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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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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
Chairman Richard Lefebvre
Chairman Richard Lefebvre

Park Agency Chairman Retires: Richard Lefebvre

The Adirondack Park Agency's veteran chairman - Dick Lefebvre - says he'll retire after this week's meeting in Ray Brook. After a decade with the Agency, Lefebvre is seen as a peacemaker. His work brought new credibility to a controversial agency, charged with protecting the environment inside the blue line. As Brian Mann reports, some observers are now looking anxiously to the future.  Go to full article

Wolves South of the St. Lawrence River?

Scientists are testing a wolf-like carcass found on the south side of the St. Lawrence River, in Quebec. Some researchers say a small pack of wolves might be living in the wilderness just north of the U.S-Vermont border. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

First Winter Snowstorm: Centers Around Glens Falls

A snowstorm that hit the southern and eastern Adirondacks knocked out power to roughly forty thousand homes over the last two days. Niagara Mohawk has sent dozens of crews into the region. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
After The Vote, A Piece of Pie
After The Vote, A Piece of Pie

Audio Postcard: A Community Of Voters

Brian Mann spent Tuesday monitoring the polls on the eastern side of our listening area. He dropped in last night at the Saranac Lake Methodist church, where hundreds of voters gathered for a community dinner. Brian sends this election day audio postcard.  Go to full article

Adirondacks, Champlain Valley: Bitter Defeats For Democrats

Democrat David Favro won the Clinton County's sheriff race Tuesday. Favro, a former Plattsburgh police detective, beat Republican incumbent John Lawliss. Lawliss had alienated many top GOP officials in the County. Some - including state Senator Ron Stafford - actually supported the Democrat.

In other races, however, it was a long night for Democrats. As Brian Mann reports, the Republican Party once again showed its clout in the Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article
Senator-elect Betty Little
Senator-elect Betty Little

45th Senate District: After 37 Years, A New Voice

Glens Falls Republican Betty Little cruised to a senate seat, in the newly drafted 45th district. Little defeated Malone Democrat Boyce Sherwin and will now replace Plattsburgh veteran Ron Stafford. As Brian Mann reports, Little expects to be a dominant force in North Country politics.  Go to full article

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