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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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State of Mental Health Care in the Prisons

A new report issued today argues that the 67,000 inmates in New York's prison system need better health care - and mental health counseling. Eleven percent of the state's prisoners are diagnosed with mental illness. Brian Mann talks with Jennifer Wynn, with the Correctional Association of New York, which issued the study.

The Department of Correctional Services declined to be interviewed to respond to the report, instead issuing a press release.  Go to full article

Exploring History Underwater

The state is considering new measures to protect lakes and rivers from invasive species - like zebra mussels. For years, environmentalists have warned that the zebra mussels threaten native species. But there's another threat too - to undewater history. Brian Mann joins a team of divers exploring Lake Champlain's underwater historic preserve.  Go to full article

Adirondacks In High Gear: A "Peak Bagger" Speed Climbs the 46 Highest Peaks

Brian Mann talks with Ted Keizer, a speed climber who is attempting to scale the 46 Adirondack mountains higher than 4,000 feet - in less than 4 days and 18 hours. For most hikers, climbing the region's highest peaks can take years or even decades. But is faster better?
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Terrorism Suspect Arrested In Montreal

An Algerian man will appear in court tomorrow in Montreal, after his arrest Friday on charges that he aided an Islamic terror cell. The man is accused of conspiring to blow up the U.S. embassy in Paris. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Ausable Valley Voters Approve 17 Million Dollar Budget

Voters in the Ausable Valley school district narrowly approved a seventeen million dollar budget on Thursday. The spending plan will mean an eleven percent property tax increase. That price tag angered some locals, who urged the school district to make deeper program cuts. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Ausable Valley School District Budget Up For Vote: 11 Percent Tax Increase

Voters in the Ausable Valley School District go to the polls today to vote on a new school budget. In May voters defeated a spending plan that would have meant a twenty-two percent property tax increase. School officials say this new budget will mean widespread program cuts--but a local taxpayers' group says the price tag is still too high. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

114th Assembly District Race Is On: Abdallah Will Challenge Ortloff

Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Andrew Abdullah toured the North Country on Tuesday, to announce that he'll challenge Chris Ortloff for the assembly seat in the 114th District. As Brian Mann reports, the primary race reflects deep divisions in the region's Republican party.
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Adirondack Hunting Camps: Traditional Use or Backcountry Condos?

For more than a century, hunters and fishermen in the Adirondacks have leased land for their cabins from big logging companies. But changes in the timber industry - and conservation deals made with the state - are displacing hundreds of hunting clubs. Now, more sportsmen are looking to buy their land, hoping to keep the tradition alive. As Brian Mann reports, the shift is raising new concerns about development in the backcountry.  Go to full article

Ortloff Withdraws: Senate Race Loses Drama, Democracy

The race to replace Senator Ron Stafford lost half its steam last night. Just before a meeting of the Clinton County Republican Party, Assemblyman Chris Ortloff announced that he has withdrawn his candidacy. As Brian Mann reports, Ortloff is stepping aside after GOP officials across the north country threw their weight behind his opponent.  Go to full article

Bush Administration Relaxes Clean Air Act Rules: Raises Acid Rain Fears

New York's Attorney General says he'll sue to block a Whitehouse plan that could mean more acid rain for the Adirondacks. New rules announced Thursday would ease rules for coal burning big power plants in the Midwest. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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