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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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Jack Shea Trial: Evidence Ruled Out

A judge has ruled that key evidence can't be used in the case against a man charged for a car-crash that killed Lake Placid Olympian Jack Shea. Judge Andrew Halloran says blood alcohol tests were done improperly. As Brian Mann reports, the Essex County District Attorney plans to appeal.  Go to full article
Gary Randorf on Round Pond
Gary Randorf on Round Pond

Profile: Photographer & Conservationist Gary Randorf

Autumn color is peaking in the Adirondacks. That means hundreds of photographers are out in the field, searching for that perfect chemistry of light and landscape. Gary Randorf is one of the region's veteran photographers. His new book is called The Adirondacks: Wild Island of Hope. Brian Mann has this profile.  Go to full article

Keeseville Firm Wins Military Grant

A company in Essex County has won a 1.5 million dollar military research grant to develop a new kind of rifle scope. The scope would allow soldiers to take photographs during combat. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Proposed Hotel in Lake George
Proposed Hotel in Lake George

APA: Hotel Controversy in Lake George

A six million dollar resort project in Lake George is sparking fierce controversy inside the Adirondack Park Agency. At a meeting Friday, commissioners agreed to fast track the permit process for a new hotel, proposed by former Park Agency chairman Bob Flacke. Agency staff describe the process as "responsive government". But one commissioner says the plan is "favoritism" for a political insider. Brian Mann has our report.  Go to full article

APA Tackles Backlog of Alleged Violations

The Adirondack Park Agency is meeting this week in Ray Brook. Included on this month's agenda are a half-dozen enforcement cases. The Agency is trying to sort out a backlog of more than a thousand alleged violations, some dating back nearly 20 years. Brian Mann talks with Martha Foley about the APA's efforts to enforce its environmental regulations.  Go to full article

Lake George Hotel On Fast Track: APA Favoritism?

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today, to consider fast-track approval for a major new hotel on Lake George. The developer says a quick answer is necessary to save the project. But a pro-environment group claims that the Park Agency is showing favoritism to a former commissioner. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

45th District Senate Race: Democrat Struggling To Compete

On November 5th, voters will choose a new state Senator to replace 37-year veteran Ron Stafford. Stafford announced his retirement this spring, but the race for his seat hasn't generated much excitement. A much-anticipated Republican primary never materialized. Now, Republican Assemblywoman Betty Little is facing Boyce Sherwin, an under-funded Democrat from Malone. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Interview: Ursula Bauer

The head of the Tobacco Control Program for the state Department of Health says poor people in the North Country are especially vulnerable to cigarette addiction. She spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Despite North Country Cancer Clusters, Anti-Smoking Campaign Lackluster

New York's Department of Health says lung cancer rates across the North Country are a hundred percent higher than expected. But despite new revenue from cigarette taxes and the tobacco settlement, there's little funding for tobacco programs. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
 A discussion group at the Wildlands Exchange Conference.
A discussion group at the Wildlands Exchange Conference.

Canada's Parks: A More Restrictive Model for the Adirondacks?

This summer, visitors to the High Peaks found more rules and regulations than ever before. The new unit management plan bans campfires and limits the size of hiking groups. But compared with parks in Canada, the Adirondacks are still wide open.
At a conference this weekend, recreation users and pro-environment groups debated a future where that could change, with access to the backcountry limited by quotas and permits. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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