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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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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

Adirondack Medical Center: A Rural Hospital That's Growing

The Adirondack Medical Center unveiled its new hospital wing in Saranac Lake yesterday--a facility valued at more than sixteen million dollars. With clinics in Tupper Lake, Wilmington, Lake Placid, and Keene, AMC is the Adirondack Park's largest private employer. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

State Announces New Adirondack Projects: Much Needed Trail Work & Planning

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation will spend three hundred thousand dollars on "stewardship" projects in the Adirondack Park. Part of the money will go to rebuild trails in the High Peaks. But the new spending will also help state officials draft the blueprints that guide public use of the forest preserve. As Brian Mann reports, the push to create dozens of new plans has bogged down.  Go to full article

New York Forest Rangers: On The Fire Line In Wyoming

A team of New York Forest Rangers is in Wyoming, helping to fight the worst rash of wildfires in decades. Blazes burning across the West have stretched fire crews thin. Budget cuts have reduced the number of experienced firefighters. As Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports, New York's crew has measured up well.  Go to full article

Latin American Culture In A Northern Village:

For decades, hope for a tuberculosis cure lured patients to Saranac Lake from all ove the world. Spanish teacher and amateur historian Amy Catania has written about the experience of patients from Latin America. She spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Block Fire In Downtown Mineville:
No Injuries

A fire apparently sparked by a child playing with a lighter destroyed part of downtown Mineville Monday morning. The blaze tore through an apartment building, a warehouse, and an office building. As Brian Mann reports, there were no injuries but families have lost their homes:  Go to full article

A Wilderness Marathon: Near Indian Lake, Blacktop Gives Way to Black Bears

Next Sunday, athletes from around the world will gather in Lake Placid for the Ironman triathlon. Race organizers say the top finishes will be shown live on a giant TV screen in Times Square. This weekend, a very different kind of race was held near Indian Lake. The "Damn Wakely Dam Ultra-Marathon" is a grassroots affair, with amateur runners testing themselves against bogs and creek-beds and boulders. Brian Mann was there and sends this race-day postcard.  Go to full article

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