camp

It's summer camp season. Hundreds of kids around the north country are swimming and hiking, earning merit badges, practicing their musical instrument--even making radio. This week, at the Town of Altamont Summer Day Camp, kids worked with our Adirondack reporter Brian Mann, learning how to make a story for radio. They interviewed each other, asking about the best parts of summer. Here's our special correspondent, 10-year-old Riti Spada, reporting from the gym at LP Quinn Elementary.  Go to full article

GOP Federal Spending Up, But Not in North Country

A report published today by the Associated Press finds that Republican lawmakers have funneled billions more dollars to their districts since taking over Congress in 1994. But North Country lawmakers lagged far behind. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Summer day on the Carry Falls Reservoir.
Summer day on the Carry Falls Reservoir.

Canoe Journey: Jordan River, Carry Falls Reservoir

The Carry Falls Reservoir lies hidden away in the northwest corner of the Adirondack Park. Twenty miles south of Potsdam, Carry Falls is the fifth-largest lake inside the blue line. It's also the gateway to one of the North Country's most pristine rivers. Brian Mann spent a day exploring and sends this audio postcard:  Go to full article

Regional Hospital Investigated

State officials in Vermont have joined with Federal investigators looking into the multi-million dollar expansion of Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington. As Brian Mann reports, the 1/4 billion dollar project may have skirted state laws.  Go to full article

Newcomb's 1 Million Dollar School Pool Project Approved By Court

An appeals court in Albany has rejected a suit attempting to stop construction of a million-dollar swimming pool in Newcomb. The Finch-Pruyn paper company, a major taxpayer in the town, claimed that the project was too costly. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Attorney Ed Finnerty Barred from Practicing Law

A panel of the state Supreme Court has barred a prominent attorney in Lake Placid from practicing law for two years. Ed Finnerty is North Elba's town attorney and is a member of lake Placid's Hall of Fame. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

On The Road: Bicycling In the Adirondacks

With the Lake Placid Ironman grabbing headlines recently, the Adirondacks can feel like a place for hard-core athletes to test their strength and endurance. But the mountains are also home to a lot of people who want an outdoor experience, without the grueling pace. Brian Mann went for a leisurely road-bike trip in the Glenn, near Jay. He sends this audio postcard:  Go to full article

In Conversation: Health Care Issues Facing the North Country

Brian Mann talks with Chandler Ralph, CEO of the Adirondack Medical Center, about the serious challenges facing the region's healthcare industry: high rates of uninsured; spiraling prescription drug costs; a shortage of lab technicians and nurses.  Go to full article

North Country Fire Crews In Oregon: Dangerous Duty, But All Well

A team of New York state firefighters is due home today, from Wyoming. A second twenty-person crew has arrived in Oregon and is battling blazes in the Williamette National Forest. As Brian Mann reports, the team is working in a part of the country where thousands have been evacuated from their homes.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Ironman: Tricky Weather Mixes Up The Field

Intense weather played a huge role in Sunday's Lake Placid Ironman. Top finishers Heather Fuhr and Ryan Bolton negotiated a slick bike course to win the event. As Brian Mann reports, the big obstacle for many racers was the muggy heat--and a powerful late-nite thunderstorm:

Locals Fare Well:

A total of fifty-five north country athletes competed in this year's Lake Placid Ironman. Jackie Hatherly, who moved to Lake Placid a year ago, took third place in the women's competition. Amy Farrell, from Ray Brook, finished fifth. The St. Lawrence graduate raced as an ironman pro for the first time. Nick Fitzsimmons, from Ausable Forks, finished in 29th place, with the region's top time--just under ten hours. Finally, Lake Placid's Charles Cowan won the 50-54 year old age group. Cowan--who's fifty--topped ninety other runners to finish in ten hours and seven minutes.  Go to full article

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